THIS WEEK: The New Mexico State baseball team faces Sacramento State in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at home April 12-14. Friday and Saturday’s games start at 6:05 p.m. (MT) and the series finale begins at 12:05 p.m. at Presley Askew Field.
MEDIA COVERAGE: New Mexico State baseball fans will have plenty of opportunities to follow the Aggies on the radio with the voice of Aggie baseball, Jeff Matthews on KSNM AM 570.
Fans can listen to the Friday, April 12 and Sunday, April 14 games on KSNM AM 570, while Saturday’s game is televised as part of the Aggie Vision productions. For a complete listing of airtimes in your area for games televised by Aggie Vision, go online to www.AggieVision.tv or call your cable or satellite provider.
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.
PROMOTIONS: Friday night is 50-cent ice cream and the postgame running of the bases. Saturday’s game is “Crimson Out” and the Residence Hall Challenge. Sunday features the Casa de Peregrinos H.O.P.E. Food Drive and 50-cent hotdogs.
Aggie fans have plenty of chances for giveaways during Aggie home games. Fans have a chance to win a free pizza from Lorenzo’s during the “Fantastic Fan of the Game.’ Fans can also win a gift certificate for free wings from Buffalo Wild Wings. NM State baseball t-shirts are thrown into the crowd after an Aggie hits a home run and if the Aggies tally 10 runs or more Lorenzo’s will give fans 50% off any dine-in pizza.
ABOUT THE AGGIES: The Aggies head into this weekend’s WAC series sitting in the No. 8 spot of the league standings. NM State is 18-15 overall but is just 4-5 in conference play. The team dropped a series to Texas State on opening weekend of league play, then traveled to CSU Bakersfield and won one of three games there. The Aggies bounced back and took the series from Dallas Baptist, who was picked to win the WAC in the preseason coaches poll.
NM State is hitting .290 as a team with four Aggies (who average at least 2.5 at-bats/game) hitting .300 or better. Junior Tanner Rust leads the team with a .369 batting average while senior Bobby Lecount isn’t far behind posting a .346 average on the year. Lecount, although, has a team-high 43 RBIs on the year.
The Aggie pitching staff heads into the weekend with a 5.52 ERA. Senior Adam Mott has worked more innings than any other Aggie pitcher working 53.2 innings this year. He also has a team-high 49 strikeouts this year. Senior lefty Ryan Beck has 46 K’s in 36.1 innings of work and is posting 11.39 strikeouts per nine innings, which ranks 12th in the nation.
The Aggies are 15-5 when playing at Presley Askew Field and are hitting .345 at home (compared to hitting .290 on the season). Three NM State players are hitting over .400 at home, including Tanner Rust (.421), Bobby Lecount (.420) and Kyle Phillips (.403). Seven of eight home runs that Lecount has hit this season have come at Presley Askew Field.
Senior Adam Mott has made four appearances at home and is 3-0 when taking the mound at Presley Askew Field. He struck out 25 batters in 25.1 innings of work at home, although his twin brother, Evan Mott, has a team-high 32 K’s when playing at Presley Askew Field. Evan Mott has 14 appearances at home this year.
NM State has two night games this week and it is 10-4 when playing at night. The Aggies hit .313 in night games and Kyle Phillips leads the way with a .438 batting average at night. Bobby Lecount has a team-high 22 RBIs in night games and Tanner Rust has 20 RBIs. Adam Mott has posted 26 strikeouts in night games, while Casey Collins is 3-0 in seven night appearances.
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: NM State faces Sacramento State at home in a three-game series this weekend April 12-14. The Hornets are 18-14 overall this season and are coached by Reggie Christiansen.
The Aggies are 26-28 against Sacramento State, meeting first in 1997 and last facing each other in a four-game series in 2012.
The New Mexico State baseball won the first two games (16-4, 6-1) of the four-game series at Sacramento State, Saturday, April 14, 2012, and fell 10-7 in the third game and 8-7 in a non-conference game Sunday, April 15, 2012.
Junior left-hander Ryan Beck was the winning pitcher in game one after going five innings and striking out four Hornet batters. The top of the sixth marked the 18th inning of the year that NM State has scored at least five runs in a single inning.
The Aggies picked up in the second game where they left off scoring six runs in the top of the first and which is all they needed for the 6-1 win. Parker Hipp and Kyle Phillips were two of several that each marked an RBI in the inning. Junior righty Adam Mott went seven innings and marked four strikeouts.
NM State took a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning in the third game, but the Hornet offense tallied a mid-game run to win the game 10-7. Starting pitcher Michael Ormseth, who finished the day throwing five innings while striking out six batters, retired eight straight batters from the second through the fifth. The Aggies tried to make push in the final innings scoring two in the eighth with Hipp marking two RBIs on a single up the middle.
The Aggies took a 5-0 lead in the top of the third inning in the non-conference series finale, but Sacramento State scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth and crossed the plate five times in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-5 lead. The Hornets scored two unearned runs in the eighth to go up 8-5. Hipp loaded the bases with a walk and Phillips picked up two RBIs on a single to right centerfield but would be the final out as the next batter hit into a 5-4 groundout.
Chris Lewis leads the Hornets offensively with 17 runs, 42 hits, seven doubles, one triple, two homeruns, 26 RBI and a .388 on-base percentage.
Brennan Leitao leads Sacramento State in the bullpen with a 3.04 ERA, 3-2 record, two assisted shutouts, one save and 29 strikeouts in 56.1 innings.
BOBBY LECOUNT NAMED WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK: Lecount was named the Western Athletic Conference hitter of the week for the week of April 1-7.
Lecount led the Aggies to three wins last week including a 10-5 win over in-state rival New Mexico and two wins over Dallas Baptist. Lecount hit .462 (6-for-13). He tallied six walks, nine RBI, two home runs, a double, a triple and scored six runs. His extra base hits equated to a 1.154 slugging percentage on the week, while his six walks helped him tally a .650 on-base percentage for the four games. Lecount reached safely at least once in every game last week and extended his hitting streak to five games.
He tallied a solo home run against UNM in a midweek game, before he opened the WAC series against DBU going 2-for-3 with a season-high five RBIs in a 16-5 seven-inning win. He tallied his second consecutive 2-for-3 day against the Patriots as he led NM State to a 7-5 victory in game two to clinch the series. That day he also had a double, a walk and a run scored. He finished the week going 1-for-2 with three walks as the Aggies fell short on a comeback attempt losing 12-10 in 10 innings.
LECOUNT EARNS ANOTHER COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS HONOR: Bobby Lecount was honored once again by CollegeSportMadness.com by being named WAC Player of the Week after posting stellar numbers in four games during the week of April 1-7. Lecount went 6-of-13 (.462) with a slugging percentage over 1.000. His first CollegeSportsMadness.com player of the week honor came on March 18 after his play during the week of March 11-17.
LOOKING BACK: NM State took the series 2-1 against Dallas Baptist April 5-7 with wins on Friday and Saturday, then falling in 10 innings on Sunday.
In the first game on Friday, the Aggie baseball team defeated Dallas Baptist 16-5 in seven innings at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies scored 16 runs on 15 hits with senior Bobby Lecount leading the offense with a home run and five RBIs. Senior shortstop Parker Hipp also had a good night with the bat as he finished the evening going 2-of-4 with a walk, two RBIs and three runs scored. Senior starting pitcher Adam Mott earned the win after working 6.0 innings, striking out four batters and giving up four runs.
The Aggies started off the win over Dallas Baptist 7-5, Saturday, April 6, on fire offensively posting five runs on five hits in the bottom of the first. Senior Parker Hipp and senior Bobby Lecount tallied RBI doubles before junior Michael Paulson and senior Kyle Phillips followed with a home run each. Senior right-hander Casey Collins entered the game in the top of the third and worked 5.1 innings without giving up a single run to pick up the win. Senior reliever Evan Mott tallied his first save of the season after he came into the game in the ninth inning and struck out three of the four batters he faced.
NM State fell short on a comeback attempt losing 12-10 in 10 innings to Dallas Baptist in the series finale, Sunday, April 7. The Aggies were down 9-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth but tallied six runs in the inning. After a Patriot run in the top of the eighth took the score to 10-7, NM State crossed the plate three times off four hits and two errors in the bottom of the inning. The Aggies had a chance to pick up the win in the bottom of the ninth inning with bases loaded and no outs, but three consecutive Aggie batters went down swinging. DBU hit a two-run shot in the top of the 10th to take a 12-10 lead before the Aggies left two runners aboard in the bottom of the inning.
AGGIES IN THE WAC: NM State holds several top 10 spots in the WAC. The Aggies lead in runs scored, walks, RBI’s and stolen bases and is tied for third in doubles. Aggies catcher Tanner Rust maintains top three positions in the categories of runs scored, hits and stolen bases while shortstop Parker Hipp is tied for second with 26 walks.
Bobby Lecount leads the WAC with 43 RBI’s and is tied for second with eight home runs followed by Parker Hipp who hold the number five spot with six home runs. Quinnton Mack is tied for 3rd in steals, successfully stealing eight of his nine attempts.
Aggie pitchers have maintained their number one spot in strikeouts with a total of 251 on the season. Runners are having a hard time stealing bases with seven runners picked off by Adam Mott who holds the number two position in batters struck out with a total of 49 this season. In WAC play only, Kent Blackstone leads the WAC in walks with a total of 10 for the season while Bobby Lecount holds the No. 2 spot with nine walks and a .897 slugging percentage, which lands him in the No. 2 spot in the WAC. The Aggies continue to struggle with decreasing the number of strikeouts for the season. NM State currently stands with 77 total strikeouts in WAC play.
AGGIES IN THE NATION: NM State is 12th in scoring and 6th in runs nationally in part from the help of Tanner Rust who is ranked 15th in the country in runs and 30th in runs per game. The Aggies are No. 3 in home runs and home runs for games, No. 1 in walks and fourth in strikeouts per nine innings, and 12th in on base percentage. NM State is 22nd in slugging percentage as well.
Bobby Lecount is ranked 15th nationally in homeruns, 31st in home runs per game, third in RBI, seventh in RBI per game, 34th in slugging percentage and sixth in sacrifice flies. Michael Medina is ranked 11th in walks, followed by Parker Hipp at 26th. Ryan Beck is 12th in the country in strikeouts per nine innings and Adam Mott and Michael Ormseth are tied at No. 17 for games started.
TAKE YOUR BASE: The Aggies are No. 1 in the nation in walks and first in the WAC with 206 walks in the 2013 season. NM State has tallied 61 more walks than second place Dallas Baptist in the WAC and has almost 100 more walks as half of the other teams in the conference.
In WAC play, the Aggies have been walked 50 times this season.
STOLEN BASES: The Aggies currently lead the WAC with 37 stolen bases. The Aggies have also been efficient with their stealing this season. They’ve attempted a league leading 48 stolen base attempts and have only been caught 11 times. Leading the way for the Aggies are Quinnton Mack and Tanner Rust with eight stolen bases apiece, tying for third in the WAC. Behind Mack and Rust is Michael Medina with six.
The record for stolen bases in a season is 42 by Corey Harrigton 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.
SCORING RUNS: The Aggies have scored 251 runs 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 WAC in runs while it is No. 6 nationally. The Aggies are first in the WAC in RBI (227).
The Aggies are averaging 7.6 runs per came with is 12th in the nation. NM State is No. 6 in runs and No. 3 in home runs. Georgia State leads in runs (278) and Mercer leads in home runs (36). NM State is second in the WAC in home runs with 33. Bobby Lecount is tied for second with eight homeruns in the conference.
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 are tied for the most scored by a team this year with Eastern Kentucky. Eastern Kentucky beat Morehead State 30-14.
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.
NEW MEXICO STATE BASEBALL (2000 – 2013)
Highest home single-game attendance
Date: Opponent: Attendance:
March 3, 2000 New Mexico 826
May 19, 2004 #14 Arizona State 1,452
April 27, 2005 Kansas State 2,005
February 4, 2006 Utah 342
March 31, 2007 Nevada 368
March 1, 2008 Ball State 388
March 3, 2009 New Mexico 789
March 2, 2010 New Mexico 741
April 11, 2010 Nevada 1835*
April 16, 2011 San Jose State 645
March 6, 2012 New Mexico 725
April 1, 2013 New Mexico 953
* = Indicates possibly inaccurate attendance count
Note: No attendance records found in the year 2001, 2002 and 2003.
The contest against University of New Mexico on April 1, 2013 was the highest regular season home attendance game recorded since 2005, with 2,005 fans in attendance against Kansas State. On March 3, 2009 the Aggies hosted the Lobos with 789 attendees and third most during the span. In 14 home games this season the Aggies are averaging 368 fans a game.
HIPP RECORD WATCH: Senior Parker Hipp has a chance at breaking seven-different records at NM State as he has already broken one this season. Below are the categories and his career stats with a tally on how many more he needs to break the record.
Hipp broke the career-walks record, Friday, March 30 when he picked up a walk in the top of the second inning with a lead-off walk. Hipp now has 143 walks in his time at NM State, surpassing Richard Stout, who played for the Aggies from 2007-09.
STAT HIPP'S NUMBERS (as of 4/8/13) RECORD (RECORD HOLDER) COUNTDOWN TO RECORD
Hits 231 260 (Henry Apodaca, 78-81) 30
Runs 166 192 (Chris Fanning, 88-91) 27
1B 173 204 (Henry Apodaca, 78-81) 32
2B 41 51 (Chris Fanning, 88-91) 11
RBI 172 208 (Billy Becher, 03-04) 37
BB 145 142 (Richard Stout, 07-09) +3 (new record holder)
SF 15 19 (Ryan Kenning, 01-02) 5
RYAN BECK RECORD WATCH: Senior pitcher Ryan Beck has 264 strikeouts in his career and needs 55 to catch record-holder Gary Goldsmith (1990-93). He is No. 3 on the all-time list as he just passed Weldon Langley (1969-72). He surpassed former Aggie Mark Conti (1978-81) early in the season 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.
CAREER STRIKE OUTS
1. Gary Goldsmith (1990-93) – 323 K’s
2. Jaime Mendes (1992-95) – 290 K’s
3. Ryan Beck (2010-Present) – 268
4. Weldon Langley (1969-72) – 263
5. Mark Conti (1978-81) - 238
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
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 during the week of March 11-17. 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 hit the road this week facing New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:00 p.m. (MT). NM State then heads to Ruston, La., to face Louisiana Tech in a four-game weekend series April 19-21. Friday’s game starts at 5:00 p.m. (MT), Saturday’s game at 2:00 p.m. and the double header on Sunday, April 21, begins at 12:00 p.m. All games this week can be heard on the radio in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570, with Jeff Matthews.
The Aggies are 80-141 all-time against New Mexico, first meeting in 1962 and facing each other earlier this season. NM State defeated the Lobos 10-5 on Monday, April1.
NM State is 20-13 all-time against Louisiana Tech, first meeting in 2001 and facing each other in a three-game series in 2012. The Aggies swept the series 3-2, 4-3 and 10-0.