THIS WEEK: The New Mexico State baseball team hits the road, Thursday, March 28 through Saturday, March 30, to play CSU Bakersfield in a three-game WAC series. Thursday and Friday’s games start 7:00 p.m. (MT) with the series finale against the Roadrunners beginning at 2:00 p.m. (MT).
MEDIA COVERAGE: NM State baseball fans have plenty of opportunities to follow their Aggies on the radio again this season with the voice of Aggie baseball, Jeff Matthews on KSNM AM 570. The Aggies are scheduled to broadcast 20 more games this season, plus any in the post season.
The series versus CSU Bakersfield will not be broadcast over the radio waves.
Fans can also listen to those three games live on the Internet by clicking on the live events link on www.NMStateSports.com for a small fee.
There are five games scheduled to air on TV as a part of the Aggie Vision Productions. The first game produced by Aggie Vision is against New Mexico, Monday, April 1 at 6:05 p.m. (MT). Go to www.AggieVision.tv for complete listings in your area or call your local cable company.
Live stats are available all season long by going to www.NMStateSports.com and clicking on the live events tab. Live stats are free of charge all season.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Fans can keep up with score updates and other information by logging on to Twitter @NMStateAggies. Fans can find out about promotions and everything else Aggie by going on Facebook and searching for NMSU Athletics as well as The Aggie Student-Athlete.
ABOUT THE AGGIES: The NM State baseball team is 14-12 overall and is 1-2 in WAC play after the first week of conference play. The Aggies head into the road series with the Roadrunners only 1-7 in away games.
NM State has won six out of the last eight games heading into Thursday’s game. The Aggies are 12-8 against right-hand starters and are 5-2 when games are decided by one or two runs. NM State has a better chance of winning when scoring first as they are 7-1 so far when that happens.
The Aggies have outscored their opponents 201-164 this season, but were outscored 41-29 in the three-game series against Texas State last weekend. There are four Aggies with at least 20 runs with junior Tanner Rust leading that category as he has crossed the plate 28 times. NM State has a .290 team-batting average with four Aggies now above the .300 mark this year. Rust, who is hitting a team-high .358 on the year, struggled against the Bobcats as he hit .273 (3-of-11).
The Aggies have posted 23 home runs this year and are 5-1 when hitting two or more homers in a game. Senior Bobby Lecount leads the way with five bombs this year and there are four different Aggies with at least three home runs in 2013.
The NM State pitching staff has a 5.10 team ERA and has totaled 234 K’s on the year, compared to its opponent’s 197 strikeouts. Of the four regular starters, senior Adam Mott has worked the most innings (40.1) and is tied for the team-high in strikeouts with senior lefty Ryan Beck (37 K’s). Four Aggie hurlers have at least 10 appearances this season with senior Evan Mott lead the pack with 15 on the year. He has 29 strikeouts and a 3.48 ERA in 20.2 innings of work.
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: CSU-Bakersfield is 17-7 overall on the season while going 12-4 at home. The Roadrunners have started 2-1 in WAC play after their series with Sacramento State last weekend.
NM State is 1-0 against CSU-Bakersfield with their only meeting coming in 2012. The Aggies won the game 5-3 at Hardt Field in Bakersfield, Calif, Wednesday, May 16. That win gave head coach Rocky Ward win No. 400 of his career (all at NM State).
The Aggies scored five runs in four innings and starting pitcher, junior Casey Collins handled his own throwing seven innings while striking out two batters and giving up two earned runs. Junior third baseman Robert Lecount led the offensive charge going 2-of-4 at the plate with two RBI.
The Roadrunners are coached by Bill Kernen.
Tyler Shryock and Cael Brockmeyer lead the Roadrunners offensively. Shryock leads the WAC with a .390 batting average and 44 hits including three doubles and a triple. Brockmeyer has a .521 slugging percentage, 24 RBI and has hit three home runs this season.
Jeff McKenzie, Jonathan Montoya and Scott Brattvet lead the Roadrunners’ starting rotation with Dylan Christensen closing games for the team. McKenzie leads the team with a 5-1 record, leads the WAC with 45.0 innings pitched including two complete games, has an ERA of 1.40 and has 36 strikeouts. Montoya has started the season 3-1 and has a 1.47 ERA with 19 strikeouts. Brattvet is 4-1 and has an ERA of 2.27 in 43.2 innings of work. Dylan Christensen has a 1.76 ERA, has closed 10 games this season and has earned five saves.
LOOKING BACK: The Aggies went 2-2 last weekend against conference opponent Texas State and Big 12 opponent Texas Tech.
The Aggies opened up conference play against Texas State with a 12-6 win on Friday, March 22, against Texas State. It was the first meeting between the two schools and it was Texas State’s first WAC contest. The Aggies 12 runs came on 16 hits and three walks. Second baseman Kent Blackstone and center fielder Kyle Phillips each had three hits in the game. Adam Mott got the start for the WAC opener and earned the win after striking out seven batters in 6.1 innings of work.
In the second game against Texas State the Aggies’ offense struggled against Texas State in a 10-3 loss. The Aggies scored their three runs on six hits in the game while Ryan Beck pitched 4.1 innings but was credited with the loss after giving up four runs. Kyle Phillips found success in the low-hitting game with two hits and scored one run.
The Aggies fell in the final game against Texas State 12-7, which dropped them to 1-2 in WAC play and 13-12 overall. The Aggies found trouble getting hits in the final game as well, despite Bobby Lecount and Kyle Phillps home runs during the game. The Aggies finished with seven hits in the game but could not get a hit in the final five innings of the game. Michael Ormseth got the start and struck out six batters in 3.2 innings of work.
The Aggies played Big 12 opponent Texas Tech on Monday, March 25, at Presley Askew Field and earned a 7-6 win over the Red Raiders. Trey Higginbotham started the game for the Aggies and struck out four batters in 3.2 innings of work. The Aggies trailed 6-4 heading into the eighth inning where they were able to score two runs to tie the game heading into the ninth inning. Christopher Bradley earned the win after pitching in the ninth inning striking out one batter and allowing no runs for Texas Tech. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Jory Goldstrom completed his perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate with a walk-off single that scored Kyle Phillips for the winning run.
SCORING RUNS: The Aggies have outscored their opponents 201-164 so far this season with 79 of those runs coming in a four-game series with Alabama A&M. NM State is first in the league in runs while it is No. 8 nationally. The Aggies also lead the WAC in RBI’s (180).
The Aggies are averaging 7.8 runs per game which ranks 13th nationally. The Aggies lead the WAC and are ranked fourth in the nation with 23 home runs this season. Bobby Lecount is ranked 34th in the nation with five of those home runs.
Tanner Rust is ranked 14th nationally with 28 runs scored this season. Bobby Lecount leads the league and is ranked sixth in nation with 33 RBI. Lecount is also tied for first in the nation with six sacrifice flies. Michael Medina is third in the league with 24 runs scored this season. Quinnton Mack and Kyle Phillips are tied for fourth in the league with 23 runs scored.
The NM State 30-3 win over Alabama A&M on March 17 is the largest margin of victory (+27) by any team in the country this year. The 30 runs is also the most scored by any teams this year.
The NM State school record for runs in a game is 37. The Aggies defeated Northern Iowa 37-11, March 4, 2006 at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies did not score 30 runs in a game during the 2011 or 2012 season but did it twice in 2010.
STOLEN BASES: The Aggies currently lead the WAC with 33 stolen bases and are ranked 69th nationally in this category. The Aggies have also been efficient with their stealing this season. They’ve attempted a league-leading 41 stolen base attempts and have only been caught eight times. Leading the way for the Aggies is Quinnton Mack has stolen eight bases on nine attempts, which is tied for first in the WAC in both categories. Right behind Mack is Tanner Rust and Michael Medina who both have six steals this year.
The record for stolen bases in a season is 42 by Corey Harrington back in 2002 and the 10th spot is a tie between Eddie Kennedy, Vince Rodden and Richard Stout who all have 26 steals. The team record for stolen bases in a season is 121 set back in 1995.
AGGIES IN WAC PLAY: The Aggies have a 74-98 overall record in conference play since joining the WAC in 2006.
The Aggies first ever WAC game came in 2006 and was a 9-1 loss to Nevada on March 24. NM State won its first ever WAC game on April 2, 2006 defeating Fresno State 9-8 in Las Cruces.
The Aggies are 1-2 in WAC play this season after their weekend series with Texas State. Kyle Phillips is starting hot in WAC play and has a .500 batting average with a .917 slugging percentage and one home run in conference play. Bobby Lecount is also starting fast in conference play and posts a .417 batting average with one home run, five RBI and a .750 slugging percentage.
Adam Mott earned his first conference win this season pitching 6.1 innings and striking out seven batters. Michael Ormseth pitched 3.2 innings in his first conference start, striking out six batters. Christopher Bradley made two appearances against Texas State striking out five batters in 4.0 innings of work and held batters to a .143 batting average.
The Aggies improve to 6-2 in WAC opening games.
AGGIES IN THE WAC: Offensively, the Aggies rank in the top 10 in WAC in several categories. Tanner Rust is ranked fifth in the league with a .358 batting average. Rust is also tied for first in the league with 28 runs scored and is ranked fifth with 34 hits. Bobby Lecount leads the league with 33 RBI and also leads the WAC with six sacrifice flies. Michael Medina is ranked third in the WAC with 24 runs scored while Quinnton Mack and Kyle Phillips are tied for fourth with 23 runs scored. Parker Hipp and Michael Medina are tied for first in the WAC with 23 walks.
The pitchers for the Aggies are also making their mark on the top 10 rankings in the WAC. Adam Mott is fourth in the league with 40.1 innings pitched and tied for second, with Ryan Beck, with 37 strikeouts. Ryan Beck is third in the league with four wins this season and also ranks third with 15 batters struck out looking. Evan Mott is ranked second in the WAC with 15 appearances and ranks ninth with 29 strikeouts.
In WAC play only, the Aggies are still holding top 10 sports. Bobby Lecount is ranked third with five RBI. Kyle Phillips is third in the league with a .500 batting average and is ranked third in the league with six hits. Kent Blackstone is tied for first in the WAC with five runs scored. Adam Mott is tied for first in the WAC with seven strikeouts. Michael Ormseth is ranked fifth with six strikeouts in WAC games.
AGGIES IN THE NATION: NM State ranks eighth nationally with 194 runs scored this season, 13th in the country with 7.8 runs per game, fourth with 23 home runs and third in the nation with 153 walks. They also rank 24th nationally with 15 sacrifice flies and 16th with a .409 on base percentage.
Individually, the Aggies are earning high national rankings as well. Tanner Rust is ranked 14th in the country with 28 runs and 47th with 1.12 runs scored per game. Bobby Lecount is tied for first nationally with six sacrifice flies, sixth with 33 RBI, 14th with 1.32 RBI per game and 34th nationally with five home runs. Parker Hipp ranks ninth in the nation with 23 walks and eighth with 1.05 walks per game. Michael Medina is ranked 35th nationally with 20 walks.
The Aggies rank fifth in the country with 9.4 strikeouts per game. Ryan Beck is ranked 19th with 11.35 strikeouts per game and ranked 44th with four victories.
RYAN BECK RECORD WATCH: Senior pitcher Ryan Beck has 259 strikeouts in his career and needs 62 to catch record-holder Gary Goldsmith (1990-93). He is currently No. 4 on the all-time list as he just surpassed former Aggie Mark Conti (1978-81) who finished his career with 238 K's. Former Aggie Jason Conner (2004-08) is now No. 6 as he tallied 235 strikeouts during his time.
Beck is also No. 4 on the all-time wins list. He has 22 career wins after posting three wins as a freshman, 10 wins as a sophomore and five wins last year.
CAREER WINS LIST
1. Jaime Mendes (1992-95) – 33 wins
2. Gary Goldsmith (1990-93) – 31 wins
3. Weldon Langley (1969-72) – 23 wins
4. Ryan Beck (2010-Present ) – 22 wins
5. Brian Gausman (2004-07) – 21 wins
Dustin Cameron (2003-05) – 21 wins
Mark Conti (1978-81) – 21 wins
HIPP RECORD WATCH: Senior Parker Hipp has a chance at breaking eight-different records at NM State. Below are the categories and his career stats with a tally on how many more he needs to break the record.
STAT HIPP'S NUMBERS (as of 3/26/13) RECORD (RECORD HOLDER) COUNTDOWN TO RECORD
Hits 221 260 (Henry Apodaca, 78-81) 40
Runs 159 192 (Chris Fanning, 88-91) 34
1B 169 204 (Henry Apodaca, 78-81) 35
2B 38 51 (Chris Fanning, 88-91) 14
RBI 162 208 (Billy Becher, 03-04) 47
BB 142 142 (Richard Stout, 07-09) 1 (currently TIED)
SF 14 19 (Ryan Kenning, 01-02) 6
PAULSON NAMED WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK: Junior infielder Michael Paulson was named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week on Monday, for the week of March 11-17.
He helped the Aggies to a 4-2 record last week with a four-game series sweep over Alabama A&M. Paulson hit .533 (8-for-15) with only a single strikeout over the six games. He also tallied four walks, seven RBI's, four doubles, scored seven runs and had a stolen base.
Paulson went 2-for-3 with an RBI in a 3-2 loss to No. 17 Oklahoma on Wednesday and followed that by scoring three runs in game one of a four-game series against Alabama A&M on Friday. In a 24-4 win over Alabama A&M during Saturday's doubleheader, Paulson was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored while also marking a double. He finished the week going 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two RBI and a double as the Aggies defeated the Bulldogs 30-3 in seven innings. Paulson is now hitting .333 on the year with 10 RBI.
COLLEGE SPORTS MADDNESS HONORS BOBBY LECOUNT: Senior infielder Bobby Lecount earned WAC player of the week from CollegeSportsMadness.com as he helped the Aggies to a 4-2 record last week. He posted a .412 batting average (7-of-17) and a .542 on-base percentage with four walks, while being hit by a pitch twice. Lecount tallied a team-high 10 RBI's on the week while he hammered two homeruns and finished the week with a .824 slugging percentage. Lecount scored one of the Aggies' two runs in a 3-2 loss to No. 17 Oklahoma as he got on base three times; twice by walks and once from being hit by a pitch. He posted a three-run homer in a 20-6 win over Alabama A&M to open the four-game series and also scored twice. In game one of the doubleheader on Saturday, Lecount went 2-of-4 with four RBI.
TANNER RUST NAMED WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK: Rust was named the WAC Baseball Hitter of the Week, for the week of March 4-10. Rust helped the Aggies to a 4-0 record during that week with a four-game series sweep over LaSalle. Rust hit .600 (9-for-15) without a single strikeout over the four games. He also tallied two walks, four RBI, scored eight runs and was 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts.
Rust opened the series with the Explorers going 3-for-4 with two RBI and scored a season-high three runs as the Aggies won 18-8 in eight innings. He went 2-for-3 in game one of a double-header on Saturday with one RBI and two runs scored with NM State winning 8-2. Rust followed up hitting a double in game two of the double-header as the Aggies won 4-2 in seven innings. In the series finale, Rust was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored as the Aggies came-from-behind to win 12-11 in 10 innings. Rust tallied a double each day of the series.
WAC PRESEASON POLL: New Mexico State baseball was selected to finish third in the 2013 Western Athletic Conference regular season, in the coaches' preseason poll behind Dallas Baptist and Texas State, the WAC announced.
The Aggies received 60 points in the voting that was done by the 10 WAC baseball coaches after a 35-24 season (11-7 WAC), which resulted in the 2012 WAC regular season co-champion title and an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Dallas Baptist, who joined the WAC this year, was picked to win the league with 80 points and eight first place votes after a 41-19 season. Surpassing the Aggies for the second spot is Texas State who received 65 points and one first place vote.
PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN: Senior short stop Parker Hipp of the New Mexico State baseball team was recently named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American baseball team, selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Hipp was a third team selection after hitting .349 with 51 runs scored and 49 RBI last year. He was first on the team in on-base percentage (.488) as he helped the Aggies win a share of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference title.
Hipp also posted 17 doubles, one triple and one home run on the year while he led the team defensively with 148 assists. The middle-infielder was also in on the most double-plays (30) in 2012 as he finished the year making nice plays in the Aggies' NCAA Tournament appearance. Hipp was a second team All-WAC selection last year as he hit .328 (21-of-64) in league play with four doubles and 17 RBI.
COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS PRESEASON TEAMS: CollegeSportsMadness.com recently announced its baseball preseason all-conference teams and All-American teams with New Mexico State well represented. Senior right-hand pitcher Adam Mott and senior short stop Parker Hipp were named first team members on the preseason team, while infielder Tanner Rust and outfielder Kyle Phillips earned second team honors.
Parker Hipp earned CollegeSportsMadness.com All-American honors as he was named to the fourth team.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Aggies return to Presley Askew Field, Monday, April 1, to face in-state rival New Mexico at 6:05 p.m. (MT). The Aggies 80-141 all-time against UNM since 1962. The Aggies went 3-1 against their rival in 2012. The game will be broadcast on TV as a part of the Aggie Vision Productions. Go to www.AggieVision.tv for listings in your area.
The Aggies will remain at home for a weekend series against WAC opponent Dallas Baptist on April 5-7. The Aggies are 0-5 all-time against Dallas Baptist. The first meeting between the two teams was back in 2000 and the most recent meeting was in 2007 in a game the Aggies lost 9-7. The games on Friday, April 5, and Sunday, April 7, can be heard live in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570. The game on Saturday April 6, can be seen on AggieVision.