Ranked Aggies Baseball Team Travels to Sacramento State
The No. 25 ranked Aggie baseball team (25-9, 2-1 WAC) takes on Sacramento State in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, April 13 through Monday, April 16. Three of the four games are WAC matchups, while Monday's game is scheduled as a non-conference game. Friday's game is set to start at 3 p.m. (MT) with the games on Saturday and Sunday set for 2 p.m. (MT) Monday's game will also begin at 3 p.m.
Media Coverage: All four games will air on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces, although the game on Friday will join-in-progress at 4p.m. (MT) and the game on Monday will be tape delayed and start at 6p.m. (MT). Monday's game, however, will air live on the Internet. Fans can listen to Jeff 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.
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 @NMSU Athletics.
About the Aggies: It is the second consecutive week that the NM State baseball team has been ranked in at least one poll after winning 16 out of its last 17 games. NM State was ranked No. 20 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll and is now ranked No. 23 in that same poll. NM State is 29-9 overall while going 20-4 at home and 5-3 on the road. The Aggies are hitting .323 on the year and hitting only .262 on the road.
NM State has had five different WAC Hitter of the Week selections and one WAC Pitcher of the Week selections so far this year. Junior catcher Zac Fisher is the most recent selection, as he joins junior centerfielder Kyle Phillips, senior infielder Kurt Snowley, senior outfielder Bryan Karraker, junior designated hitter Cody Edwards and junior left-hand pitcher Ryan Beck.
The Aggies are 12-7 in day games and hitting .332 in those games. NM State is 9-1 in its last ten games and is hitting .352 during that time with Fisher and junior Parker Hipp hitting over .400 in those ten games.
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 are ranked No. 25 this week according to this week's Baseball America Poll, which was release, April 9. NM State is ranked No. 23 according to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. This is the second consecutive week the Aggies have been ranked and the first time the baseball team 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. 28 nationally. According to PerfectGame.org NM State is ranked No. 37 after being ranked at No. 46 last week and No. 50 the week before. The Aggies are also receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top-30 Poll and would be at No. 44 if it continued.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Sacramento State: The Hornets are 16-16 heading into week nine of play and are 9-5 at home this season. They are 2-1 in WAC play after opening conference play against Louisiana Tech last week in Ruston, La. Sacramento State is coached by Reggie Christiansen and he is in his second season with the team while in his seventh season overall as a head coach. He is 35-55 during his two seasons with Sac State and is 2-2 against the Aggies.
The Aggies lead the all-time series against Sacramento State 26-24, which dates back to 1997. In the first meeting between the two teams back in 1997, both teams were a part of the Big West Conference and the Aggies on 9-5. NM State lost the last game it played Sacramento State by a score of 19-11 in Las Cruces last year.
Rocky Ward has coached NM State each time it played the Hornets and he is also 26-24 against them. Since joining the WAC, the Aggies are 14-12 against Sacramento State, dating back to 2006.