NMSU Baseball Opens Seattle Series With 8-2 Victory

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team opened a three-game series against Western Athletic Conference foe Sacramento State on Thursday night at Presley Askew Field. The Aggie bats put up runs over four innings and solid pitching allowed just three hits en route to an 8-2 victory in game one.

NM State (16-10, 3-1 WAC) sent ace Kyle Bradish to the mound for the series opener against Sacramento State (9-14, 0-1 WAC) right-hander Scott Randall. Bradish got rolling early tossing a one-two-three top half of the first before the Aggie offense opened the scoring.

In the bottom of the first, Mason Fishback singled to third base to put baserunners on first and second with just one out. Trey Stine then stepped to the dish and roped a triple to right centerfield to bring home both runners for a 2-0 NM State lead.

Following a scoreless second frame, the Hornets got on the board in the top of the third. With runners on the corners, a sacrifice fly to right field brought in one run. Then the next at-bat saw a double to left put one more run on the board for Sacramento State to tie the game 2-2.

This tie did not last long, however, as the Aggies jumped back on top in the bottom half. A no out walk loaded the bases for NM State when Logan Ehnes stepped to bat. The junior proceeded to knock a single to right field to bring home the go-ahead run that put NM State ahead 3-2.

The lead expanded in the bottom of the fifth which led off with Fishback getting on base with a single through the right side. Stine then added to his RBI total with a one-run double to right center to put the Aggies up two, 4-2. Caleb Henderson added a single to center to bring in one run and Nick Gonzales laced a triple to deep centerfield to score the final run of the fifth to give the Aggies a 6-2 lead.

NM State continued to stifle the Sacramento State offense with stellar defense and solid pitching to hold the Hornets scoreless over the next two innings. The Aggie bats then got going again in the bottom of the eighth when Fishback knocked a two-run double down the left field line to give the Crimson & White an 8-2 advantage.

The six-run lead would hold when Chance Hroch closed out the ninth inning and held the opposition scoreless for an 8-2 win in the series opener for NM State. Bradish (3-1) earned the win after tossing 6.0 innings allowing just three hits with seven strikeouts.

Offensively, the Aggies combined for 14 hits and were led at the dish by Fishback who went 4-for-5 with two RBI and Stine was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBI of his own.

Game two of the series between New Mexico State and Sacramento State is set for 6:05 p.m. MT on Friday, March 30, at Presley Askew Field.