THIS WEEK: The New Mexico State baseball team faces in-state rival New Mexico in a single game Monday, April 1 at before a three-game series at home against Dallas Baptist, April 5-7.
Monday’s game versus UNM begins at 6:05 pm. Friday and Saturday’s games start at 6:05 and the series finale beginning at 1:05 pm 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.
The game versus UNM is scheduled to air on Aggie Vision as well as Saturday’s game against Dallas Baptist. Fans can also listen to the Dallas Baptist game on Friday April 5 and Sunday April 7 on KSNM AM 570, with Jeff Matthews. 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.
PROMOTIONS: 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 are 15-14 overall and 13-10 in non-conference play. NM State is 6-4 in the last 10 games defeating Texas Tech in last week’s non-conference midweek game by the score of 7-6.
NM State has tallied 25 home runs so far this season with senior Bobby Lecount leading the way with six bombs of his own. Aggie opponents have totaled only four homers when facing the NM State pitching staff.
There are three Aggies currently hitting above .300 on the season with junior Tanner Rust leading that category at .368 (39-of-106). The other two are Bobby Lecount (.330) and Parker Hipp (.302). Three NM State hitters have 30-plus hits on the year while Rust leads that category as well. He has 39 hits in 2013, while Lecount has racked up 31 and senior Kyle Phillips has tallied 30.
The Aggie pitching staff has a 5.39 ERA this season with Christopher Bradley marking the lowest ERA (3.64). Senior Adam Mott has the most strikeouts on the team with 45 and the most innings pitched at 47.2. Senior Ryan Beck has 41 K’s in 32.2 innings pitched this year.
Senior Evan Mott leads the relievers with a 4.03 ERA on 17 appearances and 22.1 innings of work. He has sat down 32 batters on strikeouts and has the lowest opponent’s batting average of any Aggie pitcher (.244) with 20 or more innings of work.
Sophomore reliever Trey Higginbotham has worked 19.0 innings this year and has 25 strikeouts to go along with his 1-0 record. He started against Alabama A&M on March 16, working 5.0 innings while striking out a career-high seven batters that day. His second start was last week against Texas Tech when he pitched 3.2 innings, striking out four batters.
LOOKING BACK: NM State fought for a 5-4 win in the three-game series finale against CSU Bakersfield. The Aggies fell 4-0 in the first game and 13-2 in the second game. NM State moves to 15-14 overall and 2-4 in WAC play.
In game one, senior pitcher Adam Mott started strong before giving up three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Mott played 7.1 innings, while striking out eight batter and allowing only three walks.
Senior Parker Hipp became the career-walks leader as the Aggies fell in game two, Friday, March 29. Hipp broke the school record with a lead-off walk before stealing second now giving him 143 walks in his career.
An RBI by centerfielder Kyle Phillips gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but the CSUB bats brought in eight runs on six hits.
The Aggies came back with a 5-4 win over the Roadrunners 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.
Senior Tanner Rust had a good weekend batting a .455 along with Parker Hipp hitting one home run with three RBI’s.
TODAY’S OPPONENT: The Aggies are 80-141 all-time (according to NM State media guide) against the UNM after going 3-1 in 2012. The Aggies won 16-12, 6-2 and 7-5 while losing the final game of the 2012 season-series 12-10.
New Mexico is 13-13 overall this season and are 3-4 at away games. The Lobos are coached by Ray Birmingham.
DJ Peterson leads the Lobos offensively batting .410 with a.910 slugging percentage. Peterson has 36 runs, 11 homeruns and 35 RBI.
In the pitching staff, Alex Estrella starts for New Mexico against NM State Monday, April 1. Estrella has a 3.78 ERA with a 0-0 record, eight appearances and three games started.
STOLEN BASES: The Aggies currently lead the WAC with 34 stolen bases and were ranked 69th nationally in this category last week (this week’s national rankings have not been posted). The Aggies have also been efficient with their stealing this season. They’ve attempted a league-leading 44 stolen base attempts and have only been caught 10 times. Leading the way for the Aggies is Quinnton Mack has stolen eight bases on nine attempts, which is tied for first in the WAC in both categories. Right behind Mack is Tanner Rust and Michael Medina who both have 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 208 runs so far this season with 79 of those runs coming in a four-game series with Alabama A&M. NM State is second in the WAC in runs while it is No. 8 nationally. The Aggies are also second the WAC in RBI’s (186).
According to BoydsWorld.com, the Aggies are No. 10 in runs and No. 6 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 18th nationally (according to WarrenNolan.com). The Aggies are second in the WAC and are ranked 10th in the nation with 25 home runs this season. Bobby Lecount is ranked third in the WAC with six 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.
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 3/26/13) RECORD (RECORD HOLDER) COUNTDOWN TO RECORD
Hits 224 260 (Henry Apodaca, 78-81) 37
Runs 161 192 (Chris Fanning, 88-91) 32
1B 171 204 (Henry Apodaca, 78-81) 33
2B 38 51 (Chris Fanning, 88-91) 14
RBI 165 208 (Billy Becher, 03-04) 44
BB 143 142 (Richard Stout, 07-09) +1 (new record holder)
SF 14 19 (Ryan Kenning, 01-02) 6
RYAN BECK RECORD WATCH: Senior pitcher Ryan Beck has 263 strikeouts in his career and needs 58 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 tied 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. Weldon Langley (1969-72) – 263
Ryan Beck (2010-Present) – 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 Monday, 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 face Dallas Baptist in Las Cruces for a three game series, starting Friday, April 5 at 6:05 p.m. (MT). Saturday, April 6, the first pitch is at 6:05 p.m. (MT) and on April 7, the game begins at 1:05 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 0-5 all-time against Dallas Baptist. The first meeting between the two teams was back in 2000 and the most recent meeting was in 2007 in a game the Aggies lost 9-7.