NMSU Baseball Downs Utah Valley 6-2

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team took on Western Athletic Conference foe Utah Valley in game two of a weekend series on Saturday at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies took the lead in the second inning and never let go defeating the Wolverines 6-2 for the series victory.

Utah Valley (14-30, 5-12 WAC) threatened early getting a runner on third in the top of the first, but NM State (31-16, 14-6 WAC) starter Jonathan Groff fanned the final two batters to hold the opposition scoreless.

The Aggies struck first in the bottom of the second when Nick Gonzales started his strong day at the plate. With two outs, Gonzales sent a solo home run over the left field wall to put NM State ahead 1-0 heading to the third.

Again, with two outs in the frame the Crimson & White got back on the board. The Aggies had runners on first and second when Caleb Henderson laced a double to centerfield that brought in two runs for a 3-0 lead.

Gonzales then added to his home run total in the fourth inning. The second baseman led off the bottom half and sent a no-doubter over the trees in left field that expanded the Aggies lead to 4-0 moving into the fifth.

Groff’s scoreless outing continued into the sixth inning before the Wolverines were able to get on the board. With runners on the corners, a single up the middle scored the first run of the game for Utah Valley. The next-bat saw an RBI single cut into the Aggie lead that now stood at 4-2.

NM State then added a few insurance runs over the next two frames. The bottom of the sixth saw UVU go to the bullpen when the Aggies had runners on the corners and Logan Bottrell proceeded to lace a single through the left side to plate one run.

Then in the bottom of the seventh, the Crimson & White continued to add to its lead. With runners in scoring position, Marcus Still beat out a single to shortstop that scored one run to put NM State ahead 6-2.

The Aggie pitching staff then held the four-run lead as NM State won the series with the game two victory. Groff (8-2) earned the win to move him into a tie for the most wins in the conference after 7.0 innings of work with seven strikeouts.

New Mexico State and Utah Valley close out the weekend series on Sunday, May 6, at 12:05 p.m. MT on Presley Askew Field.