Alumni Game to Kick Off 2013 Baseball Season
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  02/08/2013

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Feb. 8, 2013) - The 2013 edition of the New Mexico State baseball team will be on display for the first time on Saturday (Feb. 9) as the team takes on former Aggie players during the Annual Alumni Game. 

Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. (MT) at Presley Askew Field and admission for all fans is free. 

Although the game is a mix of competition and fun, the current Aggie squad will have their hands full as the alumni team will consist of some the greatest baseball players to put on an Aggie jersey, including two former All-American players.

Topping the list of alumni players is one of NM State's all-time greatest hitters, Billy Becher.  Although he only played in Las Cruces for two seasons (2003-04), Becher set numerous Aggie single-season and career hitting records. 

In 2003, Becher set NM State's single-season record in hits (105), home runs (32) and RBIs (118).  The first baseman concluded his Aggie career in 2004 and left as NM State's career leader in home runs (57) and RBIs (208), records he still holds today.

Becher was named an All-American by numerous organizations and publications after each of his two seasons at NM State.

Also joining the alumni squad will be former Aggie outfielder Mark Aranda, who played at NM State from 2004-05.  In 2005, Aranda gave the Aggies an All-American for three consecutive seasons after he was a part of the Louisville Slugger All-America list.  That season Aranda hit 22 home runs and had 85 RBIs.  He finished his career with 38 home runs, which puts him in a tie for third all-time among Aggie players.

The alumni team will also feature a couple of players from last season's WAC championship squad. 

Zach Voight, who was recently drafted by the Chicago White Sox, will also make his way to Las Cruces to participate in the alumni game.  Voight was NM State's shortstop during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.  He finished last season with eight home runs and 56 RBIs, both second-best on last year's team.  After the season, Voight was honored by being placed on the first-team All-WAC team.

Joining Voight from last season's team will be left fielder Tanner Waite.  Waite, who also played for the Aggies in 2011 and 2012, led the nation in walks last season with 69.  He also led the NM State team in 2012 with 55 runs scored and four triples on the season.

Among other former players joining the alumni squad are: middle infielder Richard Stout (2007-09), who is the Aggie all-time leader in career walks (142), second in runs scored (188) and third in stolen bases (69); infielder Leo Aguirre (2007-10), who ranks fourth all-time for NM State in doubles (44) and RBIs (160); and pitcher Frankie Duran (2006-09), who, prior to last season, held the record for most appearances for a pitcher in an Aggie uniform with 91 total appearances.

To catch up with everything concerning Aggie baseball, including all season and career records, keep logging on to NMStateSports.com.

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