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Aggie baseball hosts Cal Baptist in weekend WAC set


California Baptist (13-6; 2-4 WAC) at NM State (10-8; 2-4 WAC) 

Friday, Mar. 25 | 6:00 p.m. | Presley Askew Field | Las Cruces, N.M. 

Pitching Matchup | RHP Rorik Maltrud (1-0, 1.88 ERA) vs. RHP CJ Culpepper (2-1, 2.95 ERA) 

Game Twenty 

California Baptist at NM State 

Saturday, Mar. 26 | 5:00 p.m. | Presley Askew Field | Las Cruces N.M. 

Pitching Matchup | RHP Pablo Cortes (1-1, 5.12 ERA) vs. RHP Brandon Downer (1-0, 5.03 ERA) 

Game Twenty One 

California Baptist at NM State 

Sunday, Mar. 27 | 1:00 p.m. | Presley Askew Field | Las Cruces, N.M. 

Pitching Matchup | RHP Ian Mejia (3-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. RHP Drew Necochea (3-1, 2.16 ERA) 

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – After five games on the road, the NM State baseball team will be back at Presley Askew Field for three games against California Baptist this weekend. The Aggies will host their first two home night games of the season on Friday and Saturday with Rorik Maltrud and Pablo Cortes on the mound.  


  • NM State trails the all-time series with California Baptist 6-1 with the Lancers riding a five-game winning streak. Last season, California Baptist swept a four-game series in Las Cruces. 
  • In games at Presley Askew Field, the Aggies are 9-4 this season. 
  • Rorik Maltrud sits in the top ten nationally for WHIP (5th; 0.50) and hits allowed per nine innings (7th; 3.44).
  • The Aggies are 0-2 in night games this season – both being played in Lincoln, Nebraska. The first two night games of the season at Presley Askew Field will be played on Friday and Saturday.
  • Saturday’s game will be televised on ESPN+, Comcast New Mexico, and Bally Sports Arizona. Adam Young and Cory Lucas will have the call. 
  • Brandon Dieter and Kevin Jimenez have both started all 18 games for the Aggies this season. The middle infield duo are the only players to start each game for NM State this season.
  • NM State and California Baptist both come into the weekend series with a 2-4 record and four games behind Grand Canyon in the West Division of the WAC.
  • Through the first five weekends of the season, the Aggies have been perfect on Sundays, posting a 5-0 record. 


  • Earlier this week, California Baptist fell in a midweek contest to No. 11 Texas Tech 6-3 in Lubbock. 
  • Last weekend, the Lancers took two of three in a non-conference series against Yale. California Baptist topped off their dominant weekend with a 23-1 win on Sunday.  
  • In WAC play this season, the Lancers were swept by Grand Canyon before taking two of three against Utah Valley.  
  • In their history, the Lancers have posted a 95-50 record at the Division I level.  
  • California Baptist is 11-1 on the season when holding their opponents to five runs or less. 

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