POSTED: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 5:37pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 10:40pm
The No. 25 ranked Aggie baseball team (27-11, 4-2 WAC) returns to Presley Askew Field hosting Louisiana Tech (17-19, 1-5 WAC) in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series. NM State takes on the Bulldogs, Thursday and Friday, April 19-20 at 6:05p.m. (MT) and round out the series, Saturday, April 21 at 11:05a.m. (MT).
Media Coverage: The game between the Aggies and the Bulldogs, Thursday, April 19 will be televised as a part of the AggieVision Productions. Jeff Matthews and Glen Cerny will be the announcers for the broadcast, while ESPN3.com, Altitude, KVIA and Comcast are scheduled to carry the game. Please check your local listing for show times in your area. Only live stats will be available for Friday’s game and the game on Saturday will join-in-progress over the radio on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces.Fans can listen to Jeff Matthews give the action from anywhere in the world for a fee by going to the official website of NM State Athletics and clicking on the live events link.
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 @NMSU Athletics.
Tickets: Fans can call the Pan American Center ticket office or call (575) 646-1420 to purchase tickets ahead of time or walk up to the ticket booth at Presley Askew Field to buy tickets the day of the game.Season tickets for baseball are $49 for adults, $44 for NM State faculty and staff and $44 for senior citizens. Single game tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 per ticket with groups of ten or more. Children 12-and-under can enter the games for free, while NM State students also get in free.
Promotions: This will be non-profit weekend and all local nonprofits are invited to bring their members out to the games. All kids who wear their t-shirt or uniform will get in for free. The first game of the series will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19. They will continue the series at 6 p.m.
Friday, April 20, where there will be 50-cent hotdogs at the concession stands. The final game of the series will be held at 11a.m. Saturday, April 21, and will be Fair Day at the Ballpark, where Wendell McKines will throw out the first pitch. There will be fun fair food at the concession stands, horseback rides for kids and games with which fans will be able to win bookstore gift cards and dinner at Taos.
About the Aggies: The Aggies have been ranked in at least one poll for three consecutive weeks now after winning 17 of their last 20 games. NM State is No. 25 in the Baseball American and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper polls this week. NM State is 27-9 overall while going 20-4 at home, 7-5 on the road and 4-2 in WAC play.
During the last 20 games NM State has played, the Aggies has picked up wins over Kent State, New Mexico, S.E. Missouri State, No. 5 Arizona, Texas-Pan American, Texas Tech, Nevada and Sacramento State. Only Nevada and Sacramento State have found ways to beat the Aggies with the largest loss coming when Nevada won 10-5, April 5. NM State has posted a .340 batting average during the 20-game span (March 11-April 16) with senior designated hitter leading the charge with a .446 batting average during that time. NM State has posted 19 home runs in 20 games with junior Kyle Phillips and junior RobertLecount hitting four homers each.
The Aggies are hitting .321 on the year and hitting .349 when playing at Presley Askew Field. NM State is 13-2 when playing night games and 10-1 when playing night games athome. NM State hits .311 in night games this year with junior catcher Zac Fisher posting a .403 batting average in night games.
NM State was the 2011 NCAA batting average champion when it posted a .337 average. NM State is 13-3 when playing in Las Cruces and 1-3 on an opponent’s field. The Aggies hit .347 at Presley Askew Field and only .220 on opposing team’s turf. The Aggies lead the nation in runs scored, walks and RBI. NM State is also in the top five nationally in hits, doubles, on-base percentage and total bases.
Aggies in the Polls: The Aggies are ranked No. 25 this week according to this week’s Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper polls (released on April 16). This is the third consecutive week the Aggies have been ranked in at least one poll and the first time the baseball team has been ranked since 2009, when the Aggies were ranked No. 24 by CBN.
If the USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 coaches’ baseball poll were to continue, the Aggies would be ranked No. 30 nationally. According to PerfectGame.org NM State is ranked No. 27 afterbeing ranked at No 37 last week and No. 46 two weeks ago. The Aggies are also receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top-30 Poll and would be at No. 42 if it continued. The Aggies moved up two-spots in the NCBWA poll.
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS
Louisiana Tech: The Bulldogs are 17-19 this season and 1-5 in Western Athletic Conference play. They have gone 7-12 when playing on the road. Head coach Wade Simoneaux is in his 10th year as head coach of Louisiana Tech, which is the only team he has been a head coach for. He has a 236-270-1 career-record at La. Tech and a 12-15 record against the Aggies. Louisiana Tech has an all-time record of 12-17 against NM State.
The first meeting between NM State and the Bulldogs came in 2001 with the Aggies winning 1-0. The most recent meeting between the two teams was in last year’s WAC Tournament when the Bulldogs won 9-3 in Mesa, Ariz.