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NM State baseball heads to California for weekend series

Aggies will take on Cal Baptist in three-game series

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Game Forty-Two

NM State (18-23, 8-13 WAC) at California Baptist (26-15, 12-9 WAC)
Friday, May 6 | 7:00 p.m. MT | James W. Totman Stadium | Riverside, Calif.
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Game Forty-Three
NM State at California Baptist
Saturday, May 7 | 6:00 p.m. MT | James W. Totman Stadium | Riverside, Calif.
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Game Forty-Four
NM State at California Baptist
Sunday, May 8 | 1:00 p.m. MT | James W. Totman Stadium | Riverside, Calif.
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – With a golden opportunity to create separation in the WAC West division, the NM State baseball team heads to the Golden State for a three-game set with California Baptist. The Aggies currently sit in a tie for fifth place with Seattle U, holding a one-half game lead over Utah Valley. With the Wolverines playing a non-conference series this weekend, the Aggies can create some additional separation with a successful weekend in California.
 
AGGIE FACTS

  • The Aggies have won back-to-back conference series over Seattle U and Dixie State.
  • In back-to-back weeks, Aggies have earned National Player of the Week from Collegiate Baseball. Following a dominant Friday performance against Dixie State, Ian Mejia earned the honors while Logan Gallina was the defending player of the week after a monster four games over Benedictine Mesa and Seattle U.
  • If the season was to end today, NM State would be the third seed in the WAC West division with Seattle U getting the final spot. The Aggies would face Lamar, the second-seed in the Southwest division.
  • Mejia and Frank Dickson IV are slated to start for the Aggies with Sunday's starter yet to be announced.
  • Making starts in all 41 games for the Aggies this season, Kevin Jimenez has a team-leading .367 average among players who qualify for national rankings. Jimenez has hit 19 doubles on the season which leads the WAC and ranks 19th nationally.
  • Gallina has hit 16 homes runs this season, good for the 18th highest total in the nation.
  • As a team, NM State ranks 18th nationally in triples this season, ripping 17 three-baggers. The Aggies also lead the conference in doubles per game with 2.27.

 
ABOUT THE LANCERS

  • California Baptist fell in a weekend series against Sacramento State last week, taking the Saturday game by a score of 6-2.
  • In a midweek matchup, the Lancers lost to UNLV earlier this week 7-4.
  • California Baptist swept the Aggies earlier this season in Las Cruces, scoring 28 runs in the three-game set.
  • The Lancers are ineligible for the WAC Tournament and NCAA postseason play this season due to NCAA reclassification rules.
  • California Baptist will close the regular season portion of WAC play against Seattle U and Dixie State.
  • David Martin leads the Lancers with a .401 batting average in 40 games. Martin has reached base in over half of his plate appearances this season, putting together a .503 on-base percentage.
  • Drew Necochea has carved up opposing hitters this year, earning seven wins to go alongside a 3.44 ERA. CJ Culpepper has a team-leading 57 strikeouts on the mound.

AROUND THE WAC

  • Seattle U will travel to St. George, Utah to take on Dixie State in a conference series. Coming into the weekend, the Redhawks would be the fourth and final seed in the WAC West division for the conference tournament. 
  • Utah Valley will not have a chance to improve its place in the divisional standings this weekend as the Wolverines take on Washington State in a non-conference series.
  • Each of the next nine games for Utah Valley will be on the road. The next time the Trailblazers return to Orem, Utah will be to take on NM State from May 19-21.

For complete coverage of NM State baseball throughout the Aggies 2022 campaign, visit NMStateSports.com - the official home of Aggie athletics - and follow the Aggies on Facebook (NM State Baseball), Twitter (@NMStateBaseball) and Instagram (@NMStateBaseball).