NMSU Baseball to Face New Mexico Tuesday
POSTED: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 7:37am
The New Mexico State baseball team continues the 2011 season with its first road game of the year, which against in-state rival University of New Mexico, Tuesday Feb. 22, in Albuquerque. Game time versus the Lobos is set for 3:05 p.m. (MT). Later in the week they will host the University of Buffalo in back-to-back double-headers, Saturday, Feb. 26 and Sunday, Feb. 27. Saturday's and Sunday's double-headers are scheduled for a 1:05 p.m. (MT) start with game two starting approximately 45 minutes after the conclusion of game one.
Media Coverage: Audio coverage is available on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces for the double-header, Sunday, Feb. 27 with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action. Tuesday's game versus the Lobos will be on the radio in the Albuquerque area on ESPN The Radio 101.7 FM. Live stats are available at www.NMStateSports.com.
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: It's kids weekend at Presley Askew Field when the NM State takes on Buffalo so Aggie fans 12 and under will get in free to Saturday and Sunday's games. A randomly selected child will throw out the first pitch of game one of each double-header, and at the conclusion of each double-header kids will be able to run bases.
Looking Back: The Aggies opened their season with a series sweep over Houston Baptist University, Feb. 18-20. The Aggies posted nine runs on 13 hits and tallied two doubles and a triple Friday, Feb. 18. Houston Baptist crossed the plate six times on ten hits and committed two errors, compared to NM State's three.
At Saturday's game sophomore right-hand pitcher Tyler Mack picked up his first win of the year as he went five innings and tallied four strikeouts. He allowed only four runs with the other eight runs coming in the final two innings of the game. The Aggies jumped out to a big lead early, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first. NM State came out on top 13-11.
Sunday's finale saw NM State blast three home runs to score six runs in the eighth inning of what was a low-scoring affair for the Huskies as the Aggies were victorious, 9-1, sweeping the season-opening series.
NM State Versus the Lobos: The Aggies are 75-140 all-time against UNM after splitting the series last year 2-2. NM State is 20-29 against the Lobos under head coach Rocky Ward and 4-6 in the last ten games.
NM State Versus Buffalo: This will be the first ever meeting between the Aggies and the University of Buffalo.
Road Games: The Aggies went 15-8 at away games and 1-5 when they played on a neutral field during the 2010 season. NM State picked up their first road win last year when they defeated UNM 14-10 at Isotopes Park, March 9. The Aggies ended their regular season with a 5-3 loss to the University of Southern California. NM State ended their run in the 2010 WAC Tournament in Mesa, Arizona when they fell to Nevada 5-4.
Hipp Named WAC Hitter of the Week: Sophomore second baseman Parker Hipp has been named Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, as announced by the league office, for the week of Feb. 14-20.
Hipp helped the Aggies to a season-opening sweep over Houston Baptist as he was 6-for-11 at the dish with six RBI and five runs scored. On the weekend he posted two doubles, a triple and a home run to go along with a 1.182 slugging percentage. He also got on base with three walks and was hit by a pitch once, while striking out only three times for a .667 on-base percentage.
Defensively, Hipp tallied a perfect fielding percentage with five putouts and five assists, while getting in on two double plays. He opened his sophomore season going 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI and two runs scored. He walked twice and tallied the Aggies first triple of the year as the Aggies won 9-6. Hipp had a 3-of-4 day in game two of the series with two more RBI and two more runs scored. In the series finale, he opened the game up when he started the Aggies' six-run eighth inning with a solo-shot over the right field wall leading his team to a 9-1 win.
Aggies in the WAC: After only one week of play the Aggies lead the WAC in many offensive categories. NM State is the league leader in batting average (.383), slugging percentage (.626), on-base percentage (.469), runs scored (31), hits (41), RBI (29), doubles (7), home runs (5), total bases (67), and at-bats (107).
A few Aggie players are also leading the WAC in individual statistics. Sophomore infielder Parker Hipp leads in slugging percentage (1.182) and on-base percentage (.667), while senior outfielder Wesley Starkes leads in runs scored (5) and hits (8), and junior outfielder Bryan Karraker leads in RBI (7).
Looking Ahead: The Aggies travel to Beaumont, Texas to play in the YMBL Cardinal Classic March 3-5. The Aggies take on Cal State Northridge, Thursday, March 3 at 12:00 p.m. in their first game of the tournament. NM State will then meet the University of San Francisco, Friday at 12:00 p.m. On Saturday, the Aggies play a double header, facing USF at 10:00 a.m. and then at 2:00 p.m. they play the host team, Lamar University.