Aggies Take on Sacramento State in WAC Play This Weekend; Friday's Opener Set for ESPN3.com and AggieVision
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  05/04/2011

First Pitch: The New Mexico State baseball (30-14, 5-7 WAC) resumes WAC play with a four-game series at home against Sacramento State, Friday, May 6 to Sunday, May 8. The series opener starts at 4 p.m., while Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. The series finale is set for an 11 a.m. start.

Media Coverage: Friday's game is scheduled to air on TV as a part of the AggieVision Productions, with Jeff Mattews and Kyle Doperalski in the announcer's booth.  The game can be seen live on Comcast throughout the state of New Mexico as well as on Fox Sports, Arizona, Altitude Sports and ESPN3.com.

The remaining three games are set to air over the radio waves on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play.  Fans can also listen over the Internet at www.NMStateSports.com for a fee.

Live stats are scheduled for all games this week.  Those links can also be found at www.NMStateSports.com under the live events link.

Twitter/Facebook: Fans can get in-game Twitter updates by logging on to www.twitter.com @NMStateAggies.  Find out about promotions and other events on Facebook @ NMSU Athletics.

For the Fans: May 6 is Alumni Day at Presley Askew Field.  All NM State Alumni that shows up to the game can get in for the discounted rate of $4.  Mayor of Las Cruces Ken Miyagishima is throwing out the first pitch, May 7 and all members of the Las Cruces community are invited to come cheer on Mayor Miyagishima and the Aggie Baseball Team.

NM State Versus Sacramento: The Aggies are 22-24 all time against Sacramento State. The teams first met in a three game series in 1997 when they were both apart of the Big West Conference. The Aggies won game one of the series 9-5, but went on to lose the next two. Last year the Aggies swept the Hornets in a four-game series in Sacramento.

Looking Back: The Aggies traveled to Seattle, Wash. to take on the Seattle University Redhawks in a four-game non-conference series April 28 - 30. The Redhawks won only one game and the Aggies are now 30 -14 overall for the season and still 5-7 in the WAC.

In game one of the series the Aggies broke their four-game losing streak by defeating the Redhawks 7-4. Senior right-hand pitcher Dan Reid started for the Aggies and went five innings. He struck out four batters and gave up three earned runs. Six pitchers came to the mound in game one including Randy Montoya, Tyler Mack, Gerry Renteria, Robert Roher and Scott Coffman. Coffman came in during the ninth inning and threw five pitches to pick up save No. 8 of the year. He is now tied at second with Erik Nyquist on the all-time save list with 13 saves and needs only four more to tie Orlando Griego who played for the Aggies from 1987-90.

In Friday's doubleheader the Aggies defeated the Redhawks 10-2 in game one, but lost game two 5-1. In game one of the day NM State offense had 14 hits and no errors. Right-hand pitcher Ryan Beck started for the Aggies and picked up win No. 8 for the year after pitching six innings. He had four strikeouts and four walks against the 30 batters he faced throwing 129 pitches. Sophomore Parker Hipp and juniors Bryan Karraker and Zach Voight led the Aggie offense. Hipp was 2-for-3 with a two run homer in the third, Karraker was 3-for-3 with a walk scoring four times, and Voight went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.  In game two of the doubleheader starting pitcher Justin Cooper went six innings with five strikeouts, five walks and five runs. This was Cooper's first start since coming off arm surgery during the offseason. Six different Aggies picked up a hit in the game including Starkes, Forney, Hipp, Waite, Fisher and Karraker but Karraker was the only one to cross the plate.

In the series finale NM State defeated the Redhawks 8-3 to pick up their 30th win of the season. Bryan Karraker led the Aggies offensively. He went 3-of-4 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored. Starting pitcher Trey Ross went five innings with five strikeouts, four walks and two earned runs. Riley Bevill took the mound in the sixth with two strikeouts on six batters and gave up only one hit before junior Scott Coffman took over in the eighth.

Aggies in the WAC: The Aggies as a team are currently leading the WAC in batting average (.339), slugging percentage (.474), on-base percentage (.442), runs scored (395), hits (496), RBI (374), doubles (96), total bases (700), walks (257), and sacrifice flies (35).

The Aggies have several players on top of the WAC individual leader boards. NM State holds the top two spots in batting average with Tanner Waite leading the way with a (.419), while Parker Hipp is second with a (.394). Waite and Hipp are also one and two in on-base percentage with (.545) and (.515) respectively. The Aggies also hold the top six spots in runs scored with Wesley Starkes at the top with 47. Following Starkes in order are Zachary Voight (46), Hipp (42), Bryan Karraker and Waite with 41 a piece and Ryan Aguayo (39).  NM State also holds three of the top five spots in slugging percentage. Hipp is second with a (.614), followed by Aguayo in fourth at (.570) and Zac Fisher fifth at (.542). The Aggies also hold the top three spots in RBI with Hipp in the lead with (52), followed by Aguayo (50) and Fisher (46).

Aggies in the Nation: Nationally the Aggies are still doing well and are ranked in the top 10 in many categories. They are second in batting average (.336), runs (395) and base on balls (257) third in scoring (9) and sacrifice flies (35), sixth in hits (496) and ninth in slugging percentage (.474).

Individually Tanner Waite in No. 5 in on base percentage (.545) and Parker Hipp is No. 8 in runs batted in per game (1.37).

WAC Play: The Aggies were swept in their last league series after falling in four-straight games to Nevada in Reno. NM State is 58-81-1 all-time (sixth season) in WAC play.  The Aggies were 14-9-1 a year ago, which was the first time they had a winning record in league play.

Looking Ahead: The Aggies head to Fresno, Calif., to face conference foe and nationally ranked Fresno State Bulldogs Thu, May, 12 thru Sun, May, 15. The Bulldogs are ranked 17th in the latest USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll. All games begin at 7 p.m. (MT) except the Sunday contest, which begins at 2 p.m. (MT). All four games can be heard on KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Mathews in Las Cruces.


Tanner Waite in the Outfield: Waite is fifth in the nation in on-base percentage at .545 and 14th in the nation in batting average at .419. Waite has 52 hits in 124 at-bats with nine doubles and one triple. Waite also has 28 RBI with 41 runs scored on the season. Waite has 16 multiple hit games and seven multiple RBI games including two four hit games against (Buffalo-Feb.27) and (Binghamton-Mar.26), and a four RBI game against Buffalo in the same game. Waite has played in 43 of the Aggies 44 games, while starting 35 of them. Waite had a season long 10 game hit streak earlier this season.

Zac Fisher at Designated Hitter : Fisher has played in 38 games this season for NM State, starting 31 of them. Fisher has 43 hits with seven doubles and five home runs. He also has 46 RBI on the season to go along with 23 runs scored. Fisher has 10 multiple hit games and is second on the team in multiple RBI games with 15. He recorded a season-high five RBI versus conference San Jose State April 17. Fisher had a season-long eight game hitting streak earlier this season and is currently on a three-game hit streak.

Parker Hipp at Second Base: Hipp is first on the team in home runs with six and first in RBI with 52. Hipp has 50 hits with eight doubles and one triple to go along with his six home runs and 42 run scored. Hipp is tied for first on the team with 18 multiple hit games and is first in multiple RBI games with 17. Hipp has five games with three hits ad four games with four RBI for his season highs. He has played in 38 games this season, while starting 36 of them. Hipp has the longest hitting streak of the year for the Aggies at 13 and is currently on a four game hit streak.

Dan Reid on the Mound: Reid has appeared in 11 games this season, starting all 11 of them. Reid has a 7-2 record with 62.1 innings pitched and one complete game against IPFW Mar. 18. Reid has 39 strikeouts including a six-strikeout performance against Louisiana Tech Apr. 10. Reid has a 4.48 era on the season.

Trey Ross on the Mound: Ross has appeared in 12 games this year including eight starts. Ross has a 6-2 record with 43.2 innings pitched and 38 strikeouts. Ross had a season high nine strikeouts versus Buffalo Feb. 27 and pitched a season long 6.2 innings versus Houston Baptist Feb. 20. Ross has a 6.60 era.

Randy Montoya on the Mound: Montoya has 19 appearances on the season as a reliever. Montoya has pitched 15.1 innings with 13 strikeouts. Montoya had a season long outing of 1.2 innings versus Nevada Apr. 23. Montoya has a 6.46 era on the season.

Ryan Aguayo in the Infielder: Aguayo added yet another home run to his tally when he blast one against Seattle (4/28), bringing his total up to five.  Aguayo hit a three-run home run in his first at-bat and added six more RBI against Seattle University to bring his season total up to 50.  Aguayo brings his batting average to .356 and is second in the WAC in RBI behind fellow Aggie Parker Hipp.

Wesley Starkes in the Outfield:  Starkes entered the Seattle series batting .341 and after going 6-for-16 brought that up to .344.  Starkes added two RBI and two doubles to his season statistics, bringing his RBI to 33 and his doubles to 10.  Starkes leads the WAC in runs scored with 47, he leads fellow Aggies, Zach Voight, Parker Hipp, Bryan Karraker, Tanner Waite and Ryan Aguayo.

Zach Voight in the Infield:  Voight is batting .340 after a stellar weekend in which he went 4-for-10 with one double, three runs scored and three RBI.  Voight is second in the WAC in runs scored with 46 and has a on-base percentage of .432 and slugging percentage of .438

Bryan Karraker in the Outfield:  Karraker ballooned his batting average from .306 going into the Seattle series to .336 after Seattle.  Karraker went 7-for-11 with seven runs scored, two doubles and two RBI.  Karraker's slugging percentage is now .475 and his on-base percentage is .439.

Ryan Beck at Pitcher:  Beck tallied another win to bring his record to 8-3 on the year.  Beck went six innings giving up eight hits while only allowing two runs and walking four while striking out four.  Beck's ERA is now at 5.16 with a total of 52 strikeouts, 29 walks and  68 innings pitched.

Scott Coffman at Closer:  Coffman has been lights out for the Aggies as he brought his ERA down to .61 after throwing three scoreless innings giving up only one hit and striking out three.  Coffman is tied for second on the all-time saves list with 13 career saves.  Coffman is also one save away from tying the single season save record which is nine set by Orlando Griego back in 1989.  Coffman has thrown 29.2 innings and is a third of an inning away from being eligible to be on the single season ERA record list. 

Big Inning: The Aggies posted 15 runs in one inning, Sunday, April 17, against San Jose State.  The 15 runs came in the bottom of the fourth as 21 batters went to the plate.  Zac Fisher helped the cause with a grand slam, while Ryan Aguayo helped out with a three-run shot.  The Aggies loaded the bases five different times in the inning and did it twice after completely emptying the bases.

The Aggie record for runs in an inning is 16.  NM State posted 16 runs against Northern Iowa in a three-game series in 2006.  The Aggies scored their 16 runs on 10 hits and were aided by three Panther errors.

Karraker Earns WAC Hitter of the Week After Hitting Above .600: Junior outfielder Bryan Karraker earned Verizon WAC Baseball Hitter of the Week for the week of April 25 - May 1.

Karraker, a native of Phoenix, Ariz. (Pinnacle HS), hit .636 (7-for-11) with seven runs scored, two RBI, two doubles and was walked twice as New Mexico State went 3-1 in a four-game series at Seattle. Karraker raised his batting average by 30 points, entering this past weekend hitting .306.  His season average is now at .336 after he had a great offensive weekend against Seattle.  Karraker finished the week with a .692 on-base percentage. In game two of the series, Karraker went 3-for-3 with a double and a season-high four runs scored. In the series finale, which NM State won 8-3, he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI to help the Aggies post their 30th win of the season.

Forney Earns WAC Hitter of the Week: NM State second baseman Tyler Forney was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for the week of April 11-17. He helped the Aggies to a 3-1 record against San Jose State by hiting .600 (9-for-15) during the four-game series and struck out only once against a Spartan pitching staff that has the most strikeouts in the WAC. Forney was perfect at the plate in the final game of the series, going 4-for-4 with three RBI, no strikeouts and two runs scored.

Overall on the week, Forney tallied six runs, five RBI, one double and a walk. He registered a .957 fielding percentage. He had to make the move from shortstop to second base as fellow Aggie Parker Hipp was out that weekend and filled the position well, stepping up his play against SJSU. Forney made his second start at second base in game one of the four-game series against SJSU and led the way with a game-high six assists that included a tough 4-3 putout where he threw the ball across his body from the middle of the field.  He was also in on a 4-6 putout that saved two potential runs from scoring in the eighth inning. Forney went 2-of-4 at the dish in the 16-8 win, April 16, and added an RBI, while crossing the plate twice.

Fisher Name WAC Hitter of the Week; Fourth Aggie to Earn the Honor This Year: Sophomore Zac Fisher was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference hitter of the week for March 28-April 3, as announced the league office, April 4. This was the fifth time this season an Aggie slugger has earned WAC Hitter of the Week with four different Aggies winning the award. The sophomore from Fontana, Calif., helped the Aggies to a 3-1 record last week when playing against Northern Colorado. Fisher did not play the opening game but played the last three. He went 2-for-3 in the first game of the double header. He went 6-for-11 at the plate throughout the three games. Fisher had one strike out two RBI and a walk.

Wes Starkes Earns Hitter of the Week Honors: Wes Starkes was named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, Monday, March 28 by the league office for his play during week six of the college baseball season. The senior from Athens, Texas, helped the Aggies to a four-game series sweep against Binghamton. Starkes hit .533 (8-of-15) in four games with a double, a home run and eight RBI. He walked four times and struck out only once. He also scored nine runs and was a perfect 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts.

Reid Earns Pitcher of the Week: Senior right hand pitcher Dan Reid has been named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week as selected by the WAC office, Monday, March 21. Reid, a senior from Nasonworth, New Brunswick (Fredericton HS), picked up his first career complete game as he led the Aggies to an 11-2 won over IPFW last week. Reid did not allow an earned run and gave up only six hits. He faced 35 batters, struck out two and walked three. This is Reid second pitcher of the week honor and is one of only three NM State pitchers to earn the award.  His first came Feb. 22, 2010.

Hipp Named WAC Hitter of the Week:  Sophomore Parker Hipp has been selected as the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for the second time this season by the WAC office for his play during the week of Feb. 28-March 6. He was also selected as WAC Hitter of the Week on February 21.

Hipp continued to stay hot at the plate as he hit .571 (8-of-14) and struck out only once in four-games during the YMBL/Cardinal Classic in Beaumont, Texas.  Hipp tallied a double, a grand-slam and nine RBI to go along with three walks and two runs scored.

Defensively, he came up with 13 assists, seven putouts and committed only one error. The one error came in the first game of the week, which allowed Cal State-Northridge (March 3) to tie the game, however, Hipp came to the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and hit the game winning single the put the Aggies past the Matadors, 6-5. He was 3-of-4 with two RBI against the Matadors. 

The Aggies were held to two hits against San Francisco (March 4) in game two of the tournament, and Hipp was the only NM State plate with hits as he was 2-of-3.  The Aggies bounced back to beat San Francisco (March 5) 7-6 with Hipp leading the way going 3-of-4 with a grand slam. He needed a triple in that game to complete the cycle.  Hipp finished the week picking up two walks against host team Lamar (March 5) and scoring each time he reached base on balls.

Aguayo Named WAC Hitter of the Week: Senior shortstop Ryan Aguayo earned Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for the week of Feb. 21-27, as announced by the WAC office, Monday, Feb. 28.

The Pico Rivera native helped the Aggies to a 5-0 record last week with wins over in-state rival New Mexico and Buffalo. He had a stellar week at the plate with a .611 batting average as he went 11-for-18, with two perfect games.  Aguayo set a career-high in game one of the double-header, Feb. 27, when he tallied eight RBI.  He had a perfect game at the plate going 4-of-4 with two home runs and one walk.  Aguayo started his week with a two-RBI afternoon against in-state rival New Mexico, to help lead his team to a 13-8 victory. In the first game of the series against Buffalo, Aguayo was perfect with the bat as he was 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Buffalo realized what kind of hitter Agauyo is and walked him three times in the final game of the week.  He scored all three times he got aboard in that game with the Aggies winning 19-13.

Hipp Named WAC Hitter of the Week: Sophomore second baseman Parker Hipp has been named Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, as announced by the league office, for the week of Feb. 14-20.

Hipp helped the Aggies to a season-opening sweep over Houston Baptist, as he was 6-for-11 at the dish with six RBI and five runs scored.  On the weekend he posted two doubles, a triple and a home run to go along with a 1.182 slugging percentage. He also got on base with three walks and was hit by a pitch once, while striking out only three times for a .667 on-base percentage.

Defensively, Hipp tallied a perfect fielding percentage with five putouts and five assists, while getting in on two double plays.  He opened his sophomore season going 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI and two runs scored.  He walked twice and tallied the Aggies first triple of the year as the Aggies won 9-6.  Hipp had a 3-of-4 day in game two of the series with two more RBI and two more runs scored.  In the series finale, he opened the game up when he started the Aggies' six-run eighth inning with a solo-shot over the right field wall leading his team to a 9-1 win.

CollegeBaseballInsider. Com National Player of the Week: NM State shortstop Ryan Aguayo was named National Player of the Week by CollegeBaseballInsider.com after hitting .611 in five games during the week of Feb. 21-28.

The Pico Rivera, Calif. native had a stellar week at the plate as he went 11-for-18 that week, with two perfect games at the plate. He set a career-high in game one of the double-header, Feb. 27, when he tallied eight RBI.  He had a perfect game at the plate going 4-of-4 with two home runs and one walk. 

College Baseball Foundation National All-Star Line Up:  Shortstop Ryan Aguayo was also named to the as he helped the Aggies to a 5-0 record during the week of Feb. 21-28 with wins over New Mexico and Buffalo. Aguayo went 11 for 18 (.611) with 15 RBI and 13 runs scored. On the week, he posted three doubles, two home runs, and six walks.

ABCA Hall of Fame: New Mexico State assistant baseball coach and alumnus Gary Ward was inducted into the America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame on Jan. 7 during the ABCA's 66th Annual Convention.  This season will be Ward's eighth as a hitting coach and assistant for head coach and son, Rocky Ward. Ward began his stint with the Aggies as top assistant coach in 2000 and was head coach for the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

Aggie Outfielder Named to CollegeBaseballLineup.com All-American Team: New Mexico State senior outfielder Chace Perkins was named a 2011 third team Preseason All-American by CollegeBaseballLineup.com (formerly PING!Baseball), Wednesday, Jan. 5. Perkins, a native of Sparks, Nev., played in 57 games for the Aggies in 2010 finishing with a team-leading 17 home runs as the Aggies finished with 104 home runs on the year, which put them in the top 10 nationally.  He also posted a team-high .746 slugging percentage and a team-high 70 RBI.  The Aggie outfielder finished in the top 15 of the Western Athletic Conference with a .363 batting average while also earning a spot in the league's top-10 with 17 doubles.

Two Aggies Earn (2010) Summer League Honors: A pair of Aggies were honored as members of the Horizon Air Summer Series All-Series 2010 Baseball Team, as announced by the Horizon Air Summer Series league office on Thu, Aug. 19th. Ryan Aguayo was honored as first-team shortstop.  Aguayo played for the San Luis Obispo Blues during the Horizon Air Summer Series.  For the SLO Blues, Aguayo batted .321 and shared the team lead for homeruns with three.  Aguayo led the team in doubles and RBI's. 

Ryan Laing, who red-shirted for NM State during the 2010 season, was also named to the first-team as a designated hitter.  Laing played for the Atwater Aviators.

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