LAS CRUCES, N.M.—The New Mexico State baseball team earned the opening win in its four-game series with Seattle U 7-4 on Thursday, April 17, at Presley Askew Field. The win brought the Aggies to 14-19 on the season and 6-4 in Western Athletic Conference Play.
Senior Christopher Bradley got the start for the Aggies on the pitching mound in game one. He found some momentum early on and put in 6.2 innings of work and struck out a season-high seven batters on his way to earning the win. This brings Bradley’s record to 2-4 on the season.
The Aggies worked well offensively even though the homerun eluded them and were able to put seven runs on the board. NM State worked off three doubles, five singles and eight walks in the game.
NM State started strong offensively in the first inning as senior Michael Medina led off the game and earned a single. He was brought around to score when sophomore Derek Umphres hit a double down the left field line.
Bradley worked through the first inning without allowing a base runner. He struggled in the second inning, giving up two runs on four hits. However, after his early struggles Bradley found his rhythm as he struck out seven batters and allowed only three walks in 6.2 innings of work. Bradley controlled Seattle U’s batters allowing seven hits but only three runs.
The Aggie offense helped Bradley out with some insurance in the fourth inning. After being held scoreless in the second and third, the Aggies opened up and scored three runs in the fourth. Leading off the fourth was senior Michael Paulson who drew a walk and was followed by sophomore Joseph Koerper and senior Jory Goldstrom who both hit singles and all three came around to score and gave the Aggies a 5-2 lead in the fourth inning.
Seattle U was held to two runs until seventh inning but never posed a threat to catching the Aggies after the fourth inning. NM State extended its lead to 7-3 heading into the ninth inning where Seattle U was able to scrape one last run across the plate but dropped game one of the four-game series 7-4.
Game two will be the first part of a double-header on Friday, April 18, at Presley Askew Field with the first game starting at 3:05 p.m.
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