Dallas Baptist Comes to Presley Askew Field Friday

Dallas Baptist Comes to Presley Askew Field Friday
Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 12:44pm

The New Mexico State baseball team faces Dallas Baptist in a three-game weekend series at home April 5-7. Friday and Saturday’s games start at 6:05 p.m. (MT) and the series finale begins at 1:05 p.m. at Presley Askew Field.

MEDIA COVERAGE: New Mexico State baseball fans will have plenty of opportunities to follow the Aggies on the radio with the voice of Aggie baseball, Jeff Matthews on KSNM AM 570.

Fans can listen to the Friday, April 5 and Sunday, April 7 games on KSNM AM 570, while Saturday’s game is televised as a part of the Aggie Vision productions. For a complete listing of airtimes in your area for games televised by Aggie Vision, go online to www.AggieVision.tv or call your cable or satellite provider.

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 and searching for NMSU Athletics as well as The Aggie Student-Athlete.

PROMOTIONS: Friday night is 50-cent ice cream night, followed on Saturday by “Superhero Night” where fans can dress up like their favorite hero. Fans can look forward to fifty-cent hot dog day and a postgame autograph session on Sunday.

Aggie fans have plenty of chances for giveaways during Aggie home games. Fans have a chance to win a free pizza from Lorenzo’s during the “Fantastic Fan of the Game.” Fans can also win a gift certificate for free wings from Buffalo Wild Wings. NM State baseball t-shirts are thrown into the crowd after an Aggie hits a home run and if the Aggies tally 10 runs or more, Lorenzo’s will give fans 50% off any dine-in pizza.

ABOUT THE AGGIES: The New Mexico State baseball team is 3-2 in its last five games and 16-14 on the season. The Aggies are currently tied for sixth in the WAC standings with three other teams (UTSA, Seattle, Sacramento State). The Aggies have been successful at home so far this season going 13-4 when playing at Presley Askew Field.

NM State is hitting .284 as a team and is 14-1 when out-hitting its opponents. There are three Aggie hitters posting a batting average above .300 with junior Tanner Rust leading the way at .382. Senior Bobby Lecount is hitting .323 and senior Parker Hipp heads into the weekend with a .311 batting average.

The Aggies are 10-3 when hitting at least one home run and have 28 bombs on the year, compared to their opponents posting only four when facing NM State pitchers. Lecount has a team-high seven home runs this season and Hipp has five including two three-run homers which came on consecutive days this past Sunday and Monday.

Aggie pitchers are posting a 5.38 ERA through 30 games this season, while left-hander Christopher Bradley has the lowest of those averaging 1.0 innings pitcher per game at 3.52. Reliever Evan Mott has seen action in 18 games this season and has a 3.86 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 23.1 innings of work.

Senior starting pitcher Adam Mott (RHP) has worked a team-high 47.2 innings in 2013 and has a team-high 45 K’s. He has allowed only 21 walks and opponents are hitting under .300 against him.

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: NM State faces Dallas Baptist at home in a three game series this weekend April 5-7. The Patriots are 16-12 overall this season and are coached by Dan Heefner.

The Aggies are 0-5 against Dallas Baptist, meeting first in 2000 and last facing each other in a three game series in 2007.

Leading for the Patriots offensively are senior Duncan McAlpine and sophomore Nash Knight. McAlpine bats a .344 and has 23 runs on the season, seven doubles, nine homeruns, and 29 RBI. Knight bats a .354 average with 18 runs and 12 RBI.

In the bullpen this weekend for Dallas Baptist are Jake Johansen, Cy Sneed and Cody Beam. Johansen, who starts on Friday, has a 3.18 ERA, a 4-2 record, one complete game ending in a shutout and 39 strikeouts in 45.1 innings. On Saturday Sneed faces the Aggies with a 3.89 ERA, a 2-1 record and 28 strikeouts in 39.1 innings. Closing out the weekend for the Patriots is Beam who has a 3.70 ERA, a 2-0 record and 22 strikeouts in 24.1 innings.

LOOKING BACK: The New Mexico State baseball team (16-14) used three home runs to pick up a 10-5 win over Rio Grande Rival New Mexico (13-14), Monday, April 1 at Presley Askew Field.

Junior Tanner Rust got the Aggie bats going with a two-run shot in the bottom of the first to give his team its first lead of the game. Two innings later, seniors Parker Hipp and Bobby Lecount combined for back-to-back home runs. Hipp brought in three runs and Lecount had a solo-shot.
Senior Casey Collins picked up the win as he went 5.0 innings striking out three batters while holding off the Lobos for five runs. The Aggie relievers didn’t allow another Lobo run to score from there on-out.

With bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth Rust would blow the game wide open with a three RBI double to leftfield.

NM State ended the evening drawing eight walks but tallied more strikeouts than Lobos (7-6).
Before returning home to face the Lobos, NM State was on the road against CSU Bakersfield in a three-game series March 28-30. The Aggies fell 4-0 in the first game and 13-2 in the second game, but fought for a 5-4 win in the series finale.

In the 5-4 win on Saturday, March 30, NM State hit two home runs in the game with senior Bobby Lecount setting the tone of the sixth with a single shot over the left field fence. The Roadrunners tied the game in the bottom of the sixth but it wasn’t enough to take the game.

AGGIES IN THE NATION: NM State is 19th in scoring and 12th in runs nationally in part from the help of Tanner Rust who is ranked 28th in the country. The Aggies are No. 8 in home runs, No. 4 in walks and strikeouts per nine innings, and 21st in on base percentage.

Bobby Lecount is ranked 32ndnationally in homeruns, 12th in RBI and fourth in sacrifice flies. Michael Medina is ranked 17th in walks, followed by Parker Hipp at 22nd. Ryan Beck is 18th in the country in strikeouts per nine innings and Adam Mott and Michael Ormseth are tied at No. 17 for games started.

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