Baseball Game Recaps

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Baseball Game Recaps

NMSU Baseball Falls At Texas A&M

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

COLLEGE STATION, TX - The lights weren't too bright for Chance Hroch.

The senior righty struck out a season-high nine in six innings of work Friday night inside Blue Bell Park, coming one shy of matching his career best in NM State's 8-3 loss to #20 Texas A&M (12-3).

Hroch went six innings and finished his night with back-to-back 1-2-3 frames, but the Aggies (12-2) had no answer for Texas A&M southpaw Asa Lacy, who struck out 13 over seven no-hit innings.

Hroch kept Texas A&M off the board across the first two innings, racking up four strikeouts along the way. Texas A&M cracked the Temecula, Calif., native in the third and fourth innings, however, opening up a 5-0 lead headed into the fifth.

NM State, meanwhile, could not get anything going against Lacy. Texas A&M's ace fired seven clean innings with 13 punchouts, issuing only two walks in the outing.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Defeats UPFW 10-9

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Three series, three sweeps.

NM State continued its tear through the non-conference portion of its schedule, completing yet another four-game sweep Sunday at Presley Askew Field.

Junior outfielder Tommy Tabak drove home the winning run on a ninth-inning triple to the gap in right center, walking off Purdue Fort Wayne and giving the Aggies a thrilling 10-9 victory.

NM State is now 12-1 overall, matching its best 13-game start in program history. Rocky Ward's 2009 squad is the only other team in school history to begin a campaign with wins in 12 of its first 13 contests.

Senior pitcher Chris Jefferson was filthy from the start.

The righty worked quickly and efficiently on the mound, needing only 53 pitches to toss seven innings. He struck out a season-high seven and did not issue a walk, allowing just two runs on five hits.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader As Gonzales Hits Five Home Runs

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Five home runs in one day.

Nick Gonzales put on a show Saturday afternoon at Presley Askew Field, clobbering five round-trippers in NM State's doubleheader sweep of Purdue Fort Wayne.

The junior infielder hit two dingers in game one's 19-5 triumph before cranking three, including an inside-the-park grand slam, in the 14-5 nightcap victory.

The Aggies improve to 11-1 overall with today's two wins. It is only the second time in program history that NM State has won 11 of its 12 first contests, previously doing so in 2009 under head coach Rocky Ward.

Game One
The Mastodons opened up an early 4-1 lead, but momentum quickly shifted after a seven-run second inning by the Aggies.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Falls At No. 8 Arizona State In Extra Innings

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TEMPE, AZ - The Aggies took the nationally ranked Sun Devils to the wire, but could not complete the upset Tuesday night under the lights at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

NM State (8-1) lost, 6-5, in extras, stringing together rallies in the top of the eighth and ninth innings before #8 Arizona State (6-3) won the ballgame on a walk-off walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth.

NM State took the bullpen route right out of the gate Tuesday. Redshirt junior lefty Frank Dickson Jr. made the start in the midweek contest before giving way to four Aggie relievers,

Dickson Jr. tossed the game's first two frames, limiting the nationally ranked Sun Devils to one run on two hits while striking out one. Seniors Alex Pinedo and Aldo Fernandez followed and were flat-out dominant.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gonzales Hits For Cycle, NMSU Baseball Sweeps Iona

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - It's Nick Gonzales' world; we just live in it.

The junior infielder wowed yet again, hitting for the cycle, socking two home runs and carrying the Aggies to an 18-4 series-sweeping win over Iona Sunday afternoon at Presley Askew Field.

NM State and first-year head coach Mike Kirby are now a perfect 8-0 through their first two four-game sets of the year. The squad is one win shy of matching the best season-opening start (9-0) in program history, which most recently came in 2011.

The Aggies scored early and often. It was none other than Gonzales who delivered the first blow.

He clobbered a 2-1 pitch over the left field wall in his opening at-bat, putting the Aggies ahead, 2-0, in the bottom half of the first.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Sweeps Saturday Doubleheader Against Iona

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Aggies started the day with five wins and finished it with seven.

NM State rolled to two victories Saturday at Presley Askew Field, taking down Iona (0-6) with a 9-6 win in game one before securing an 8-1 triumph in the nightcap.

The Aggies improve to 7-0 on the season with the duo of wins, matching their best start to a campaign since 2011 when NM State opened the year with nine straight wins.

Game One
NM State, thanks to two freshmen, struck first with runs in the bottom of the second inning. Infielder Mark McNelly and outfielder Zerek Saenz each contributed an RBI to put the Aggies ahead, 2-0.

Junior starter Lyle Hibbitts, meanwhile, quieted Iona's bats across the first four innings, striking out three. The Gaels got to him for three runs in the top of the fifth, however, knocking him out of the ballgame.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Rallies For 7-5 Win Over Iona

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - 5-0.

The Aggies' winning streak continued Friday afternoon at Presley Askew Field with a 7-5 victory over Iona (0-4). Junior infielder Nick Gonzales clobbered his fifth homer of the year, and seniors Mitchell Allen and Alex Reyes quieted the Gaels' bats across the final four innings of the ballgame.

NM State is undefeated through its first five contests of the 2020 campaign. The Aggies opened last season with six consecutive wins.

The Gaels got to starting pitcher Chance Hroch early. Iona's Jake Liberatore hit the very first pitch of the game over the wall in left to put the Gaels ahead, 1-0.

The lead would not last long, though, as Gonzales stepped up to the plate in the bottom half of the first and smoked an 0-1 pitch over the fence in left center. The reigning National Player of the Week has hit a home run in four of the Aggies' five games this season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Opens 2020 Season With 11-2 Win Over Texas Southern

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Mike Kirby era is off to a strong start.

NM State rolled to an 11-2 win against Texas Southern in Friday afternoon's season opener at The 'Skew behind senior pitcher Chance Hroch's arm and junior infielder Nick Gonzales' bat.

The Aggies (1-0) scored nine unanswered runs, including three on Gonzales' eighth-inning tater, to pull away from the Tigers (0-1).

Hroch cruised through Texas Southern's order before Roderick Coffee got the scoring started in the top half of the third. The outfielder hit his first of two home runs over the wall in left center to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.

The deficit would not last long, as sophomore outfielder Zerek Saenz provided the Aggies' first two runs in the bottom half of the frame. His RBI single tied the game at one apiece before his sac fly in the bottom of the fifth put NM State ahead, 2-1.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Aggie Baseball Ends Season With Extra-Innings Loss To Sacramento State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MESA, AZ - The New Mexico State baseball team took on Sacramento State in a Western Athletic Conference elimination game on Saturday at Hohokam Stadium. After giving up a one-run lead in the sixth, the Aggies carried a tie ballgame into extra innings and fell to the Hornets in the 10th, 6-4.

To open the contest, each side was working early tossing a pair of scoreless innings before NM State (38-17) got on the board in the bottom of the third putting Sacramento State behind (37-23). Back-to-back singles up the middle opened the home half, including one for Joey Ortiz to tie the program single-season hit record with 105. The pair of base knocks left runner son the corners for Nick Gonzales who sent a sacrifice fly deep to left to plate the first run of the ballgame.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Loses To GCU 8-3, Faces Elimination Game Against Sacramento State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MESA, AZ - The New Mexico State baseball team took on rival Grand Canyon in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday night at Hohokam Stadium. After taking a lead in the seventh, the Aggies gave up six runs over the final two innings and lost to the Lopes 8-3.

Much like the night prior, the tournament clash for NM State (38-16) opened with some great early pitching. The teams combined to retire the first nine batters of the night before Grand Canyon (36-22) struck first in the bottom of the second.

A leadoff grounder was misplayed for the Lopes to get the first baserunner of the game on. Two batters later, GCU saw a two-run home run sent over the fence in right field that put the Aggies in a 2-0 hole into the third.  Continue Reading This Post >>