LAS CRUCES, N.M.
(Dec. 6, 2012) - As everyone is in the final month of the 2012 year, New Mexico
State University head coach Rocky Ward has announced the Aggies' schedule for the
NM State, who is coming off a 35-win season, a Western Athletic
Conference regular-season co-championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament,
will play a total of 54 regular-season games, including 26 chances for Aggie
fans to see their team at Presley Askew Field.
"The 2013 schedule is another challenging one for us," Ward said.
"We will play a 27-game conference schedule for the first time in several
years, but we still have some quality non-conference opponents as well."
The Aggies will play five teams that made the NCAA Tournament last
season, including two teams that won a regional at the tournament and were part
of the final 16-team field, two teams that will be part of the WAC this season
and in-state rival New Mexico. Five of
NM State's opponents also finished in the Top 40 of the NCAA Division I
rankings, including three that finished in the Top 25.
NM State's non-conference home schedule is highlighted by games
against Big 12 member Texas Tech on Mar. 25 and a meeting for I-25 bragging
rights with the Lobos a week later on April 1.
The Aggies will also travel to Albuquerque (April 17) and Lubbock (April
23) to conclude the home-and-home series with the Lobos and Red Raiders. NM State will also play 15 conference home
games that include a three-game series against WAC newcomers Dallas Baptist
(April 5-7) and UT-Arlington (April 26-28), both of whom made the NCAA
tournament last season. Dallas-Baptist,
who finished the season as the 23rd- ranked team in the country, made the
tournament as an independent school, while UT-Arlington represented the
Southland Conference in the tournament.
Aggie fans will get their first opportunity to see the 2013
edition of NM State baseball at the Annual Alumni Game, Feb. 9 at Presley Askew
Field. The game will put the current Aggie team against a team compromised of
former NM State baseball players.
The Aggies then begin their regular season at home with a
three-game weekend series versus the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Feb.
After its home-opener, NM State will embark on a grueling stretch
that will see it play 10 of its next 13 games on the road, including an
eight-game road trip to the east coast to play some of the best teams in the
country and a trip to Oklahoma to play the Sooners, also one of the nation's
"The eastern swing in late February and the two-game set against
Oklahoma on the road in mid-March will definitely be the toughest part of our
schedule," Ward said.
The eastern trip begins with the Keith LeClaire Classic being held
in Greenville, N.C. (Feb. 22-24). The Aggies
will face East Carolina, who finished at No. 35 in the final NCAA rankings last
season, Illinois and Ohio.
NM State then heads to Raleigh, N.C., for what might be the
biggest challenge of the year for the Aggies, a two-game set with North
Carolina State (Feb. 26-27). Last season
the Wolfpack not only made the NCAA tournament, they hosted and won their
regional and finished the season at No. 13 in the NCAA rankings, the highest
ranking for any Aggie opponent in 2013.
Things don't get much easier for the Aggies as they conclude the
east coast swing with three games against Wake Forest (March 1-3), also a Top
40 team last season.
NM State returns home for a three-game weekend series versus
LaSalle (Mar. 8-10) before heading out on the road again to face Oklahoma
(March 12-13). For the second time in a
two-week span, the Aggies will face a team on the road that won a regional
during last season's NCAA tournament and made it to the final 16-team
field. The Sooners finished ranked 24th in
the NCAA rankings after the 2012 season.
The Aggies finally come home for a sustained amount of time when
they begin a seven-game home stand with a three-game series against Alabama
A&M (March 15-17). NM State then
proceeds to start conference play with three home games versus Texas State
(March 22-24). A quick trip to California
to play CSU-Bakersfield (March 28-30) is then sandwiched in between the home
games against Texas Tech (non-conference) and New Mexico (non-conference).
After the home games against the Lobos and Dallas Baptist, NM
State also has a three-game home series with Sacramento State (April 12-14)
before heading to Albuquerque for the start of a six-game road trip which also
includes four games at Louisiana Tech (April 19-21) and concludes in
The Aggies' final home stand of the season begins with the
three-game series against UT-Arlington and concludes with three games versus
San Jose State (May 3-5). NM State then
finishes off its regular-season schedule with a three-game series with UTSA in
San Antonio (May 10-12) and another three-game series at Seattle (May 16-18).
After their final regular-season game, the Aggies will travel to
Grand Prairie, Texas, to compete in the 2013 WAC Tournament, which will be held
To keep up with everything concerning Aggie baseball, including
upcoming television and radio schedules, keep logging on to NMStateSports.com.