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Round Seven Downs NM State Saturday

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The basics
Game Twenty
Goal: California Baptist 9, State of New Mexico 4
Recordings: California Baptist (15-6; 4-4 WAC); NM State (10-10; 2-6 WAC)
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico (Presley Askew Field)

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – A big seventh inning by California Baptist doomed the Aggies on Saturday night. Locked in a 1-1 pitching duel, the Lancers posted a five-place finish in seventh before winning 9-4 on Sunday.

Both teams were locked in a scoreless pitching duel for the first four innings of action. Pablo Cortes stoked three and induced a pair of double plays in the first four innings.

NM State had a slow offensive day through the first four innings. Cal Villareal ended the California Baptist starters’ bid for perfection with a fifth-inning walk lead. After a throwing error by the pitcher to move Villareal to third, Preston Godfrey tied the game when he rebounded at first. Ryan Grabosch picked up NM State’s first hit of the day and Aggie’s offense finally showed signs of life.

To start the fifth inning, California Baptist threw a home run to take a 1-0 lead over NM State. After a brace, Cortes found his groove and struck out six of the Lancer’s next seven batters he faced.

The Lancers exploded in five runs in the seventh inning to take a 6-1 lead. The first crooked number on the scoreboard was highlighted by a three-run homer with two out in the inning.

California Baptist added another run in the eighth inning when Michael Carpentier threw a solo shot to the right. The blast was the second of Carpentier’s ball game and third hit of the game.

Tommy Tobacco picked up the second run of the night for NM State when he homered from opposite field left and brought the Aggies back into the six. Consecutive singles Brandon Dieter and Kevin Jiménez kept the Aggie offense rolling forward Logan Gallina ripped a double RBI down the right field line.

In the ninth, the Aggies needed some late-game exploits to have a fighting chance. The final inning started with back-to-back singles from Godfrey and Grabosch before Tommy Tobacco reached on the choice of a defender, before a throwing error marked Grabosch. A strikeout marked the game finale for the Aggies as the team fell to .500 for the first time since Feb. 19 – the second game of the season.

Quick shots

  • NM State had eight hits Saturday night with Preston Godfrey and Ryan Grabosch combining for half of the teams hits.
  • Pablo Cortes pitched 6.0 innings of a baseball run to open the game for NM State.
  • NM State drops to 1-5 the season the opponent scores first.
  • The Aggies haven’t lost in a Sunday game this season, going a perfect 5-0 so far.

On the bridge

NM State is looking to earn its first win of the series on Sunday against California Baptist. The first pitch for The ‘Skew will be launched at 12 p.m. All the action can be found on the WAC Digital Network and 91.5 FM KRUX.

For complete coverage of NM State baseball throughout the 2022 Aggies campaign, visit NMStateSports.com – the official home of Aggie athletics – and follow the Aggies on Facebook (NM State Baseball), Twitter (@NMStateBaseball) and Instagram (@NMStateBaseball).
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