First Pitch: The New Mexico State baseball team (32-16, 7-9 WAC) resumes WAC play with a four-game series on the road this week. The Aggies take on Fresno State (32-11, 12-7 WAC) at Pete Beiden Field in Fresno, Calif., Thursday, May 12 to Sunday, May 15. The first three games of the series start at 7:05 p.m. (MT). The series finale is set for a 2:05 p.m. (MT) start.
Media Coverage: All four games are scheduled to air over the radio waves on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action. 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.
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NM State Versus Fresno State: The Aggies are 8-22 all-time versus WAC power Fresno State dating back to 1991. NM State lost all four meetings a year ago in Las Cruces by scores of (21-11), (16-10), (12-4), and (8-6). Two years ago in 2009 the Aggies went 2-4 against the Bulldogs splitting the season series in Fresno, Calif., 2-2 and then losing to Fresno State twice in the WAC Tournament.
Looking Back: The Aggies split their home series with Sacramento State in last week's play taking the series opener that was televised by AggieVison. NM State fell in game one of the doubleheader, Saturday, May 7 and came back to win game two 11-9. The Aggies followed that up with another 11-run game, but lost 19-11.
The Aggies defeated Sacramento State 8-7 on a Paker Hipp walk-off double in the series opener at Presley Askew Field, Friday, May 6. The game was tied 7-7 heading into the bottom of the ninth when the sophomore second baseman belted a double to the centerfield wall that brought in the winning run. Senior centerfielder Wes Starkes led off the ninth with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior shortstop Tyler Forney.
Junior reliever Scott Coffman entered the game with one out in the seventh and earned his third victory of the season. He worked 2.2 innings and stuck out four of the 12 batters he faced while giving up just one walk. He is now 3-0 on the year with a 0.56 ERA and 29 strikeouts. Starting pitcher worked six innings and struck out five batters with no-decision.
The Aggies dropped game one of the doubleheader 15-8 as Sacramento State tallied 17 hits and the NM State marked 14. NM State starting pitcher Justin Cooper was credited with the loss after going 4.1 innings, striking out three batters and giving up six earned runs. Hornets' pitcher Brandon Sandoval worked 5.2 innings to earn the save as he also gave up six runs.
The Aggies came from behind in game two to take a split on the day as starter Ryan Beck 6.2 innings to pick up the win. He struck out seven Hornets and gave up four walks before Scott Coffman came in to work 2.1 innings without giving up a run.
The Aggies lost the series finale 19-11 to Sac State at Presley Askew Field, Sunday, May 8. NM State falls two games under .500 in league play after the series split with the Hornets, while Sacramento State remains in last place in the WAC. Although the Aggies posted 17 hits on the afternoon, they also committed five errors and allowed 19 Sacramento State hits.
Reliever Riley Bevill was credited as he was on the mound for NM State when the Hornets regained the lead in the seventh inning. The Aggies were up 8-7 heading into the seventh inning but a Sac State nine-run inning blew the game open and lead to the Aggies 16th loss of the year.
Aggies in the WAC: The Aggies are currently leading the WAC in batting average (.340), slugging percentage (.480), on-base percentage (.445), runs scored (433), hits (550), RBI (410), doubles (106), total bases (776), total plate appearances (2011), and sacrifice flies with (36).
The Aggies have several players on top of the WAC individual leader boards. NM State holds three of the top five spots in batting average with Parker HIpp leading the conference at (.429). Right behind Hipp in second is Tanner Waite at (.403) and in fourth is Zac Fisher at (.373). Hipp and Waite are also one and two in on-base percentage at (.538) and (.525) respectively.
The Aggies also hold three of the top five spots in slugging percentage with Hipp in second at (.636), followed by Fisher in third at (.575), and Ryan Aguayo in fifth at (.561). NM State also holds the top three spots in RBI with Aguayo leading the way with (56), followed by Hipp (55), and Fisher (48). The Aggies hold the top six spots in runs scored as well with Wesley Starkes leading the way at (53), followed in order by Zachary Voight (48), Bryan Karraker (46), Hipp (45), Waite (44), and Aguayo (41).
Aggies in the Nation: Nationally the Aggies are still doing well as a team and are ranked in the top 10 in many categories. They hold the top spot in the country for batting average (.340), RBI (410), hits (550) and on-base percentage (.445), while they are second in runs (433) and walks (282). NM State is No. 6 nationally in slugging percentage and third in sacrifice fly's (36).
Individually, Parker Hipp and Tanner Waite are in the top ten for on-base percentage, while Hipp is No. 6 in the nation with his .429 batting average.
WAC Play: The Aggies were split their last league series after opening with an 8-7 win over Sacramento State, May 6, then splitting Saturday's doubleheader and losing in the series finale. NM State is 60-83-1 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 return home for the final series of the season, Thursday, May 19 through Saturday, May 21 at Presley Askew Field when they take on Hawai'i, who is currently atop the WAC standings. The second game of the doubleheader on Thursday along with the games on Friday and Saturday are scheduled to air on KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Mathews in Las Cruces.
Ryan Aguayo in the Infield: Aguayo has played in all 48 games this season, starting 47 of them (27 starts at first base, 1 start at second base, 19 starts at shortstop). Aguayo is batting .360 with 59 hits including 18 doubles and five home runs. Aguayo also has 56 RBI with 41 runs scored. He has 16 multiple hit games and 14 multiple RBI games including an eight RBI performance against Buffalo (Feb. 27), where he also hit two home runs. Aguayo had a season-long seven game hitting streak earlier this season and is currently on a five-game streak.
Zac Fisher at Designated Hitter and Catcher: Fisher is batting .373 with 50 hits including nine doubles and is tied for the team-lead in home runs with six. Fisher has 28 runs scored to go along with 48 RBI. Fisher has 12-multiple hit games and 15-multiple RBI games including a five RBI performance against conference foe San Jose State (April 17). Fisher had an eight-game hitting streak earlier this season and is currently on a seven-game hitting streak. He has played in 42 games this season for the Aggies, starting 35 of them.
Bryan Karraker in the Outfield: Karraker has played in 45 games this season, starting 38 of them. Karraker is batting .336 with 43 hits including eight doubles and four home runs. Karraker also has 27 RBI and 46 runs scored. He has 11-multiple hit games with a four hit performance against Buffalo (Feb. 27), and 10-multiple RBI games including a four RBI showing versus Houston Baptist (Feb. 20). Karraker had a season-long eight game hit streak earlier this season.
Wesley Starkes in the Outfield: Starkes is batting .339 with 57 hits including 10 doubles, two triples, and three home runs. Starkes also has 36 RBI with 53 runs scored. He also has 15 multiple-hit games including a five-hit performance versus the Spartans of San Jose State April 16, and 11-multiple RBI games. Starkes had a season-long eight-game hitting streak earlier this season and is currently on a two game streak. Starkes has played in and started 44 of the Aggies 48 games this season.
Tyler Mack on the Mound: Mack has appeared in 12 games this season for NM State, starting eight of them and compiling a 5-3 record. Mack has and 8.06 era while pitching 51.1 innings. Mack's longest outing of the year came twice when he pitched seven innings against IPFW (March 19) and Louisiana Tech (April 9). Mack has 43 strikeouts on the year including a career-high 10-strikeout outing versus IPFW (March 19).
Dan Reid on the Mound: Reid is 7-2 on the year with 12 appearances, while starting all 12 games. Reid has one complete game on the year after going all nine innings versus IPFW (March 18). Reid has pitched 68.1 innings with 44 strikeouts. He had a season-high six strikeouts against conference foe Louisiana Tech (April 10).
Ryan Beck on the Mound: Beck is 9-3 on the year with two complete games. Beck's nine wins leads the WAC. Beck has pitched a team-high 74.2 innings with his complete games coming in inning-shortened games. Beck has a 5.79 era with a team-high 59 strikeouts compared to only 36 walks. Beck had a season-high 11 strikeouts against Buffalo (Feb. 27).
Zach Voight at Third base: Voight is batting .331 with 58 hits including nine doubles, two triples, and one home run. Voight has 36 RBI to go along with 48 runs scored. Voight has 19 multiple-hit games with a four hit performance versus Buffalo (Feb. 26) and nine multiple RBI games including three, three RBI showings. Voight had a season-high 11 game-hitting streak earlier this season. Voight has played in all 48 games this season, while starting 47 of them.
Chuck Howard at Catcher: Howard has played in 38 games this season for the Aggies, while starting 34 of them. Howard is batting .289 with 33 hits including nine doubles and two home runs. Howard has seven multiple hit games with a five hit showing against Buffalo (Feb. 27). Howard also has seven multiple-RBI games with two-four RBI games against Buffalo (Feb. 26 & Feb. 27). Howard had a season-long five-game hitting streak earlier this season.
Trey Ross on the Mound: Ross has appeared in 13 games this season, starting nine of them. Ross has a 6-2 record to go along with his 7.47 era. Ross has pitched 47 innings this season with his longest outing coming against Houston Baptist (Feb. 20), where he pitched 6.2 innings. Ross has 39 strikeouts on the year with a season-high nine coming against Buffalo (Feb. 27).
Tanner Waite in the Outfield: Waite is currently hitting .403 in 139 at-bats and has tallied 10 doubles, a triple and 34 RBI. In 47 games played, he has started 39 and has marked 17 multiple-hit games, which is third best on the team. His longest hitting streak of the season is 10 games and has come up with three RBI in a game four different times. Waite is hitting .327 in league play and is hitting .314 in the last ten games.
Scott Coffman on the Mound: Coffman earned a win and a save during a four-game series against Sacramento State, May 6-8. Coffman earned his ninth save of the season when the Aggies defeated the Hornet's 11-9 in game two of the doubleheader, May 7. He is now tied for first on the season-records list at NM State with Orlando Griego, who tallied nine saves in 1989. Coffman earned a win in game one of the series, working 2.2 innings, and striking out four of the 12 batters he faced. He didn't give up a single run as his team fought back for the 8-7 win. Coffman is now 3-0 with a 0.53 ERA. He has made 21 appearances, working 34.2 innings and striking out 30 batters.
Justin Cooper on the Mound: Cooper has made 13 appearances for NM State on the mound this season and has come up with 27 strikeouts in 25 innings pitched. His longest outing of the year came at Seattle (April 29) where he threw six complete innings. Cooper picked up a season-high seven strikeouts against Northern Colorado (April 1) as the Aggies fell 9-6.
Tyler Forney in the Infield: Forney has played in 42 games this season and started in 31 while seeing action at both second and shortstop. He is hitting .363 on the year and .351 in WAC play only. Forney does the best of all Aggies on the road as he is .325 when playing on opposing team's fields. He is 4-of-5 in stolen base attempts and has 54 putouts and 93 assists defensively.
Pitching Duos: With nine wins from sophomore Ryan Beck and seven from senior Dan Reid, the two rank among the best duos to take the mound at NM State. They join five other duos to mark at least 16 wins in a season. The last to accomplish the feat was the duo of DJ Simon and Sebastien Vendette in 2009. Simon earned nine wins and Vendette came up with eight on the year. The most wins from a pitching duo at NM State include Mike Tourtillot. In 1988 he joined Tony Montes, who came up with nine wins for a total of 19 wins on the year. Tourtillot followed with a second-consecutive 10-win season in 1989 and combined with Zach Kerr for 19 wins on the year. Kerr and Montes joined up for 18 wins in 1988, while Dustin Cameron and Andrew Garretson teamed-up for 16 wins in 2003 as each had eight.
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.