Courtesy NM State Media Relations
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State baseball team saw a trio of players tabbed American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings All-Americans.
After being named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region team just last week, Nick Gonzales (first-team), Joey Ortiz (second-team) and Tristen Carranza (third-team) were named to the All-America team by the coaches association.
Gonzales, who has now been named an All-American for the sixth time this season, and matches Bryan Marquez (2009) for the most nods in a single-season by any Aggie ballplayer. His other All-America honors were from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game. The Vail, Ariz., product was a first-team selection in five of the six publications.
His sophomore campaign saw him lead the country in batting average (.432), third in slugging percentage (.773), fourth in hits (95), fourth in runs scored (80), fifth in RBI (80), fifth in on-base percentage (.532), sixth in total bases (170) and eighth in sac flies (8).
Ortiz has now collected three All-America honors after becoming NM State's highest draft pick in program history. The Garden Grove, Calif., product was selected in the fourth-round (108th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles. A Brookes Wallace Award finalist, Ortiz led the country in hits (106) and runs scored (85) while checking in at second in triples (10), third in batting average (.422), third in RBI (84), fourth in doubles (25), fourth in total bases (175) and 19th in slugging percentage (.697).
Carranza ended his career in the Crimson & White earning a pair of All-America nods after being named an NCBWA Second-Team All-American last week. The El Centro, Calif., native finished his senior campaign ranked ninth in hit by pitch (21), 10th in RBI (73), 12th in slugging percentage (.719), 16th in triples (6), 17th in on-base percentage (.500), 19th in home runs (20), 20th in total bases (151), 22nd in sac flies (7) and 25th in runs scored (67) among Division I players across the country.