The New Mexico State baseball team opens Western Athletic Conference play with a three-game weekend series against Seattle U at Presley Askew Field, March 23-25.
Friday, March 23 at 6:05 p.m.
NM State: Kyle Bradish | RHP | 2-1 | 2.43 ERA
Seattle U: Jake Prizina | LHP | 2-0 | 3.26 ERA
Saturday, March 24 at 2:05 p.m.
NM State: Justin Dehn | RHP | 2-1 | 4.85 ERA
Seattle U: Tarik Skubal | LHP | 1-0 | 6.10 ERA
Sunday, March 25 at 12:05 p.m.
NM State: Jonathan Groff | LHP | 4-1 | 3.38 ERA
Seattle U: TBD
WHERE TO WATCH
Aggie fans who can’t make it to the weekend series can catch the action on television or online. You can listen to Adam Young with Jerry Lujan and Brian Cox to call the game on FOX Sports Arizona PLUS for Friday’s tilt and FOX Sports Arizona on Sunday. Saturday’s contest can be streamed on the WAC Digital Network with Adam Young on the call.
The second game of the series on Saturday can be heard on 91.5 FM KRUX with Adam Young handling the play-by-play. Fans can also use their tablet or mobile device to listen on the TuneIn app by searching KRUX.
Fans can also follow the game in real time with live stats on StatBroadcast.
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.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS
Seattle U enters Presley Askew with a 12-7 overall record and 2-1 mark playing on the road. The Redhawks have won their last three games with a pair of home victories and a win on the road against Portland.
As a team, the Redhawks post a .291 batting average with a11 runs scored and 14 stolen bases. Four everyday starters for Seattle U are batting above .300, led by Jake Cosgrove with a .393 average, including eight extra-base knocks and 13 runs batted in.
On the mound, Seattle U has a 4.55 team ERA and hold opponents to a .249 batting average. Friday starters Jake Prizina leads the team with 27 strikeouts with a pair of wins over 30.1 innings pitched. Out of the bullpen the Redhawks turn to this week’s WAC Pitcher of the Week, Zach Wolf, who holds a 3-0 record with a 2.70 ERA in 12 appearances to go along with six saves.
Since joining the WAC in 2006, NM State is 7-5 when playing in conference openers and 24-14-2 in conference-opening series. The Aggies are 2-1 in their WAC-opening games and 7-1-1 on opening weekend under third-year head coach Brian Green.
Last season’s conference opener featured NM State on the road taking on Seattle U and the Aggies swept the series, 3-0.
IN THE NATION
Over a month into the 2018 season the NM State baseball team currently ranks in the top-15 in 10 different categories across the NCAA, including seven within the top-10:
NM State (Rk) Category NCAA
.441 (2nd) OB% .447
215 (2nd) Runs .224
9.8 (2nd) Scoring 11.2
245 (4th) Hits 271
.328 (4th) Batting Avg. .360
.518 (7th) Slugging % .639
3 (10th) Shutouts 7
50 (12th) Doubles 66
.983 (13th) Fielding Percentage .996
26 (15th) Home Runs 44
LAST TIME OUT
The New Mexico State baseball team made its second trip to Tucson, Ariz. on the year to take on Arizona at Hi Corbett Field on Tuesday night. The Aggie bats were quiet throughout the night and the Wildcats capitalized taking down NM State 14-0.
NM State (13-9) southpaw Matthew Perea got his first start as an Aggie and was countered by Juan Aguilera also making his first career start for Arizona (11-9).
Arizona continued to add to the lead with a pair of two-RBI base knocks in the bottom of the seventh. Brett Worthen took the mound for the Aggies in the eighth, his first appearance since March 1, 2016 against Texas Tech, and had three strikeouts to hold the Wildcats scoreless
Following the WAC-opener, New Mexico State remains at home playing host to No. 9 Texas Tech at Presley Askew Field on March 27. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. MT.