NMSU Baseball Shuts Out Northern Colorado 5-0

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team took on Western Athletic Conference foe Northern Colorado in game two of a three-game weekend series at Presley Askew Field on Saturday. After producing runs in three frames, the Aggies saw stellar pitching and great defense lead the team a shutout 5-0 victory over the Bears.

NM State (24-9, 8-3 WAC) starter Justin Dehn tossed a one-two-three opening half inning and then the Aggies produced their biggest scoring frame in the bottom of the first to put Northern Colorado (7-23, 3-8 WAC) behind early. The Crimson & White had two runners on with one out when slugger Tristan Peterson continued his strong season at the plate blasting a three-run home run over the batter’s eye in centerfield for a 3-0 lead.

After going three up and three down in the second and third, Dehn continued to cruise on the mound before NM State added to its lead in the bottom of the third. Joey Ortiz led off the frame with the second home run of the game and the solo shot put the Aggies ahead 4-0.

Dehn and the NM State defense continued to cruise on the mound allowing just three hits and allowing the Bears closest runner to get no farther than second base leading into the eighth inning. The bottom half of the eighth saw the Aggie offense add an insurance run.

Nick Gonzales led off the frame with a base on balls before a wild pitch moved him to second and he then stole third to stand 90 feet from home plate. The runner was then brought home on an RBI single to left from Tristen Carranza to put the Crimson & White ahead 5-0 into the ninth.

Despite allowing two runners to reach base, one was caught stealing and the other was stranded on second as Wyatt Kelley squashed any hopes of a comeback getting the final batter to strike out looking that locked up the Aggies 5-0 win.

Dehn (6-2) picked up the win after 7.2 innings of work, allowing just four hits and zero runs. At the dish NM State had seven players reach base with three driving in a run led by Peterson with three runs batted in off of his first inning home run.

The New Mexico State baseball team now looks for the sweep of Northern Colorado in the series finale on Sunday, April 14, at 12:05 p.m. MT on Presley Askew Field.