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Aggies Set to Take on La. Tech in First Round of 2011 WAC Tournament
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  05/24/2011

First Pitch: The New Mexico State baseball team (34-22, 9-15 WAC) heads to the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament as the No. 6 seed after splitting a four-game series with Hawai'i this past weekend in Las Cruces.

The Aggies are set to face No. 3 seed Louisiana Tech (32-25, 12-12 WAC)  in the first round of play, Wednesday, May 25 at 8:00 p.m. (MT) at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz.  The Bulldogs tied for third with Nevada (23-29, 12-12 WAC) but the Bulldogs won the tiebreaker over the Wolf Pack for the No. 3 seed by winning three out of the four games played between the two teams this season.

Media Coverage: All games the Aggies play in 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. Fans can also listen to NM State take on Louisiana Tech, May 25 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, while fans can watch the games on the Internet at www.WAC.tv.

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.

NM State in the WAC Tournament:  The Aggies have made three appearances to the WAC Tournament and are 3-7 all-time in tournament play.  NM State made its first appearance in the tournament in 2008 in Ruston, La. and fell to Hawaii 11-7 in round one and to Sacramento State 8-5 in the elimination round. 

NM State picked up its first WAC Tournament win in 2009 over Fresno State 7-4 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  NM State went on to defeat La. Tech 6-5 in the winners bracket before losing two-consecutive games to Fresno State 9-5 and 5-3 in the Championship round.

The Aggies fell to Hawai'i 13-7 in round one of play last year and got ousted from the tournament after losing 5-4 to Nevada in an elimination game.

NM State Versus Louisiana Tech: The Aggies are 17-11 against La. Tech all-time and traveled to Ruston La., April 8 - 10 to take on the Bulldogs in a four game series. The two teams split the series 2-2.

The Aggies went into that series winning seven straight against the Bulldogs.   NM State and the Bulldogs have face off only one other time in the WAC Tournament with the Aggies pulling out a 6-5 win over LA Tech in 2009 when the tournament was held in Honolulu.

In game one of the series the Aggies defeated the Bulldogs 4-2. Sophomore left-hand pitcher Ryan Beck went eight innings with three strikeouts and took his record to 6-2 on the year. Junior closer Scott Coffman came in for the ninth inning and picked up save No. 5 of the year.

In Saturday's doubleheader the Aggies fell to the Bulldogs 7-0 in the first game, but came back and won the second game 7-5. In the first game pitcher Trey Ross fell to 5-2 on the year after working 4 1/3 innings, with two strikeouts and giving up seven runs. In the second game of the doubleheader right-hand pitcher Tyler Mack took the win when he came in during the second inning to work seven innings and only one run. In the series finale NM State was held scoreless for the fourth time this season (second time in the series) when the Bulldogs defeated the Aggies 10-0. Pitcher Dan Reid went 4 1/3 innings and struck out six batters before he took a line drive off his non-throwing hand pulling him out of the game. That was Reid's first loss of the year.

NM State Versus Hawai'i: The Aggies are 11-17 all-time against Hawai'i after splitting the season finale series in Las Cruces last week.

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.

In a high-scoring series May 19-22, the Aggies split a series opening doubleheader with Hawai'i as each team had a chance to score 14 runs with NM State winning game one 14-5 and falling in game two 14-4 at Presley Askew Field, Thursday, May 19. The Aggies took game one 14-5 from the Western Athletic Conference leaders as NM State junior Tanner Waite set the tone with hitting his first home run of the season.  The Aggie offense produced 17 hits and played clean defense, backing up starter Ryan Beck, who earned win No. 10.

The Aggies defeated Hawai'i Friday evening, 18-8 in seven innings. The Aggies recorded 18 runs on 17 hits with 17 RBI on the night. Zac Fisher led the Aggies going 3-of-5 at the plate with three RBI, including a home run. Tyler Forney was also 3-of-5, scoring two runs and driving in three. Tanner Waite also had a solid day, going 4-for-4 with five runs driven in. Tyler Mack took the win for the Aggies, throwing six inning, allowing eight runs on nine hits with five strike outs. Scott Coffman pitched the seventh inning for the Aggies, mowing down all three Rainbow batters. The NM State baseball team lost in the finale of a four game set with the Hawaii Rainbows by the score of 24-3. The teams split the series at two games apiece.

NM State Versus Fresno State: 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.

NM State Versus Nevada: The NM State baseball team was swept (0-4) by Nevada this season and is now 15-39-1 all-time against the Wolf Pack.

The Aggies gave up five runs in the bottom of the seventh and lost 9-0 to Nevada in the series opener at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev., Thursday, April 21. NM State posted only five hits against Wolf Pack pitcher Tom Jameson, who went the distance to pick up a league win.  Senior centerfielder Wesley Starkes was the only Aggie to pick up multiple hits as he went 2-for-3 with a walk. Aggie starting pitcher Dan Reid tallied his second loss of the season as he went 6 1/3 innings, striking out five batters and walking only one, although he gave up seven runs.

The Aggies then dropped both games of a doubleheader to Nevada, Friday, April 22, losing game one 4-0 and falling in game two 10-3. With the losses NM State fell below .500 in WAC play, while Nevada moved ahead of the Aggies in the WAC standings. Sophomore Ryan Beck did well on the mound in game one going the distance and picking up four strikeouts while walking only two.  He fell to 7-3 on the year as the Aggie offense struggled tallying only three hits against the Wolf Pack starter who went seven innings and forced the Aggies to hit into outs. The Nevada pitcher allowed one walk and struck out one batter.

The Aggies were swept in a four-game series for the first time in Western Athletic Conference play this season as it lost to Nevada 8-3 in the series finale, Saturday, April 23. The Aggies struggled to score throughout the series against Nevada this weekend and things weren't too different in the series finale.  NM State posted its three runs on eight hits, but three errors also hurt the Aggies.  The Wolf Pack scored eight times on eight hits as seven other runners reached base by either a walk or by being hit by a pitch.

NM State was averaging 10.08 runs per game heading into the series with Nevada, but tallied only six runs on 26 hits throughout the weekend in Reno.

NM State Versus San Jose State: NM State is 21-19 all-time against the Spartans after winning three of four games this season.  The first meeting between the two teams came in 1992.

The Aggies defeated San Jose State 9-5 in the opener of the four-game series behind the play of junior Tyler Forney and the rest of the Aggie offense, which tallied 12 hits, Friday, April 15, at Presley Askew Field.

In game one of the series, the Aggies defeated the Spartans behind a solid pitching performance by junior Ryan Beck who went seven innings striking out six batters.  Junior closer Scott Coffman moved one save closer to No. 2 on the all time list as he went 1.2 innings without giving up a run.  Juniors Ty Forney and Zach Voight made started in the middle infield and only had one error between the both of them. 

NM State posted 16 runs on 19 hits to pick up its fourth league win of the year.  Starting pitcher Dan Reid earned his sixth win of the season after working five innings and striking out two of the 29 batters he faced.  Senior Wes Starkes led the Aggie offense coming up with a career-high five hits with two RBI and three runs scored. Junior Zach Voight also had a good game at the plate reaching base safely four times after going 3-for-3 with a walk three RBI and four runs scored.  The Aggies struggled both offensively and defensively in game two of the doubleheader falling 7-3 to SJSU.  NM State score three runs on seven hits while the Spartans put up seven runs on ten hits with neither team committing an error.  Sophomore right-hand pitcher Tyler Mack was credited with the loss for NM State taking his record to 5-2 after working five innings, striking out five batters and giving up six runs. 

In the series finale, NM State was losing 7-1 entering the bottom of the third inning before they scored three runs and before having the offense explode for 15 runs in the bottom of the fourth.  Forney led the Aggies again going 4-of-4 at the dish with two runs scored and three RBI, while Aguayo was 4-of-5, crossing the plate four times and marking five RBI. Fisher also finished the day with five RBI and scored twice.  Relief pitcher Riley Bevill took his record to 2-1 on the year after picking up the win.  He entered the game in the third inning and didn't give up a single run.  Starting pitcher, lefty Trey Ross was in on a no-decision as he worked 2.2 innings, striking out three of the 19 batters he faced.

Aggies in the WAC: The Aggies are currently leading the WAC in batting average (.340), slugging percentage (.478), on-base percentage (.445), runs scored (488), hits (640), RBI (459), doubles (122), total bases (901), total plate appearances (2,326), and sacrifice flies with (36).

The Aggies also lead the league in hits per game (11.43), runs scored per game (8.71), doubles per game (2.18), RBI per game (8.20) and walks per game (5.77)

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 Tanner Waite leading the conference at .401.  Zac Fisher is No. 2 in the league hitting .396, while Parker Hipp is No. 3 at .395.

Category..........Player.........League Rank (stat)

Batting Avg.......Tanner Waite... 1 (.401)

Batting Avg......Zac Fisher......... 2 (.396)

Batting Avg......Parker Hipp...... 3 (.395)

Slugging Pct......Zac Fisher......... 2 (.622)

Slugging Pct......Parker Hipp...... 3 (.574)

Slugging Pct......Ryan Aguayo..... 5 (.543)

On-Base Pct......Tanner Waite.... 1 (.521)

On-Base Pct......Parker Hipp....... 2 (.505)

On-Base Pct...... Ryan Aguayo.... 4 (.483)

Runs Scored.....Wesley Starkes...1 (59)

Runs Scored.....Zach Voight.........2 (54)

Runs Scored.....Bryan Karraker...T3 (53)

Runs Scored.....Tanner Waite......5 (49)

Hits...................Tanner Waite......5 (67)

RBI...................Ryan Aguayo.......1 (59)

RBI...................Parker Hipp.........2 (57)

RBI...................Zac Fisher.............3 (55)

Doubles...........Ryan Aguayo.........T1 (19)

Triples.........Zach Voight............. T2 (3)

Home Runs...Zac Fisher.............. T2 (8)

Total Bases...Zac Fisher.............. T4 (102)

Walks............Ryan Aguayo......... 1 (49)

Walks............Tanner Waite......... 2 (43)

Walks............Wesley Starkes...... T3 (42)

Hit by Pitch...Wesley Starkes...... 3 (12)

Hit by Pitch... Bryan Karraker..... T4 (11)

Sac Flies......... Chuck Howard...... 1 (6)

Sac Flies......... Parker Hipp.......... T2 (5)

Strikeouts...... Ryan Beck............. T3 (69)

Wins................ Ryan Beck............ T1 (10)

Wins................ Dan Reid............... T4 (7)

Saves................ Scott Coffman...... 4 (9)

Appearances... Scott Coffman....... T3 (24)

Appearances... Randy Montoya ... 5 (23)

Games Started... Dan Reid............. T2 (14)

Games Started... Ryan Beck.......... T2 (14)

Games Finished... Scott Coffman...1 (23)

Games in Relief... Scott Coffman....T3 (24)

Games in Relief... Randy Montoya . 5 (23)

WAC Play: The Aggies split the final series of the season defeating Hawai'i 14-5 and 18-8, while falling 14-4 and 24-3. NM State is now 62-89-1 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.

For the Record:  Several Aggies have moved into the top-10 in the NM State record books at the conclusion of the 2011 regular season.  Ryan Aguayo is currently tied for the No. 10 spot for doubles in a season with 19 and Chuck Howard is now tied for 10th for sacrifice flies in a season with six.  Ryan Beck is currently tied for the top spot for wins in a season with 10 and closer Scott Coffman is tied for first for saves in a season at nine.

Coffman is third for games pitched in a career with 78 and is also second for saves in a career with 14.

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.

NM State also posted 13 runs in an inning against Hawai'i, Friday, May 20.  Those 13 runs came in the bottom of the third inning as the Aggies were trailing 4-1.  The Aggies sent 18 batters to the plate, picked up seven singles, two doubles, two walks and home run, while the Rainbow pitching staff helped out by hitting three batters with a pitch.

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.

Pitching Duos:  With ten 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.

Player Notes

Tanner Waite in the Outfield:  Tanner Waite leads the league with a .401 batting average heading into the WAC Tournament.  He has 67 hits and 42 RBI, while coming up with 12 doubles.  One of his best games came against Buffalo (2/27) when he went 4-of-6 at the plate with four RBI and two runs scored as the Aggies won 19-13.  In game three against Hawaii (5/20), Waite went a perfect 4-of-4 with five RBI and one run scored.  His one run came on his first home run of the season.

Parker Hipp in the Infield:  Parker Hipp is third in the league, behind Tanner Waite and Zac Fisher, with a .395 batting average and is second in the league with 57 RBI on the year.  One of his best offensive games came against Sacramento State (5/7) as he went a perfect 5-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.  He marked a season-high four RBI in three different games and has posted a team-high 22 multiple-hit games.  His longest hitting streak of the year is 13 games (March 18 - April 3).

Ryan Beck on the Mound:  With ten wins this year, Beck is tied for the top-spot for wins in a season at NM State.  He has pitched 84.2 innings and come up with 69 strikeouts compared to only 38 walks.  His 11 K's against Buffalo (2/27) is the most for any Aggie pitcher this season and is also a career-high Beck.  He threw a season-high eight innings against Louisiana Tech (4/8) as he helped the Aggies open that series with a 4-2 victory.  That day he tallied three strikeouts, one walks and allowed two runs to pick up his sixth win of the year.

Scott Coffman on the Mound:  Scott Coffman is in the top-10 in the Aggie record books with nine saves on the year and is second with 14 career-saves.  He is 3-0 and has a 1.08 ERA in 41.2 innings of work this year, while marking 34 strikeouts and 10 walks.  His longest outing of the year came against Fresno State (5/15) when he threw 4.2 innings and tallied two strikeouts in a 6-3 series finale loss.

Ryan Aguayo in the Infield: Aguayo has started 55 of the Aggies 56 games this season. Aguayo started 33 games at first base, one at second base, one at third base, and 20 at shortstop. Aguayo is batting .348 on the season with 64 hits including 19 doubles, one triple, and five homeruns. Aguayo also has 59 RBI and 48 runs scored. He has 17 multiple hit games and 15 multiple-RBI games including an eight RBI performance against Buffalo (2/27). Aguayo had a season-long seven game hit streak earlier this year and is currently on a four game hit streak.

Wesley Starkes in the Outfield: Starkes is hitting .333 on the season with 66 hits including 10 doubles, two triples, and three homeruns. Starkes also has 44 RBI with 59 runs scored. Starkes has 16 multiple hit games with a five hit outing against conference foe San Jose State (4/16), and 13 multiple-RBI games including a four RBI performance versus league rival Hawaii (5/20). Starkes started and played in 52 of the Aggies 56 games this season. Starkes had an eight-game hit streak earlier this season and is currently on a five-game hitting streak.

Justin Cooper on the Mound:  Cooper has 16 appearances this season for NM State, including two starts. Cooper has pitched 28.1 innings with an era of 13.02 and 29 strikeouts.  Cooper had a season high seven strikeouts versus Northern Colorado (4/1), and had a season-long outing of six innings against Seattle (4/29). Cooper has an overall record of 0-3 this season.

Tyler Forney in the Infield: Forney has played in 50 games for NM State, starting 38 of them. Forney is batting .362 on the year, including .354 in WAC play. Forney has 29 hits in WAC play with four doubles. Forney also has 13 RBI in the WAC with 17 runs scored. Overall, Forney has 50 hits with six doubles, one triple, and one homerun. He has 26 RBI overall with 36 runs scored. Forney has 14 multiple-hit games with a four hit performance against San Jose State (4/17). Forney also has six multiple-RBI games including a four RBI outing versus Binghamton (3/26). Forney had a 12-game hitting streak earlier this season.

Kurt Snowley in the infield: Snowley is batting .315 on the season with 34 hits including five doubles and a homerun. Snowley also has 16 RBI and 24 runs scored. Snowley has eight multiple hit games and three multiple RBI games, with a three RBI performance against Buffalo (2/27). Snowley had a season-long four-game hit streak earlier this season.

Zachary Voight in the Infield: Voight has started 51 games this season and played in 53. Voight has 63 hits including nine doubles, three triples, and two homeruns. Voight also has 38 RBI with 54 runs scored. Voight has 20 multiple-hit games this season with a four hit outing against Buffalo (2/26). Voight also has nine multiple RBI games this year, with three, three RBI games. Voight had a season-long 11-game hitting streak and is currently on a four game streak.

Tyler Mack on the Mound: Mack has an overall record of 6-4 with 14 appearances and 10 games started. Mack has pitched 61.1 innings with 52 strikeouts and an 8.95 era. Mack had a season long outing of seven innings versus IPFW (3/19) and a season high 10 strikeouts that same game. Mack leads the WAC in batters faced a game (47.40), wild pitches (16), hit batters (19), and is third in strikeouts a game with (7.63).

Gerardo Renteria on the Mound: Renteria has a 4.50 era on the season in 21 appearances. Renteria has pitched 12 innings with 11 strikeouts. Renteria pitched a season high 1.1 innings against I-25 rival, New Mexico (2/22). He had a season-high two strikeouts versus Houston Baptist (2/20) and Binghamton (3/26).

Bryan Karraker in the Outfield: Karraker is batting .351 with 54 hits, including 12 RBI and four homeruns. Karraker also has 32 RBI with 53 runs scored. Karraker has played in 53 games this season, starting 45 of them. He has 14 multiple hit games with a four hit performance versus Buffalo (2/27) and 11 multiple RBI games including a four RBI outing against Houston Baptist (2/20). Karraker had a season-long eight-game hit streak earlier this season.

Tanner Rust in the Infield: Rust has appeared in 24 games this season, starting two of them. Rust is batting .370 with 10 hits, two doubles, one triple, and two homeruns. Rust also has 10 RBI with seven runs scored. Rust had his best game of the season against Hawaii (5/19), where he went 3 for 3 with four RBI, a run scored, and a walk. Rust has one multiple-hit game and two multiple-RBI games, both highs coming against Hawaii. He had a season long three game hitting streak earlier this season. Rust is also a member of the NM State football team as a back-up quarterback and saw action in 11 games during the 2010 football season, including starting one game at quarterback.

Chuck Howard at Catcher: Howard is batting .290 on the season with 36 hits, including nine doubles and three homeruns. Howard also has 34 RBI with 23 runs scored. Howard has started 38 games this season and played in 42. Howard has eight multiple hit games, with a five hit performance against Buffalo (2/27) and seven multiple RBI games including two, four RBI outings against Buffalo on back-to-back days (2/26 & 2/27). Howard had a season long five game hitting streak earlier this season.

Dan Reid on the Mound: Reid has a 7-4 overall record with one complete game in 14 starts this season for the Aggies. Reid has a 6.78 era in 77 innings of work with 48 strikeouts. Reid's complete game came against IPFW (3/18), and his season-high in strikeouts (6) came against conference foe Louisiana Tech, who NM State plays in the first round of the WAC tournament.

AWARDS

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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