NMSU Baseball Splits On Opening Day

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Following a cancellation on opening night due to rain, the New Mexico State baseball team began the 2018 season with a doubleheader against Towson on Saturday, Feb. 17, on Presley Askew Field. Following a dominant 24-4 victory in game one, the Aggie bats could not find the same pop falling in game two, 11-6.

The season opener featured NM State (1-1) Preseason All-American and Preseason Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year Kyle Bradish squaring off on the mound against Towson (1-1) righty Michael Adams.

Bradish seemed to not skip a beat from his impressive season for the Crimson & White in 2017 and stellar play in the Cape Code League during the summer as he put the Tigers down one-two-three in the first.

NM State then got going offensively in a big way early when Tristen Carranza blasted a grand slam over the left centerfield wall with no outs to give the Aggies a 4-0 advantage. Just four batters later, David Bellamy singled up the middle to score Caleb Henderson and give the home team a 5-0 lead after just one inning.

The scoring continued in the third when Bruno Teramoto doubled to right center to bring in Trey Stine all the way from first base. A groundout moved Teramoto to third and Marcus Still then knocked a single up the middle to score him for a 6-0 edge through three.

Innings four and five were the most productive for the NM State offense. The onslaught started with no outs in the fourth when Mason Fishback doubled down the left field line to bring in Joey Ortiz from second. The next batter was Carranza who added to his home run total with a moonshot to left center to put two more on the board for the Aggies.

Second baseman Bruno Teramoto then had another extra-base knock with a triple down the right field line, which brought home Henderson and a groundout from Bellamy brought home the man form third for a 12-0 lead through four.

The bottom of the fifth featured 11 runs for NM State, which is the highest run total for the Aggies in a single inning since scoring 12 against Alabama A&M back on March 16, 2013. The scoring began when a pitch with one out and the bases loaded hit Trey Stine to bring in a runner. Another walk, followed by a single to right brought home a pair before the Tigers went to the bullpen.

Singles from Marcus Still and Noah Haupt brought in three more runs and then Mason FIshback roped a single to right to bring in the seventh run of the frame with just one out. The scoring concluded with a double from Carranza to score two and then and then a groundout and a double down the left field line to bring home two more and put the NM State advantage at 23-0 through five.

Towson managed to put a run up on the board in the top of the sixth when a single to right brought in a man from third. The Tigers then added three more in the eighth, but it was not enough, as NM State also added a run in the bottom half to put the score at 24-4 which stood as the final.

Kyle Bradish (1-0) earned his first win of the season throwing five and one-third with 11 strikeouts and just one run allowed. Carranza led at the plat going 4-for-5 with two home runs and eight runs batted in.

The second game of the day did not feature as much offensive explosion as Justin Dehn took the mound for NM State against Towson southpaw David Marriggi. Each pitcher held their opponents scoreless through the first two innings and they combined to allow just one hit through 13 batters.

Towson then struck first in the top of the third when shortstop. Following a pair of singles with two outs, Richie Palacios crushed a three-run homer over the right centerfield wall.

The Aggies answered in the next half inning when with men on second and third, Marriggi balked to advance the runners and get NM State on the board. Brian Kiser then took the dish and hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to bring home another run and put the Aggies deficit at 3-2 through three innings.

Each team’s bats remained quiet in the next two innings as Dehn and Marriggi held them scoreless. The top of the seventh is when the Tigers began to put the Aggies in a hole. A two-run home run with one out began the scoring for Towson. The opponent proceeded to load the bases and NM State had to call in a reliever.

Towson went on to bring five more runners across the plate before the end of the sixth to put the Aggies behind 10-2. The Tigers were able to add an insurance run in the top of the seventh and the Aggies trailed by nine runs.

NM State looked to chip away at the deficit in the bottom half of the seventh when Bellamy singled through the right side to bring home Trey Stine with no outs. Then with three men on Fishback laced a double to deep right center, which brought home all the runners and the Aggies only trailed 11-6.

Towson was able to squander any hopes of a comeback, however, as they held the Aggies scoreless and the final stood at 11-6. Justin Dehn was charged with the loss for NM State and Towson’s David Marriggi picked up the win.

The final game of the weekend series is on Sunday, Feb. 18. First pitch is slated for 10:05 a.m. MT at Presley Askew Field with Jonathan Groff going up against Alex Cuas.