May 2, 2010
LAS CRUCES, N.M.--New Mexico State scored eleven runs in the third inning on their way to a 22-8 win over Louisiana Tech Sunday afternoon at Presley Askew Field.
The Bulldogs (21-22, 6-10) pounded out fourteen hits and eight runs in the contest, but just like in the previous three games the big run support by Tech wasn't enough to overcome the big innings by the Aggies (35-12-1, 13-2-1).
New Mexico State's five-run second inning was miniscule compared to the eleven run third, but before the Aggies offensive explosion the Bulldogs had cut their lead to 6-3 in the top half of the third with an RBI single by Alex Williams and a two RBI double down the leftfield line by catcher Clint Ewing.
The Aggies then took a 17-3 lead after the big third inning. NMSU scored eleven runs off eleven hits and two walks with the big blow coming from a Leo Aguirre grand slam. The four-run shot was the first of Aguirre's two homeruns on the day. The Aggies' first baseman finished with seven RBI Sunday.
Louisiana Tech added to their run total in the fifth inning by plating four runs off a number of singles. Mark Threlkeld led off the inning with a single and then moved to second on a Dageford single before advancing to third by tagging-up on a Williams fly ball to centerfield and later scoring on a wild pitch. Joey Ford drove in two more runs in the fifth with a bases loaded single up the middle. The final run of the inning came across after an Ashton Hughes sac-fly to leftfield scored Justin Gordey from third to make the score 17-7 going into the bottom of the fifth.
The Bulldogs scored their final run of the game in the sixth when Drew Thomas knocked in Dageford from third with a ground out to shortstop. Dageford had reached earlier with a single and moved to third after a Williams single.
Louisiana Tech used seven different pitchers in the game Sunday who combined to give up 22 runs, 20 earned, off 24 hits with starter Josh Barrett receiving the loss to drop to 3-4 on the season.
The Bulldogs will now look to rebound from a rough weekend as they return home to host Sacramento State next weekend at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park with first pitch set for 6 p.m. CT Friday night.