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Aggies bound for NCAAs; Lobos turn attention to MLB draft

Brandon Ortega
May 29, 2018 09:52 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The New Mexico State baseball is headed to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2012, traveling to Texas for the Lubbock regional.

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The Aggies will face Texas Tech, who shut them out in their lone meeting early in the year. They say they're ready for a rematch.

"We play them two or three times a year," NMSU pitcher Kyle Brandish said. "We've been there quite a few times. They've been a really good team for a while, but very pleased going there. It's a place we know, so I'm very happy with that draw."

The Aggies are one of four teams in the Lubbock regional, opening things up with the Red Raiders Friday at noon. The winner faces Kent State or Louisville.

While NMSU made it to the postseason, it was a rebuilding year for the UNM baseball team. The Lobos missed the Mountain West tournament for the first time in over a decade.

With their season over, several players have turned their attention to the upcoming MLB draft. While coach Ray Birmingham would rather be coaching games this time of year, prepping for the draft is a special time.

"You do this partially for that. You want kids. You want to teach them. You want to teach them, coach them up so they can be in a position to have this day have draft day mean something," he said.

Birmingham said pitcher Christian Tripp got the attention of scouts. Tripp was the Lobos' closer with six saves on the season.
MLB draft starts Monday.

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