March 8, 2003
New Mexico State Box Score in PDF Format
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
Aggie reliever Andrew Garretson tossed 4.1 innings of scoreless relief as New Mexico State rallied to beat Northwestern 8-6 in the DKD Electric Shootout at Lobo Field in Albuquerque, N. M.
The loss drops NU to 6-4 on the season as the Aggies improved to 17-2.
Garretson extending his scoreless streak to 18.1 innings. He entered the game with two outs in the fifth after the Wildcats had taken a 6-1 lead with five runs in the inning. Garretson got designated hitter Pat McMahon (Mundelein, Ill./Carmel) to pop up to end the inning and allowed just three hits the rest of the way.
Northwestern scored a run in the third off Aggie starter Dustin Cameron, but the Aggies tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with a sacrifice fly.
The Wildcats exploded for five runs on five hits in the fifth, one of which was disputed by the Aggie coaching staff. With two outs and a run home, Dan Pohlman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) drove a ball into the left-center field gap where the ball appeared to bounce off of the center fielder and into the glove of the left fielder for the final out. But the umpires ruled that the ball hit the ground and two runs scored to make it 4-1. A single by Ken Padgett (Littleton, Colo./Arapahoe) and a double by Jon Mikrut (Wauconda, Ill./Carmel) made the score 6-1 before Garretson entered the game.
The Aggies scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth, cutting the lead to 6-3.
The Aggies tacked on two more in the sixth, bringing the score to 6-5.
In the seventh, the NMSU tied the game when Brandon Saunders came up as a pinch hitter and tripled to start the inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Keith Jenkins.
New Mexico State then took the lead for good in the eighth as Becher drove in another run with a single and Beau Blacken drove in the final run with a sacrifice fly.