Aggie Baseball Continues Road Trip at UC-Davis
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  03/12/2014
Las Cruces, N.M. -- The New Mexico State baseball team resumes its 11-game road swing with four games in Davis, Calif., versus the UC-Davis Aggies this weekend.  This will be the first-ever meeting on the diamond between the two Aggies.

     The series begins Friday, March 14, at 3:30 p.m. (MT) at Dobbins Baseball Complex, continues with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 1 p.m. and concludes on Sunday, March 16, with the final game at 1 p.m.

     NM State will head to California with a 7-9 overall record after losing four games against nationally-ranked Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas.  The trip to Lubbock was the first road series of the season for the Aggies.

     Senior first baseman Kris Koerper and sophomore third baseman Derek Umphres lead a NM State lineup that is second in the Western Athletic Conference in batting average and first in home runs.

     Koerper’s .385 batting average leads the conference while Umphres is right behind with a .375 batting average, good enough for third-best in the WAC.

     Senior left-hander Christopher Bradley is the probable starter for game one of the series.  Although Bradley has yet to win his first game of the season, he has pitched well in four starts.  He has 21 strikeouts in 22.2 inning of work and holds a 2.78 ERA.

     The California Aggies are currently 8-8 on the season, including a 2-3 home record.  UC-Davis began the season by losing three of four games at Dobbins Stadium to WAC member Seattle U.  More recently, the Davis Aggies split two games at San Jose State University during the weekend of March 8-9.  UC-Davis will play the rubber match against the Spartans at home on Tuesday, March 11, before facing NM State.

     UC-Davis, a member of the Big West Conference, finished the 2013 campaign with a 19-37 overall record, including 5-22 in conference play.  The Davis Aggies are in their seventh season as a member of the Big West after moving up to Division I baseball in 2008. They currently hold a 138-198 overall record in Division I baseball.


Scouting UC Davis

     The UC Davis Aggies enter this weekend’s competition with the Aggies riding a 8-8 record. They are currently 2-3 at home. The Aggies have found success offensively but have struggled to bring in runs when they are on base.

     The Aggies have an overall batting average of .285, but are led by Adam Young, who boasts a .444 batting average in 13 games played. After Young the Aggies have three other players who currently have a batting average above .300. UC Davis has tallied more hits than their opponents (151 to 117) but has been outscored 75-72 this season.

     UC Davis has been more aggressive at the plate than their opponents as well as they have drawn only 41 walks to their opponents’ 74. However, the Aggies find the ball more often than not as they have only struck out 78 times as a team.

     On the mound, UC Davis has a 4.52 ERA as a team and has struck out 95 batters, given up 27 doubles, two triples and four homeruns.

     Reliever Zach Stone who has a 1.59 ERA in six appearances leads the UC Davis pitching staff. Spencer Koopmans has a 3.32 ERA, which leads UC Davis starters, in four starts and is one of two starter who are undefeated.

NM State-UC-Davis Series

     This will be the first time in program history that NM State will face UC-Davis on the baseball diamond.

     The Aggies have faced other teams from the Big West before including Call-Poly, Long Beach State, Cal State-Northridge, UC-Irvine, UC-Santa Barbara and Hawai’i. NM State is 32-86 against those teams.

     The Aggies were a member of the Big West Conference from 1992-2000. During that time, NM State was 68-167 in conference play.

Kilgore Leads Team in Batting Average

     Kyle Kilgore has played in eight games for the Aggies including three starts. He leads the team with a .389 batting average but does not have enough at-bats per game to be ranked in the WAC. He has a slugging percentage of .722 and an on-base percentage of .429. Kilgore has hit three doubles and one homerun. He has also racked up three RBI.

     Kilgore has also earned a 2-1 record as a pitcher in four starts. He has a 7.64 ERA but has struck out 12 batters in 17.2 innings. He has a .323 batting average against him and has walked 12 batters this season.

Koerper Dominates WAC Standings

     Kristoffer Koerper has started all 16 games for the Aggies and leads the WAC with a .385 batting average, a .615 slugging percentage, 25 hits and 19 RBI. He has also hit six doubles, three homeruns and has drawn nine walks. Defensively, Koerper has a .978 fielding percentage with 125 putouts.

Umphres Leading the Way with Multiple-Hit Games

     Derek Umphres has played in all 16 games for the Aggies and has started 15. He leads the team with eight multiple-hit games this season. Umphres has 21 hits and has scored 14 runs this season. He has a .375 batting average, which is third on the team. Umphres has hit four doubles, one triple, one homerun and has eight RBI. He also has reached base safely in five straight games.

Wagner Brings Consistency to Aggie Offense

     Ryan Wagner has played 13 games and started 10 for NM State. He has a .310 batting average with 13 hits including two doubles and three homeruns. Wagner has drawn three walks and has earned 12 RBI. He has three multiple-RBI games and four multiple-hit games this season. Wagner is currently on a three-game hitting streak as well.

Bradley Leads the Way for Aggie Pitchers

     Christopher Bradley has started four games and has an 0-2 record this season. He has an ERA of 2.78, which leads Aggie starters, and has surrendered 17 hits in 22.2 innings of work. Bradley has a .215 batting average against him and has struck out 21 batters this season.

Barr Brings Confidence in Relief Role

     Riley Barr has played in seven games this season, entering all games in relief, and has a 2-0 record. He has pitched 11.2 total innings and has struck out six batters and has a 3.09 ERA. Barr has surrendered only one extra-base hit in his seven appearances and has a .341 batting average against him.

Aggies at Home

     Going 7-5 at home this season (as of March 10), the Aggies have outscored their opponents 98-68.  With a team slugging percentage of .429, NM State’s batting average of .291 is slightly above that of their opponents’ .228 batting average.

     Led by Kristoffer Koerper at home, the Aggies have hit 10 home runs in their home stretch on 114 hits.  Koerper is batting .447 with a jaw-dropping .745 slugging percentage.  Driving in a team high 19 runs, Koerper has 21 hits in 47 at bats with three home runs.  In 40 at bats, Ryan Wagner has driven in 12 runs and hit three homers, having a batting average of .275 with a .550 slugging percentage.  Michael Paulson has 10 RBI at home, having a .302 batting average in 43 at bats.

     Pitching has been a bright spot for the Aggies with anaverage ERA of 4.07 compared to their opponents average of 7.61.  Christopher Bradley and Robert Kraft have stepped up for the Aggies, with ERAs of 2.70 and 2.87 at home.  Having pitched 16.2 innings, Bradley has thrown 15 strikeouts, giving up five earned runs on 14 hits while walking nine batters.  Also striking out 15 batters, Kraft has only walked seven opponents while giving up five runs on 20 hits.  Zach Freeman has also thrown well, with an ERA of 3.55 and 14 strikeouts.

Aggies Away From Home

     After their recent away series, the Aggies are now 0-4 on the road.  Being outscored over the four-game series 42-16, NM State suffered at the plate having a team batting average of .271, compared to their opponent’s average of .353.  The slugging percentage was the biggest difference as the Aggies had a percentage of .336 while their opponents were hitting .561.

     Derek Umphres had a .467 batting average over the four games in 15 at bats.  With a slugging percentage of .533, Umphres drove in two runs on seven hits.  Kyle Kilgore also had a strong performance for the Aggies, hitting .462 in 13 at bats, driving in two runs and hitting NM State’s only home run of the series.

     With an average ERA of 10.35, the Aggies struggled from the mound compared to their opponents ERA of 3.69.  Christopher Bradley stood out for NM State, pitching six innings with an ERA of 3.00, throwing six strikeouts and giving up only three hits for two earned runs.  Matt Moriarty threw 2.1 innings, only walking one hitter and giving up one hit with two strikeouts for an ERA of 0.00. 

Aggies in Last 10

     Going 3-7 in their last 10 games, the Aggies have had some solid performances at the plate but have struggled from the mound.  With a team batting average of .290 and a team ERA of 6.20, the Aggies have been outscored 76-66.

     From the mound, Christopher Bradley has been reliable arm for the Aggies, having a team high 1.50 ERA, Bradley has thrown 10 strikeouts in 12 innings pitched, giving up two earned runs on eight hits in his two starts.  Robert Kraft is 1-1 in the last 10 games, with an ERA of 3.21 in 14 innings pitched.  In three games started, Kraft gave up five earned runs on 19 hits, throwing 10 strikeouts.

     Derek Umphres has led the Aggies with a .400 batting average and a slugging percentage of .514 in 35 at bats.  Kyle Kilgore has a batting average of .389 in 18 at bats, driving in 3 runs on 14 hits, with one home run.  Kilgore also leads the team in slugging percentage at .722 over the last 10 games.  Kristoffer Koerper is hitting .349 over the last 10 games, with 15 hits in 43 at bats, driving in eight runs with a team-high two home runs.  Michael Medina has driven in a team-high nine RBI in 35 at bats, with 10 hits.

Aggies in Last Five

     Going 1-4 in their last five games, the Aggies have struggled from the mound while keeping up with their opponents offensively. Batting .333, the Aggies only trail their opponents by a small margin, with their opponents averaging .337.  The slugging percentage is a slightly larger gap, with NM State having a .424 slugging percentage compared to their opponents’ average of .515. 

     With only three at bats, Kevin Carswell leads all Aggie hitters in the five game stretch with a .750 batting average, driving in three runs on three hits, with a slugging percentage of .750.  Kristoffer Koerper had eight hits in 23 at bats, earning five RBIs and one homerun.  Derek Umphres hit .500 in 18 at bats, driving in three runs.

     With a team ERA of 8.86, the Aggies opponents have been pitching slightly better, with an ERA of 6.60.  Christopher Bradley leads the way for the Aggies with a 3.00 ERA in 6.0 innings pitched, throwing a team high six strikeouts, giving up two earned runs on three hits.  Kyle Kilgore also had six strikeouts in 8.2 innings pitched.

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