THIS WEEK: The New Mexico State baseball team faces Dallas Baptist in a three-game weekend series at home April 5-7. Friday and Saturday’s games start at 6:05 p.m. (MT) and the series finale begins at 1:05 p.m. at Presley Askew Field.
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 the Friday, April 5 and Sunday, April 7 games on KSNM AM 570, while Saturday’s game is televised as a 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 50-cent ice cream night, followed on Saturday by “Superhero Night” where fans can dress up like their favorite hero. Fans can look forward to fifty-cent hot dog day and a postgame autograph session on Sunday.
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 New Mexico State baseball team is 3-2 in its last five games and 16-14 on the season. The Aggies are currently tied for sixth in the WAC standings with three other teams (UTSA, Seattle, Sacramento State). The Aggies have been successful at home so far this season going 13-4 when playing at Presley Askew Field.
NM State is hitting .284 as a team and is 14-1 when out-hitting its opponents. There are three Aggie hitters posting a batting average above .300 with junior Tanner Rust leading the way at .382. Senior Bobby Lecount is hitting .323 and senior Parker Hipp heads into the weekend with a .311 batting average.
The Aggies are 10-3 when hitting at least one home run and have 28 bombs on the year, compared to their opponents posting only four when facing NM State pitchers. Lecount has a team-high seven home runs this season and Hipp has five including two three-run homers which came on consecutive days this past Sunday and Monday.
Aggie pitchers are posting a 5.38 ERA through 30 games this season, while left-hander Christopher Bradley has the lowest of those averaging 1.0 innings pitcher per game at 3.52. Reliever Evan Mott has seen action in 18 games this season and has a 3.86 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 23.1 innings of work.
Senior starting pitcher Adam Mott (RHP) has worked a team-high 47.2 innings in 2013 and has a team-high 45 K’s. He has allowed only 21 walks and opponents are hitting under .300 against him.
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: NM State faces Dallas Baptist at home in a three game series this weekend April 5-7. The Patriots are 16-12 overall this season and are coached by Dan Heefner.
The Aggies are 0-5 against Dallas Baptist, meeting first in 2000 and last facing each other in a three game series in 2007.
Leading for the Patriots offensively are senior Duncan McAlpine and sophomore Nash Knight. McAlpine bats a .344 and has 23 runs on the season, seven doubles, nine homeruns, and 29 RBI. Knight bats a .354 average with 18 runs and 12 RBI.
In the bullpen this weekend for Dallas Baptist are Jake Johansen, Cy Sneed and Cody Beam. Johansen, who starts on Friday, has a 3.18 ERA, a 4-2 record, one complete game ending in a shutout and 39 strikeouts in 45.1 innings. On Saturday Sneed faces the Aggies with a 3.89 ERA, a 2-1 record and 28 strikeouts in 39.1 innings. Closing out the weekend for the Patriots is Beam who has a 3.70 ERA, a 2-0 record and 22 strikeouts in 24.1 innings.
LOOKING BACK: The New Mexico State baseball team (16-14) used three home runs to pick up a 10-5 win over Rio Grande Rival New Mexico (13-14), 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. Two innings later, seniors Parker Hipp and Bobby Lecount combined for back-to-back home runs. Hipp brought in three runs and Lecount had a solo-shot.
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.
With bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth Rust would blow the game wide open with a three RBI double to leftfield.
NM State ended the evening drawing eight walks but tallied more strikeouts than Lobos (7-6).
Before returning home to face the Lobos, NM State was on the road against CSU Bakersfield in a three-game series March 28-30. The Aggies fell 4-0 in the first game and 13-2 in the second game, but fought for a 5-4 win in the series finale.
In the 5-4 win on Saturday, March 30, NM State hit two home runs in the game with senior Bobby Lecount setting the tone of the sixth with a single shot over the left field fence. The Roadrunners tied the game in the bottom of the sixth but it wasn’t enough to take the game.
AGGIES IN THE NATION: NM State is 19th in scoring and 12th in runs nationally in part from the help of Tanner Rust who is ranked 28th in the country. The Aggies are No. 8 in home runs, No. 4 in walks and strikeouts per nine innings, and 21st in on base percentage.
Bobby Lecount is ranked 32ndnationally in homeruns, 12th in RBI and fourth in sacrifice flies. Michael Medina is ranked 17th in walks, followed by Parker Hipp at 22nd. Ryan Beck is 18th in the country in strikeouts per nine innings and Adam Mott and Michael Ormseth are tied at No. 17 for games started.
AGGIES IN THE WAC: Offensively, the Aggies hold several top 10 spots in the WAC. Aggies Catcher, Tanner Rust, is holding top three positions in the categories of hits, runs scored and total bases. Bobby Lecount leads the WAC with 35 RBI’s and currently tied in second in the league with 7 home runs on the season. Quinnton Mack is nearly perfect so far this season in steals, successfully stealing 8 of his 9 attempts. As a team the Aggies are leading the WAC in total home runs with 28 long balls.
Aggie pitchers have made a huge contribution to the team and lead the WAC with 224 total strikeouts on the season. Adam Mott and Ryan Beck have combined for 80 innings pitched and 87 strikeouts. The Aggie pitchers rank second in the conference with 12 runners picked off on the season. Opponents are having a hard time driving home runs off the Aggies, with only four total allowed up to this point in the year.
In WAC play only, Bobby Lecount holds a top 10 position in slugging percentage with a .714 average. Kent Blackstone has done a good job drawing walks for the Aggies with 6 total in WAC play, which ties for 2nd best in the conference. An area for improvement during conference play is decreasing strikeouts as a team. The Aggies are currently last with 50 total strikeouts in WAC play.
TAKE YOUR BASE: The Aggies are fourth in the nation in walks and first in the WAC with 181 walks in the 2013 season. NM State has tallied 55 more walks than second place Dallas Baptist in the WAC and has almost double the amount of walks as half of the other teams in the conference. As of March 31, the Aggies were 14 walks behind first place Central Arkansas.
In WAC play, the Aggies have been walked a total of 25 times this season. Over half of NM State’s walks (109) have been at home.
STOLEN BASES: The Aggies currently lead the WAC with 35 stolen bases and are ranked in the top 100 nationally in this category. The Aggies have also been efficient with their stealing this season. They’ve attempted a league-leading 45 stolen base attempts and have only been caught 10 times. Leading the way for the Aggies is Quinnton Mack who has stolen eight bases on nine attempts, which is tied for second in the WAC in steals and third in attempts. Right behind Mack is Tanner Rust with seven and Michael Medina with six steals this year.
The record for stolen bases in a season is 42 by Corey Harrington back in 2002 and the 10th spot is a tie between Eddie Kennedy, Vince Rodden and Richard Stout who all have 26 steals. The team record for stolen bases in a season is 121 set back in 1995.
SCORING RUNS: The Aggies have scored 218 runs so far this season with 79 of those runs coming in a four-game series with Alabama A&M. NM State first in the WAC in runs while it is No. 12 nationally. The Aggies are first in the WAC in RBI’s (195).
The Aggies are No. 12 in runs and No. 8 in home runs. Mercer leads the country in both runs scored (253) and home runs (32).
The Aggies are averaging 7.2 runs per game which ranks 19th nationally. The Aggies are first in the WAC and are ranked 8th in the nation with 28 home runs this season. Bobby Lecount is tied for second in the WAC with seven home runs.
The NM State 30-3 win over Alabama A&M on March 17 is the largest margin of victory (+27) by any team in the country this year. The 30 runs is also the most scored by any teams this year.
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.
ATTENDANCE RECORD: Monday’s contest against University of New Mexico was the highest regular season home attendance game recorded since 2006, with 953 fans in attendance. On March 3, 2009 the Aggies hosted the Lobos with 789 attendees, which is the second highest during the span. In 11 home games this season the Aggies are averaging 373 fans a game.
NEW MEXICO STATE BASEBALL (2006 – 2013)
Highest home single-game attendance
Date: Opponent: Attendance:
February 4, 2006 Utah 342
March 31, 2007 Nevada 368
March 1, 2008 Ball State 388
March 3, 2009 New Mexico 789
March 2, 2010 New Mexico 741
April 11, 2010 Nevada 1835*
April 16, 2011 San Jose State 645
March 6, 2012 New Mexico 725
April 1, 2013 New Mexico 953
* = Indicates probable inaccurate attendance count
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 4/2/13) RECORD (RECORD HOLDER) COUNTDOWN TO RECORD
Hits 226 260 (Henry Apodaca, 78-81) 35
Runs 162 192 (Chris Fanning, 88-91) 31
1B 171 204 (Henry Apodaca, 78-81) 33
2B 39 51 (Chris Fanning, 88-91) 13
RBI 168 208 (Billy Becher, 03-04) 41
BB 144 142 (Richard Stout, 07-09) +2 (new record holder)
SF 14 19 (Ryan Kenning, 01-02) 6
RYAN BECK RECORD WATCH: Senior pitcher Ryan Beck has 264 strikeouts in his career and needs 57 to catch record-holder Gary Goldsmith (1990-93). He is now tied for the No. 3 spot 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) – 263
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
PAULSON NAMED WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK: Junior infielder Michael Paulson was named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week on March 18, for the week of March 11-17.
He helped the Aggies to a 4-2 record last 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’s, four doubles, scored seven runs and had 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.
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 last week. 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.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Aggies continue their home game streak, facing Sacramento State in Las Cruces for a three game series, starting Friday, April 12 at 6:05 p.m. (MT). Saturday, April 13, the first pitch is at 6:05 p.m. (MT) and on April 14, the game begins at 12:05 p.m. (MT). Friday and Sunday’s game can be heard on the radio in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570, with Jeff Matthews. Saturday’s game can be seen on AggieVision.
The Aggies are 26-28 all-time against Sacramento State. The first meeting between the two teams was back in 1997 and the most recent meeting was in 2012 in a four-game series. The Aggies took the first two wins (16-4, 6-1) and fell in the following two games (10-7, 8-7).