LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- The Saint Mary's baseball team continued its season-opening series at New Mexico State on Saturday but came away with a pair of losses, falling 14-2 and 8-6 on the second day of the season.
The Gaels drop to 0-3 with the results while New Mexico State improves to 3-0. The two teams will wrap up their four-game series Sunday at 11:05 a.m. (PST) with the Aggies' Trey Higgenbotham set to face a starter yet to be announced for Saint Mary's.
New Mexico State erupted for five runs in the second inning and never looked back, cruising to a 14-2 win in the first game of the day.
The Aggies got started with a run in the first to take a 1-0 lead but really got going in the second with a 2-run home run by Kyle Young and a 2-run double by Kris Koerper providing the big blows. An RBI single by Taylor Noyer chased freshman Cameron Neff from the game, ending his collegiate debut after an inning and two-thirds.
New Mexico State tacked on four more in the fourth and three in the fifth before Saint Mary's got on the board to begin the sixth. A single by Anthony Gonsolin, double by Collin Ferguson and 2-run single by Trevor Ellison represented the scoring for the Gaels, with Saint Mary's collecting five hits on the game. After New Mexico State scored one more in the bottom of the inning, the game ended after seven complete.
Saint Mary's broke out the bats for the first time on their trip to Las Cruces but the Gaels dug an early hole that they couldn't climb out of in an 8-6 loss to the Aggies.
New Mexico State (3-0) posted a crooked number in the third, taking a 6-0 lead off Saint Mary's starter David Dellaserra and reliever Vince Braman. Dellaserra departed after 2 1/3 in his season debut, allowing five hits and five earned runs.
The Gaels posted their first big offensive inning of the season in the fifth, scoring three runs on just one hit. Nikko Saenz collected an RBI walk, Connor Hornsby got his own RBI via a hit by pitch and Ellison walked to force in another as Saint Mary's cut the New Mexico State lead to 6-3.
New Mexico State responded with two more in the bottom of the inning and a Villa RBI single in the sixth left the score 8-4 through six. Saenz singled in a run in the eighth and Ian McLoughlin plated one with an RBI single of his own in the ninth to provide the final margin.
Villa continued to swing the hot bat Saturday and is now 6 for his first 11. Saenz and Gonsolin are each 4 for their first 11. The Gaels will be back at Presley Askew Field on Sunday at 11 a.m. (PST) for the finale of their four-game series with the Aggies.