NMSU set for road clash with Chicago State

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The New Mexico State baseball team travels north to Chicago, Ill. for a three-game weekend series against Western Athletic Conference challenger Chicago State, March 29-31. The series opener is set for a 2 p.m. MT first pitch on Friday, March 29th, followed by the middle game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30th and the series finale begins at 11 a.m. MT on Sunday, March 31st.

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LIVE STATS

Fans looking to follow along with the conference series can get live stats for all three of the games on SideArm Stats.

TAKING A LOOK AT THE COUGARS

Heading into the weekend series, WAC foe Chicago State sits at 6-16 overall with a 1-2 mark in conference play. The Cougars most recent game saw the team fall to the Northwestern Wildcats, 13-1, at home in a midweek contest.

22 games into their season, the Cougars offense has posted a .247 team batting average with 35 extra-base hits and 107 runs scored. Three regular starters for CSU have a batting average above .300, led by Gabriel Coburn at .339 and a team-high .383 on-base percentage. Matt Sullivan has a .319 average and has recorded a team-leading 16 runs batted in.

On the mound, the Cougar pitching staff has combined for a 6.97 earned run average, holding opposing hitters to a .295 batting average and allowing 57 extra-base hits. CSU pitchers have recorded 134 strikeouts and allowed 133 walks.

IN THE NATION

24 games into the year the Aggies currently rank in the top-25 nationally in 14 categories, including nine NCAA-leading statistics:

NM State (Rk)

Category

NCAA

.388 (1st)

Batting Average

.388

336 (1st)

Hits

336

60 (1st)

Hit by Pitch

60

49 (1st)

Home Runs

49

.499 (1st)

On-Base %

.499

308 (1st)

Runs

308

12.8 (1st)

Scoring

12.8

.659 (1st)

Slugging %

.659

17 (1st)

Triples

17

25 (7th)

Double Plays

32

.980 (13th)

Fielding Percentage

.985

146 (15th)

Base on Balls

170

54 (19th)

Doubles

75

.750 (24th)

W/L %

.962

LEADER OF THE WAC

With WAC play opening, the NM State baseball team currently leads the conference in 12 offensive and three defensive categories.

The offensive stats the Aggies lead in are batting average (.388), slugging percentage (.659), on-base percentage (.499), run scored (308), hits (336), runs batted in (286), doubles (54), triples (17), home runs (49), total bases (571), walks (146) and hit by pitch (60).

Defensively, NM State leads the conference in ground outs forced per game (10.18), fielding percentage (.977) and double plays turned (22).

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 as well as the Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA National Player 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.

LAST TIME OUT

The New Mexico State baseball team hosted in-state rival New Mexico for the 250th playing of the Battle of I-25 on Tuesday night at Presley Askew Field. Four scoring innings, including three multi-run frames, and great pitching from the bullpen led the Aggies to a 13-5 win over the Lobos. This was the fifth-straight win for the Crimson & White over their rivals to the north, a feat that had not been accomplished since 2000-01.

UP NEXT

Following the series against Chicago State, the New Mexico State baseball team returns to the City of Crosses for another weekend WAC series, this time against Grand Canyon, April 5-7, at Presley Askew Field.

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