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Wanger Homers, Reaches Base Five Times in Loss to New Mexico State

Benny Wanger. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Benny Wanger. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Benny Wanger homered and reached base five times in a 19-6 season-opening loss at New Mexico State on Friday evening in Las Cruces, N.M.

Wanger had two hits, including a solo shot to right center in the seventh, walked three times and scored twice.   First-year Mason LaPlante went 2-for-2 with two runs batted in and Dai Dai Otaka also added two hits and a RBI for the Bulldogs.  

New Mexico State (5-0) scored four in the first and five more times in the second to take an early, commanding 9-1 lead.  The Aggies scored 98 runs in their first four games and continued their red-hot hitting against the Bulldogs.

Thomas Espig started the game for the Bulldogs, went the first 1 1/3 innings and allowed seven earned runs.

The four-game series continues Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 3:05 p.m. Eastern Time.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity