Baseball Game Recaps

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Baseball Game Recaps

NMSU Baseball Defeats Northern Colorado 10-3 In Series Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team opened up a three-game weekend series against Western Athletic Conference opponent Northern Colorado on Friday night. The Aggie offense was red-hot all night and the team had 15 base knocks which led them to a 10-3 victory over the Bears.

How it happened
NM State (24-15, 9-1 WAC) sent starter Marcel Renteria out to the mound to face off against Northern Colorado (15-20, 4-6 WAC) southpaw Karver Pate. After a scoreless first inning, each team’s offense got rolling in the second.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Falls To No. 4 Texas Tech 6-4

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MIDLAND, TX - The New Mexico State baseball team squared off against No. 4 Texas Tech on Tuesday night at Security Bank Ballpark. The Aggies grabbed the lead early but could not hang on as the Red Raiders got the win, 6-4.

How it happened
NM State (23-15, 8-1 WAC) sent right-hander Andy Frakes to the bump to open the contest against Texas Tech (32-8, 8-4 Big 12) freshman Jake McDonald.

Each team threatened to score in the opening inning with Brent Sakurai leading off the game with a double to left field to put himself in scoring position with no outs, but the Red Raiders escaped the inning. Then with two outs in the bottom half, Texas Tech’s clean-up hitter crushed a ball to deep left field but Austin Botello reached up and robbed a ball at the wall to hold the opponent scoreless in the first.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Defeats Sacramento State 5-2 To Win Series

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SACRAMENTO, CA - The New Mexico State baseball team closed out a three-game series at Sacramento State on Saturday afternoon. The team held the opponent scoreless in eight innings and won the game 5-2. The victory took the series over the Hornets, 2-1.

How it happened
Saturday’s showdown pitted NM State (23-14, 8-1 WAC) starter Jonathan Groff against Sacramento State (17-18, 4-8 WAC) right-hander Max Karnos.

The Aggies got started early offensively when Brent Sakurai led off with a triple to right field and then scored on a sacrifice fly to put the team in front 1-0. Sacramento State threatened to tie the score in the top of the first with men on second and third, but Groff got the final batter to strike out swinging and preserve the Aggies lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Loses First WAC Game, Falls To Sacramento State In Extra Innings

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SACRAMENTO, CA - Despite a nine-inning performance from Marcel Renteria, the New Mexico State baseball drop a thrilling 2-1 decision to Sacramento State Friday night in 12 innings.

How It Happened
After Renteria retired the first nine batters to start the game, Mason Fishback drew first blood for the Aggies when he hit a sac-fly to right field and gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead. The Hornets answered right back in their half of the frame when Sacramento State scored on a sac-fly of its own.

From there, it was a pitcher's duel between Renteria and Sacramento State's starting pitcher and pitching staff through nine innings of action.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Remains Perfect In WAC Play After 8-4 Win At Sacramento State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SACRAMENTO, CA - The New Mexico State baseball team began a three-game road series at Sacramento State on Thursday night. The Aggies tied a season-high with five home runs on the night and maintained their unblemished Western Athletic Conference record after an 8-4 win over the Hornets.

How it happened
NM State (22-13, 7-0 WAC) sent Kyle Bradish to the mound to start against Sacramento State (16-17, 3-7 WAC) right-hander Justin Dillon. The Hornets put up the first runs of the game early after a two-out triple scored two in the bottom of the first.

The Aggies responded in the top of the second when LJ Hatch blasted a two-run home run to left center on a 0-1 count which tied the game up.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Sweeps UTRGV

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team completed a three-game weekend series against Western Athletic Conference opponent UT Rio Grande Valley on Sunday afternoon. The Aggies scored in six innings and won by run rule, 15-5, in the bottom of the seventh. The victory moves NM State to 6-0 in WAC play, which is the best start in conference action in program history.

How it happened
NM State’s Sunday starter Jonathan Groff took the mound for the Aggies (20-13, 6-0) to square off against UTRGV (18-18, 2-7) hurler Andrew Garcia. The early innings did not lack scoring, beginning with the opponent putting three runs up on the board in the opening half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Takes Game Two Of Series With UTRGV

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team played host to the UTRGV Vaqueros for the second game of a three-game weekend series on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies got a large lead early and escaped a tough situation in the ninth to defeat the Vaqueros 7-4.

How it happened
NM State (18-13, 5-0 WAC) right-hander Marcel Renteria got the start against the Vaqueros (18-17, 2-5 WAC) Connor Grant. The opening two and a half innings saw each hurler contain the opposing offense as the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third.

With two outs and a runner on second base, Austin Botello put the Aggies first run up on the board with a single to right field.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Takes Series Opener With UTRGV 10-2

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team hosted Western Athletic Conference opponent UT Rio Grande Valley on Friday night, to begin a three-game weekend series. After falling behind early, the Aggies took control in the later innings and took down the Vaqueros 10-2.

How it happened
Right-handed pitcher Kyle Bradish got the start for the Aggies (18-13, 4-0 WAC) on Friday night and he squared off against UTRGV’s righty, Carter Johnson. Bradish was a bit wild early as he loaded the bases after allowing a single and walking two batters. The first run of the game was then walked in with only one out in the game. The sophomore hurler calmed down and escaped the inning with the team only trailing 1-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Falls To No. 6 Texas Tech 15-4

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies baseball team played host to the No. 6 Texas Tech Red Raiders on Tuesday afternoon at Presley Askew Field. After falling behind early, the team could not dig themselves out of the hole against the nationally ranked opponent and fell 15-4.

How it happened
Aggie right-hander Chris Kucko got the midweek start versus the Red Raiders Caleb Kilian. The opponent’s bats came to life early scoring six runs in the top half of the first.

Looking to respond in the bottom of the opening inning, Joey Ortiz got across the plate for the Aggies first run of the game on a triple to left field by Dan Hetzel.

Texas Tech added two more in the third, but the Aggies were able to get one back in their half of the inning after a single through the left side by Tristen Carranza scored Austin Botello.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Finishes Sweep Of Seattle With 6-4 Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State baseball team wrapped up the season series at Seattle U on Sunday afternoon in Bannerwood Park. The Aggies swept the series against the Redhawks with a 6-4 win to close out the weekend.

How it happened
In game three of the series, left-handed pitcher Jonathan Groff got the start against the Redhawk southpaw Nathan Bonck. The Aggie bats got working early as Dan Hetzel lined a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to give the team a 2-0 lead in the first.

After L.J. Hatch was hit by a pitch in the second, Mason Fishback came up to bat and mashed a two-run bomb to add a pair of runs to the Aggies score as they led 4-0 through two frames. The opponent then closed the gap with a two-run home run of their own in the bottom of the third.  Continue Reading This Post >>