BASEBALL SERIES FINALE GOES TO NEW MEXICO STATE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State baseball team dropped a 14-4 decision to the New Mexico State Aggies on Sunday, April 27 at Hornet Field.
With the loss, the Hornets fall to 19-23, 10-9 in the Western Athletic Conference, while the Aggies improved to 24-25, 9-11 in the WAC.
New Mexico State continued their hot hitting in the series, scoring the games first six runs. The top of the first saw Joseph Scaperotta connect on a RBI double and Chris Auten provide a two-run double, giving the Aggies a 3-0 lead. Three more runs would come in the top of the third, as Marcus Quade hit a three-run homer to left-center to give New Mexico State a 6-0 lead.
The Hornets would light up the home side of the scoreboard in the bottom of the third, as junior Hunter Martinez connected on a deep drive to right field for his first home run of the season, cutting the Aggie lead in half to 6-3. But the Aggies would score seven more runs before the Hornets would score again, scoring one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and four in the sixth, taking a 13-3 lead.
Senior Ryan Blair led off the bottom of the sixth for the Hornets with a deep double to center field, and scored on a RBI infield single from fellow senior Wes Oberlin, making the score 13-4. New Mexico State scored one additional run in the top of the ninth to take home a 14-4 victory and a four-game series sweep of the Hornets.
Dillon Smith (2-3) picked up the win for the Aggies, allowing four runs on eight hits in eight innings of work. Senior Corey Weglin (1-3) picked up the loss for the Hornets, allowing six runs on three hits in three innings. The final two Hornet relievers, freshmen Derrick Chung and Doug Stinson combined to allow one run on three hits in three innings.
Martinez finished the day 2-for-5 at the plate with a season-high three RBI, while six other Hornets had a single hit apiece. Auten led the Aggies with a 3-for-6 performance at the plate, collecting three RBI and scoring a run.
The Hornets return to action on Tuesday, April 29 as they travel to the Bay Area to take on the Santa Clara Broncos. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.