March 5, 2010
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team lost to New Mexico State on Friday night by a score of 33-1. It was the first of a four-game set between the teams at Presley Askew Field.
The Aggies broke the record for most runs scored by a Hawk opponent, surpassing the 30 scored by Vanderbilt in a 1986 contest.
New Mexico State (7-5) jumped ahead right away, scoring six in the first inning off of starter Randy Mower. Two-run home runs by Mike Sodders and Chace Perkins did the damage in the leadoff frame.
Saint Joseph's (0-4) would plate its only run in the top of the second as Ryan McDonald hit a home run, his first of the season, to right center field.
The Aggies would score five in the second and nine in the third to blow the contest open early. NMSU added two in the fourth before Bryan Penalo threw a scoreless fifth.
Three in the sixth, one in the seventh, and seven in the eighth closed out the scoring for the Aggies.
The Hawks were hindered by six errors, leading to 10 unearned runs. The Aggies also pounded out 24 hits to 12 for the Hawks, while NMSU hitters drew 13 bases on balls.
Mower took the loss to fall to 0-2. Dan Reid improved to 2-0 for New Mexico State.
Dewey Oriente had three hits for Saint Joseph's, leaving him two shy of the 100-hit mark for his career.
The teams return to the diamond Saturday for a doubleheader. Game one is slated to begin at 5:05 p.m. Eastern.