FRESNO, Calif. - New Mexico State softball fans in Las Cruces will be able to follow the Aggies live on KSNM 570 AM at 3:00 p.m. MT Saturday when Kyle Doperalski broadcasts the 2011 WAC Softball Tournament Championship Game between top-seeded NM State and third-seeded Fresno State held at host Fresno State's Bulldog Diamond.
Every Aggie softball game this weekend will be carried live via the Aggie Sports Radio Network with play-by-play from Doperalski. Aggie faithful outside of Las Cruces can listen to the broadcast live on NMStateSports.com or follow all of the tournament action on Twitter by following NMStateAggies. Fans can also follow the action with live streams of the tourney on WAC.tv.
NM State (42-15) earned a first-round bye as the top seed in the tourney after sweeping second-seeded Boise State for its first outright WAC title in Las Cruces last weekend. The Aggies set a program record for wins in a season with 41 victories after senior Hoku Nohara hammered a walk-off home run to defeat fourth-seeded Hawai'i Thursday. Nohara broke the all-time WAC home run record on Friday in a 7-0 defeat of second-seeded Boise State.
Fresno State (34-16) began the tourney with an opening-round loss to sixth-seeded Louisiana Tech on Wednesday, 2-0. The Bulldogs have fought back through the elimination bracket with three consecutive one-run victories to send home fourth-seeded Hawai'i, sixth-seeded Louisiana Tech and second-seeded Boise State and earn a matchup with the undefeated Aggies. FS has scored just a total of six runs in its four games in the tourney while NM State has posted 12 runs in only two games this weekend.
An Aggie win against FS gives NM State its first WAC Tournament Title and the program's first NCAA Tournament berth as an automatic qualifier. An Aggie loss to the Bulldogs triggers a second winner-take-all championship game that would begin at 6 p.m. MT, that could also be broadcast live on KSNM 570 AM with Doperalski. A win in either game clinches the title and bid for the Aggies. With two losses NM State would have to rely on an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament from the selection committee on Sunday evening.
WAC TO STREAM 2011 TOURNAMENT
The WAC, in conjunction with its Web site partner NeuLion, will stream the 2011 WAC Softball Tournament live from Fresno, Calif. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv. The double-elimination tournament will be held May 11-14 at Bulldog Diamond on the campus of Fresno State with the first game beginning Wednesday. Every game of the tournament can be viewed for a single subscription price of $14.95, which will include on-demand viewing of any of the games the following day. More information and how to subscribe to any of these video streaming events can be found at www.WAC.tv.