Tristan Peterson a driving force for New Mexico State

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RBI: It’s the three letters baseball players love more than any others. New Mexico State junior Tristan Peterson has more of them than any player in NCAA baseball this season.

“Just getting my pitch, not being afraid to put a good swing on it and not being afraid to get to 2 strikes and knowing I can handle that,” said Peterson of his hot start to 2019.

Through 31 games, Peterson has an astounding 53 RBI, to go along with a blistering .416 batting average and 13 home runs. The baker’s dozen of dingers ranks eighth in the country.

“He’s got a chance to improve his swing even more and become a legitimate power threat as a senior, so we’re really excited about what he’s doing and where he can go,” Aggies head coach Brian Green said.

The Tucson native started his career at Kansas State, but spent last season at the junior college level refining his game. For Peterson, the 2019 power surge was expected. 

“I feel like I’ve always known that that that was in there. Unleashing it is finally coming out,” Peterson said.
Peterson is just one cog in a potent Aggie offense. Nick Gonzales is second in the country in batting average; Joey Ortiz is tied with Peterson atop the RBI rankings; and Tristen Carranza also has 13 home runs. However, Peterson plays an integral role in the middle of the lineup.
 
“He’s such a big bridge for our lineup because he really starts it over again. Then you’ve got Mingus, and Ehnes and then Carranza so he’s been massive to the lineup,” Green said.

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