Aggies Set for First Battle of I-25 Clash

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The New Mexico State baseball team gets set to host Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico on Tuesday, March 26, at 6:05 p.m. MT on Presley Askew Field. This is the first of two regular season meetings between the Aggies and Lobos.

PROBABLE STARTERS

Tuesday, March 26, at 6:05 p.m. MT

NM State: Chris Jefferson | RHP | 3-1 | 5.13 ERA

New Mexico: Tristin Lively | RHP | 1-1 | 4.66 ERA

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LIVE STATS

Live stats are available for all of NM State’s home games this season. Those looking to follow along with the stats can access each game on StatBroadcast or by visiting the team’s schedule page online.

WHERE TO WATCH

For fans who cannot make it out to The ‘Skew for the rivalry matchup, you can still watch the game live on FOX Sports Arizona PLUS, FOX College Sports Pacific and Eleven Sports. The game is also set to air on delay at 11 p.m. MT on FOX Sports Southwest.

Adam Young is set to handle the play-by-play with Brian Cox serving as the analyst for the midweek clash.

GAMEDAY PROMOTIONS

Aggies fans who can make it out to The ‘Skew are provided with some great game day promotions from NM State Athletics. For the Battle of I-25 matchup on Tuesday, the ceremonial first pitch for the game is set to be thrown out by Major League Baseball umpire Tony Randazzo.

Prior to the game, NM State baseball is also set to reveal it’s WAC decal in the outfield to commemorate the team’s first-ever Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship in 2018. Also, throughout the contest fans are able to receive some great in-game giveaways.

LOOKING AT THE LOBOS

For the midweek clash, in-state rival New Mexico enters Presley Askew Field for the 250th Battle of I-25 matchup all-time. The opposition holds a 12-11 overall record and 4-5 mark in Mountain West Conference play. The Lobos are coming off of a weekend series that saw the team lose two of three games to conference opponent San Diego State by a combined score of 27-18 at home.

Through 23 games, the UNM offense posts a .303 team batting average with 166 runs scored and 77 extra-base hits, including 14 home runs. At the plate, Lobo play has been led by Connor Mang who has a team-high .380 batting average and a team-leading 21 extra-base hits with a .707 slugging percentage. Six regular starters for the Lobos have batting average over .300.

On the mound, UNM pitchers have a 5.91 earned run average allowing opposing batters to put up a .305 batting average with 62 extra-base hits. Lobo pitchers have combined for 163 strikeouts over 201.0 innings pitched. Tuesday starter, Tristin Lively, has a 1-1 record with a 4.66 ERA. The right-hander has seven punch outs and allowed 12 walks over 9.2 innings pitched.

UNM has won the MWC regular-season title in five of the last eight seasons and won the conference tournament championship in 2016. TO date, NM State has won four-straight games over New Mexico, including a three-game sweep in 2018 for the first time in a season in program history. An Aggies win would give the team five in a row over the in-state rival, which has not been done since the 2000-01 seasons.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

The Western Athletic Conference announced its players of the week on Monday, March 25. Following a dominant performance at the plate over four games, New Mexico State first baseman Tristan Peterson was named the WAC Hitter of the Week.
 
Peterson was the top hitter in the WAC during the opening weekend of conference play in a series win over CSU Bakersfield and added a solid night at the plate in the midweek contest against Power 5 opponent Arizona on Tuesday. On the week, the junior posted a .632 batting average (12-for-19) from the plate with 13 RBI, five home runs and seven runs scored.
 
The slugger’s five home runs all came in the final two games of the series against the Roadrunners with three in game two and a pair of homers in the finale to help the Aggies to two wins and the series victory. Through the first three games of WAC play, Peterson is hitting .643 with a 1.786 slugging percentage.

IN THE NATION

21 games into the season the Aggies currently rank in the top-20 nationally in 13 categories, including nine NCAA-leading statistics:

NM State (Rk)

Category

NCAA Leader

.389 (1st)

Batting Average

.389

57 (1st)

Hit by Pitch

57

325 (1st)

Hits

325

48 (1st)

Home Runs

48

.498 (1st)

On-Base %

.498

295 (1st)

Runs

295

12.8 (1st)

Scoring

12.8

.665 (1st)

Slugging %

.665

17 (1st)

Triples

17

22 (6th)

Double Plays

29

53 (16th)

Doubles

73

137 (14th)

Base on Balls

168

.979 (17th)

Fielding Percentage

.979

LAST TIME OUT

This past weekend, the NM State baseball team opened up Western Athletic Conference play with a three-game series at home against CSU Bakersfield. After falling in the first game, the Aggies rebounded and took the final two for a 2-1 series victory.

In the series opener, a close game saw the Aggies not find the run production late as the team lost the first game of the series to the Roadrunners, 9-4. Then in game two, the top-ranked offense in the country bounced back as the Aggies scored in all six innings at the plate, including five multi-run frames, en route to a 23-1 victory in seven innings over the Roadrunners.

Then with each team vying for the series win in the finale, the Aggies trailed by one run in the eighth, and the Crimson & White then saw a five-run outbreak lead the team to a 12-8 comeback victory and a 2-1 series win over the Roadrunners.

UP NEXT

Following the midweek rivalry clash, the New Mexico State baseball team gets back into WAC play with a three-game weekend series at Chicago State, March 29-31.

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