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Score: California Baptist 9, NM State 2
Records: California Baptist (14-6; 3-4 WAC); NM State (10-9; 2-5 WAC)
Location: Las Cruces, N.M. (Presley Askew Field)
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Two home runs from Logan Gallina were not enough to spark the NM State baseball team on Friday night at home. Gallina’s home runs were the only two runs the Aggies pushed across as they fell to California Baptist 9-2.
California Baptist got on the board first with a run in the opening frame. The first three batters of the game all reached for the Lancers with a run scoring on a fielder's choice.
In the second inning, Gallina started the scoring for NM State with a solo shot to left-center. Tommy Tabak would follow Gallina with a single but eventually was caught stealing second.
The Lancers cracked the game open with three runs in the third and two more in the fifth. Heading to the stretch, California Baptist led NM State 6-1.
Gallina drove an 0-2 pitch over the left field wall for his second home run of the night and seventh of the season. Gallina’s two home runs marked the second time this season an Aggie homered twice in a ballgame.
Just as they did the first time Gallina homered, California Baptist responded with three runs in the next frame, pushing their lead to 9-2.
In the bottom half of the eighth, the Aggies got walks from Brandon Dieter and Kevin Jimenez to start a scoring threat. The inning ended with the duo aboard and the Aggies went quietly in the ninth to drop the series opener.
NM State and California Baptist will be back in action on Saturday evening for the second game of the series. Saturday’s contest will be broadcast on ESPN+, Comcast New Mexico, and Bally Sports Arizona. With the first pitch being thrown at 5 p.m., Adam Young and Cory Lucas will have the call.
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