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Score: UTRGV 7, NM State 2
Records: UTRGV (1920-15), NM State (13-20)
Location: Las Cruces, N.M. (Presley Askew Field)
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – In a seven-inning affair for the series finale, the NM State baseball slipped to the Vaqueros of UTRGV, 7-2. The finale of the weekend set marked the third game in a four-game homestand for the Aggies.
After a pair of scoreless innings from Cam Blazek, the Vaqueros struck first for six runs. As seven of the first eight hitters reached base to open the inning, the Vaqueros could do no wrong in the frame.
The Aggies threatened in the fourth inning as Gunner Antillon reached third base with just one away before a pair of strikeouts ended the inning. Noah Estrella settled into a rhythm and worked 4.0 innings of relief, allowing just one run.
NM State began to cut into the deficit in the sixth inning. After seeing the first two hitters go down quietly, the Aggies put together a two-out rally. Beginning with a single from Kevin Jimenez, four straight Aggies reached base. Logan Gallina and Nolan Funke got the Aggies on the scoreboard with back-to-back RBI singles before a strikeout ended the inning.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Vaqueros pushed an unearned run across to push their lead back to five runs. With their backs against the wall, NM State needed an offensive outburst in their last reps. Cal Villareal ripped a double but that was all that Aggies could get going, eventually falling 7-2 in the series finale.
The Aggies will be back in action on Tuesday night as they host Benedictine Mesa in a midweek contest. All of the action will be streamed on the WAC Digital Network and 91.5 KRUX FM with Adam Young on the call.
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