Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State baseball team resumes its 11-game road swing with four games in Davis, Calif., versus the UC-Davis Aggies this weekend. This will be the first-ever meeting on the diamond between the two Aggies.
The series begins Friday, March 14, at 3:30 p.m. (MT) at Dobbins Baseball Complex, continues with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 1 p.m. and concludes on Sunday, March 16, with the final game at 1 p.m.
NM State will head to California with a 7-9 overall record after losing four games against nationally-ranked Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. The trip to Lubbock was the first road series of the season for the Aggies.
Senior first baseman Kris Koerper and sophomore third baseman Derek Umphres lead a NM State lineup that is second in the Western Athletic Conference in batting average and first in home runs.
Koerper’s .385 batting average leads the conference while Umphres is right behind with a .375 batting average, good enough for third-best in the WAC.
Senior left-hander Christopher Bradley is the probable starter for game one of the series. Although Bradley has yet to win his first game of the season, he has pitched well in four starts. He has 21 strikeouts in 22.2 inning of work and holds a 2.78 ERA.
The California Aggies are currently 8-8 on the season, including a 2-3 home record. UC-Davis began the season by losing three of four games at Dobbins Stadium to WAC member Seattle U. More recently, the Davis Aggies split two games at San Jose State University during the weekend of March 8-9. UC-Davis will play the rubber match against the Spartans at home on Tuesday, March 11, before facing NM State.
UC-Davis, a member of the Big West Conference, finished the 2013 campaign with a 19-37 overall record, including 5-22 in conference play. The Davis Aggies are in their seventh season as a member of the Big West after moving up to Division I baseball in 2008. They currently hold a 138-198 overall record in Division I baseball.
Scouting UC Davis
The UC Davis Aggies enter this weekend’s competition with the Aggies riding a 8-8 record. They are currently 2-3 at home. The Aggies have found success offensively but have struggled to bring in runs when they are on base.
The Aggies have an overall batting average of .285, but are led by Adam Young, who boasts a .444 batting average in 13 games played. After Young the Aggies have three other players who currently have a batting average above .300. UC Davis has tallied more hits than their opponents (151 to 117) but has been outscored 75-72 this season.
UC Davis has been more aggressive at the plate than their opponents as well as they have drawn only 41 walks to their opponents’ 74. However, the Aggies find the ball more often than not as they have only struck out 78 times as a team.
On the mound, UC Davis has a 4.52 ERA as a team and has struck out 95 batters, given up 27 doubles, two triples and four homeruns.
Reliever Zach Stone who has a 1.59 ERA in six appearances leads the UC Davis pitching staff. Spencer Koopmans has a 3.32 ERA, which leads UC Davis starters, in four starts and is one of two starter who are undefeated.
NM State-UC-Davis Series
This will be the first time in program history that NM State will face UC-Davis on the baseball diamond.
The Aggies have faced other teams from the Big West before including Call-Poly, Long Beach State, Cal State-Northridge, UC-Irvine, UC-Santa Barbara and Hawai’i. NM State is 32-86 against those teams.
The Aggies were a member of the Big West Conference from 1992-2000. During that time, NM State was 68-167 in conference play.
Kilgore Leads Team in Batting Average
Kyle Kilgore has played in eight games for the Aggies including three starts. He leads the team with a .389 batting average but does not have enough at-bats per game to be ranked in the WAC. He has a slugging percentage of .722 and an on-base percentage of .429. Kilgore has hit three doubles and one homerun. He has also racked up three RBI.
Kilgore has also earned a 2-1 record as a pitcher in four starts. He has a 7.64 ERA but has struck out 12 batters in 17.2 innings. He has a .323 batting average against him and has walked 12 batters this season.