NMSU Baseball Set to Host Binghamton on a big weekend
The NM State baseball (15-5) team plays four-games against Binghamton at Presley Askew Field, March 24-26. Game times for Thursday and Friday, March 24-25 are scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (MT) and the doubleheader, Saturday, March 26 is scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m. (MT).
Media Coverage: Aggie fans in Las Cruces can catch all four games against Binghamton this week on the radio at KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action. Fans all over the world can also listen in on the Internet at www.NMStateSports.com for a fee. Live stats are scheduled for all games this week. Those links can also be found at www.NMStateSports.com under the live events link.
Twitter/Facebook: Fans can get in-game Twitter updates by logging on to www.twitter.com @NMStateAggies. Find out about promotions and other events on Facebook @ NMSU Athletics.
For the Fans: NM State baseball fans can join the Aggies and watch booster Vince Vacarro (Owner of Lorenzo's Pan Am and Avanti) throw out the first pitch, Thursday, March 24 and former legendary coach Lou Henson throw out the first pitch Saturday, March 26.
All kids in church youth groups get in free for the entire series. Chaperones will get the $4 ticket discount rate. Tickets can be purchased the day of the game or by calling 575-646-1420.
NM State organizations and groups have the chance to be the "Group of the Game" at NM State baseball games. To enter your group, group representatives must visit NMStateSports.com and complete the form. Your group will win a chance to get priority seating and a PA announcement about the group and a table to hand out information.
Also, don't forget to enter your child (12 and under) for a chance to meet the PA announcer and announce the batters for the Aggies. There will be a "Kidcaster" at every Aggie baseball game. You will receive an e- mail to confirm the date of your choice. Sign up for this and other fun promos at www.NMStateSports.com. Aggie T-shirts are thrown out at home games when an Aggie player hits a home run and other prized are given throughout the game, such as a pizza from Lorenzo's Italian Restaurant during the "Lorezno's Inning."
Looking Back: The Aggies swept IPFW Mastadons in a four game series at Presley Askew field in Las Cruces, NM. The Aggies are now 15-5 in the 2011 season.
In the first game senior right-handed pitcher Dan Reid improved to 4-0 this season with his first complete game of the season. The Aggies won the first game 11-2 and Reid didn't allow any earned runs and gave up only six hits.
In Saturday's doubleheader the Aggies took game one 14-5 and game two 11-8. Sophomore pitcher Ryan Beck finished game one after five innings, allowing four hits, two runs, one walk and two strikeouts. Zac Fisher went 3-4 with two RBI and scoring a run and Ryan Aguayo went 2-3 with three RBI and two runs scored.
In game two of the doubleheader Tyler Mack pitched seven innings, struck out 10 while walking three and gave up four runs on four hits. The 10 strikeouts were a career high for Mack, whose previous record was eight strikeouts last season against Wofford. Also pitching for the Aggies in this game were Justin Cooper, Gerry Renteria, and closer Scott Coffman. Chuck Howard led the Aggies in game two going 3-5 with one RBI and two runs, and Zachary Voight went 2-4 from the plate with two RBI.
In the series finale Trey Ross took the win on the mound for the Aggies improving to 4-1 for the season. He had no runs on two hits and one strikeout. Right fielder Bryan Karraker was 3-3 with two RBI and two runs while Parker Hipp and Zac Fisher each had two hits on four at bats and four RBI, both also had two runs scored.
The Sunday, March 14 game against Oregon State was cancelled due to the weather.
NM State Versus Binghamton: This is the first meeting between NM State and Binghamton. The Bearcats are led by head coach Tim Sinicki. Sinicki has won the America East Coach of the Year four times in the last six seasons. This will be his 19th season as the Bearcats head coach.
Aggies in the WAC: The Aggies are currently leading the WAC in batting average (.330), runs scored (204), slugging percentage (.493), on base percentage (.447), hits (230), RBI (194), doubles (52), home runs (17), total bases (343), and walks (135).
The Aggies also have a few individual leaders in the WAC. Shortstop Ryan Aguayo is leading in batting average (.388) and doubles (9). Second baseman leads in total bases (48), walks (21), on base percentage (.531), and RBI (34). Third baseman Zach Voight leads in runs scored (28) and pitcher Dan Reid is second in ERA (2.10) and innings pitched (34.1).
Complete Game: Senior Dan Reid threw a complete game against IPFW (3/18) allowing only one earned run in nine innings of work. Former Aggie pitcher DJ Simon was the last Aggie to throw a complete game, but he did it in seven innings as NM State defeated Louisiana Tech 16-0, May 14, 2010 in Ruston, Louisiana. The last Aggie pitcher to throw a complete game in nine innings was Brian Gausman, who tallied six K's in a 5-4 victory over La. Tech, May 13, 2006. Both Simon's and Gausman's complete games came in the second game of a doubleheader.
Another Milestone: Rocky Ward looks to be on his way to tally 350 wins as the Aggie head coach. Ward came into the 2011 season with 334 wins and is now closer to the 350 win mark, needing just two more wins. Former Aggie head coach Jim Kwasny (1969-82) is second on the wins-list and the only other Aggie coach with at least 300 wins. Kwasny finished Aggie career with 300 wins with a 7-4 win at Grand Canyon. Ward became the all-time winningest coach at NM State when he picked up win No. 301 as his team defeated Akron 8-3 in game one of a doubleheader, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 at Presley Askew Field.
Probable Starters (March 21-27): Senior right-hand pitcher Dan Reid was recently named WAC Pitcher of the week after picked up his first career complete game as he led the Aggies to an 11-2 won over IPFW last week. Reid did not allow an earned run and gave up only six hits. He faced 35 batters, struck out two and walked three.
Reid now has a 2.10 ERA on the year, which is the second best average in the WAC. He has made five appearances on the mound, while working a team-high 34.1 innings this season. Reid is holding opponents to a .258 batting average and has allowed only eight earned runs and nine walks on the year. (Reid is scheduled to start March 24).
Sophomore right hander Tyler Mack is in the top five in the WAC in strikeouts with 24 on the year in 23.0 innings of work. He is second in the WAC with 9.39 K's per game and is sitting at 3-1 on the season. He tallied eight strikeouts against Buffalo (2/26) in five innings of work and marked a career-high 10 K's against IPFW, while giving up two earned runs in seven innings on the mound. (Mack is scheduled to throw March 25)