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NM STATE BASEBALL

NM State to open WAC play with Seattle U

The conference opener marks the fourth consecutive weekend with baseball at Presley Askew Field

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Game Eleven    
Seattle U (2-8) at NM State (2-1) 
Friday, Mar. 11 | 3:00 p.m. | Presley Askew Field | Las Cruces, N.M. 
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Pitching Matchup | LHP Sammy Natera (1-0, 0.82 ERA) vs. RHP Nestor German (0-2, 3.97 ERA) 

Game Five 
Seattle U at NM State 
Saturday, Mar. 12 | 1:00 p.m. | Presley Askew Field | Las Cruces N.M. 
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Pitching Matchup | RHP Pablo Cortes (1-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. LHP Peter Chronowski (0-2, 2.45 ERA) 

Game Six 
Seattle U at NM State 
Sunday, Mar. 13 | 12:00 p.m. | Presley Askew Field | Las Cruces, N.M. 
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Pitching Matchup | RHP Ian Mejia (2-0, 2.84 ERA) vs. RHP Brady Liddle (1-1, 4.20 ERA) 

Entering the weekend as winners of eight of their last nine, the NM State baseball team is one of the hottest teams in America. The Aggies look to keep things rolling as they begin Western Athletic Conference play on Friday against Seattle U.  

AGGIE FACTS 

  • Pablo Cortes was named WAC Pitcher of the Week following his complete-game shutout against Prairie View A&M last Saturday. Cortes became the first Aggie to garner conference player of the week honors this season. 
  • Logan Gallina and Hunter Antillon were both named to Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week list following a massive weekend against Prairie View A&M. The pair of honors were the third and fourth national player of the week honors for NM State this season, joining a pair from Sammy Natera. 
  • Antillon currently leads all Division I players with 0.80 doubles per game and ranks second in the nation with eight doubles on the season. 
  • Antillon enters the Seattle U series riding a seven-game hitting streak, which matches Brandon Dieter for the longest streak by an Aggie this season.
  • Preson Godfrey and Antillon have both reached safely in every game this season for NM State.  
  • Second basemen Kevin Jimenez picked up a flurry of preseason awards. The junior from Arizona was named to the Preseason All-WAC Team and named as one of the top 50 second basemen in college baseball by D1Baseball.
  • Gallina and Natera both appeared in the top-five of D1Baseball’s Top Prospects list for the WAC. Aggie right hander Rorik Maltrud also appears on the list, coming in at #15.
  • The Seattle U series will mark the conclusion of a 13-game home stand to open the season for NM State. The Aggies will hit the road for five games next 
  • With the series against Seattle U, NM State will officially open WAC play. The Aggies currently sit 1.5 games behind Grand Canyon in the West division. GCU opened their conference slate with a three-game sweep of California Baptist last weekend. 
  • Natera, Cortes, and Ian Mejia are set to get the ball on the mound for the Aggies this weekend.

ABOUT THE REDHAWKS 

  • Seattle U comes into the weekend set at Presley Askew Field with a 2-8 record. The Redhawks dropped a thrilling 12-inning affair to Washington on Tuesday night.  
  • Much like the Aggies, this is the opening weekend of conference play for the Redhawks. 
  • In the Preseason Poll, Seattle U was selected to finish seventh in the WAC’s West division. No Redhawks were named to the Preseason All-WAC Team.  
  • In their last full series, Seattle U was outscored by UTSA 34-5 throughout the four-game set. 
  • In Tuesday’s game against Washington, Redhawk pitchers took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before eventually falling in a thriller.  
  • Last season, Seattle U took three of four from NM State in the Pacific Northwest in the regular season. In the WAC tournament, NM State defeated the Redhawks 7-5 in their opening game before Seattle U eventually ended the Aggies season on May 28. 

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