NEW MEXICO STATE RALLIES FOR 10-9 WIN OVER BASEBALL
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Marcus Quade singled home Joe Leghorn in the bottom of ninth to cap a 10-9 come-from-behind win for New Mexico State, Sunday afternoon against Sacramento State.
The win improved the Aggies to 11-13 overall and 1-2 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Hornets dropped to 8-14 overall and 4-2 in WAC games. The team also had its three-game winning streak snapped.
Trailing 9-8 entering the ninth inning, Marcos Rosales recorded a one-out infield single. A groundout moved the runner to second before Leghorn singled to center field off of closer Mitch Lively to tie the score. A walk put runners on the corners before Quade singled to center to win the game.
Sacramento State jumped to a 5-0 lead behind starter John Schlager but allowed NMSU back into the game. Patrick Cummins singled to start the game and scored on a double to center from Blake Crosby in the top half of the first. In the second, Montana Dye scored on a balk and Brett Tanigawa singled to center to score David Flores. The lead grew in the third inning one solo home runs from Gabe Jacobo and Montana Dye.
After an Aggie run in the bottom of the third, Sacramento State stretched its lead to 8-1 in the top of the fourth. Tim Wheeler opened the inning with a triple down the right field line. Tanigawa followed with a single and Cummins added a double to place runners on second and third. Jacobo was then intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs but an error by the third baseman allowed one run to score. Due followed with a single up the middle to plate another run.
New Mexico State bounced back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs and a runner on first, Rosales singled to right. A double by Richard Stout scored both runners before Leghorn hit a two run home run.
Sacramento State scored its final run in the sixth inning on a single from Wes Oberlin which plated Ryan Blair. The Aggies made the score 9-8 in the bottom of the inning with three runs. A double by Leghorn and a walk to Quade set the table for a two-run double from Tyler Hardt. Adam Harvey added a single to drive in the last run.
Brian Gausman earned the win for NMSU after allowing two earned runs in six innings of work to improve to 5-1. Lively took the loss and evened his record at 1-1.
Cummins and Dye were each 3-for-5 with two runs scored to lead Sacramento State. Dye also had a pair of RBI. Blair, Wheeler and Tanigawa also had multiple hits for the Hornets.
Leghorn paced NMSU with four hits. The junior also hit for the cycle.
Sacramento State will next play on Wed., March 21, against San Francisco at 2 p.m. The game is a make for a previous rain out.