Baseball Game Recaps

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Baseball Game Recaps

NMSU Baseball Blasts Yale 18-5, Takes Series 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Thanks to a combined 19 hits by Aggie batters on Sunday, the New Mexico State baseball team powered past Yale 18-5 at Presley Askew Field to take the series 3-1.

The win also gave NM State its second-straight series victory. The last NM State won back-to-back series was in 2014 when it took 3-of-4 from Saint Mary’s and SIUE to start the season.

How It Happened

The visiting Bulldogs (1-3) drew first blood on the day, getting back-to-back knocks to left before scoring one on a wild pitch from NM State starter Marcel Renteria (2-0, 3.14 ERA).

However, the Aggies (9-5) came out swinging in their half of the first inning and pounded Yale for 10 runs and nearly batted around the order twice.

It would be nearly 40 minutes later before Renteria returned to the hill to pitch the second inning – which didn’t last long thanks to a 4-6-3 double-play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader With Yale

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team went 2-0 on Saturday as the Aggies defeated Yale 16-5 and 7-3 in doubleheader action. The wins moved NM State to 8-5 on the year while the Bulldogs dropped to 1-2 to start the season.

Game 1: How it happened

NM State got off to a rough start as Yale broke out to an early 1-0 lead. Kyle Bradish started on the mound for the Aggies. He went to work in the first and was able to get out of the inning, only allowing the one run.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Falls To Yale 3-1 In Series Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team dropped an exciting 3-1 game Friday night at Presley Askew Field in front of a sold-out crowd of 1,331 that included kids from the Las Cruces Youth Baseball Association.

The Aggies (6-5) struck first in the bottom of the third when Brent Sakurai led off with a triple to deep right field and scored on the following play when Tristen Carranza grounded on a hard chopper to the second baseman.

However, the visiting Bulldogs (1-0) answered right back in the next half inning when their designated hitter Griffin Dey lifted a 1-1 pitch from Johnathan Groff well over the centerfield wall.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Falls At Arizona State 12-5

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State baseball team traveled to Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Tuesday night to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils. A tough game for the Aggies saw them use nine pitchers in a losing effort as they fell to ASU, 12-5.

How it happened

As the game opened up, NM State looked to capitalize on a wild pitcher early, as the first two batters of the game were walked. Unfortunately, some aggressive base running by the Aggies got Marcus Still tagged out in a pickle and the next two Aggie batters were retired to end the opening half inning at an even, 0-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Routs Mount Saint Mary's 13-2

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The bats were white hot on a balmy Friday night at Presley Askew Field as the New Mexico State baseball team routed Mount St. Mary’s 13-2 behind 18 hits.

The Aggies (3-3) struck first in their bottom half of the first inning when LJ Hatch roped a double in the left-center gap that plated a pair of runs with two outs.

A sacrifice fly to center by Austin Botello scored another run in the second before NM State exploded for five runs in the fourth. The Aggies batted around the order that inning with Brent Sakurai making his second trip for the final out, but not before five Aggies crossed the dish.

Johnathan Groff (1-1, 5.40 ERA) settled in well after giving up a run in the third and pitched back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth frame. The Castroville, Texas, native gave up just two runs on six hits while walking two and fanned eight Mount St. Mary’s batters.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Falls To Texas Tech 16-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LUBBOCK, TX - The New Mexico State baseball team’s pitching staff couldn’t contain a hot-hitting Texas Tech team and fell to the 21st-ranked Red Raiders 16-1 Tuesday afternoon at Rip Griffin Park.

How It Happened
New Mexico State jumped out to a 1-0 lead to start the game after Dan Hetzel plated Greg Popylisen from third on a deep fly ball to center for the sacrifice RBI. However, Texas Tech answered with a run of its own in the bottom-half of the second.

The Red Raiders then scored the go-ahead run the very next inning on a throwing error from LJ Hatch that scored TTU’s Michael Davis from second. Austin Botello drew a four-pitch walk to lead off the top of the fourth, but the next three Aggie batters went down in order.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Routs Bryant 20-7 In Series Finale

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team faced off against the Bryant Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon at Presley Askew Field. The game ended a four-game weekend series as the Aggies split the match up with a decisive, 20-7, victory on day three.

NM State head coach Brian Green shared his thoughts on the strong team performance saying, “We did a great job today. We swung at good pitches and were very aggressive early in the count. We had a lot of quality at-bats today and any time you can put up 20 runs, it’s a good feeling.”

How it happened

The Aggies went down 2-0 early after giving up a solo home run in the first inning, followed by a RBI double with two outs in the second. After that, the scoring was all Aggies for the next three innings.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Drops Season Opener To Bryant 6-3

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State baseball team opened the season against the Bryant Bulldogs on Friday night at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies battled the Bulldogs through all nine innings, as the team dropped the first game of the season, 6-3.

After squaring off against one of the nation’s top pitchers in the season opener, NM State head coach Brian Green commented, ““He (Bryant starting pitcher James Karinchak) did a really good job. We were able to get his pitch count up and get him out of the game fairly early. That was the goal against him. He did a really nice job and we didn’t respond. He sped us up a little bit, but credit to him. He did a great job. We certainly had our hands full tonight.”

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Aggie Baseball Falls To Seattle 12-10 In WAC Tournament; Botello, Popylisen, Johnson Named To All-Tournament Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MESA, AZ - After going down 11-5 after three innings, New Mexico State (34-23) had their comeback cut up short in the 12-10 loss to Seattle U (37-20) on Saturday. The Aggies finished the 2016 campaign with 23 wins more than the 2015 season, a turnaround of plus-19.  Continue Reading This Post >>