#25 Aggies Head to Waco to Face Nationally Ranked Baylor
The No. 25 ranked Aggie baseball team (30-11, 7-2 WAC) takes on nationally ranked Baylor in a two game series Friday and Saturday, April 27-28. Friday's game starts at 5:35p.m. (MT) and Saturday's begins at 11:05a.m.
Media Coverage: The games between the Aggies and the Bears are scheduled to air over the radio waves in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action. Live stats will be available for both games this weekend and 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.
About the Aggies: The Aggies have been ranked in at least one poll for four consecutive weeks now after winning 21 of their last 24 games. NM State is No. 25 in the Baseball American and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper polls this week. NM State is 30-11 overall while going 23-4 at home, 7-5 on the road and 7-2 in WAC play.
During the last 24 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, Sacramento State and Louisiana Tech. 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 24-game span (March 11-April 21) with senior designated hitter Kurt Snowley leading the charge with a .412 batting average during that time. NM State has posted 21 home runs in 24 games with junior Robert Lecount hitting five homers himself. Senior shortstop Zach Voight and junior catcher Zac Fisher have each marked 32 RBI helping NM State to a 21-3 record during the last month.
It was an outstanding weekend for the Aggie baseball team last week as they swept Louisiana Tech and remain in first place in WAC play at 7-2. The Aggies are out of conference this weekend since there are only seven WAC baseball playing schools that means there's an odd man out each weekend during league play and this weekend it's the Aggies.
The Aggies are hitting .318 on the year but are hitting .276 when playing on the road. NM State is 15-2 when playing night games and 15-9 in day games. NM State is 3-1 when playing night games on the road and is 4-4 in day games on the road.
NM State has had five different WAC Hitter of the Week selections and one WAC Pitcher of the Week selections so far this year. Junior catcher Zac Fisher is the most recent selection, as he joins junior centerfielder Kyle Phillips, senior infielder Kurt Snowley, senior outfielder Bryan Karraker, junior designated hitter Cody Edwards and junior left-hand pitcher Ryan Beck.
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.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Baylor: The Bears are 35-8 and were riding a school record, 24-game before falling 4-1 to UT-San Antonio, Tuesday, April 24. Baylor is ranked third in the nation in the Baseball America Top 25 Poll and is 18-0 in Big 12 play and are 24-3 at home this season. Baylor's 18-straight Big 12 Conference wins is the longest winning streak in Big 12 history.
Steve Smith is in his 18th season as the Baylor head baseball coach and has compiled a record of 619-415-1 in his career, 245-209 record in conference play. This weekend marks the first time that NM State and Baylor have played each other.
An interesting note on the Bears' 24-game winnings streak -- During the streak, 13 of Baylor's wins have been decided by one or two runs, including 11 of the last 15. Likewise, the Aggies' current run has seen them pull off some late-inning heroics including the two walk-off victories against Louisiana Tech this past weekend.
Aggies in the Polls: The New Mexico State baseball team is ranked in at least one poll for the fourth consecutive week after sweeping Western Athletic Conference opponent Louisiana Tech this past weekend. NM State is currently No. 25 in the Baseball America and in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper polls. The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseballpoll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season. This season marks the first since 2009 that the Aggies have been ranked.
If the USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 coaches' baseball poll continued, the Aggies would be ranked No. 28, just behind historical baseball powerhouses such as Georgia, Sam Houston State, Virginia and Texas. NM State was also receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top-30 Poll (April 16) and would be No. 42 nationally with 14 games left in the regular season.
COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
Rank - School (Record)
1. Kentucky (35-6)
2. Baylor (35-7)
3. Louisiana St. (32-9)
4. Florida (31-9)
5. Florida St. (33-7)
6. Arizona (26-13)
7. South Carolina (30-11)
8. Rice (30-12)
9. Oregon (27-12)
10. UCLA (26-10)
11. Central Florida (34-8)
12. Cal. St. Fullerton (26-13)
13. Stanford (25-10)
14. Texas A&M (28-12)
15. North Carolina (29-12)
16. San Diego (31-9)
17. Purdue (31-6)
18. Texas (23-14)
19. Mississippi (27-13)
20. Arkansas (28-12)
21. N.C. State (26-12)
22. Sam Houston St. (28-11)
23. Oklahoma (26-14)
24. Miami, Fla. (26-14)
25. New Mexico St. (30-11)
26. Louisville (28-12)
27. Texas Christian (23-14)
28. Oregon St. (26-12)
29. Arizona St. (24-16)
30. 30. Clemson (24-17)