ABOUT THE AGGIES: The 2013 NCAA baseball season ended June 25 after UCLA won its first-ever National title by defeating Mississippi State, 8-0 in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
The NM State baseball team finished the season 29-28 overall and 13-14 in Western Athletic Conference play. The Aggies entered the WAC Tournament as the No. 6 seed and won their first WAC Tournament game since 2009 when they defeated UT Arlington, 4-3 on May 24.
NM State opened the season with a 4-3 win over UW-Milwaukee on Feb. 15 and split that opening series 2-2 at home. The Aggies then took to the road for 10 days and won two of eight games defeating Ohio, 7-0 on Feb. 24 in the East Carolina Tournament. NM State also faced No. 10 NC State, who was a 2013 College World Series participant, during those eight games and fell 9-2 and 8-3 on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 respectively. The Aggies ended that road trip with a 4-0 win over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Aggies returned home to take on La Salle in a four-game series winning all four games to put together a five-game winning streak, which was the longest of the year. They matched that winning streak when they hammered Alabama A&M in four-straight games while scoring a total of 79 runs during the weekend. NM State got its fifth win of that winning streak when it opened the WAC season with a 12-6 over Texas State, March 22.
NM State ended up dropping the series with Texas State but bounced back and won a midweek game over Texas Tech, 7-6 at Presley Askew Field, March 25. The team then went to Bakersfield, Calif. for a three-game league series with the Roadrunners but came back with just one victory.
The Aggies started the month of April returning to the friendly confines of Presley Askew Field and defeating in-state rival New Mexico 10-5 in front of a record-setting home crowd during a midweek game (April 1). NM State then returned to league action taking two-of-three games from Dallas Baptist, who was picked to finish first in the league according to the preseason coaches’ poll.
Sacramento State took two games from the Aggies in Las Cruces before NM State went on another long road trip facing UNM in Albuquerque, Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La. and Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas over a seven day period. The Aggies lost to the Lobos 13-6 but won four games over the Bulldogs and fell 6-1 to TTU.
Fans in Las Cruces had a chance to witness three more wins at Presley Askew Field as the Aggies went .500 against UT Arlington and San Jose State but finished the regular season 1-5 in the last six games, which were against UTSA and Seatte U.
AGGIE OFFENSE: NM State posted a .288 batting average as a team in 2013, which is the lowest batting average for an Aggie offense since 2006 when NM State hit .285. There were five different Aggies who hit .300 or above (at least 2.5 at-bats per game) during the 2013 campaign with junior Tanner Rust leading the way hitting .375. He was hitting over .400 for most of the season but struggled in the final nine games of the year, which were all on the road. Rust went 7-of-35 (.200) during those nine games and had just one extra-base hit during that time.
Senior Bobby Lecount finished the year with a team-high 69 RBI while also posting a team-high 15 home runs. Junior Michael Medina, who will be the only returning player that hit above .300 next season, played in all 57 games for NM State and started all those games in right field. He posted 67 hits with seven doubles, two triples and 31 RBI. He also led the team with 45 walks as the Aggies finished the year with 317 walks as a team.
Junior Quinnton Mack had 42 hits on the season to go along with 28 walks and five home runs. He led the team with 17 stolen bases, which is the most for an Aggie since 2009 when former Aggie Richard Stout stole 23 bases and former Aggie Jeff Farnham posted 18.
AGGIE PITCHING: The NM State pitching staff ended the season with a 5.55 ERA while retiring 459 batters on strikeouts. The lowest ERA for any Aggie pitching staff is 2.65 back in 1965. The highest ERA for an NM State staff is 10.68 in 1997. The 2012 staff, which led the Aggies to an NCAA Regional bid, tallied a 5.47 ERA.
Senior Ryan Beck led the Aggies with a team-low 4.56 ERA (of all pitchers who pitched at least 1.0 inning per game) in 81.0 innings of work to go along with a team-high eight wins. Senior reliever Evan Mott marked a 3.33 ERA in 48.2 innings on the mound and ended the year with 65 strikeouts (12 K’s/9 inn.) and four saves.
AGGIES IN THE WAC TOURNAMENT: The Aggies are now 4-15 all-time in WAC Tournament games dating back to 2008. The Aggies broke a nine-game losing streak in WAC Tournament games when they beat UT Arlington, 4-3, May 24 at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
NM State’s first game in a WAC Tournament was an 11-7 loss against Hawai’i during the 2008 touranment in Ruston, La. The first win for the Aggies in the tournament was in 2009 where they won three consecutive games against Fresno State (7-4), Louisiana Tech (6-5) and San Jose State (10-9) in Honolulu, Hawai’i. NM State welcomes many newcomers to the WAC Tournament this year but they do have history with San Jose State (1-0) and Sacramento State (0-1) in the postseason.
WAC TOURNAMENT HISTORY:
Year Opponent W/L Score
2008 Hawaii L 11-7
2008 Sacramento State L 8-5
2009 Fresno State W 7-4
2009 Louisiana Tech W 6-5
2009 San Jose State W 10-9
2009 Fresno State* L 9-7
2009 Fresno State* L 5-3
2010 Hawaii L 13-7
2010 Nevada L 5-4
2011 Louisiana Tech L 9-3
2011 Nevada L 15-4
2012 Fresno State L 15-8
2012 Louisiana Tech L 15-12
2013 Texas State L 9-4
2013 UT Arlington W 4-3
2013 Dallas Baptist L 12-4
THREE AGGIES TAKE CAREERS TO NEXT LEVEL: Three former New Mexico State baseball players furthered their playing careers by signing contracts with Major League Baseball teams this week.
Left-hand pitcher Ryan Beck was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 30th round (pick No. 906) of the 2013 MLB first-year player draft. Infielder/designated hitter Parker Hipp signed a free-agent contract with the Houston Astros, and catcher Tanner Rust signed a free-agent contract with the Baltimore Orioles.
Beck, who finished his career No. 2 all-time at NM State in strikeouts (308), is currently in Norwich, Conn., playing short-season for the Connecticut Tigers. Beck also finished No. 2 in career starts (50) and No. 3 in career wins (26).
Hipp, who played more games than anyone else at NM State (213), heads to Greeneville, Tenn., to play for the Greeneville Astros in short-season play. Hipp was a two-time All-WAC selection and finished as the all-time leader in walks (159) while also finishing No. 2 in career-singles (191) and No.3 in career-RBI (194).
Rust, a catcher for the majority of the 2013 season who saw some time in the outfield as well, heads to Aberdeen, Md. for short-season with the Aberdeen IronBirds. Rust had a good offensive career at NM State hitting .356 in three years while finishing the 2013 season hitting .375, which led the team. He also posted 15 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 54 RBI during the Aggies’ 29-28 season.
HIPP IN CAREER RECORD BOOKS: Senior Parker Hipp etched his name in the NM State record books after an impressive career with the Aggies. He finished in the top 10 in nine different offensive categories, while finishing No. 1 for games played at NM State with 213 from 2010-13. Hipp broke the record for games played at NM State marking his 208 game played on May 16 against Seattle U. He surpasses Andre Champagne who played 207 games from 1995-98
Hipp also broke the career walks record Friday, March 30, when he picked up a walk in the top of the second inning at CSU-Bakersfield. Hipp ended with 159 walks in his time at NM State, surpassing Richard Stout, who played for the Aggies from 2007-09.
STAT HIPP’S NUMBERS RECORD (HOLDER) Ranking at NM State
At-Bats 734 748 (Andre Champagne) No. 2
Hits 255 260 (Henry Apodaca) No. 2
Runs 185 192 (Chris Fanning) No. 3
1B 191 204 (Henry Apodaca) No. 2
2B 44 51 (Chris Fanning) No. 5
RBI 194 208 (Billy Becher) No. 3
BB 159 142 (Richard Stout) No. 1
SF 17 19 (Ryan Kenning) No. 2
Games Played 213 207 (Andre Champagne) No. 1
RYAN BECK WRAPS UP CAREER IN RECORD BOOKS: Senior pitcher Ryan Beck is in the NM State record books in 13 different pitching categories including games pitched, games started, wins, losses, hits allowed, runs allowed, earned runs allowed, walks, wild pitches, hit batsmen, shutouts, strikeouts and innings pitched. Below is a listing of a few categories with Beck highligted in bold.
CAREER GAMES PITCHED
1. Scott Coffman (2009-12) - 108
2. Frankie Duran (2006-09) - 91
3. Brian Gausman (2004-07) - 85
4. Ryan Beck (2010-Present) - 80
5. Orlando Griego (1987-90) – 76
Jaime Mendes (1992-95) - 76
Beck finished with 308 strikeouts in his career, 15 K’s behind record-holder Gary Goldsmith (1990-93). He is No. 2 on the all-time list passing Jaime Mendes (1992-95). Beck became the second pitcher to ever tally at least 300 K’s while at NM State during a 4-0 win over Seattle U on May 17.
1. Gary Goldsmith (1990-93) – 323
2. Ryan Beck (2010-Present) – 308
3. Jaime Mendes (1992-95) – 290
4. Weldon Langley (1969-72) – 263
5. Mark Conti (1978-81) – 238
Beck also finished No. 3 on the all-time wins list. He tallied 26 career wins after posting three wins as a freshman, 10 wins as a sophomore, five wins last year and eight this season.
CAREER WINS LIST
1. Jaime Mendes (1992-95) – 33
2. Gary Goldsmith (1990-93) – 31
3. Ryan Beck (2010-Present) – 26
4. Weldon Langley (1969-72) – 23
5. Brian Gausman (2004-07) – 21
A durable and tough pitcher, Beck ended his college career second in games started (50) and third in innings pitched (328.0)
CAREER GAMES STARTED
1. Gary Goldsmith (1990-93) – 64
2. Ryan Beck (2010-13) – 50
3. Dustin Cameron (2003-05) – 48
4. Jason Conner (2004-08) – 46
Jaime Mendes (1992-95) – 46
CAREER INNINGS PITCHED
1. Gary Goldsmith (1990-93) – 437.0
2. Jaime Mendes (1992-95) – 394.1
3. Ryan Beck (2010-13) – 328.0
4. Keith Crawley (1971-74) – 310.1
5. Weldon Langley (1969-72) – 307.1
2013 HONORS AND AWARDS
HIPP, RUST AND LECOUNT EARN ABCA ALL-MIDWEST HONORS: The American Baseball Coaches of America (ABCA) released the All-Midwest teams, Tuesday, June 18 with designated hitter Parker Hipp earning first team honors and third baseman Bobby Lecount and catcher Tanner Rust earning second team honors.
Hipp finished the season hitting .300 while posting a .479 slugging percentage, a .429 on-base percentage and 50 RBI. He also tallied nine home runs, which was second on the team behind Lecount, and 40 walks. Hipp was a two-time all-WAC selection for the Aggies, earning the honor as a sophomore and junior.
Lecount led the Aggies at third base making great defensive plays posting 140 putouts and 73 assists. He finished second on the team with a .326 batting average while he led in home runs (15), slugging percentage (.647) and RBI (69).
Lecount and Hipp combined for over 120 RBI and for more than 100 hits as they led the Aggies to a 29-28 season.
PHILLIPS EARNS ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Senior centerfielder Kyle Phillips was named to the 2013 WAC all-tournament team after he helped the Aggies break a nine-game losing streak in WAC Tournament games with a 4-3 over UT Arlington, May 24 in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Phillips hit .500 (5-of-10) in the tournament while going 2-of-3 with a walk and a home run in the win over the Mavericks. He was critical to the Aggie defense all season making stellar plays in plenty of games.
FOUR AGGIES EARN ALL-WAC HONORS: The Western Athletic Conference released its 2013 all-WAC baseball teams and postseason awards as selected by the league’s head coaches and four New Mexico State baseball players were selected, with two on the first team and two on the second team.
Senior third baseman Bobby Lecount and junior catcher Tanner Rust were named to the first team, while junior right fielder Michael Medina and senior relief pitcher Evan Mott were voted to the second team.
Lecount played in 54 games this year and led the league with 67 RBI. He hit .356 against WAC opponents and posted more than half of his RBI (37) against league foes. Lecount also led the team and the lead with 38 walks while 21 of those walks came in WAC play. He led the team and finished second in the WAC with 14 home runs during the 2013 regular season.
Rust finished the regular season with a .387 batting average (best in WAC) and marked a .375 batting average during league play. He led the team scoring 54 runs this year and he enters the tournament with a team-high 24 multiple-hit games. Rust’s 79 hits this year is third in the league as his .481 on-base percentage is tops in the WAC. Rust started in 54 games this year with 47 of those starts at catcher.
Medina earned all-conference honors after hitting .369 in league play. He started all 54 games this year in right field while scoring 53 runs on the year with 30 runs scored in WAC play. Those 30 runs scored were tops in the league as he was second in the conference with 19 walks drawn during WAC play.
Mott, who recently broke the school record for appearances in a season, was named second team all-WAC after posted a 2.93 ERA in 46.0 innings pitched. Mott finished 18 games this year and tallied three saves to go along with his 62 strikeouts. He tallied 36 K’s in league play and walked only eight batters during WAC games.
CSU Bakersfield junior infielder Tyler Shryock was named the Player of the Year and Bakersfield senior Jeff McKenzie earned Pitcher of the Year honors. The Freshman of the Year award went to Sacramento State designated hitter Chris Lewis. CSU Bakersfield’s Bill Kernen was named WAC Coach of the Year.
BOBBY LECOUNT NAMED WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK: Bobby Lecount of the New Mexico State baseball team has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week by the league office for his play during April 29-May 5. That was the second career WAC Hitter of the Week honor for Lecount.
The senior from Shoreline, Wash., led the Aggies to a 3-0 series sweep over San Jose State. Lecount hit .556 (5-for-9) on the week while striking out just once and walking four times. He also hit three home runs, including two in the opening game of the series when he went 3-for-4 with six RBI and three runs scored. He finished the week with 10 RBI, a 1.556 slugging percentage and a .692 on-base percentage, while marking a 1.000 fielding percentage at third base. Lecount hit his third home run of the week in a 9-0 win on Saturday. In Sunday’s series finale against SJSU, Lecount picked up a two-RBI single in the seventh when the Aggies came from behind to win 8-5, securing the series sweep.
Lecount currently leads the team with 12 home runs on the year and is second on the team with a .365 batting average. His batting average improves to .406 in WAC play, ranking him second in the league (behind Tanner Rust). In conference-games only, Lecount leads the league in slugging percentage (.841), on-base percentage (.543), walks (20) and RBI (30). This marks the second consecutive week where Lecount has marked a 1.000 slugging percentage or better and a .550 on-base percentage or better.
COLLEGESPORTSMADNESS.COM NAMES LECOUNT WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: CollegeSportsMadness.com named Lecount the WAC Player of the Week for the second time this season after he hit .556 in a three-game sweep of San Jose State two weeks ago. This marked the third time CollegeSportsMadness.com has honored Lecount for his performance.
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.
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.