Baseball Game Recaps

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Baseball Game Recaps

NMSU Baseball Earns Series Win With 13-3 Victory Over Towson

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A strong outing from southpaw Jonathan Groff coupled with another offensive outburst gave the New Mexico State baseball team the series win over Towson on opening weekend with a 13-3 victory on Sunday at Presley Askew Field.

Just like the season-opener the Aggie (2-1) bats were awake and red-hot for the 10:05 a.m. first-pitch, touching up Towson (1-2) starter Alex Cuas for six of the eight runs they put up in the first inning. As a team, NM State drew five of its 10 total walks in the first inning.

After giving up a double to the second batter he faced in the game, Groff retired 13-straight Tigers before exiting the game in the sixth. The Castroville, Texas, native was efficient on the hill – mowing down six batters on 76 pitches in 5.1 innings of work while giving up just two hits and a walk.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Splits On Opening Day

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Following a cancellation on opening night due to rain, the New Mexico State baseball team began the 2018 season with a doubleheader against Towson on Saturday, Feb. 17, on Presley Askew Field. Following a dominant 24-4 victory in game one, the Aggie bats could not find the same pop falling in game two, 11-6.

GAME ONE
The season opener featured NM State (1-1) Preseason All-American and Preseason Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year Kyle Bradish squaring off on the mound against Towson (1-1) righty Michael Adams.

Bradish seemed to not skip a beat from his impressive season for the Crimson & White in 2017 and stellar play in the Cape Code League during the summer as he put the Tigers down one-two-three in the first.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Ends Season With 11-7 Loss To CSU Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MESA, AZ - The New Mexico State baseball team fell behind early and ended its season at the WAC Tournament against CSU Bakersfield. After giving up six runs in the first inning, the team went on to surrender five more and fall to the Roadrunners, 11-7.

How it happened
After a scoreless opening frame for NM State (35-22), the CSU Bakersfield (31-23) bats got going in the bottom half of the first against Aggie starter Marcel Renteria. With men on the corners and one out, a single through the left side brought in the first run for the ‘Runners.

CSUB chased Renteria out of the game and forced NM State to bring in Andy Frakes after the Nogales, Ariz., product loaded the bases with two outs. It wouldn’t be until three batters later before the Aggies would be able to get out of the first frame trailing the second-seeded ‘Runners 6-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Top Seeded NMSU Baseball Drops Opener At WAC Tournament

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MESA, Ariz. – The top-seeded New Mexico State baseball team took on No. 5 Northern Colorado Bears in the Western Athletic Conference baseball tournament on Thursday night. The Bears took a lead in the middle innings and held on to defeat the Aggies, 5-4, in the WAC Tournament matchup at Hohokam Stadium.

How it happened
After a bases loaded sacrifice fly put Northern Colorado (24-28) ahead 4-3 in the sixth inning, a wild pitch on a ball four brought home the fifth and eventual game-winning run for the Bears.

The game opened with a high-scoring affair in the first inning with five combined runs between the teams. NM State (35-21) starter Kyle Bradish allowed three runs to cross the plate in the top-half. The Aggies then responded with a pair of runs off of Northern Colorado right-hander Aaron Hamilton.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball's Title Bid Comes Up Short In Loss To CSU Bakersfield In Regular Season Finale

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Despite going down early, the New Mexico State baseball team rallied the best it could on Saturday and got within five runs of CSU Bakersfield before falling 13-8 in the series finale.

However, the Aggies captured their ninth series victory of the year before concluding the regular-season 35-20 overall and 19-5 in Western Athletic Conference play.

How It Happened
CSU Bakersfield struck early against the Aggies once again on Saturday in the series finale, starting the game off with a three spot before plating five runs in the third inning to go ahead 8-0 through three innings of action.

The ‘Runners scored two runs thanks to three-straight singles and then plated their third run on a wild pitch from NM State’s Johnathan Groff. The Aggie southpaw was chased from the game in the third with just one out.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Edges CSU Bakersfield 9-8, Keeps WAC Title Hopes Alive

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The solo shot from Greg Popylisen in the eighth inning proved to be the game-winner at the end of the night on Thursday as NM State edged past CSU Bakersfield 9-8 at Presley Askew Field.

The win keeps NM State’s hopes of sharing a regular-season title with Grand Canyon alive with two more contests remaining.

How It Happened
CSU Bakersfield struck first in the opening frame of play and plated a run on three passed balls by the Aggie backstop. New Mexico State, the league leaders in eight offensive categories, didn’t trail for long. LJ Hatch first connected on a 3-2 fastball and made it 1-1 before a 2-run opposite shot by Mason Fishback put the Aggies ahead, 3-1.

After Kyle Bradish sat the ‘Runners down in order, Joey Ortiz pushed the Aggie lead to 4-1 on double down the right-field line that scored the speedy Greg Popylisen from first.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Takes Game Two At Chicago State 10-4

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL - The New Mexico State Aggies baseball squad took on the Chicago State Cougars in the second game of the weekend series on Saturday afternoon. The Aggie bats were quiet early but came to life with back-to-back four run innings and the team went on to take down the Cougars, 10-4.

How it happened
NM State (32-19, 16-4 WAC) sent Marcel Renteria to the hill to face off against the southpaw Grant Trower for Chicago State (11-37, 7-13 WAC). Despite the Aggies leaving one runner stranded in the first two innings without registering a run, Renteria put down the first six batters he faced to hold the game scoreless.

In the third, the opposition threatened with runners on the corners. However, an attempted pick-off at first then led to a rundown at the plate with the baserunner on third and the man was tagged out to end the inning.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Beats Rival New Mexico 12-5

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team traveled just north to square off against Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico for the third and final time this season on Tuesday night. The Aggie bats clobbered the team to a 12-5 victory in which the team had three homers.

How it happened
NM State (27-19) sent out Andy Frakes for his third start of the season against UNM (26-19-1) right-hander James Harrington. The Aggies got going early offensively when Austin Botello crushed the first pitch of his at-bat to the parking lot behind the right field wall for a solo home run to put the team out in front 1-0.

The Lobos responded in the bottom of the second when a one-out triple to left center scored a pair. In the following at-bat, a ground out to shortstop scored the man from third and gave the opposition a 3-1 lead after two innings.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Swept By GCU After 9-0 Shutout Loss

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team closed out their weekends series against conference opponent Grand Canyon on Sunday afternoon. A quiet night for the Aggie bats saw the team get shutout at home for the first time in three years (3/29 vs. Sacramento State) in a 9-0 loss to Grand Canyon University.

How it happened
NM State (26-19, 11-4 WAC) sent usual Sunday starter Jonathan Groff to the mound to square off against GCU (22-21, 16-2 WAC) righty Jack Schneider. In the top of the first inning, a tight strike zone forced Groff to walk in the first run of the game for the Lopes before escaping a bases loaded situation.

Each pitcher held the offenses quiet in the second inning, then in the third GCU opened the inning with a three-run rally before the Aggies could force and out which put the opponent up 4-0 heading to the fourth.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Drops Game Two Against GCU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team Hosted Western Athletic Conference opponent Grand Canyon University for the second game of their weekend series on Saturday. The day game saw the Aggies have trouble advancing the runners in game two and the team dropped the contest, 7-2.

How it happened
NM State (26-18, 11-3 WAC) started sophomore Kyle Bradish for the two o’clock showdown against GCU (21-21, 15-2 WAC) southpaw Jake Repavich. Each hurler kept the bats quiet in the first two innings with Bradish tossing back-to-back one-two-three outings and the Aggies leaving three men on to keep the score at 0-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>