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NMSU baseball destroys Benedictine Mesa

The New Mexico State baseball team destroyed the Benedictine Mesa Redhawks Tuesday night at Presley Askew Field with a score of 12-3. This game marked the Aggies’ fifth consecutive win against the Redhawks dating back to March 2017. The Aggies’ record now stands at 14-20 (4-11).

NMSU catcher Logan Gallina rounds a base Tuesday, April 19, 2022, during a home game against Benedictine Mesa at Presley Askew Field. Gallina hit two home runs and had five RBIs on the evening. The Aggies won the game 12-3. (Photo courtesy of NMSU athletics)

The win gave the Aggies their largest margin of victory against the Redhawks to date, and also snapped a two-game losing streak. The Aggies had not won a game since defeating UT-Rio Grande Valley on April 15. 

Benedictine Mesa’s Kevin Fitzgerald scored the first run of the game during the top of the first inning. Later, however, NMSU’s Brandon Dieter tied the game at one run each. Dieter also knocked in a run in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly, his third of the season and first since April 5 against the University of New Mexico.

From there, Logan Gallina hit his 11th and 12th home runs of the season, one in the bottom of the third inning and another in the bottom of the fifth. This is Gallina’s first game to hit two home runs since March 25 when NMSU lost against California Baptist.

Aggie players Jimenez, Tabak, Villareal, Gunner Antillon, Grabosch and Westfall helped score the majority of their team’s runs throughout the third, fourth and fifth innings.

Benedictine Mesa’s Brock Johnson helped give some slight redemption to the Redhawks by knocking in runs in the sixth and eighth innings. 

New Mexico State’s Jacob Wiltshire and Edwin Martinez-Pagani helped the Aggies claim their last two runs that would secure the team’s triumphant victory.

Gallina also became the first player on the Aggies’ roster this season to earn five or more RBIs within a single game.

It looks like both teams are done playing against each other this season. However, the Aggies will be heading to Seattle for three games against Seattle University this weekend starting Friday, April 22. They will then return to NMSU’s Presley Askew Field to take on the Arizona Wildcats next Tuesday, April 26, at 6 p.m.

For more coverage of the Aggies’ future games this season, be sure to visit nmstatesports.com.

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