NMSU Round Up One game in and the New Mexico State baseball team already looks to be in mid-season form, coasting to a 20-2 win over Texas Southern in their 2019 season opener.NM State’s scorching sticks warmed up a chilly night at the Skew, with the Aggies producing an outrageous 20 hits on a .488 batting average and adding five home runs to boot. Junior shortstop Joey Ortiz would kick off the night for NM State’s offense – belching a homer 345-plus-feet out past the left field wall.
Head Coach Brian Green and his team would continue to tack on the runs with ease, including the overwhelmingly dominant eight-run sixth inning.
“The inning that got away from us we got some balls up in the zone, the guys had been around the lineup a couple of times and seen some pitches and put some good swings on it and the game got separated – we did a nice job at the plate,” Green said. “Our guys did a really good job all night of controlling the zone, their (TSU) starter did a good job, he threw a lot of strikes and a couple of double-play balls.”
A solid shortstop-second baseman combo is rare to come by, especially at the college level, but the Joey Ortiz-Nick Gonzales tandem is as elite as they come, with the two combining for a 10-for-10 day at the plate, adding nine RBIs and each going yard at least once. The middle infield duo was 8-for-8 through six innings, evidently playing at a higher level than what their actual classification is (Gonzales, a now-sophomore and Ortiz, a now-junior).
“Playing next to Nick, he’s an All-American, went to the Cape [Cod League], that dude is just a great player,” Ortiz said about fellow comrade Nick Gonzales. “He pushes me to get better every day and I hope that I do the …