March 6, 2010
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team dropped both ends of its Saturday doubleheader at New Mexico State, falling 12-10 in the opener and 15-4 in game two. Sophomore Kevin Taylor had two home runs and five RBI in the opener and hit his third home run of the day in the second game.
In game one, Saint Joseph's (0-6) led most of the way, but a four-run ninth, capped off by a walk-off three-run home run by Ben Harty, gave the hosts a 12-10 victory.
The Hawks started the scoring off in the top of the first as Dewey Oriente a sacrifice fly to bring home Mike Coleman with the game's first run. After David Valesente reached on a fielder's choice, Ryan McDonald smacked a double to right to score Valesente.
New Mexico State (9-5) got one back in the bottom half on a solo home run by Mike Sodders. A two-run triple from Wesley Starkes put the Aggies ahead, 3-2, in the bottom of the second.
The Hawks answered with three in the fourth to regain the lead. After a leadoff single, Valesente would come around to score on a passed ball. Then, with Brian Hartsell on second, Taylor hit the first of his two opposite field bombs to put SJU on top, 5-3.
NMSU scored one in the fifth, but Hartsell singled in McDonald in the sixth to restore the two-run advantage. The Aggies plated one more in the sixth and one in the seventh to tie the game. Christopher Auten scored the tying run on a wild pitch.
SJU bounced back with a big eighth inning as Drew Smith hit a one-out double to score Valesente, who had been hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Taylor hit his second longball to push the lead to 10-6.
The Aggies came right back in the bottom of the frame as Harty hit a two-run home run to cut the lead in half. Then, in the ninth, Sodders singled down the right field line with one out to reduce the margin to a single run. Harty then followed with a three-run home run to give New Mexico State the walk-off win.
Mike Boyland took the loss, while Tyler Mack earned the win. The Hawks were done in by walks once again, as 12 Aggie hitters reached via the free pass.
In the seven-inning nightcap, an eight-run sixth sealed a 15-4 win for the Aggies.
NMSU scored in every inning, plating singletons in each of the first three frames. Chace Perkins led off both the first and third innings with solo home runs while a single by Parker Hipp in the second also brought home a run.
The Hawks would take a brief lead in the top of the fourth. After a leadoff double by Joe Cook, Oriente laced a single to center to score the run. Two batters later, Taylor went yard again, his third opposite-field home run of the day, tying the game at three. After Hartsell reached on a dropped third strike and made his way to third on a single, McDonald laid down a bunt to push the go-ahead run across.
The Aggies answered, however, scoring three of their own in the bottom of the frame to go ahead for good. They would add one in the fifth before their breakout inning in the eighth, which included Perkins' third round-tripper of the game, which was also NMSU's third home run of the inning.
Chad Simendinger took the loss for SJU while Daniel Reyes got the win for the Aggies.
The teams will play the finale of the series on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 3:05 p.m. Eastern.