The New Mexico State baseball team faces Rio Grande rivals New Mexico in a single midweek game in Albuquerque, Wednesday, April 17 and then hits the road to play Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La. for a three-game conference series and a single non-conference game, April 19-21.
The Aggies play the Lobos at 3:00 p.m. (MT) on Lobo Field and Friday’s game against the Bulldogs begins at 5:00 p.m. at the J.C Love Field. Saturday’s game starts at 2:00 p.m. and the first pitch of the doubleheader on Sunday is at 12:00 p.m.
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 every game this week starting Wednesday, April 17 and continuing Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21 on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces. The radio feed can also be heard from anywhere in the world online at www.NMStateSports.com .
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.
BOSTON: Both the NM State baseball team and Louisiana Tech baseball team will be wearing Boston Red Sox hats (replicas) during the series opener, Friday, April 19 in honor of those affected by the recent Boston Marathon tragedy.
ABOUT THE AGGIES: The Aggies head into this week’s games sitting in the No. 6 spot of the league standings. NM State is 19-17 overall but just 5-7 in WAC 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, but fell in two of the three games versus Sacramento State.
NM State is hitting .288 as a team with three Aggies (who average at least 2.5 at-bats/game) hitting .300 or better. Junior Tanner Rust leads the team with a .378 batting average while senior Bobby Lecount isn’t far behind posting a .336 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 5.69 ERA. Senior Adam Mott has worked more innings than any other Aggie pitcher working 61.2 innings this year. He also has a team-high 57 strikeouts this year. Senior lefty Ryan Beck has 53 K’s in 42.1 innings of work and is posting 11.27 strikeouts per nine innings, which ranks 11th in the nation.
The Aggies are 2-9 when playing on the road and are hitting .187 while away. NM State has a 6.19 ERA and has tallied 78 strikeouts in away games.
NM State has batted consistently in March and April with a .309 and .310 batting average, respectively. The Aggies hit 21 home runs and held a 5.52 ERA in March. Rust has maintained over a .410 batting average during March and April, while Lecount had 25 RBI in March. Evan Mott has a 2.89 ERA in 9.1 innings in April games and Adam Mott tallied 29 K’s in March.
Rust leads the Aggies with a 12 game hitting streak and also leads with 15 multiple hit games. Lecount has 13 multiple RBI games, leading NM State.
AGGIES ON THE ROAD: The Aggies have struggled on the road this year with a 2-9 away record. As a team, the Aggies are posting a .187 batting average. Tanner Rust and Michael Paulson are leading the team with a .289 and .375 average respectively. Pitching could also improve as the Aggies as a unit are posting a 6.19 earned run average. Pitcher Adam Mott has found success striking batters out with 19 this year in away games. The Aggies will look to continue hitting and pitching better on the road this year as regular season play comes to an end.
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: NM State faces New Mexico in a single game in Albuquerque Wednesday, April 17, followed by a weekend conference series and a single non-conference game against Louisiana Tech April 19-21. The Lobos are 20-16 heading into this week’s play, while the Bulldogs are 12-24 overall.
New Mexico: The Aggies are 81-141 against New Mexico, meeting first in 1962 and last facing each other in a single game earlier this year.
The New Mexico State baseball team used three home runs to pick up a 10-5 win over Rio Grande Rival New Mexico Monday, April 1 at Presley Askew Field.
Junior Tanner Rust got the Aggie bats going with a two-run shot in the bottom of the first to give his team its first lead of the game and later picked up a three RBI double in the bottom of the eight. Senior short stop Parker Hipp hit a three-run blast and senior Bobby Lecount followed up with a solo-shot for back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the third.
Senior Casey Collins picked up the win as he went 5.0 innings striking out three batters while holding off the Lobos for five runs. The Aggie relievers didn’t allow another Lobo run to score from there on-out.
DJ Peterson leads the Lobos offensively with a .414 batting average, 42 runs, 53 hits, 15 doubles, three triple, 12 homeruns, 45 RBI, a .859 slugging percentage and a .525 on-base percentage.
The Lobos have a 5.09 ERA with Gabe Aguilar winning the most games (4-2) and Sam Wolff leading in strikeouts (37) and innings pitched (46.2).