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BASEBALL SCORES EARLY BUT FALLS TO NEW MEXICO STATE 4-2
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State baseball team scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning, but fell to the New Mexico State Aggies by a score of 4-2 on Friday, April 23.
With the loss, the Hornets fall to 14-20-1, 3-3 in Western Athletic Conference play, while the Aggies improved to 29-12-1, 7-2-1 in WAC action.
Sacramento State opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, as senior Justin Mezzaneras led off the inning with a bunt single. Junior Kirby Young followed with an attempted sacrifice bunt to third base, with Young reaching on a fielding error by Joel Cardinal. Cardinal compounded the error by then rushing a throw toward first base that went over the head of Chris Auten and out of play, with Mezzaneras awarded third base and Young moved up to second. The next batter, junior Trevor Paine, drove both runners home with a RBI single, giving the Hornets a 2-0 lead.
New Mexico State would plate their first run of the game in the top of the fourth on their first hit, as after Auten walked with two down, Chace Perkins doubled off the center field wall, cutting the Hornet lead to 2-1.
The Aggies then took the lead in the top of the sixth, as with runners on first and second and two out, Cardinal redeemed his early errors with a RBI single to center, and following a walk that loaded the bases, Jared Jordan produced a run with a walk, giving New Mexico State a 3-2 lead. The advantage grew to 4-2 in the top of the ninth, as Ryan Aguayo connected on a RBI double, scoring Wesley Starkes, who had singled earlier in the inning, to give the Aggies a two run cushion. The Hornets went down in order in the ninth, and New Mexico State took home the win.
Sacramento State stranded eight base-runners, and out-hit the Aggies 9-7, but were unable to drive runners home over the final eight innings of play.
Sophomore Jesse Darrah (3-3) pitched six innings, allowing three runs of which two were earned on four hits, striking out five and walking four, picking up the loss. Junior Logan Todd pitched well in relief, allowing one run on three hits in three innings, striking out three and walking just one. Dan Reid (5-1) got the win for the Aggies, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits in seven innings. Steven Anderson threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save of the season.
Offensively, the Hornets were led by Mezzaneras, who finished 3-for-5 with a run scored, while Paine and senior Josh Powers each finished with two hits apiece. The Hornets did not muster an extra base hit in the contest, but did steal three bases, with Mezzaneras stealing one and Powers stealing two.
Leo Aguirre and Starkes each posted two hits apiece to lead the Aggies, while four different New Mexico State players posted a single RBI apiece.
The two teams will play the third game of the series on Saturday, April 24 from Hornet Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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