Aggies Face Hawai'i in Final Home Series of 2011; Senior Day Saturday
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  05/17/2011

First Pitch: The New Mexico State baseball team (32-20, 7-13 WAC) wraps up its regular season with a home stand against Western Athletic Conference leader Hawai'i (30-21, 15-5 WAC). The four-game series at Presley Askew Field starts with a doubleheader at 3:05pm (MT), Thursday, May 19, which will be followed by a single game, Friday, May 20 at 6pm (MT).  The series finale is scheduled to start at 1:05pm (MT), Saturday, May 21.

Media Coverage: Three of the four games this week are scheduled to air over the radio waves on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action. Game two of the doubleheader, May 19, along with the games on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 are scheduled to air, while 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: Thursday, May 19 is United Way Day.  All supporters of United Way can get into the game at a discounted rate of $4. Friday, May 20 will be Wells Fargo Day at the Ballpark. All Wells Fargo customers and employees get into the game at a discounted rate of $4 just by showing a Wells Fargo Bank Card.  Saturday, May 21 is Senior Day.  Come out to the ballpark at 12:30pm to honor NM State's six seniors in a pre-game ceremony.  This is the last home game for Ryan Aguayo, Wes Starkes, Chuck Howard, Tyler Owens, Chace Perkins and Dan Reid. Please join along to thank them for their time and effort while here at NM State.

NM State organizations and groups have the chance to be the "Group of the Game" at NM State baseball games. To enter your group, group representatives must visit NMStateSports.com and complete the form. Your group will win a chance to get priority seating and a PA announcement about the group and a table to hand out information.

Also, don't forget to enter your child (12 and under) for a chance to meet the PA announcer and announce the batters for the Aggies. There will be a "Kidcaster" at every Aggie baseball game. You will receive an e- mail to confirm the date of your choice. Sign up for this and other fun promos at www.NMStateSports.com.

Aggie T-shirts are thrown out at home games when an Aggie player hits a home run and other prized are given throughout the game, such as a pizza from Lorenzo's Italian Restaurant during the "Lorezno's Inning."

NM State Versus Hawai'i: The Aggies are 9-15 all-time against Hawai'i. NM State went 1-4 against the Rainbows last year, winning the series finale of a four-game series in Honolulu 10-7.  The Aggies lost to Hawai'i in round one of the 2010 WAC Tournament 13-7.  The first meeting between NM State and the Rainbows came in 2006 when the Aggies joined the WAC. The Aggies dropped two of three games that year, winning the final game 5-3 on The Islands.  NM State won its first series over the Rainbows in 2007 when the Aggies won games two and three, 8-6 and 9-4 respectively.

Looking Back: The Aggies were swept by Fresno State last week losing 17-4, 15-7, 17-2, and 6-3.  The Aggies are now 8-26 all-time against the Bulldogs and have not defeated them since round one of the 2009 WAC Tournament.  Bryan Karraker had the best weekend for NM State as he hit .583 against the Bulldogs going 7-of-12 at the dish with four RBI and three runs scored.

The Aggies lost the series opener to Fresno State 17-4 at Pete Beiden Field in Fresno, Calif., Thursday, May 12. The Aggies struggled on both offensively and defensively as they posted only five hits, while committing five errors.  Fresno State posted its 17 runs on 12 hits and committed two errors.

After a scoreless first inning, NM State posted three runs in the top of the second and another three in the top of the third to take an early 6-0 lead but lost to the Bulldogs 15-7, Friday, May 13. NM State came up with its seven runs on 12 hits, which included a solo-home run by sophomore Zac Fisher in the top of the seventh.  The Bulldogs came up with its 15 runs on 16 hits and committed an error.  Starting pitcher Ryan Beck was credited with the loss after going five innings on the mound and striking out five batters.  He gave up six earned runs and is now 9-4 on the season.

The Aggies were for the second-time in the series as they fell to Fresno State, Saturday, May 14. NM State posted nine hits with one run coming on a solo-homer by senior catcher Chuck Howard and the other coming on an RBI double by junior outfielder Tanner Waite. Waite finished the day 2-of-4 at the dish, while Howard was a perfect 3-for-3. The Aggies didn't help themselves out on the defensive side of the field either marking five errors in the game. Fresno State posted its 17 runs on 17 hits, while there were three home runs hit by the Bulldogs.

NM State tried to avoid a sweep from Fresno State but lost 6-3 in the series finale and dropped four games at Pete Beiden Field this weekend. Although Fresno State took a 4-0 lead with two runs coming in the first and two in the fourth, the Aggies had a never-say-die attitude scoring a run in the top of the sixth and two in the top of the seventh.

Aggies in the WAC: The Aggies are currently leading the WAC in batting average (.334), slugging percentage (.472), on-base percentage (.438), runs scored (449), hits (582), RBI (424), doubles (115), total bases (823), total plate appearances (2154), 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 (.409). Right behind Hipp in second is Tanner Waite at (.387) and in fourth is Zac Fisher at (.376). Hipp and Waite are also one and two in on-base percentage at (.518) and (.507) respectively.

The Aggies also hold two of the top five spots in slugging percentage with Hipp in second at (.597), followed by Fisher in fourth at (.584). Ryan Aguayo is in seventh at (.529). NM State also holds the top three spots in RBI with Aguayo and Hipp leading the way with 56. Fisher holds the No. 3 spot (48). The Aggies hold five of the top six spots in runs scored as well with Wesley Starkes at No. 2 (53), followed in order by, Bryan Karraker (49), Zach Voight (48), Waite (45), Hipp (45), and Aguayo (44).

WAC Play: The Aggies were swept in their last league series by Fresno State falling to 60-87-1 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 Mesa, Ariz. for the 2011 WAC Baseball Tournament live from Mesa, Arizona. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv.

The double-elimination tournament will be held May 25-29 at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., with the first game beginning at 3:00 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday.

Tie Breaking Procedures for WAC Tournament Seedings: If two or more teams tie for first place, each team would be considered a regular season co-Champion.

For seeding purposes in the tournament, you use the following tie-breaking procedures:

a. Tie-Breaking Procedures

[1] The winner of the head-to-head competition is the higher seed.

[2] If a tie still remains, the team with the best winning percentage against the highest finishing team(s) that all tied teams have played the same amount of times shall receive the higher seed.

[3] If a tie still remains, the team with the best winning percentage against the highest finishing team(s) that the tied teams have played at the same site the same number of times shall receive the higher seed.

[4] If a tie still remains, the team with the best winning percentage in conference road games played shall receive the higher seed.

[5] If a tie still remains, the team with the best winning percentage against the highest finishing team(s) regardless of the number of times the teams have played shall receive the higher seed.

[6] If a tie still remains, the Conference office shall conduct a draw. The drawn team shall receive the higher seed.

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.

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