Aggie Baseball Takes on In-State Rival UNM Today
The New Mexico State baseball team plays five games at home this week starting with a the Rio Grande Rivalry with in-state foe New Mexico, Tuesday, March 6 at 6:05 p.m. (MT). The Aggies then have a four-game home series with Kent State that begins Friday, March 9 at 6:05 p.m. NM State and the Golden Flashes play a doubleheader, Saturday, March 10 starting at 3:05 p.m. and the series finale is Sunday, March 10 at 1:05 p.m.
Media Coverage: The game versus UNM, Tuesday, March 6 is scheduled to air on the radio in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570. The series finale against Kent State, Sunday, March 11 at 1:05 p.m. is also scheduled to air over the radio waves with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action. Fans can listen to 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: When the Aggies take on in-state rival UNM, March 6, fans are asked to "White Out" the stands by wearing a white Aggie shirt. First pitch will be thrown out by head football coach DeWayne Walker and the Fraternity/Sorority Presidents. The game sponsor for that game is Coke. This weekend's series with Kent State is "Las Cruces Public School Weekend" where all kids from the schools get in for free. Sunday is 50-cent hotdog day and there will be post-game autographs by the Aggies.
ABOUT THE AGGIES: The Aggies head into week four of play with an 8-6 on the year after coming back from Minnesota with only one win. That win was a 4-1 victory over the Golden Gophers, Thursday, March 1 in the Metrodome. NM State then fell in the next three games, all of which were a part of the Dairy Queen Classic and all were losses to "BCS" opponents (Minnesota, Nebraska, West Virginia).
The Aggies are 7-1 at home and are hitting .345 when playing at Presley Askew Field. NM State averages 9.1 runs per game this year and its average goes up to 12.1 runs per game when playing in Las Cruces. NM State scored a season-high 23 runs against Sacred Heart in game two of a doubleheader, Saturday, Feb. 23.
Dairy Queen Classic All-Tournament Team: Junior left-hand pitcher Ryan Beck was named to the Dairy Queen Classic All-Tournament team after he held Nebraska to only two runs and struck out four of the 30 Husker batters he faced. He allowed one run in the bottom of the second and another in the fourth, but was otherwise very efficient on the mound. Beck's efficiency included him retiring 14-of-18 batters from the fourth to eighth inning. He finished the seventh inning with an amazing dive-scoop-and-toss play that is almost indescribable. A video of the play is available on Facebook on "The Aggie Student-Athlete" page.
This Week's Opponents
New Mexico: The Lobos come into the week with a 2-8 overall record and a 1-3 road record. UNM opened the season against WAC opponent Nevada and went 1-2 in Albuquerque. The Lobos also went 1-3 against future WAC foe, UT-San Antonio. That series was played in San Antonio. UNM is coached by Ray Birmingham who is in his fifth year with the team. He previously coached New Mexico Junior College and has a career record of 947-436-2. UNM went 20-41 last year but swept through the Mountain West Conference Tournament winning the tournament title and earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Lobos were eliminated in the tournament after losing back-to-back games against Arizona State and Arkansas. UNM is riding a five-game losing streak heading into the match-up with the Aggies.
NM State heads into this week's game with a 77-140 record against the Lobos. The first meeting between the Aggies and UNM was in 1962 and the Aggies lost 13-8. The last time the two teams met, in 2011, the Aggies won 9-4. NM State is 18-22 against the Lobos since 2002, which includes two wins over UNM last year. Aggie head coach Rocky Ward is 22-30 all-time when coaching against the Lobos. The Aggies and Lobos are locked at 6-6 since Ray Birmingham became the UNM head coach in 2008.
Kent State: The Golden Flashes are 5-4 heading into this week's play and are 4-3 on the road this year. Kent State was 45-17 in 2011 and has reached the NCAA Regional round four times out of the last five seasons. The Golden Flashes have won three straight MAC Tournament Championships. Kent State was eliminated in the NCAA Tournament by Texas last year. The Golden Flashes are coached by Scott Stricklin who enters his eighth year as head coach and his 11th season coaching overall. Stricklin is 267-145 as a head coach. This is the first meeting between the Aggies and Kent State.