Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Aggie baseball falls in pitcher’s duel with Grand Canyon

From NMSU Athletics

The Basics

Game Twenty Three

Score: NM State 0, RV Grand Canyon 2

records: NM State (10-13, 2-8 WAC); Grand Canyon (17-10, 9-1 WAC)

Location: Phoenix, Ariz. (GCU ballpark)

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The woes in WAC play continued for NM State baseball on Friday night against Grand Canyon as the Aggies fell 2-0. Earlier in the week, Grand Canyon found itself receiving votes in the NCBWA poll as a top team nationally.

Brandon Dieter led off the game for NM State with a single and the Aggies left the bases loaded in the first inning

The Lopes got out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning before Rorik Maltrud settled in and found his rhythm. The right-hander fanned four over six innings.

Grand Canyon added a run in the fourth inning to push their lead to 2-0, where it would stay for the remainder of the ballgame.

GCU pitchers would not allow a hit or a baserunner to the Aggies for the final three innings of the ballgame.

Quick hits

  • The loss marked the first time NM State had been shut out in 2022.
  • Brandon Dieter, Tommy Tabak, Nolan Funke, and Cal Vilalreal recorded the four hits for NM State on Friday night.
  • As a team, the Aggies stuck out 15 times while only fanning four Lopes batters.
  • Brendon Rodriguez and Noah Estrella combined to work a pair of scoreless innings in the contest. The duo also didn’t allow a hit.
  • Logan Gallina and Edwin Martinez-Pagani both drew walks in the ballgame.
  • Taking the loss, Rorik Maltrud fell to 1-2 on the season.

on deck

NM State will be back in action on Saturday against the Lopes. All of the action will be streamed on ESPN+ beginning at 6 pm from GCU Ballpark in Phoenix.

For complete coverage of NM State baseball throughout the Aggies 2022 campaign visit NMStateSports.com – the official home of Aggie athletics – and follow the Aggies on Facebook (NM State Baseball), Twitter (@NMStateBaseball) and Instagram (@NMStateBaseball).

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