Aggies Face SJSU in Final Home Series of Season; Senior Day on Sunday
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  04/30/2013

THIS WEEK: The New Mexico State baseball team plays its final home series of the year taking on San Jose State in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series.  The series starts on Friday, May 3 at 6:05 p.m. (MT) with game two starting at the same time, Saturday, May 4 at Presley Askew Field. The finale is set for a 12:05 p.m. first pitch, Sunday, May 5.

MEDIA COVERAGE: New Mexico State baseball fans will have eight more opportunities to follow the Aggies on the radio on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces, N.M.

Fans can listen Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, on KSNM AM 570, while Friday’s game is televised as part of the Aggie Vision productions. For a complete listing of airtimes in your area for games televised by Aggie Vision, go online to www.AggieVision.tv or call your cable or satellite provider.

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.

PROMOTIONS: Friday night is “Fifty-Cent Ice Cream Night” and Sunday will be “Senior Day” and “Fifty-cent Hot Dog Day.”  Aggie seniors will be honored by the NM State Athletics Department before the game for their time here.  Kids will also be able to run the bases after Saturday night’s game.

Aggie fans have plenty of chances for giveaways during Aggie home games. Fans have a chance to win a free pizza from Lorenzo’s during the “Fantastic Fan of the Game.’ Fans can also win a gift certificate for free wings from Buffalo Wild Wings. NM State baseball t-shirts are thrown into the crowd after an Aggie hits a home run and if the Aggies tally 10 runs or more Lorenzo’s will give fans 50% off any dine-in pizza.

ABOUT THE AGGIES: The Aggies head into this weekend’s games sitting in a tie for the fifth spot of the league standings. NM State is 24-21 overall and 9-9 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. Two weeks ago the Aggies swept the series against Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La. but dropped two-of-three to UT-Arlington last week at home.

NM State is hitting .293 as a team with four Aggies (who average at least 2.5 at-bats/game) hitting .300 or better.  Junior Tanner Rust leads the team with a .408 batting average while senior Bobby Lecount isn’t far behind posting a .354 average on the year. Lecount, although, has a team-high 53 RBI on the year.

The Aggie pitching staff heads into the weekend with a 5.47 ERA. Senior Adam Mott has worked more innings than any other Aggie pitcher working 75.0 innings this year.  He also has a team-high 72 strikeouts this year. Senior lefty Ryan Beck has 67 K’s in 55.1 innings of work and is posting 10.90 strikeouts per nine innings, which leads the WAC.

AGGIES AT HOME: The Aggies are 17-9 when playing on at home and are hitting .337 at Presley Askew Field. There are seven players (who average at least 2.5 at-bats/game) batting over .300 at home and the Aggies have hit 31 of their 42 home runs in Las Cruces. Rust leads NM State with a .426 batting average at home, with Lecount bringing 48 runners in to score. NM State has a 6.12 ERA and has tallied 249 strikeouts in home games. Evan Mott leads the Aggies with a 3.72 ERA, while Beck leads with 46 K’s at Presley Askew.

AGGIES IN NIGHT GAMES: NM State is batting well in night games at .311 and two players are batting over .400. Kyle Phillips leads the Aggies with a .417 batting average in night games, followed closely by Rust (.413). The Aggies have hit 18 home runs and have a 6.17 ERA during night games, with Adam Mott posting a 5.87 ERA so far this season. NM State lost last Friday’s game 9-5 to UT-Arlington, before bouncing back and defeating the Mavericks 11-1 in a seven inning run-rule game.  NM State lost its first night game of the year, falling 11-0 to UW-Milwaukee in game two of a doubleheader, Feb. 15.

LOOKING FOR A STREAK:  The Aggies longest winning streak this season is five games, which has been done twice.  The first streak started with a 4-0 win over Wake Forest on March 3, and went thru March 10 with a 12-11 win over La Salle in 10 innings on March 10.  The streak stopped when No. 17 Oklahoma defeated the Aggies in Norman, Okla., on March 12. During those five games, NM State was hitting .373 as a team while blasting five home runs.  Tanner Rust had the hot stick as he was hitting .647 (11-of-17), while Parker Hipp was hitting .438 (7-of-16) with a double and a home run.  The Aggie pitching staff was throwing well, posting a 3.14 ERA during that time and allowing only 15 earned runs.

The second five-game winning began with a 20-6 win over Alabama A&M on March 17 and lasted through March 22 when the Aggies defeated Texas State 12-6 on March 22.  The Aggies lost to Texas State, March 23 by the score of 10-3 at Presley Askew Field. Tanner Rust led the Aggies during the winning streak batting .600 (9-of-15) while posting three home runs during that time.  Five different Aggie pitchers acquired a win during that time, while Trey Higginbotham led the way posting a 0.00 ERA in five innings of work to go alone with seven strikeouts.

AGGIES IN WAC SERIES OPENERS: NM State is 4-2 in WAC series openers so far this season defeating Texas State (12-6), Dallas Baptist (16-5), Sacramento State (5-4) and Louisiana Tech (10-4).  NM State is hitting .327 as a team in those games while both Michael Medina and Kyle Phillips are hitting .417 at the dish in WAC series openers. Right-hander Adam Mott has made the most appearances in those games staring in all six games. He is 3-2 in WAC series openers and has marked 42 K’s in 41.0 innings of work. No other Aggie pitcher has worked more than 3.0 innings on the mound during those games.

AGGIES AS OF RECENT:  The Aggies are 5-5 in the last 10 games and are posting a .307 batting average during that time.  Tanner Rust continues to have the consistent bat as he has posted a .526 (20-of-38) average with three home runs and four doubles during that time.  Relief pitcher Evan Mott has worked 10.0 innings during those 10 games and has a 1.80 ERA with 11 strikeouts.  Senior Ryan Beck is 2-1 in the last 10 games and has a 2.84 ERA with 21 K’s in 19.0 innings of work.

AGGIES ON TELEVISION: NM State is 2-4 in televised games, and 2-2 at home in those games. The Aggies are batting .255 on television and the pitching staff is posting a 7.11 ERA.  The first two games of the season were broadcast by Oklahoma (regional television), while Aggie Vision aired the other four games.  NM State defeated New Mexico, 10-5, and Dallas Baptist, 7-5 on television in April at home.

Junior Tanner Rust is batting .364 in televised games with a .636 slugging percentage. Pitcher Casey Collins has the most appearances (4) and innings pitched (19.1) on television for the Aggies, while Adam Mott has a team-high 15 strikeouts in front the camera.

MULTIPLE HITS/RBI:  Tanner Rust has the most multiple-hit games for NM State with 21.  He has posted two hits 12 times and three hits nine times.  He also has 10 multiple-RBI games including one five RBI game.  Bobby Lecount has the most multiple-RBI games with 15 under his belt, including two 5-plus RBI games.  Lecount and Kyle Phillips have each tallied 16 mutliple-hit games. There are 15 Aggies who have tallied at least one multiple-hit game and 14 who have marked at least one multiple-RBI game.

SCORING RUNS: The Aggies have scored 323 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 also first in the WAC in RBI (292).

The Aggies are averaging 7.2 runs per game, which is 16th nationally. NM State is No. 8 nationally in home runs. North Carolina leads in runs (394) and La.-Lafayette leads in home runs (51). NM State is second in the WAC in home runs with 42.

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.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior third baseman Bobby Lecount hit .467 (7-of-15) in four games last week to go along with a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .556 on-base percentage. Of his seven hits, five were doubles and one was a home run.  He also walked three times and was great at third base marking a 1.000 fielding percentage.  Lecount marked five RBI in a game for the second time this season when he went 2-of-4 with a double and a home run in an 11-1 seven inning win over UTA on Saturday, April 27.

Senior left-hand pitcher Ryan Beck was stellar in his start against UT-Arlington on Saturday as he allowed just one run in his first complete game of the year.  He held the Mavericks to just three hits with the first hit coming in the fourth inning.  Beck allowed two hits in the fifth but none in the sixth or seventh to finish off UTA.  He ended the night with eight strikeouts and only three walks while facing 29 batters. This is the second time this season Beck has posted at least 8 K’s in a game after he tallied 10 strikeouts against Alabama A&M on March 16. Beck also has 67 strikeouts on the year and 289 on his career, placing him just one strikeout behind former Aggie Jaime Mendes (1992-95) for the No. 2 spot on the all-time strikeout list at NM State.  He is now No. 3 on the all-time list at NM State with 24 career wins.

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: The Aggies face San Jose State at home in a three-game series May 3-5. The Spartans are 14-29 overall and 8-10 in conference, placing them eight in the league standings.

NM State is 24-19 all-time versus San Jose State with the first meeting in 1992. The last meeting came in May of 2012 when the Aggies swept the series against the Spartans.

Sheldon Daquioag leads San Jose State with a .327 batting average, while Matt Carroll has a team high 34 RBI and Jacob Valdez has scored 36 runs. Kyle Hassna leads the pitching staff with a 2.08 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 43.1 innings.

LOOKING BACK: The New Mexico State baseball team dropped its weekend series versus UT-Arlington at home April 26-28, losing the first game 9-5, picking up the win in the second 11-1, and a tough loss 13-11 on Sunday. 

NM State equaled Arlington with 10 hits and had only one error to the Maverick’s two, but the Aggies struggled with bringing runners home in the first game of the series Friday, April 26. Michael Medina finished with two RBIs to lead the Aggies. On the mound, Aggie right-hander Adam Mott struck out eight batters while only walking two, but still suffered the loss. The Aggies finally broke into the scoring column in the bottom half of the fifth when a double down the left-field line by Medina scored NM State left fielder Quinnton Mack. After trailing 9-1, the Aggies mounted a valiant comeback in the eighth inning.  The four-run eighth for NM State cut the Maverick lead in half.  Unfortunately for the Aggies, that would be as close as they would get to Arlington as they were closed out in the ninth.

The Aggies bounced back in the second game and run-ruled UT- Arlington 11-1 in seven innings at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, April 27. Senior starter Ryan Beck threw a complete-game three hitter as he allowed just one run to go along with eight strikeouts. The Aggie offense got off the a great start, posting four runs in the first inning, which included a three-run home run over the left-centerfield wall from senior Bobby Lecount.  In the bottom of the second, junior Quinnton Mack and senior Parker Hipp each tallied an RBI single to give NM State a 6-0 cushion.  NM State blew the game open in the fifth inning with freshman Kent Blackstone starting the inning with a lead-off walk and a stolen base before scoring.  Rust finished the four-run sixth with a two-RBI single up the middle.  The Aggies went into the seventh with an 11-1 lead as the Mavericks went down 1-2-3 in the inning.

NM State lost an offensive battle to UT-Arlington, 13-11, in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Presley Askew Field.  The team’s combined 24 runs came on a combined 32 hits, 18 for Arlington and 14 for NM State. The Aggies used a total of five pitchers on Sunday.  NM State reliever Casey Collins, who came into the game after senior right-hander Michael Ormseth had relieved Bradley, was saddled with the loss after pitching 1.2 innings and allowing three runs.  Right-hander Evan Mott pitched the final three innings for NM State, allowing only one run and striking out a game-high four batters. The Aggies jumped out to an early 4-0 lead during the bottom half of the second inning. Arlington tied the game in the third, but Kyle Phillips put NM State right back on top in the bottom half of the third with his solo shot over the left-field fence. The Aggies would add a couple more runs in the fourth to go up 7-4.  NM State scored two runs to close the gap to 12-9 in the bottom of the sixth after Arlington scored eight runs in the fifth and sixth. Each team scored one run in the seventh and the Aggies added one more run in the eighth off an RBI single, but the Aggies couldn’t get any closer to the Mavericks.

NM State fell 6-1 in the midweek game to Texas Tech on a cold night in Lubbock, Texas, Tuesday, April 23. The Aggies scored one run on six hits and committed two errors, while TTU posted six runs on 10 hits while posting one error. Junior Christopher Bradley was given the loss after he worked 5.1 innings, striking out seven batters. Lecount scored in the bottom of the sixth, but the team hit into three double plays in consecutive innings (fifth through the seventh). An error in the bottom of the eighth proved to be costly as two Texas Tech runs crossed the plate, solidifying the Red Raider lead.

AGGIES IN THE WAC:  NM State holds several top 10 spots in the WAC. The Aggies lead in runs scored, walks, RBI, on base percentage and are second in stolen bases, batting average, slugging percentage and home runs. Aggies catcher Tanner Rust maintains the top position in the categories of batting average (.408), on base percentage (.500), runs scored (51), runs scored per game (1.13) and hits (69), while Bobby Lecount leads the WAC with 53 RBI, 1.18 RBI per game, a .639 slugging percentage and seven sacrifice flies. Michael Medina leads the conference in walks with 36 and walks per game with 0.80. Behind Medina in walks are Lecount and Parker Hipp tied for third (32), Rust in seventh (27) and Quinnton Mack in eighth (26).

Lecount and Medina hold the second and third spots behind Rust in on base percentage in the league with .474 and .454 respectively, while Rust is tied for the No. 2 spot with 42 RBI behind Lecount. Mack is second in stolen bases (14) and steal attempts (16) and Lecount is tied for second in home runs (9).  Rust is third in slugging percentage (.627) and tied for third in doubles (14). Medina is tied for fifth in stolen bases with nine and is tied for fourth in steal attempts with 13. Lecount is tied for fifth with Kyle Phillips in doubles with 13 apiece, while Hipp is tied for the No. 5 position in home runs with eight and is tied for the sixth position in RBI with 40.

Aggie pitchers have maintained their number one spot in strikeouts with a total of 377 on the season. They are No. 3 in batters struck out looking (96) and runners picked off (14).  Runners are having a hard time stealing bases with eight runners picked off by Adam Mott who holds that number two position as well as in batters struck out with a total of 72 this season. Adam Mott is also tied for fourth in innings pitched (75.0). Ryan Beck sits at the No. 2 position with 22 batters struck out looking and is in third, behind Adam Mott, in batters struck out with 67. Beck is tied for fourth in wins this season with six and is first in the WAC for strikeouts per game with 10.90. Evan Mott is tied for second with Texas State’s Hunter Lemke in both appearances and games in relief with (26). Evan Mott is sixth in games finished with 13, while Christopher Bradley is eight with 12.

In WAC play only, Lecount leads the WAC in walks with a total of 15, a .770 slugging percentage, 23 RBI and walks per game with 0.83 while Rust leads with a 4.20 batting average. Adam Mott also leads in batters struck out in conference play with 42. Evan Mott leads the league in strikeouts per game with 11.90.

AGGIES IN THE NATION: NM State is No. 16, in scoring averaging 7.2 runs a game and is No. 13 in runs with 323 in the nation. The Aggies are eighth in home runs (42) and 11th in home runs per game (0.93), with a .443 slugging percentage ranking them 24th nationally.

The Aggies are No. 3 in the nation in walks with 259, 10 walks behind leader Central Arkansas. NM State has a 0.407 on base percentage, which puts them 14th nationally and is ranked No. 5 in strikeouts per nine innings.

Junior Tanner Rust is No. 9 in the nation in runs (51) and hits (69), while being ranked 12th with a .408 batting average and 13th in runs per game with 1.13. Rust is ranked 16th nationally in on base percentage (.500), 26th in total bases (106) and 34th in slugging percentage (.627). Senior Bobby Lecount ranks No. 9 in the nation in sacrifice flies with seven and in RBI with 53. Lecount is 13th in RBI per game (1.18) and 31st in slugging percentage (.639), while holding the 34th sport for home runs (9). He is 43rd in both on base percentage (.474) and walks (32). Senior Parker Hipp is tied with Lecount in the nation in walks at 43rd and is 50th in walks per game (0.76). Michael Medina is 16th nationally in walks with 36 and 32nd in walks per game with 0.8.

Senior Adam Mott is ranked 18th in the nation for games started with 11 and 41st in strikeouts with 72. Senior Ryan Beck is 12th nationally in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.90.

TANNER RUST NAMED WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK: The Western Athletic Conference announced on Monday, April 22 that junior Tanner Rust has been named the Western Athletic Conference hitter of the week for his play in five games during the week of April 15-21.  This is his second hitter of the week honor this season and the third of his career.

Rust  led the Aggies to a 4-1 record last week that included a four-game sweep over WAC foe Louisiana Tech on the road. Rust hit .632 (12-for-19). He tallied two home runs, three doubles, eight RBI, a triple and scored eight runs. He slugged 1.211 and had an on-base percentage of .652 on the week.

Rust now has a WAC-high 63 hits on the year and a WAC-high 46 runs scored this season. Rust started the week by going 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI against in-state rival New Mexico. Rust opened the WAC series at Louisiana Tech going 3-for-4 with two runs, three RBI, a walk and a double as the Aggies won 10-4. He went 1-for-1 in a 6-4 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday but also marked a run and two RBI. The Aggies swept the league series with La. Tech as they won 5-1 with Rust going 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. He finished the week going 2-for-4 with a run in a non-conference game on Sunday as the Aggies defeated LA Tech 4-1. Rust is currently on an eight-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in 17 straight games. Rust did not commit a single error as the Aggie catcher last week.

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.

MICHAEL PAULSON NAMED WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK: New Mexico State infielder Michael Paulson has been named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week, for the week of March 11-17.

Paulson, a junior from Sammamish, Wash. (Curtis HS), helped the Aggies to a 4-2 record that week with a four-game series sweep over Alabama A&M. Paulson hit .533 (8-for-15) with only a single strikeout over the six games. He also tallied four walks, seven RBI, four doubles, scored seven runs and a stolen base.

Paulson went 2-for-3 with an RBI in a 3-2 loss to No. 17 Oklahoma on Wednesday and followed that by scoring three runs in game one of a four-game series against Alabama A&M on Friday. In a 24-4 win over Alabama A&M during Saturday's doubleheader, Paulson was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored while also marking a double. He finished the week going 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two RBI and a double as the Aggies defeated the Bulldogs 30-3 in seven innings. Paulson is now hitting .333 on the year with 10 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 151 walks in his time at NM State, surpassing Richard Stout, who played for the Aggies from 2007-09.


Hits        241                                            260 (Henry Apodaca, 78-81)         20

Runs      174                                            192 (Chris Fanning, 88-91)            19

1B         181                                            204 (Henry Apodaca, 78-81)          24

2B          41                                             51 (Chris Fanning, 88-91)             11

RBI        184                                            208 (Billy Becher, 03-04)              25

BB         151                                            142 (Richard Stout, 07-09)            +9 (new record holder)

SF         16                                              19 (Ryan Kenning, 01-02)             4

RYAN BECK RECORD WATCH:  Senior pitcher Ryan Beck has 289 strikeouts in his career and needs 34 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), who finished his career with 238 K's, early in the season. Former Aggie Jason Conner (2004-08) is now No. 6 as he tallied 235 strikeouts during his time.


1.  Gary Goldsmith (1990-93) – 323

2. Jaime Mendes (1992-95) – 290

3. Ryan Beck (2010-Present) – 289

4. Weldon Langley (1969-72) – 263

5. Mark Conti (1978-81) – 238

Beck is also No. 3 on the all-time wins list.  He has 24 career wins after posting three wins as a freshman, 10 wins as a sophomore and five wins last year.


1.  Jaime Mendes (1992-95) – 33 wins

2. Gary Goldsmith (1990-93) – 31 wins

3. Ryan Beck (2010-Present ) – 24 wins

4. Weldon Langley (1969-72) – 23 wins

5. Brian Gausman (2004-07) – 21 wins

    Dustin Cameron (2003-05) – 21 wins

    Mark Conti (1978-81) – 21 wins

RUST NOMINATED FOR “TD AMERITRADE FAN’S CHOICE AWARD”: Junior Tanner Rust has been nominated for the “TD Ameritrade Fan’s Choice Award,” which honors players who go beyond the stat sheet and exemplify core values such as leadership, teamwork and integrity.

To be eligible, players must be active in their communities, act as a positive role model to youth and teammates, and succeed in the classroom. The winner will be determined by fans through Facebook voting and will be honored at the 2013 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby July 3. We are asking you to nominate a player on your team who is deserving of this award. For more infomation visit: www.Facebook.com/CollegeHomeRunDerby.

Twenty finalists will be selected to face-off in a six-week voting competition starting the May 8 to determine the winner.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Aggies hit the road facing UTSA in a three-game series Friday, May 10, through Sunday, May 12, in San Antonio, Texas. Friday’s game start at 5:00 p.m. (MT), while Saturday’s game begins at 1:00 p.m. and the first pitch of the series finale is at 12:00 p.m. All the games can be heard on the radio in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570.

The Aggies are 2-4 all-time against UTSA, first meeting in 2003 and facing each in a single game in 2005. NM State beat the Roadrunners 5-3 Saturday, Feb. 26 in the RockHounds College Classic in Midland, Texas.

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