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Las Cruces, NM - The New Mexico State baseball team plays its final home series of the year taking on San Jose State in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series. The series starts on Friday, May 3 at 6:05 p.m. (MT) with game two starting at the same time, Saturday, May 4 at Presley Askew Field. The finale is set for a 12:05 p.m. first pitch, Sunday, May 5.
MEDIA COVERAGE: New Mexico State baseball fans will have eight more opportunities to follow the Aggies on the radio on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces, N.M.
Fans can listen Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, on KSNM AM 570, while Friday’s game is televised as part of the Aggie Vision productions. For a complete listing of airtimes in your area for games televised by Aggie Vision, go online to www.AggieVision.tv or call your cable or satellite provider.
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.
PROMOTIONS: Friday night is “Fifty-Cent Ice Cream Night” and Sunday will be “Senior Day” and “Fifty-cent Hot Dog Day.” Aggie seniors will be honored by the NM State Athletics Department before the game for their time here. Kids will also be able to run the bases after Saturday night’s game.
Aggie fans have plenty of chances for giveaways during Aggie home games. Fans have a chance to win a free pizza from Lorenzo’s during the “Fantastic Fan of the Game.’ Fans can also win a gift certificate for free wings from Buffalo Wild Wings. NM State baseball t-shirts are thrown into the crowd after an Aggie hits a home run and if the Aggies tally 10 runs or more Lorenzo’s will give fans 50% off any dine-in pizza.
ABOUT THE AGGIES: The Aggies head into this weekend’s games sitting in a tie for the fifth spot of the league standings. NM State is 24-21 overall and 9-9 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. Two weeks ago the Aggies swept the series against Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La. but dropped two-of-three to UT-Arlington last week at home.
NM State is hitting .293 as a team with four Aggies (who average at least 2.5 at-bats/game) hitting .300 or better. Junior Tanner Rust leads the team with a .408 batting average while senior Bobby Lecount isn’t far behind posting a .354 average on the year. Lecount, although, has a team-high 53 RBI on the year.
The Aggie pitching staff heads into the weekend with a 5.47 ERA. Senior Adam Mott has worked more innings than any other Aggie pitcher working 75.0 innings this year. He also has a team-high 72 strikeouts this year. Senior lefty Ryan Beck has 67 K’s in 55.1 innings of work and is posting 10.90 strikeouts per nine innings, which leads the WAC.
AGGIES AT HOME: The Aggies are 17-9 when playing on at home and are hitting .337 at Presley Askew Field. There are seven players (who average at least 2.5 at-bats/game) batting over .300 at home and the Aggies have hit 31 of their 42 home runs in Las Cruces. Rust leads NM State with a .426 batting average at home, with Lecount bringing 48 runners in to score. NM State has a 6.12 ERA and has tallied 249 strikeouts in home games. Evan Mott leads the Aggies with a 3.72 ERA, while Beck leads with 46 K’s at Presley Askew.
AGGIES IN NIGHT GAMES: NM State is batting well in night games at .311 and two players are batting over .400. Kyle Phillips leads the Aggies with a .417 batting average in night games, followed closely by Rust (.413). The Aggies have hit 18 home runs and have a 6.17 ERA during night games, with Adam Mott posting a 5.87 ERA so far this season. NM State lost last Friday’s game 9-5 to UT-Arlington, before bouncing back and defeating the Mavericks 11-1 in a seven inning run-rule game. NM State lost its first night game of the year, falling 11-0 to UW-Milwaukee in game two of a doubleheader, Feb. 15.
LOOKING FOR A STREAK: The Aggies longest winning streak this season is five games, which has been done twice. The first streak started with a 4-0 win over Wake Forest on March 3, and went thru March 10 with a 12-11 win over La Salle in 10 innings on March 10. The streak stopped when No. 17 Oklahoma defeated the Aggies in Norman, Okla., on March 12. During those five games, NM State was hitting .373 as a team while blasting five home runs. Tanner Rust had the hot stick as he was hitting .647 (11-of-17), while Parker Hipp was hitting .438 (7-of-16) with a double and a home run. The Aggie pitching staff was throwing well, posting a 3.14 ERA during that time and allowing only 15 earned runs.
The second five-game winning began with a 20-6 win over Alabama A&M on March 17 and lasted through March 22 when the Aggies defeated Texas State 12-6 on March 22. The Aggies lost to Texas State, March 23 by the score of 10-3 at Presley Askew Field. Tanner Rust led the Aggies during the winning streak batting .600 (9-of-15) while posting three home runs during that time. Five different Aggie pitchers acquired a win during that time, while Trey Higginbotham led the way posting a 0.00 ERA in five innings of work to go alone with seven strikeouts.
AGGIES IN WAC SERIES OPENERS: NM State is 4-2 in WAC series openers so far this season defeating Texas State (12-6), Dallas Baptist (16-5), Sacramento State (5-4) and Louisiana Tech (10-4). NM State is hitting .327 as a team in those games while both Michael Medina and Kyle Phillips are hitting .417 at the dish in WAC series openers. Right-hander Adam Mott has made the most appearances in those games staring in all six games. He is 3-2 in WAC series openers and has marked 42 K’s in 41.0 innings of work. No other Aggie pitcher has worked more than 3.0 innings on the mound during those games.
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