[GET] Winning Streaks Collide at The ‘Skew as NM State Hosts UTRGV – Reviews

Game Thirty-Nine

NM State (14-24, 11-13 WAC) vs. UTRGV (21-17, 12-8 WAC)

Friday, April 30 | 3:00 p.m. | Presley Askew Field | Las Cruces, N.M.

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Pitching Matchup | RHP Rorik Maltrud (2-2, 3.44 ERA) vs. RHP Kevin Stevens (4-4, 3.31 ERA)

Game Forty

NM State vs. UTRGV | Seven Innings

Saturday, May 1 | 1:00 p.m. | Presley Askew Field | Las Cruces, N.M.

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Pitching Matchup | RHP Chris Jefferson (4-5, 4.70 ERA) vs. RHP Kevin Palm (1-2, 3.81 ERA)

Game Forty-One

NM State vs. UTRGV

Saturday, May 1 | 4:00 p.m. | Presley Askew Field | Las Cruces, N.M.

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Pitching Matchup | LHP Sammy Natera (0-2, 6.16 ERA) vs. RHP J.C. Ariza (0-2, 3.35 ERA)

Game Forty-Two

NM State vs. UTRGV

Sunday, May 2 | Noon | Presley Askew Field | Las Cruces, N.M.

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Pitching Matchup | RHP Cam Blazek (2-1, 5.17 ERA) vs. RHP Colten Davis (4-0, 2.63 ERA)

LEADOFF HITS

• The latest opportunity for the NM State baseball team to move up the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) standings presents itself this weekend at Presley Askew Field when the Aggies host UTRGV for a four-game league set.

• Friday afternoon’s series opener is set for 3:00 p.m. from The ‘Skew. A limited number of tickets will be available for each game of the series. Tickets will only be available for purchase at the gates of Presley Askew Field and will go on sale beginning one hour prior to first pitch each day. All fans in attendance must wear masks and follow all social distancing guidelines at all times. Concessions will not be available, so as a result fans will be able to bring in food and beverages with the exception of alcohol and coolers.

• UTRGV sits just ahead of NM State in the WAC standings. The Vaqueros are currently in fourth place while the Aggies reside in fifth. NM State has 12 league games remaining on its 2021 regular season schedule while the Vaqueros have 16 left to play.

• All-time, the Aggies are 21-10 against UTRGV. NM State has won four of its last six and eight of its last 10 against the Vaqueros. At Presley Askew Field, NM State owns a mark of 14-3 (.824) all-time when facing UTRGV.

• The Aggies have won each of their last three games which represents the second-longest winning streak for NM State this season.

• After sitting out for two weeks, junior outfielder Tommy Tabak has returned to the lineup and made an immediate impact for the Aggies. In the four games since his return, Tabak is batting .462 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Over those four games, the Aggies have outscored their opponents 31-14.

• By turning a trio of double plays in their midweek win over Benedictine Mesa, the Aggies’ twin-killing total sits at 35 on the season – a total which ranks fourth nationally.

• A two-RBI afternoon from sophomore shortstop Brandon Dieter in the Aggies’ Tuesday afternoon win helped him move into a tie with teammate Ethan Mann for the WAC lead in RBI. Both have driven in 35 runs on the year to lead the league and rank 87th nationally. Dieter has hit three home runs in his last two games as well.

• Infielder Kevin Jimenez added another base-on-balls to his WAC-leading walk total. By drawing 11 walks in his last six games, Jimenez hiked his season total to 30. Not only does that number lead the WAC, it ranks 33rd nationally as well.

• Despite not conjuring up a hit in his team’s Tuesday afternoon win, sophomore outfielder Zerek Saenz continues to lead the WAC in five statistical categories. The Las Cruces, N.M., product tops the league’s charts in hits (56, 13th nationally), batting average (.397, 29th nationally), hits per game (1.51, 37th nationally), triples (three, 30th nationally) and on-base percentage (.482, 66th nationally).

• On the heels of his latest complete-game effort last Saturday in Stephenville, Texas, senior right-hander Chris Jefferson increased his total to five. Just one pitcher – Norfolk State’s Danny Hosley – has fired more complete games than the Pearland, Texas, product in 2021.

SCOUTING UTRGV | ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATISTICS

• Armed with the longest winning streak among all WAC clubs (six games) as well as one of the league’s three best pitching staffs, UTRGV hopes to move up to the top three in the WAC standings during its weekend in the Land of Enchantment.

• No member of the Vaqueros’ weekend rotations possesses an ERA north of 3.81 and all have amassed 22 or more strikeouts. Staff ace Kevin Stevens will start the series atop the mound and hopes to improve on his 4-4 record. The right-hander’s 54 1/3 innings and 58 strikeouts are both team-high marks.

• In addition to his standing among the Vaqueros’ best three hitters by average, Freddy Rojas Jr., has generated a considerable amount of power at the plate. Slashing at a rate of .305/.419/.590, the New Yorker ranks second in the WAC in slugging percentage while leading the team in extra-base hits (16), doubles (nine) and home runs (seven).

• Andy Atwood, one of just two Vaqueros, who have played and started in all 38 of UTRGV’s contests, leads the team in batting average (.328), on-base percentage (.429), hits (44) and runs scored (28).

• Extra-base power is a staple of the Vaqueros, too, as they rank second in the WAC and 50th nationally with 70 doubles to their credit.

ON DECK

• For its final WAC road series of the 2021 regular season, NM State makes the trip to Orem, Utah, next weekend for a four-game league series at Utah Valley. Friday’s series opener between the Aggies and Wolverines has been slated for a noon first pitch.

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[GET] Winning Streaks Collide at The ‘Skew as NM State Hosts UTRGV – Reviews
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