THIS WEEK: The New Mexico State baseball team wraps up the regular season with a three-game road-conference series against Seattle U starting, Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. (MT) at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Wash. Game two will also be played at Bannerwood Park on Friday, May 17 at 3:00 p.m. (MT), while Saturday’s series finale (and season finale) is scheduled to be played at Couter Field on the campus of Bellevue College in Bellevue, Wash. with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. (MT).
MEDIA COVERAGE: New Mexico State baseball fans have two more opportunities to follow the Aggies on the radio on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces, N.M. with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action. Any postseason games will also air over the radio waves.
Fans can listen to the first two games of the series against Seattle U on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces or online from anywhere in the world at www.NMStateSports.com (for a fee). Game on is set for 7:00 p.m. (MT), Thursday, May 16 and game two is, Friday, May 17 at 3:00 p.m. (MT). 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.
ABOUT THE AGGIES: The Aggies head into this weekend’s games sitting in a tie for the sixth spot of the league standings. NM State is 27-24 overall and 12-12 in WAC play.
The Aggies are 4-6 in their last 10 games and 2-3 in their last five games. NM State was swept by UTSA on the road last weekend to fall two spots in the league standings, while the Roadrunners have been the only WAC team to sweep the Aggies.
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 at home. The Aggies found success in Ruston, La. by sweeping the Bulldogs four weeks ago, but dropped two-of-three to UT-Arlington three weeks ago at home. NM State bounced back and swept San Jose State in its final home series of the year.
NM State is hitting .294 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 .402 batting average while senior Bobby Lecount is posting a .349 average on the year. Lecount, although, has a team-high 66 RBI on the year, which is also in the top five nationally.
The Aggie pitching staff heads into the weekend with a 5.37 ERA. Senior Adam Mott has worked more innings than any other Aggie pitcher working 86.2 innings this year. He also has a team-high 82 strikeouts this year. Senior lefty Ryan Beck has 77 K’s in 77.1 innings of work and is posting 9.71 strikeouts per nine innings, which leads the WAC.
LOOKING BACK: The Aggies dropped three games to conference opponent UTSA last weekend on the road May 10-12, bringing their overall record to 27-24 and their conference record to 12-12.
The Aggies jumped out to an early lead over UTSA in the first game but couldn’t hold on. After allowing five runs to score in the bottom of the first the Aggies were not able to mount a comeback. Pitcher Adam Mott worked into the fifth inning before being replaced by Christopher Bradley. Bobby Lecount earned RBI No. 64 and 65 with a home run in the fifth inning and the Aggies trailed 7-4. The Roadrunners answered by scoring two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to seal the game 9-4.
NM State struggled offensively in the second game against UTSA and trailed 5-0 going into the fifth inning. Pitcher Ryan Beck tallied seven strikeouts in the game but was credited with the loss. The Aggies got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth but didn’t score again until their attempted comeback in the ninth. Pitcher Evan Mott was brought in and struck out two of the three batters he faced and didn’t allow a run in his one inning of work. The Aggies scored four runs in the inning but were unable to complete the comeback and fell 6-5.
In the final game of the weekend series against UTSA, the Aggies jumped out to an early lead and scored four runs in the first two innings. Michael Medina scored the first run of the game off a Bobby Lecount sacrifice fly, which was his 10th of the season. The Aggies led 4-2 before giving up a run in the fourth and then three runs in the sixth to fall 6-4. Senior pitcher Evan Mott worked 2.1 innings in relief and did not allow a run or a hit while striking out four batters.
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: The Aggies stay on the road playing Seattle U in a three-game series in Bellevue, Wash. The Redhawks are 19-32 on the year and 8-15 in WAC play. They head into the weekend riding a four-game losing streak and are 3-7 in their last 10 games.
Seattle U is hitting .268 as a team, while the pitching staff is boasting a 4.68 ERA. Two players are hitting over .300 including Nick Latta who has a .316 batting average with five home runs and 28 RBI. Pitchers Andrew Olson and Garrett Anderson lead the Redhawks with 33 strikeouts a piece, although Ted Hammond has worked the most innings with 62.2 innings of work.
NM State is 3-1 all-time against the Redhawks taking a four-game series in 2011. The Aggies won game one 7-4. Games two and three were a part of a doubleheader with NM State coming out with a 10-2 win, but losing the second game of the doubleheader 5-1. The Aggies won the series finale 8-3.
LAST TIME VS. SEATTLE U (recaps): The New Mexico State baseball team broke the losing streak as it defeated Seattle University 7-4 at Bannerwood Park, Thursday, April 28, 2011.
The Aggies posted seven runs on nine hits to earn another non-conference win, while the Redhawks scored four times on six hits. Starting pitcher Dan Reid went five innings, struck out four batters and gave up three earned runs. Closer Scott Coffman picked up save No. 13 to tie with Erik Nyquist on the all-time saves list. Coffman needs just four more to tie Orlando Griego who played for NM State from 1987-90.
The New Mexico State baseball team split the doubleheader with Seattle University, Friday, April 29 winning game one 10-2 and losing game two 5-1 at Bannerwood Park, in Bellevue, Wash. The Aggies took game one from Seattle 10-2 as the NM State offense posted 14 hits and didn't commit a single error. The Redhawks tallied eight hits and posted three errors in the game to gall to 16-20 after the loss.
Starting pitcher Ryan Beck picked up win No. 8 of the year after putting in six innings of work while allowing on two earned runs. He struck out four and walked four of the 30 batters he faced throwing 129 pitches on the afternoon. Beck got out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the second and fifth as the Redhawks finished the afternoon leaving 11 runners on base.
Sophomore Parker Hipp along with juniors Bryan Karraker and Zach Voight led the Aggie offense in the afternoon matchup. Hipp was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the third. Karraker was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk while scoring four times and Voight went 2-of-3 at the dish with a couple of RBI and a couple of runs scored.
NM State posted as many hits as the Redhawks did in game two of the doubleheader, but two costly errors in the second inning proved to be too much for the Aggies. Starting pitcher Justin Cooper went six innings, struck out five batters, gave up five walks and five runs. It was a test for Cooper as this was his first start since coming off arm surgery during the offseason.
The New Mexico State baseball team (30-14) takes the series from Seattle University after winning 8-3 in the finale at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Wash., Saturday, April 30.
The Aggies posted its eight runs on 14 hits and committed two errors compared to Seattle putting up three runs on five hits, while committing three errors. Leading the way offensively for NM State was junior Bryan Karraker who went 3-of-4 at the dish with two RBI and two runs scored. Junior third baseman Zach Voight tallied a 2-of-4 day with one RBI and one run.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior centerfield Kyle Phillips has made outstanding defensive plays all season long. He has tallied 124 putouts this season to go along with four outfield assists. One of the most memorable catches came at North Carolina State when he robbed a Wolf Pack hitter of a potential triple as he leaped for a ball that should have gone over his head.
He heads into the weekend hitting .286 on the year and improves his batting average to .300 in league play. Phillips has 14 doubles, two triples, and five home runs this season while he has accounted for 31 runs scored and 30 RBI.
Senior reliever Evan Mott is posting a 3.07 ERA in 44.0 innings of work and has marked 60 strikeouts in 29 appearances. He needs just one more appearance to tie the school record for appearances in a season. Former Aggies Scott Coffman (2012) and Orlando Griego (1989) each made 30 appearances in a season.
Evan’s twin brother Adam Mott has the most innings pitched (86.2) on the Aggie staff and also has the most strikeouts on the team with 82. Adam needs just four more K’s this season to move into the top 10 for strikeouts in a season at NM State. Former Aggie Jason Conner tallied 86 K’s in 2006 for the No. 10 spot on the list, while former Aggie Jaime holds the No. 9 spot with 87 batters struck out in 1994. Former Aggie Albert Montoya holds the record for strikeouts in a season with 107 K’s in 1991.
MULTIPLE HITS/RBI: Tanner Rust has the most multiple-hit games for the Aggies with 24. He has posted two hits 14 times and three hits 10 times this season. He also has 13 multiple-RBI games including one five RBI game. Bobby Lecount has the most multiple-RBI games with 19, including three 5-plus RBI games. Parker Hipp has 18 multiple-hit games this season while Kyle Phillips, Michael Medina and Lecount each have 17 multiple-hit games. There are 16 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 370 runs this season with 79 of those runs coming in a four-game series with Alabama A&M on March 15-17. NM State is first in the WAC in runs while it is 13th nationally. The Aggies are also first in the WAC in RBI (337).
The Aggies are averaging 7.3 runs per game, which is 11th nationally. NM State is No. 9 nationally in home runs (48). North Carolina leads the nation in runs (437) and La.-Lafayette leads in home runs (62). NM State is second in the WAC in home runs behind Dallas Baptist (50).
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 scored 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 on 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.