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Aggie baseball falls to UNM despite huge night from Logan Gallina

NM State's Gallina gets 5 hits against rival Lobos

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The Basics

Game Forty-Five
Score: NM State 7, New Mexico 12
Records: NM State (18-27); New Mexico (19-28)
Location: Albuquerque, N.M. (Santa Ana Star Field)
 
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –  A monster game from Logan Gallina on Tuesday was not enough to lift the NM State baseball team in the Rio Grande Rivalry. Gallina went 5-5 at the plate with three RBI but the Aggies fell to New Mexico, 13-7.
 
Gallina gave the Aggies an early 1-0 lead with a single just inside the left field line, scoring Brandon Dieter in the first inning. The Lobos answered with a pair of solo home runs to take a 2-1 lead in the first. The Lobos added three more runs in the fourth inning to push the lead to four.
 
Nolan Funke and Cal Villareal used some small ball to push a pair of runs across for the Aggies in the fifth. With the bases loaded, Funke drew a walk before Villareal scored a run on a groundout to the first baseman.
 
After New Mexico tacked four runs on in the bottom of the fifth, NM State responded with a four run frame of its own in the sixth. Powered by a bases clearing double by Gallina, the Aggies managed to get runs back in a hurry. Before the inning was over, Tommy Tabak plated a run on a groundout to bring the Aggies back within two.
 
For the remainder of the game, it was all Lobos. New Mexico added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and an addition run in the seventh inning. The Aggies did not go down easily but New Mexico pitching kept NM State at bay.
 
Quick Hits

  • Logan Gallina became the first Aggie with five base hits in a single game this season. After the monster night, Gallina raised his batting average to .353.
  • Six Aggies pitched on Tuesday night with Brendon Rodriguez eventually taking the loss.
  • Not to be overshadowed by Gallina, Nolan Funke added a three-hit game of his own for NM State.
  • Brandon Dieter and Tommy Tabak both drew a pair of walks in the game as NM State drew six free passes on Tuesday night.
  • Josh Laukkanen was the only Aggie pitcher to not surrender a run in the ballgame.
  • Gallina, Funke, and Ryan Grabosch combined for 10 of NM State's 11 hits on Tuesday.

 
On-Deck
NM State will return to Presley Askew Field to take on No. 25 Grand Canyon in the final homestand of the season. Grand Canyon is ranked in the D1Baseball poll for the first time in school history and leads the WAC West.
 
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