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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.
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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