NMSU baseball closes out regular season at Seattle Thursday

NMSU baseball closes out regular season at Seattle Thursday
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 2:21pm

The New Mexico State baseball team wraps up the regular season with a three-game road-conference series against Seattle U starting, Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. (MT) at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Wash. Game two will also be played at Bannerwood Park on Friday, May 17 at 3:00 p.m. (MT), while Saturday’s series finale (and season finale) is scheduled to be played at Couter Field on the campus of Bellevue College in Bellevue, Wash. with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. (MT).

MEDIA COVERAGE: New Mexico State baseball fans have two more opportunities to follow the Aggies on the radio on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces, N.M. with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action. Any postseason games will also air over the radio waves.

Fans can listen to the first two games of the series against Seattle U on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces or online from anywhere in the world at www.NMStateSports.com (for a fee). Game on is set for 7:00 p.m. (MT), Thursday, May 16 and game two is, Friday, May 17 at 3:00 p.m. (MT). 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.

ABOUT THE AGGIES: The Aggies head into this weekend’s games sitting in a tie for the sixth spot of the league standings. NM State is 27-24 overall and 12-12 in WAC play.

The Aggies are 4-6 in their last 10 games and 2-3 in their last five games. NM State was swept by UTSA on the road last weekend to fall two spots in the league standings, while the Roadrunners have been the only WAC team to sweep the Aggies.

The team dropped a series to Texas State on opening weekend of league play, then traveled to CSU Bakersfield and won one of three games there. The Aggies bounced back and took the series from Dallas Baptist, who was picked to win the WAC in the preseason coaches’ poll, but fell in two of the three games versus Sacramento State at home. The Aggies found success in Ruston, La. by sweeping the Bulldogs four weeks ago, but dropped two-of-three to UT-Arlington three weeks ago at home. NM State bounced back and swept San Jose State in its final home series of the year.

NM State is hitting .294 as a team with four Aggies (who average at least 2.5 at-bats/game) hitting .300 or better. Junior Tanner Rust leads the team with a .402 batting average while senior Bobby Lecount is posting a .349 average on the year. Lecount, although, has a team-high 66 RBI on the year, which is also in the top five nationally.

The Aggie pitching staff heads into the weekend with a 5.37 ERA. Senior Adam Mott has worked more innings than any other Aggie pitcher working 86.2 innings this year. He also has a team-high 82 strikeouts this year. Senior lefty Ryan Beck has 77 K’s in 77.1 innings of work and is posting 9.71 strikeouts per nine innings, which leads the WAC.

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