Baseball Game Recaps

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Baseball Game Recaps

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 >>

NMSU Baseball Falls In Extra Innings To GCU In Series Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team opened a weekend series against Western Athletic Conference foe Grand Canyon University on Friday night. A high-scoring contest took extra innings to decide a winner in a game which saw the Aggies fall 11-9.

How it happened

NM State (26-17, 11-2 WAC) starter Marcel Renteria took the mound against Grand Canyon (20-21, 14-2 WAC) right-hander Jake Wong to open the three-game series on Friday evening. After a scoreless first, the Aggies took the lead in the bottom of the second when Marcus Still roped a single to left center which brought home the one run.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Takes Game Two Of Series With Northern Colorado

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Thanks to timely hitting and a great day from the Aggie bullpen, New Mexico State claimed its fourth-straight series victory Saturday afternoon with a 7-4 win over Northern Colorado in a nationally televised game at Presley Askew Field.

With the win, Groff moved to 6-4 on the year – which ties Kyle Bradish and Marcel Renteria for the team-lead in wins.

How It Happened
After a quiet first inning, Northern Colorado (15-20, 4-6 WAC) struck first against Aggie (25-15, 10-1 WAC) starter Johnathan Groff. A walk, stolen base and groundout moved UNC’s leadoff hitter, Brent Minnick, to third and eventually scored on a single to left from Alex Kiel. Despite giving up back-to-back singles with two outs, the Aggie southpaw was able to get Evan Johnson to pop up to LJ Hatch.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>