THIS WEEK: The New Mexico State baseball team heads to San Antonio, Texas for a three-game road-conference series against UTSA (University of Texas at San Antonio). Game one is Friday, May 10 at 5:00 p.m. (MT) at Wolff Stadium, while game two is set for Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 p.m. (MT). The series finale is Sunday, May 12 at 12:00 p.m. (MT).
MEDIA COVERAGE: New Mexico State baseball fans have five 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.
Fans can listen to all three games against UTSA on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces or online from anywhere in the world at www.NMStateSports.com (for a fee).
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ABOUT THE AGGIES: The Aggies head into this weekend’s games sitting in a tie for the fourth spot of the league standings. NM State is 27-21 overall and 12-9 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. Three weeks ago the Aggies swept the series against Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La. but dropped two-of-three to UT-Arlington two 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 .299 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 .409 batting average while senior Bobby Lecount isn’t far behind posting a .365 average on the year. Lecount, although, has a team-high 63 RBI on the year.
The Aggie pitching staff heads into the weekend with a 5.26 ERA. Senior Adam Mott has worked more innings than any other Aggie pitcher working 82.0 innings this year. He also has a team-high 79 strikeouts this year. Senior lefty Ryan Beck has 70 K’s in 64.1 innings of work and is posting 9.79 strikeouts per nine innings, which leads the WAC.
LOOKING BACK: The New Mexico State baseball swept its weekend series versus San Jose State at home May 3-5, winning the first game in seven innings 17-1, picking up the win in the second 9-0, and a come from behind win 8-5 on Sunday.
The Aggies dominated San Jose State in game one of the three-game home league series winning 17-1 in seven innings at Presley Askew Field, Friday, May 3. Senior starting pitcher Adam Mott worked seven innings, allowing just one run and tallying seven strikeouts on the night. Senior third baseman Bobby Lecount sparked the Aggie offense as he tied his career-high of six RBI while going 3-of-4 at the dish with two home runs. NM State posted its 17 runs on 16 hits with seven of those hits being extra-base hits. Lecount hammered a three-run shot in the bottom of the first and the Aggie offense followed his lead in the second with seven runs to take a 10-0 lead. The Aggies posted three runs in the third as well as three more in the bottom of the fourth. The Aggies scored once more in the fifth before SJSU finally crossed the plate in the top of the seventh.
Senior starting pitcher Ryan Beck threw a complete game shutout as the Aggies beat San Jose State 9-0 at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, May 4. Beck worked all nine innings and tallied three strikeouts not allowing a run on six hits on one walk. NM State posted its nine runs on 11 hits with home runs from left fielder Quinnton Mack and third baseman Bobby Lecount. NM State posted a run in the bottom of the first before scoring three in the fifth and two in the sixth to take a 6-0 lead and gain all the momentum of the game. Lecount posted his two-run homer in the fifth and Mack hammered his laser shot over the left field wall in the sixth. A run on a wild pitch in the seventh gave NM State a 7-0 lead before two runs crossed the plate in the eighth to seal the game.
The New Mexico State baseball team came back from a 4-1 deficit to defeat San Jose State, 8-5 in the series finale at Presley Askew Field, Sunday, May 5. Both teams scored a run in the first inning but SJSU scored another in the second and two more in the third to take a 4-1 lead. An RBI single by junior Tanner Rust cut the Spartan lead in half at 4-2 after three innings of play. SJSU tallied another run in the top of the fifth to take a 5-1 lead. Senior right-hand pitcher Casey Collins entered the game in the fifth inning to slow down the Spartans, working 3.0 innings without allowing a run to cross the plate and striking out two batters. Senior Evan Mott worked the final two innings of the game to tally save No. 3 of the season as he faced nine batters without giving up a run. The big offensive inning of the game came in the bottom of the sixth with the Aggies scored six runs on six hits.
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. This is 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 last week.
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: The Aggies hit the road playing UTSA in a three-game series May 10-12. The Roadrunners are 25-22 overall and 9-11 in conference, placing them seventh in the league standings.
NM State is 2-4 all-time versus UTSA, first meeting in 2003. The last meeting between the teams came in February of 2005 ending with a 5-3 Aggie win. NM State lost its first ever meeting with UTSA by the score of 3-1 in 2003.
Daniel Rockett leads UTSA with a .364 batting average, 42 RBI and a .616 slugging percentage. Brock Hartson leads the pitching staff with a 3.53 ERA in 71.1 innings.
AGGIES ON THE ROAD: The Aggies are 6-11 when playing on at home and are hitting .229 when playing on an opponent’s field. There are just two players (who average at least 2.5 at-bats/game) batting over .300 on the road while the team has hit just eight home runs on the road. Rust leads NM State with a .400 batting average on the road and Parker Hipp has the most RBI on opponent’s fields with 12.
NM State has a 5.06 ERA and has tallied 115 strikeouts in raod games. Adam Mott leads the Aggies with a 3.81 road-ERA, while he also leads the team with 26 K’s. The Aggies only road sweep came in Ruston, La. when NM State won four games over Louisiana Tech.
AGGIES IN DAY GAMES: NM State is 12-14 in day games is hitting .243 as a team in those games. Four Aggies (with at least 2.5 at-bats per game) are hitting over .300 in day games including Tanner Rust, who is posting a taem-high .414 batting average in day games. Bobby Lecount has a team-high 27 RBI in day games with six doubles and four home runs. Rust, Lecount and Parker Hipp have each marked four home runs in day games while NM State has totaled 24 bombs in those same games.
The Aggie pitching staff holds a 4.95 ERA in day games and has marked 204 strikeouts. Adam Mott has a 3.10 ERA during the day and Ryan Beck has a 3.50 ERA in day games. Beck, however, has a team-high 43 strikeouts in a team-high 36.0 innings of work. Evan Mott has made the most appearances in day games with 17 this season.
NM State won its first day game this season, 4-3 over UW-Milwaukee in 10 innings on Feb. 15 at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies won its road-day game at Wake Forest, defeating the Demon Deacons 4-0 in Winston-Salem on March 3. NM State defeated Ohio, 7-0, in a neutral site-day game on Feb. 22. The Aggies won its most recent day game defeating San Jose State, 8-5 at Presley Askew Field, May 5.
AGGIES IN WAC SERIES OPENERS: NM State is 5-2 in WAC series openers so far this season defeating Texas State (12-6), Dallas Baptist (16-5), Sacramento State (5-4), Louisiana Tech (10-4) and San Jose State (17-1). NM State is hitting .344 as a team in those games while three Aggie hitters are posting plus-.400 batting averages. Bobby Lecount is boasting a .444 batting average in those games, while both Michael Medina and Kyle Phillips are hitting .429.
Right-hander Adam Mott has made the most appearances in those games starting in all seven games. He is 4-2 in WAC series openers and has marked 49 K’s in 48.0 innings of work. No other Aggie pitcher has worked more than 3.0 innings on the mound during those games.
AGGIES AS OF RECENT (last 10 games): The Aggies are 7-3 in the last 10 games and are posting a .329 batting average during that time. Michael Medina has been consistent for the Aggie offense marking a .462 batting average (18-of-39) during the last ten games. Tannner Rust has also stayed hot posting a .459 batting average (17-of-37) while adding 12 RBI. Bobby Lecount has 19 RBI and four home runs in the last ten games while hitting .400, although Quinnton Mack is hitting .406 with seven stolen bases dating back to April 20.
The Aggie pitching staff has a 3.80 team-ERA in the last ten games allowing 41 runs and marking 66 strikeouts. Ryan Beck is 3-0 in that time posting 17 K’s in 22.0 innings pitched. Adam Mott has 15 strikeouts in 13.1 innings of work while his brother Evan Mott has earned two saves in the same time frame.
AGGIES ON RADIO: NM State is 16-13 when its games are aired over KSNM AM 570. The Aggies are hitting .303 as a team in those games with Tanner Rust leading the way with a .431 batting average. NM State lost its first four games that were aired over the radio waves but went on to win the next three. The largest margin of victory for the Aggies on a radio-game was the 30-3 victory over Alabama A&M on March 15. The biggest loss for NM State when playing a radio-game was the 14-1 loss to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem on March 2.
Evan Mott has performed well when the Aggies are playing a game that is broadcast on the radio. In 17 appearances, he has posted a 2.45 ERA, two saves and 39 strikeouts during 29.1 innings of work. Ryan Beck has a 2.90 ERA when the Aggies are playing a game that is being broadcast on KSNM AM 570.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior Ryan Beck posted another stellar performance as he tallied his second consecutive complete game. Beck threw a complete game shutout against San Jose State, Saturday, May 4 as he worked 9.0 innings and struck out three batters while giving up just one walk. Although the Spartans tallied six hits, Beck was able to use his teammates to help him secure his team-high seventh win of the year. Four of his wins this season have come against WAC opponents while he ranks third in the league in strikeouts with 40 in league play. Beck 64.1 innings in 2013 and has 70 K’s compared to 25 walks this season. He now has 25 career wins at NM State which ranks third all-time at the school.
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.
MULTIPLE HITS/RBI: Tanner Rust has the most multiple-hit games for NM State with 22. He has posted two hits 12 times and three hits 10 times. He also has 12 multiple-RBI games including one five RBI game. Bobby Lecount has the most multiple-RBI games with 18 under his belt, including three 5-plus RBI games. Lecount, Parker Hipp and Kyle Phillips have each tallied 17 mutliple-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 357 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. 8 nationally. The Aggies are also first in the WAC in RBI (325).
The Aggies are averaging 7.4 runs per game, which is ninth nationally. NM State is No. 8 nationally in home runs (46). North Carolina leads in runs (407) and La.-Lafayette leads in home runs (57). NM State is second in the WAC in home runs with 46.
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.
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, stolen bases and is second in batting average, slugging percentage, total bases, home runs and tied with Sacramento State in doubles. Aggies catcher Tanner Rust maintains the top position in the categories of batting average (.409), on base percentage (.502), runs scored (53), runs scored per game (1.10), total bases (113) and hits (74), while Bobby Lecount leads the WAC with 63 RBI, 1.31 RBI per game, a .692 slugging percentage and seven sacrifice flies. Michael Medina leads the conference in walks with 38 and walks per game with 0.79. Behind Medina in walks are Lecount in the second positions with 36, Parker Hipp at fifth with 33 and Rust in seventh with 30.
Lecount and Medina hold the second and third spots behind Rust in on base percentage in the league with .488 and .457 respectively.
Rust is in the third spot with 48 RBI behind Lecount, while Lecount sits at No. 3 in batting average (.365) behind Rust. Quinnton Mack is second in stolen bases (17) and steal attempts (19), while Lecount is second in home runs (12). Medina and Mack are third and fourth in runs scored with 48 and 41, respectively, while Lecount is third in total bases with 108. Rust and Kyle Phillips are tied for fourth in doubles with 14 apiece. Medina is fifth in steal attempts with 13. Hipp is tied for the No. 5 position in home runs with eight and is tied for the third position in RBI with 46.
Aggie pitchers have maintained their number one spot in strikeouts with a total of 391 on the season. They are No. 3 in runners picked off (14) and No. 4 in batters struck out looking (101). 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 79 this season. Adam Mott is also tied for fourth in innings pitched (82.0). Ryan Beck sits at the No. 3 position in batters struck out looking with 23 and in batters struck out with 70. Beck is tied for second in wins this season with seven and is first in the WAC for strikeouts per game with 9.79. Evan Mott is fourth in both appearances and games in relief with (27).
In WAC play only, Lecount leads the WAC in walks with a total of 19, a .871 slugging percentage, 33 RBI, 61 total bases, nine doubles, a .543 on base percentage and walks per game with 0.90. Rust leads with a 4.20 batting average, while Michael Medina leads in runs scored with 25. Adam Mott also leads in batters struck out in conference play with 49. Evan Mott leads the league in strikeouts per game with 11.63.
AGGIES IN THE NATION: NM State is No. 9 in scoring, averaging 7.2 runs a game and is No. 8 in runs in the nation with 357. The Aggies are eighth in home runs (46) and ninth in home runs per game (0.96), with a .443 slugging percentage ranking them 24th nationally.
The Aggies are No. 2 in the nation in walks with 275, six walks behind leader Central Arkansas. NM State has a 0.411 on base percentage, which puts them seventh nationally and is ranked No. 6 in strikeouts per nine innings.
Junior Tanner Rust is No. 11 in the nation in runs (53) and No. 10 in hits (74), while being ranked 10th with a .409 batting average and 18th in runs per game with 1.13. Rust is ranked 11th nationally in on base percentage (.502), 25th in total bases (113) and 35th in slugging percentage (.624). He is also 32nd in RBI with 48 and 47th in RBI per game with 1.0.
Senior Bobby Lecount ranks No. 3 in RBI (63) and RBI per game (1.31) and No. 11 in the nation in sacrifice flies with seven. Lecount is 10th in slugging percentage (.692), while holding the 12th spot for home runs (9) and the 23rd spot for home runs per game. He is 25th in both on base percentage (.488) and walks (32). Lecount is also 39th in total bases (108) and 47th in walks per game (0.75).
Senior Parker Hipp is ranked 48th in RBI (46) and 40th in RBI per game (1.02). Michael Medina is 18th nationally in walks with 38 and 28th in walks per game with 0.79. Medina is also ranked 30th in runs with 48. Medina and Quinnton Mack are tied for 49th in runs per game with 1.0.
Senior Adam Mott is ranked 15th in the nation for games started with 12 and 39st in strikeouts with 79. Senior Ryan Beck is 37th nationally in strikeouts per nine innings with 9.79.
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.
COLLEGESPORTS 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 152 walks in his time at NM State, surpassing Richard Stout, who played for the Aggies from 2007-09.
STAT HIPP'S NUMBERS (as of 5/7/13) RECORD (RECORD HOLDER) COUNTDOWN TO RECORD
Hits 246 260 (Henry Apodaca, 78-81) 15
Runs 179 192 (Chris Fanning, 88-91) 14
1B 184 204 (Henry Apodaca, 78-81) 21
2B 43 51 (Chris Fanning, 88-91) 9
RBI 184 208 (Billy Becher, 03-04) 25
BB 152 142 (Richard Stout, 07-09) +10 (new record holder)
SF 17 19 (Ryan Kenning, 01-02) 3
RYAN BECK RECORD WATCH: Senior pitcher Ryan Beck is already in the NM State record books in the categories of game pitched, games started, wins, strikeouts and innings pitch. He is sixth overall in games pitched with 75 and is just two games from holding the fourth position.
Beck has 292 strikeouts in his career and needs 31 to catch record-holder Gary Goldsmith (1990-93). He is No. 2 on the all-time list as he just passed Jaime Mendes (1992-95). He surpassed former Aggie Mark Conti (1978-81), who finished his career with 238 K's, and Weldon Langley (1969-72) with 263, earlier this season. 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
2. Ryan Beck (2010-Present) – 292
3. Jaime Mendes (1992-95) – 290
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 25 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. Ryan Beck (2010-Present ) – 25 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
Beck is currently tied for second in games started with 48 and is third in innings pitched with 311.1.
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 stay on the road facing Seattle U in a three-game series Thursday, May 16, through Saturday, May 18, in Seattle, Wash. Thurdsay’s game starts at 7:00 p.m. (MT), while Friday’s game begins at 3:00 p.m. and the first pitch of the series finale on Saturday is at 1:00 p.m. All the games can be heard on the radio in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570.
The Aggies are 3-1 all-time against Seattle U, meeting in a four game series in 2011. NM State beat the Redhawks 7-4 Thursday, April 28, 10-2, Friday, April 29 and 8-3 Saturday, April 30. The Aggies fell in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader 5-1.