THIS WEEK: The New Mexico State baseball team faces Rio Grande rivals New Mexico in a single midweek game in Albuquerque, Wednesday, April 17 and then hits the road to play Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La. for a three-game conference series and a single non-conference game, April 19-21. The Aggies play the Lobos at 3:00 p.m. (MT) on Lobo Field and Friday’s game against the Bulldogs begins at 5:00 p.m. at the J.C Love Field. Saturday’s game starts at 2:00 p.m. and the first pitch of the doubleheader on Sunday is at 12:00 p.m.
MEDIA COVERAGE: New Mexico State baseball fans will have plenty of opportunities to follow the Aggies on the radio with the voice of Aggie baseball, Jeff Matthews on KSNM AM 570.
Fans can listen to every game this week starting Wednesday, April 17 and continuing Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21 on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces. The radio feed can also be heard from anywhere in the world online at www.NMStateSports.com.
Live stats are available all season long by going to www.NMStateSports .com and clicking on the live events tab. Live stats are free of charge all season.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Fans can keep up with score updates and other information by logging on to Twitter @NMStateAggies. Fans can find out about promotions and everything else Aggie by going on Facebook and searching for NMSU Athletics as well as The Aggie Student-Athlete.
BOSTON: Both the NM State baseball team and Louisiana Tech baseball team will be wearing Boston Red Sox hats (replicas) during the series opener, Friday, April 19 in honor of those affected by the recent Boston Marathon tragedy.
ABOUT THE AGGIES: The Aggies head into this week’s games sitting in the No. 6 spot of the league standings. NM State is 19-17 overall but just 5-7 in WAC play. The team dropped a series to Texas State on opening weekend of league play, then traveled to CSU Bakersfield and won one of three games there. The Aggies bounced back and took the series from Dallas Baptist, who was picked to win the WAC in the preseason coaches’ poll, but fell in two of the three games versus Sacramento State.
NM State is hitting .288 as a team with three Aggies (who average at least 2.5 at-bats/game) hitting .300 or better. Junior Tanner Rust leads the team with a .378 batting average while senior Bobby Lecount isn’t far behind posting a .336 average on the year. Lecount, although, has a team-high 43 RBIs on the year.
The Aggie pitching staff heads into the weekend with a 5.69 ERA. Senior Adam Mott has worked more innings than any other Aggie pitcher working 61.2 innings this year. He also has a team-high 57 strikeouts this year. Senior lefty Ryan Beck has 53 K’s in 42.1 innings of work and is posting 11.27 strikeouts per nine innings, which ranks 11th in the nation.
The Aggies are 2-9 when playing on the road and are hitting .187 while away. NM State has a 6.19 ERA and has tallied 78 strikeouts in away games.
NM State has batted consistently in March and April with a .309 and .310 batting average, respectively. The Aggies hit 21 home runs and held a 5.52 ERA in March. Rust has maintained over a .410 batting average during March and April, while Lecount had 25 RBI in March. Evan Mott has a 2.89 ERA in 9.1 innings in April games and Adam Mott tallied 29 K’s in March.
Rust leads the Aggies with a 12 game hitting streak and also leads with 15 multiple hit games. Lecount has 13 multiple RBI games, leading NM State.
AGGIES ON THE ROAD: The Aggies have struggled on the road this year with a 2-9 away record. As a team, the Aggies are posting a .187 batting average. Tanner Rust and Michael Paulson are leading the team with a .289 and .375 average respectively. Pitching could also improve as the Aggies as a unit are posting a 6.19 earned run average. Pitcher Adam Mott has found success striking batters out with 19 this year in away games. The Aggies will look to continue hitting and pitching better on the road this year as regular season play comes to an end.
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: NM State faces New Mexico in a single game in Albuquerque Wednesday, April 17, followed by a weekend conference series and a single non-conference game against Louisiana Tech April 19-21. The Lobos are 20-16 heading into this week’s play, while the Bulldogs are 12-24 overall.
New Mexico: The Aggies are 81-141 against New Mexico, meeting first in 1962 and last facing each other in a single game earlier this year.
The New Mexico State baseball team used three home runs to pick up a 10-5 win over Rio Grande Rival New Mexico Monday, April 1 at Presley Askew Field.
Junior Tanner Rust got the Aggie bats going with a two-run shot in the bottom of the first to give his team its first lead of the game and later picked up a three RBI double in the bottom of the eight. Senior short stop Parker Hipp hit a three-run blast and senior Bobby Lecount followed up with a solo-shot for back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the third.
Senior Casey Collins picked up the win as he went 5.0 innings striking out three batters while holding off the Lobos for five runs. The Aggie relievers didn’t allow another Lobo run to score from there on-out.
DJ Peterson leads the Lobos offensively with a .414 batting average, 42 runs, 53 hits, 15 doubles, three triple, 12 homeruns, 45 RBI, a .859 slugging percentage and a .525 on-base percentage.
The Lobos have a 5.09 ERA with Gabe Aguilar winning the most games (4-2) and Sam Wolff leading in strikeouts (37) and innings pitched (46.2).
Louisiana Tech: The Aggies are 20-13 versus Louisiana Tech, meeting first in 2001 and last facing each other in a three-game series, April 19-21, 2012.
NM State baseball swept the 2012 series (3-2, 4-3, 10-0) against Louisiana Tech April 19-21, at Presley Askew Field.
The Aggies won the first game 3-2 on a walk-off single by Parker Hipp Thursday, April 19. The Aggies were down 2-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth until a wild pitch advanced a runner to third and the throw to catch runner at second ended in an error, bringing in the tying run. Hipp’s single brought in the runner at third for the win. Hipp ended his day going 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI, while starting pitcher Ryan Beck worked seven innings, striking out eight batters
The second game ended much like the first for NM State with a two run walk-off home run to win 4-3 Friday, April 20. Louisiana Tech had a 3-0 lead heading into the seventh inning when Robert Lecount smashed a solo home run at the bottom of the inning. An Aggie scored in the eighth on a single and then went on to hit the home run that won the game in the ninth.
The Aggies played dominantly in the final game of the series, defeating Louisiana Tech 10-0 in seven innings Saturday, April 21. NM State tallied their 10 runs on seven hits and 10 walks, while starting pitcher Michael Ormseth took his record to 7-0 after working five innings without giving up a run. It was the first shutout the NM State pitching staff has posted in 2012, while Robert Kraft faced a batter getting him out and Casey Collins threw 1 2/3 innings holding the Bulldogs to only three hits.
Ryan Gebhardt leads the Bulldogs offensively with a .295 batting average, 20 runs, 41 hits, nine doubles and one triple in 139 at bats.
Phil Maton lead the Bulldog bull pen with a 2.09 ERA, 5-3 record, nine starts, one complete game, three assisted shutouts and 59 strikeouts in 60.1 innings.
NM State plays Louisiana Tech on exactly the same dates as last year (April 19-21).
LOOKING BACK: NM State fell in the series against Sacramento State April 12-14, 1-2 with a win on Friday (5-4), dropping the Saturday and Sunday games (16-4, 6-4).
Junior Tanner Rust hit a walk-off single in the bottom of ninth to boost the NM Stat to a 5-4 win over the Hornets on Friday, April 12. The Aggies had a 4-3 lead heading into the ninth after being down by three earlier in the game, but Sacramento State tied it up in the top of the inning. Starting pitcher Adam Mott threw well in his start working 8.0 innings, finishing with eight strikeouts and one walk, but the win was picked up by senior Michael Ormseth when he came in to get the final out of the top of the ninth.
The Aggies tallied nine hits in the second game, but scored only four times falling 16-4 to Sacramento State, Saturday, April 13. The game was tight through three innings, starting with a solo shot home run from senior Kyle Phillips, before the Hornets exploded for seven runs in the top of the fourth. Starting pitcher Casey Collins working 3.2 innings was credited with the loss after allowing seven runs to score, five of them earned. Senior Michael Ormseth came in to relieve Collins and threw for 2.1 innings striking out four batters and allowing four runs to score.
NM State lost the third game of its weekend series against Sacramento State on Sunday, April 14, 6-4. NM State took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning after Rust hit two run home run. Sacramento State tied in the top half of the fourth, but the Aggies regained the lead in the bottom half of the frame off a home run by freshman second baseman Kent Blackstone. The Hornets scored four runs in the top of the seventh and the Aggies couldn’t recapture the lead. NM State starting pitcher Ryan Beck pitched six strong innings for the Aggies, allowing seven hits while also striking out seven batters.
KRAFT GETS FIRST CAREER START AGAINST UNM: Left-handed sophomore pitcher Robert Kraft, from Oklahoma City, Okla., will take the mound for his first career start, Wednesday, April 17. The Aggies travel to Albuquerque to play in-state rival New Mexico. Kraft made 24 appearances during his freshmen campaign and a total of eight this season. His longest appearance this year was 1.2 innings pitched outing and came when the Aggies played at Wake Forest on March 2. First pitch will be thrown at 3:00 p.m. (MT) and Kraft will look for his win in his young career, and more importantly a win for the Aggies.
AGGIES IN THE NATION: NM State is ranked 13th nationally with 264 runs scored this season, 14th in the country with 7.3 runs per game, fourth with 36 home runs and second in the nation with 217 walks. They also rank 14th nationally with a 0.408 on base percentage and 24th with a 0.444 slugging percentage.
Individually, a few Aggies are earning high national rankings as well. Tanner Rust is ranked 25th in the country with 38 runs and 36th with 1.06 runs scored per game. Bobby Lecount is ranked eighth in the nation with six sacrifice flies, 12th with 43 RBI, 16th with 1.19 RBI per game and 25th nationally with eight home runs. Michael Medina is ranked 11th nationally with 32 walks and 20th in the nation with 0.89 walks per game.
The Aggies rank third in the country with 9.2 strikeouts per game and are led by Ryan Beck, who is ranked 11th with 11.27 strikeouts per game.
SCORING RUNS: The Aggies have scored 264 runs so far this season with 79 of those runs coming in a four-game series with Alabama A&M. NM State is first in the WAC in runs while it is No. 13 nationally. The Aggies are second in the WAC in RBI (237).
The Aggies are averaging 7.3 runs per came which is 14th nationally. NM State is No. 4 in home runs. North Carolina leads in runs (326) and Dallas Baptist leads in home runs (42). NM State is second in the WAC in home runs with 36. Bobby Lecount is tied for third in the WAC with eight homeruns.
The NM State 30-3 win over Alabama A&M on March 17 is the second largest margin of victory (+27) by any team in the country this year (Central Arkansas defeated Grambling 30-0). The 30 runs are tied for the most scored by a team this year with two other teams. Eastern Kentucky score 30 runs twice and Central Arkansas has done it once.
The NM State school record for runs in a game is 37. The Aggies defeated Northern Iowa 37-11, March 4, 2006 at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies did not score 30 runs in a game during the 2011 or 2012 season but did it twice in 2010.
BOBBY LECOUNT NAMED WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK: Lecount was named the Western Athletic Conference hitter of the week for the week of April 1-7.
Lecount led the Aggies to three wins last week including a 10-5 win over in-state rival New Mexico and two wins over Dallas Baptist. Lecount hit .462 (6-for-13). He tallied six walks, nine RBI, two home runs, a double, a triple and scored six runs. His extra base hits equated to a 1.154 slugging percentage on the week, while his six walks helped him tally a .650 on-base percentage for the four games. Lecount reached safely at least once in every game last week and extended his hitting streak to five games.
He tallied a solo home run against UNM in a midweek game, before he opened the WAC series against DBU going 2-for-3 with a season-high five RBIs in a 16-5 seven-inning win. He tallied his second consecutive 2-for-3 day against the Patriots as he led NM State to a 7-5 victory in game two to clinch the series. That day he also had a double, a walk and a run scored. He finished the week going 1-for-2 with three walks as the Aggies fell short on a comeback attempt losing 12-10 in 10 innings.
LECOUNT EARNS ANOTHER COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS HONOR: Bobby Lecount was honored once again by CollegeSportMadness.com by being named WAC Player of the Week after posting stellar numbers in four games during the week of April 1-7. Lecount went 6-of-13 (.462) with a slugging percentage over 1.000. His first CollegeSportsMadness.com player of the week honor came on March 18 after his play during the week of March 11-17.
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER PLAYER OF THE WEEK: CollgeBaseballInsider.com named Bobby Lecount the West Region Player of the week for his play during the week of April 1-7. Lecount went 6 for 13 (.462) with two homers, six runs and nine RBI in four games. He had one double, one triple and six walks in the 3-1 week. Lecount recorded a slugging percentage of 1.154 and on-base percentage of .650. He went 2-for-3 with a season-high five RBI in the series opener against Dallas Baptist.
COLLEGE SPORTS MADDNESS HONORS BOBBY LECOUNT: Senior infielder Bobby Lecount earned WAC player of the week from CollegeSportsMadness.com as he helped the Aggies to a 4-2 record during the week of March 11-17. He posted a .412 batting average (7-of-17) and a .542 on-base percentage with four walks, while being hit by a pitch twice. Lecount tallied a team-high 10 RBI’s on the week while he hammered two homeruns and finished the week with a .824 slugging percentage. Lecount scored one of the Aggies’ two runs in a 3-2 loss to No. 17 Oklahoma as he got on base three times; twice by walks and once from being hit by a pitch. He posted a three-run homer in a 20-6 win over Alabama A&M to open the four-game series and also scored twice. In game one of the doubleheader on Saturday, Lecount went 2-of-4 with four RBI.
TANNER RUST NAMED WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK: Rust was named the WAC Baseball Hitter of the Week, for the week of March 4-10. Rust helped the Aggies to a 4-0 record during that week with a four-game series sweep over LaSalle. Rust hit .600 (9-for-15) without a single strikeout over the four games. He also tallied two walks, four RBI, scored eight runs and was 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts.
Rust opened the series with the Explorers going 3-for-4 with two RBI and scored a season-high three runs as the Aggies won 18-8 in eight innings. He went 2-for-3 in game one of a double-header on Saturday with one RBI and two runs scored with NM State winning 8-2. Rust followed up hitting a double in game two of the double-header as the Aggies won 4-2 in seven innings. In the series finale, Rust was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored as the Aggies came-from-behind to win 12-11 in 10 innings. Rust tallied a double each day of the series.
WAC PRESEASON POLL: New Mexico State baseball was selected to finish third in the 2013 Western Athletic Conference regular season, in the coaches’ preseason poll behind Dallas Baptist and Texas State, the WAC announced.
The Aggies received 60 points in the voting that was done by the 10 WAC baseball coaches after a 35-24 season (11-7 WAC), which resulted in the 2012 WAC regular season co-champion title and an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Dallas Baptist, who joined the WAC this year, was picked to win the league with 80 points and eight first place votes after a 41-19 season. Surpassing the Aggies for the second spot is Texas State who received 65 points and one first place vote.
PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN: Senior short stop Parker Hipp of the New Mexico State baseball team was recently named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American baseball team, selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Hipp was a third team selection after hitting .349 with 51 runs scored and 49 RBI last year. He was first on the team in on-base percentage (.488) as he helped the Aggies win a share of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference title.
Hipp also posted 17 doubles, one triple and one home run on the year while he led the team defensively with 148 assists. The middle-infielder was also in on the most double-plays (30) in 2012 as he finished the year making nice plays in the Aggies’ NCAA Tournament appearance. Hipp was a second team All-WAC selection last year as he hit .328 (21-of-64) in league play with four doubles and 17 RBI.
COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS PRESEASON TEAMS: CollegeSportsMadness.com recently announced its baseball preseason all-conference teams and All-American teams with New Mexico State well represented. Senior right-hand pitcher Adam Mott and senior short stop Parker Hipp were named first team members on the preseason team, while infielder Tanner Rust and outfielder Kyle Phillips earned second team honors.
Parker Hipp earned CollegeSportsMadness.com All-American honors as he was named to the fourth team.
HIPP RECORD WATCH: Senior Parker Hipp has a chance at breaking seven-different records at NM State as he has already broken one this season. Below are the categories and his career stats with a tally on how many more he needs to break the record.
Hipp broke the career-walks record, Friday, March 30 when he picked up a walk in the top of the second inning with a lead-off walk. Hipp now has 143 walks in his time at NM State, surpassing Richard Stout, who played for the Aggies from 2007-09.
STAT HIPP'S NUMBERS (as of 4/16/13) RECORD (RECORD HOLDER) COUNTDOWN TO RECORD
Hits 233 260 (Henry Apodaca, 78-81) 28
Runs 167 192 (Chris Fanning, 88-91) 26
1B 175 204 (Henry Apodaca, 78-81) 30
2B 41 51 (Chris Fanning, 88-91) 11
RBI 174 208 (Billy Becher, 03-04) 35
BB 145 142 (Richard Stout, 07-09) +3 (new record holder)
SF 16 19 (Ryan Kenning, 01-02) 4
RYAN BECK RECORD WATCH: Senior pitcher Ryan Beck has 275 strikeouts in his career and needs 48 to catch record-holder Gary Goldsmith (1990-93). He is No. 3 on the all-time list as he just passed Weldon Langley (1969-72). He surpassed former Aggie Mark Conti (1978-81) early in the season who finished his career with 238 K's. Former Aggie Jason Conner (2004-08) is now No. 6 as he tallied 235 strikeouts during his time.
CAREER STRIKE OUTS
1. Gary Goldsmith (1990-93) – 323 K’s
2. Jaime Mendes (1992-95) – 290 K’s
3. Ryan Beck (2010-Present) – 275
4. Weldon Langley (1969-72) – 263
5. Mark Conti (1978-81) - 238
Beck is also No. 4 on the all-time wins list. He has 22 career wins after posting three wins as a freshman, 10 wins as a sophomore and five wins last year.
CAREER WINS LIST
1. Jaime Mendes (1992-95) – 33 wins
2. Gary Goldsmith (1990-93) – 31 wins
3. Weldon Langley (1969-72) – 23 wins
4. Ryan Beck (2010-Present ) – 22 wins
5. Brian Gausman (2004-07) – 21 wins
Dustin Cameron (2003-05) – 21 wins
Mark Conti (1978-81) – 21 wins
LOOKING AHEAD: The Aggies stay on the road to play a single-game against Texas Tech Monday, April 23 at 5:05 p.m. (MT) in Lubbock, Texas. NM State then returns home to face UT-Arlington in a three-game series April 26-28. Friday and Saturday games star at 6:05 p.m. (MT), Sunday’s game, April 21, begins at 1:05 p.m. Friday’s game is on Aggie Vision and Saturday and Sunday’s games can be heard on the radio in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570, with Jeff Matthews.
The Aggies are 17-37 all-time against Texas Tech, first meeting in 1965 and facing each other earlier this season. NM State defeated the Red Raiders 7-6 on Monday, March 25.
NM State is 1-2 all-time against UT-Arlington, first meeting in 1991 and facing each other last in 2007. The Aggies fell to the Mavericks 9-8 on Saturday, March 3.