NMSU Baseball set to host Sacramento State starting Friday

NMSU Baseball set to host Sacramento State starting Friday
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 4:32pm

The New Mexico State baseball team faces Sacramento State in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at home April 12-14. Friday and Saturday’s games start at 6:05 p.m. (MT) and the series finale begins at 12:05 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 12 and Sunday, April 14 games on KSNM AM 570, while Saturday’s game is televised as 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 and the postgame running of the bases. Saturday’s game is “Crimson Out” and the Residence Hall Challenge. Sunday features the Casa de Peregrinos H.O.P.E. Food Drive and 50-cent hotdogs.

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 Aggies head into this weekend’s WAC series sitting in the No. 8 spot of the league standings. NM State is 18-15 overall but is just 4-5 in conference play. 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.

NM State is hitting .290 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 .369 batting average while senior Bobby Lecount isn’t far behind posting a .346 average on the year. Lecount, although, has a team-high 43 RBIs on the year.

The Aggie pitching staff heads into the weekend with a 5.52 ERA. Senior Adam Mott has worked more innings than any other Aggie pitcher working 53.2 innings this year. He also has a team-high 49 strikeouts this year. Senior lefty Ryan Beck has 46 K’s in 36.1 innings of work and is posting 11.39 strikeouts per nine innings, which ranks 12th in the nation.

The Aggies are 15-5 when playing at Presley Askew Field and are hitting .345 at home (compared to hitting .290 on the season). Three NM State players are hitting over .400 at home, including Tanner Rust (.421), Bobby Lecount (.420) and Kyle Phillips (.403). Seven of eight home runs that Lecount has hit this season have come at Presley Askew Field.

Senior Adam Mott has made four appearances at home and is 3-0 when taking the mound at Presley Askew Field. He struck out 25 batters in 25.1 innings of work at home, although his twin brother, Evan Mott, has a team-high 32 K’s when playing at Presley Askew Field. Evan Mott has 14 appearances at home this year.

NM State has two night games this week and it is 10-4 when playing at night. The Aggies hit .313 in night games and Kyle Phillips leads the way with a .438 batting average at night. Bobby Lecount has a team-high 22 RBIs in night games and Tanner Rust has 20 RBIs. Adam Mott has posted 26 strikeouts in night games, while Casey Collins is 3-0 in seven night appearances.

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: NM State faces Sacramento State at home in a three-game series this weekend April 12-14. The Hornets are 18-14 overall this season and are coached by Reggie Christiansen.

The Aggies are 26-28 against Sacramento State, meeting first in 1997 and last facing each other in a four-game series in 2012.

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