NMSU Baseball hosts rival New Mexico Tuesday

NMSU Baseball hosts rival New Mexico Tuesday
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 3:41pm

The Aggie baseball team (22-8) plays four games at home this week while also opening Western Athletic Conference play. The Aggies take on Rio Grande Rival, New Mexico, to start the week with first pitch set for 6:05pm (MT), Tuesday, April 3. The Aggies then start the WAC season, Thursday, April 5 taking on Nevada at Presley Askew Field with game time set for 6:05pm. NM State faces the Wolf Pack in game two of the series, Friday, April 6 at 6:05pm and wrap up the series, Saturday, April 6 at 11:05am.

Media Coverage: The game versus New Mexico, Tuesday, April 3 will air on TV as a part of the AggieVision Productions. Go to www.AggieVision.tv and check your local listings for airtimes. According to AggieVision.tv, the game will air live on Comcast throughout New Mexico, as well as on Altitude, KVIA and ESPN3.com.

The games on Thursday and Friday against Nevada are scheduled to air over the radio waves in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570 with the broadcast starting at 6pm (MT). Saturday's series finale is scheduled to join-in-progress at 12pm on KSNM AM 570. 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.

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: Current WBA Light-Middleweight Champion and Las Cruces native, Austin "No Doubt" Trout is scheduled to throw out the first pitch, Tuesday, April 3when the Aggies take on the Lobos. The first 100 fans to show up to the NM State v UNM game will receive a free water bottle. Friday, April 6 is Wells Fargo Day at the Ballpark with employees of Wells Fargo and their spouses getting in for a for a discounted price. Hot dogs will also be sold for 50-cents on Friday. Saturday, April 7 is Boy Scout Day. Scouts wearing their T-shirt or uniform will get in free.

About the Aggies: The Aggies take on in-state rival UNM before opening WAC play on Thursday and hope extend their winning streak, which currently stands at 13-games (a school record). The winning streak started, March 11 when NM State defeated 2011 NCAA Tournament participant Kent State 12-6 in game one of a doubleheader. Since then, NM State has defeated UNM, Southeast Missouri State, No. 5 Arizona, Texas-Pan American and Texas Tech.

The Aggies have posted a .365 batting average as a team during the 13-game win streak, while senior Kurt Snowley has led the charge with a .485 (16-of-33) batting average, while senior catcher Zac Fisher has posted a team-high 24 RBI during the 13 games.

NM State has had five different players earn conference player of the week honors this year with Cody Edwards, Bryan Karraker, Kyle Phillips and Kurt Snowley earned WAC Hitter of the Week, while Ryan Beck has earned WAC Pitcher of the Week.

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.

Aggies in the Polls: The Aggies were ranked No. 20 this week according to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. This is the first time NM State has been ranked since 2009, when the Aggies were ranked No. 24 by CBN. If the USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 coaches' baseball poll were to continue, the Aggies would be ranked No. 33 nationally. According to PerfectGame.org NM State is ranked No. 46 after being ranked at No. 50 last week.

1. Kentucky (27-2)
2. Florida (24-4)
3. Florida St. (24-4)
4. UCLA (20-5)
5. Arizona (21-7)
6. North Carolina (22-6)
7. Louisiana St. (22-6)
8. Baylor (22-7)
9. Texas A&M (22-6)
10. Rice (21-9)
11. Arkansas (22-6)
12. Miami, Fla. (21-7)
13. N.C. State (19-7)
14. Oregon (18-8)
15. Ca. St. Fullerton (17-10)
16. Stanford (16-6)
17. Central Florida (23-6)
18. South Carolina (20-8)
19. San Diego (23-7)
20. New Mexico St. (22-8)

New Mexico: The Lobos are 12-14 on the year and have lost twice to NM State this season. UNM is 3-5 on the road this year and are 5-1 in Mountain West Conference play. The Aggies are 79-140 all-time and have won six out of the last eight games against UNM. The Lobos are coached by Ray Birmingham, who is in his fifth year with the team and is in his 24th year of coaching overall. He has a career-record of 947-436-2 and a 6-8 record against the Aggies. The Lobos went 20-41 last season and swept through the Mountain West Conference Tournament to win the conference title and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Lobos were eliminated in the NCAA Tournament after losing back-to-back games against Arizona State and Arkansas.

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