NMSU Baseball Travels to Albuquerque for Tuesday Showdown with the Lobos
The New Mexico State baseball team plays five games in six days with each game on the road. The Aggies head up to Albuquerque first to take on in-state rival New Mexico, Tuesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. The team then heads to Bakersfield, Calif., where it will face CSU Bakersfield, Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. The Aggies head north from there to San Jose, Calif., and face the Spartans in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series, Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20.
Media Coverage: The game versus the Lobos and the series versus SJSU are scheduled to air over the radio waves in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action.
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 @NMSU Athletics.
About the Aggies: The Aggies have now lost eight out of their last ten games are are currently 31-19 on the year. They dropped out of the polls after falling in two consecutive games to top ranked Baylor in Waco, Texas three weeks ago. Last week NM State fell in two of three games to Fresno State in the final home series of the year. Before that the Aggies traveled to Honolulu and were swept by the University of Hawai'i, who surpassed NM State for first-place in the WAC with the wins.
Before the seven game slide, NM State was ranked in at least one poll for four consecutive weeks. During that time the Aggies put together a school-record 14 consecutive wins and at one point won 21 out of 24 games. NM State was boasting a .363 batting average during the 14-game win streak and are currently hitting .303 as a team this year.
The Aggies have a won 24 games at home while going 7-10 on the road and 0-2 at neutral sites.
NM State is currently 8-7 in league play and sits in the No. 3 spot in the WAC standings. Nevada is currently in first at 10-5 and Sacramento State is in second at 11-7.The Aggies are hitting.262 in WAC games, while their batting average at home stands at .330 but drops to .260 on theroad.
The Aggies have gone 9-11 in the last 20 games with a .264 batting average during that time span. The Aggies struggled at the plate last week against Fresno State hitting .234 against the Bulldogs and crossing the plate only 11 times in three games.
NM State has had five different WAC Hitter of the Week selections and one WAC Pitcher of the Weekselections so far this year. Junior catcher Zac Fisher is the most recent selection, as he joins junior centerfielder Kyle Phillips, senior infielderKurt Snowley, senior outfielder Bryan Karraker, junior designated hitter Cody Edwards and junior left-hand pitcher Ryan Beck.
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.
Rocky Ward Shooting for Win No. 400: With the Aggies posting 31 wins so far this season head coach Rocky Ward is now 399-394-2 on his career to take his winning percentage to .503. Ward needs just one morewins to reach 400 as a head coach.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
University of New Mexico: The Lobos are currently 29-22 overall on the season, 13-4 in Mountain West Conference play and 17-11 at home. UNM is coached by Ray Birmingham who is in his fifth year with the Lobos and is in his 24th season overall as a head coach. He comes into the week with a 947-436-2 record throughout his career. The Lobos lead the all-time series with the Aggies 140-80, which includs the three meetings this season. The Aggies have defeated the Lobos in the three meetings this season and currently are on a five-game winning streak against their in-state rival dating back to last season.
Cal-State Bakersfield: The Roadrunners head into the week 20-25 on the season and are 14-6 at home. CSUB is coached by Bill Kernen who was named the first ever head baseball coach of Cal-State Bakersfield in 2009. He is 72-89 as head coach of the Roadrunners coming into his fourth season as head coach. This game will mark the first time the Aggies and Roadrunners have played against one another.
San Jose State: The San Jose State Spartans are currently 21-25 on the season and are 5-10 in WAC play, while going 12-15 at home this season. The Spartans are coached by Sam Piraro who is in his 24th season as the Spartan's head coach and is in his 36th season overall as a collegiate head baseball coach. Piraro has an overall record of 749-577-6 as the head coach of the Spartans.
The Aggies lead the overall series with San Jose State with a record of 21-19 dating back to 1992 with the most recent meeting in 2011. The Spartans won the first meeting back in 1992 by a score of 6-7 and the Aggies defeated the Spartans 20-8 in the most recent meeting, back in 2011.
Aggie head coach Rocky Ward has a record of 11-13 against San Jose State dating back to 2006.