NCAA leading Aggies set to host Yale

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The New Mexico State baseball team gets set for its second weekend series of the season when it welcomes Yale to Presley Askew Field, Feb. 22-24. The Aggies and Bulldogs square off in a four-game series with first pitch for the opener on Friday, Feb. 22 set for 6:05 p.m. MT, followed by a doubleheader beginning at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 and the series finale slated for 12:05 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24.

 

GET YOUR SEASON TICKETS NOW!

With the start of the 2019 season, Aggie fans can be a part of the action for all of the NM State home games, including three doubleheaders, with the purchase of their season tickets.New Mexico State baseball season tickets are available for just $75 general admission and $100 for reserved seats. Fans looking to purchase can visit Ticketmaster or call the Pan Am ticket office at (575) 646-1420.

GAMEDAY PROMOTIONS

NM State fans who make it out to The ‘Skew have some great promotions to look forward to. Aggie Spirit Weekend kicks off with Friday’s series opener where all fans can purchase one-dollar hot dogs at the concession stand all game long.

 

Then on Saturday, fans are treated to the only thing better than one baseball game because the Crimson & White are playing two in Saturday’s doubleheader! Then in the series finale, NM State staff is going to be on the lookout for the most “Aggied Out” fan who will win an Aggie prize pack. Sunday is also ‘Bark in the Park’ where fans are encouraged to bring their well-behaved canine friends to the park to watch the game.

 

GET CONNECTED

Get up to the minute information and news about the NM State baseball team all season on Twitter, and Instagram by following @NMStateBaseball and on Facebook.com/NMSUAthletics.

 

LIVE STATS

Live stats are available for all 29 of NM State’s remaining home games this season. Those looking to follow along with the stats can access each game onStatBroadcast or by visiting the team’s schedule page online.

 

WHERE TO WATCH

Fans who cannot make it to Presley Askew Field this weekend can still watch each of the games. Friday’s series opener with Yale can be seen on FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports Southwest PLUS, FOX College Sports Pacific or streamed on the FOX Sorts app and Twitch.tv/elevensportsnext with Adam Young handling the play-by-play and Jerry Lujan serving as the analyst.

 

Then for Saturday’s doubleheader and Sunday’s series finale, fans can stream the game live on theWAC Digital Network with Adam Young once again handling the play-by-play.

 

LISTEN UP!

Aggie fans that can’t make it to the game can listen to Adam Young (@youngpbp) for the doubleheader on Saturday and the series finale Sunday afternoon on 91.5 FM KRUX. Fans can also listen to the game live with their mobile or tablet device on the TuneIn app for free by searching KRUX or by using the link on the team’s schedule pageonline.

 

TAKING A LOOK AT YALE

Yale makes it’s second-ever trip to Presley Askew Field following NM State’s 3-1 series win back in 2017. The Bulldogs are coming off a 2018 season that saw the team go 22-21 with a 15-7 record in conference play.

 

The 2017 season saw the Bulldogs make it to an NCAA Regional and win a pair of games taking down Nebraska and Holy Cross. The Bulldogs have also won two-straight IVY League regular-season titles and made it to the conference championship series in 2018 but fell to Columbia.

 

This season, Yale was picked as the favorites to win the IVY League with a strong returning squad that has 15 upperclassmen with eight seniors and seven juniors. The Bulldogs also return their top-nine hitters from 2018 who led the team in batting average and only lost one weekend starter, Eric Brodkowitz, while returning five key bullpen arms in Benny Wanger, Tyler Sapsford, Alex Stiegler, Bobby Cecere and Griffin Dey.

 

Last season, the team out of New Haven, Conn. went 11-10 on the road and wrapped up the season with a .253 team batting average with 16 home runs and 215 runs scored. The Bulldogs pitching staff posted a .301 in conference play to lead the IVY League. In the field is where Yale really shined after posting a .985 fielding percentage to lead the NCAA and tied the all-time national record.

 

The Head coach of Yale, John Stuper, was a 1982 World Series Champion with the St. Louis Cardinals and has racked up 514 career wins in his 27 years with the Bulldogs.

 

REAL RECOGNIZE REAL

The New Mexico State baseball team had an impressive opening weekend with a series sweep over the Texas Southern Tigers that saw the Aggies produce 98 runs in just four games. Among all the impressive numbers, the team was led offensively by second baseman Nick Gonzales whose play earned him the nod for Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week and one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week.
 
Gonzales looked to be in midseason form on opening weekend, going 16-for-22 at the plate with a team-high 16 runs batted in and a tie for the team lead with four home runs in the sweep of the defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champions.
 
The 2018 WAC Freshman of the Year had a perfect 5-for-5 night on Friday, Feb. 15, with six RBI and a pair of home runs in the 20-2 win. During the doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 16, the Vail, Ariz. native went 8-for-12 with seven runs scored and five RBI in a pair of wins that saw NM State outscore TSU, 62-14. The sophomore then followed that up with a 3-for-5 day on Sunday, Feb. 17, driving in five RBI in a seven-inning, 16-3, victory to clinch the series sweep.

 

HISTORIC WEEKEND

NM State’s opening weekend sweep of Texas Southern saw some gaudy offensive numbers that made some marks in the Aggies record books. The 98 runs that the Crimson & White produced marked the all-time highest team total in a series. The next highest total was 88 runs that were put up against Chicago State in 2005.

 

The 4-0 mark to open the season was also just the 12th time in the Aggies 57-year history that they have won their first four contests and was the first time being done since 2011. In the opening weekend series victory, the 4-0 record also marked the third four-game sweep over a team for the Aggies during head coach Brian Green’s era (Maine, Mount St. Mary’s and TSU). The series win was also the 15th series sweep for Green and the Aggies over the last five seasons.

 

LEADING THE NATION

Following the strong opening weekend that saw impressive offensive numbers across the board, the Aggies currently lead the NCAA in eight different categories:

Category                            NM State Total

Batting Avg.                             .509

Hits                                             83

Home Runs                               13

OB%                                         .606

Runs                                          98

Scoring                                    24.5

Slugging %                             .902

Triples                                        6

 

LAST TIME OUT

Over the weekend, NM State opened its season with a four-game series against reigning Southwestern Athletic Conference Champion and 2018 NCAA Regional squad Texas Southern. The Aggies did not wait to let loose offensively against the visitors going for a four-game sweep that saw the team outscore the Tigers, 98-19.

 

Game one on Friday, Feb. 15 saw a home run for the Aggies in their second at-bat of the game from Joey Ortiz and that opened the floodgates en route to a 20-2 opening night victory. Then in the doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 16, the offense for the Crimson & White did not slow down taking the first game 24-8 and then seeing even more production at the plate in game two, winning 38-6. In the series finale on Sunday, Feb. 17, the Aggie bats continued to roll to complete the four-game sweep with a run-rule victory over SU, 16-3, in seven innings.

 

UP NEXT

Following the weekend series, New Mexico State hits the road for a midweek contest against No. 4 Texas Tech on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. MT inside of Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock, Texas.

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