This Week: The New Mexico State baseball team plays four games this week with one at home and three on the road. The Aggies face Texas Tech, Tuesday, May 1 at 4 p.m. (MT) at Presley Askew Field. NM State then heads back into Western Athletic Conference play taking on Hawai'i in a three-game set Thursday, May 3 to Saturday, May 5 at Les Murakami Stadium with each game starting at 10:35 p.m. (MT).
Media Coverage: The games between the Aggies and Texas Tech is set to air on TV as a part of the AggieVision Productions. According to www.AggieVision.tv the games will air live on Comcast throughout New Mexico, FSN-Arizona Plus, Altitude, KVIA and ESPN3.com. Fans should check their local listings for show times. Fans can also access a webcast at www.NMStateSports.com for a fee. There is no media coverage currently scheduled for the Hawai'i series.
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.
Promotions: Tuesday at Presley Askew Stadium is City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation day. Kid's from the Parks and Recreation programs in Las Cruces will get into watch the game for free.
About the Aggies: The Aggies dropped out of the polls after falling in two consecutive games to top ranked Baylor in Waco, Texas last week. NM State was previously ranked in at least one poll for four consecutive weeks and would be No. 27 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll if it continued beyond the top 25. NM State is 30-13 overall while going 23-4 at home, 7-7 on the road and 7-2 in WAC play.
The Aggies are hitting .314 as a team but that average drops to .290 in league play. At home, NM State is posting a .343 team-batting average while it drops to .270 on the road.
NM State is 23-11 in non-conference games this season and hitting .321 against non-WAC opponents. Thirty of the Aggies' 36 home runs have come against non-conference opponents with junior third baseman Robert Lecount hitting seven of those 30 bombs himself.
The Aggies have gone 15-5 in the last 20 games with a .318 batting average during that time span with junior catcher Zac Fisher leading the way offensively posting a .392 batting average during that time. Senior designated hitter Kurt Snowley has posted a .369 batting average over the last twenty games while senior shortstop Zach Voight has been on fire as he tallied 27 RBI on 27 hits.
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.
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.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Texas Tech: The Texas Tech Red Raiders are 25-22 heading into this week's play and is 3-11 on the road. The Red Raiders are 5-13 in Big 12 play this season and started the season out ranked 24th in the nation. Dan Spencer coaches Texas Tech and is in his fourth season with the team while he is in his 21st season coaching overall. During his 21 years of coaching, Spencer has tallied a 219-153 record. In his four years at Texas Tech Spencer has compiled a record of 88-86.
The Aggies are 16-36 all-time against Texas Tech. NM State lost the very first meeting between the two teams 11-1 back in 1965 and the last time the two teams met came back on March 27, 2012 when the Aggies defeated the Red Raiders 7-6 in Lubbock, Texas.
Hawai'i: The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors come into the week 25-18 overall and 21-11 at home. They are 5-4 in league play. Mike Trapasso is in his 11th season as head coach of the Rainbow Warriors and has earned an overall record of 314-269 and he is 158-158 in conference play.
The Aggies are 11-17 against Hawai'i dating back to 2006 while their most recent meeting came in 2011. UH defeated the Aggies in their first meeting 6-0 back in 2006 and won the most recent game by a score of 24-3. Both head coaches, Rocky Ward and Mike Trapasso, have been the head coaches of their respective teams through all 28 meetings between NM State and Hawaii dating back to 2006.
Last time against the Red Raiders: In the last meeting between NM State and Texas Tech, the Aggies came from behind to win its 13th-straight game defeating Texas Tech 7-6 at Dan Law Field in Lubbock, Texas, Tuesday, March 27. With that win NM State went to 22-8, while Texas Tech fell to 15-11. Junior Tyler Mack was the winning pitcher and took his record to 2-1 on the year while senior closer Scott Coffman earned save No. 5 on the year and No. 19 on his career. He also became the all-time leader in appearances that night.
Down 6-5 heading into the ninth inning NM State had to get something going and did just that as Tanner Waite led off with a single up the middle to get aboard. Bryan Karraker got aboard with a walk after ten pitches before Parker Hipp tallied a sacrifice bunt to put runners on at second and third. Senior shortstop Zach Voight came to the plate and brought in the tying run an RBI sacrifice fly to score Waite before senior catcher Zac Fisher hit a game-winning single to left field allowing Karraker to cross the plate and take the lead. The game was tied through 5 ½ innings at 5-5 before the Red Raiders scored on a ground-rule double by the Texas Tech shortstop to take a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth.The Aggies had runners aboard in the top of the seventh but failed to scored as Fisher got caught at first base as was tag out before the run could cross the plate.
Freshman Robert Kraft came in during the bottom of the seventh with bases loaded and tallied a big out in the inning. Junior right-hander Tyler Mack jumped on the mound and struck out the Red Raider shortstop to end the inning with the bases loaded. NM State was unable to get any runners aboard going down 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth before Tyler Mack was able to tally two strikeouts and get another Red Raider to groundout in the bottom of the inning.
NM State posted 10 hits to score its seven runs and did not commit an error. The Red Raiders tallied six runs on 10 hits and tallied one error. The Aggies used six pitchers on the evening with junior left-hander Ryan Beck starting the game going 5.1 innings and striking out seven batters while giving up six runs. Relievers Randy Montoya, Trey Ross, Michael Ormseth, Robert Kraft, Tyler Mack and Scott Coffman all got on the mound and did their job as none of them allowed a run while
Rocky Ward Winning Percentage: With the Aggies winning 21 of the last 26 games head coach Rocky Ward is now 398-388-2 on his career to take his winning percentage to .505. Ward needs two more wins to reach 400 as a head coach.
Aggies in the Nation: Heading into the week 12 of play NCAA.org has NM State leading the nation in scoring (9.1 runs/game), total runs (390), and walks (276). The Aggies rank second nationally in on-base percentage (.433), fifth in sacrifice flies (31), seventh in doubles (102), sixth in both doubles/game (2.37) and ninth in slugging percentage (.467). NM State's winning percentage of .698 ranks 27th in the nation.
Individually NCAA.org has Aggie junior catcher Zac Fisher ranked No. 11 for RBI (50) and senior shortstop Zach Voight No. 10 as he just passed Fisher with 51 RBI. Voight is in the top 10 for doubles per game (1.19/game) and Fisher isn't too far behind at No. 13 nationally in the same category.
Senior outfielder Tanner Waite is top 10 nationally in two categories, which includes leading the nation walks (52) and second in walks/game (1.21). He is No. 21 in runs scored (47). Waite also ranked 24th in the nation in runs/game (1.09) and 45th in on-base percentage (.480). Senior outfielder Bryan Karraker ranks 38th in runs (45), 31st in runs/game (1.07), and 46th in walks (32). Junior Parker Hipp is top 10 in the nation in two categories, including sixth in both walks (43) and walks/game (1.00). Hipp is also 19th in sacrifice flies (6) and 25th in on-base percentage (.488). Junior starting pitcher Ryan Beck ranks 32nd nationally in strikeouts (77), 31st in games started (11), and 44th in strikeouts/nine innings (10.00). Meanwhile his teammate Michael Ormseth has posted seven wins on the season, placing him 27th in the nation in that category.
Aggies in the WAC: NM State sits atop the WAC at 7-2 in WAC play. Nevada and Sacramento State are trailing behind the Aggies in conference play by 1.5 games each. In all games played, the Aggies lead the WAC in almost all offensive categories including: batting average (.319), slugging percentage (.467), runs scored (390), hits (468), RBI (349), doubles (102), home runs (36), total bases (694), walks (276), and sacrifice flies (31). On the mound, NM State leads the WAC in total wins (30) and strikeouts (316).
Individually [in all games played], junior catcher Zac Fisher leads the WAC in batting average (.379), hits (64), doubles (16) and is one behind the lead in RBI (50). Fisher is tied for second in total bases (92) and sac flies (5). Senior teammate Zach Voight leads the league in RBI (51). Voight is fifth in the WAC in 5 other categories, including: slugging percentage (.527), hits (54), home runs (7), total bases (87), and at bats (165).
Junior parker Hipp leads the WAC in on-base percentage (.488) and sacrifice flies (6). Hipp is second in walks (43), third in runs scored (39) and fourth in the WAC in both RBI (40) and batting average (.340). Senior left-fielder Tanner Waite leads the WAC in both runs scored (47) and walks (52). Waite is currently tied for first in the WAC with 207 total plate appearances.
On the mound, left-handed junior Ryan Beck leads the WAC in strikeouts with 77. Beck is also tied for first with 20 batters struck out looking this season. Right-handed pitcher Michel Ormseth is in a three-way tie for first in WAC wins with seven. Closer and NM State all-time saves leader Scott Coffman leads the WAC with 20 games finished, is tied for third in games in relief (20) and appearances (20). Coffman, the Senior from Albuquerque Academy, leads the Aggies with six games saved.
Out of the top ten players with scored runs in the WAC, the Aggies hold eight of those top spots. In RBI and on base percentage, six Aggie players are in the top ten in both categories.
Record Watch: Senior closer Scott Coffman became the all-time saves leader when he tallied his 18th career-save in game one of a doubleheader, Saturday, March 24. Coffman helped the Aggies extend their winning streak to 11-games that day and led NM State to a 9-8 win over Texas-Pan American. Coffman surpassed Orlando Griego (1987-90) for the all-time record. He now has 20 saves throughout his career. The six saves he has posted this season ties Erik Nyquist for saves in a season and he needs just three more saves to tie his record of nine in a single season.
Coffman passed former Aggie and Las Cruces native Frankie Duran for games pitched when he entered the game against Texas Tech, Tuesday, March 27. Duran made 91 appearances from 2006-09. Coffman now has 99 appearances in a career and could become the first Aggie to reach 100 appearances.
Right-hand pitcher Justin Cooper needs just two more appearance to break into the top 10 in the Aggie record books for appearances in a career. Dillon Smith (2006-08) and Mark Conti (1978-81) are tied for ninth with 59 appearances.
Tyler Mack needs one more win to break into the top 10 for wins in a career at NM State. Jason Williams (2002-03) and Jason Conner (2004-08) are tied for ninth in wins with 15 on their careers. He is currently ranked second for wild pitches thrown in a career with 38 and is ranked eighth for hit batters in a career. Gary Goldsmith (1990-93) owns the NM State record for wild pitches with 53 in his career.
Left-hand pitcher Ryan Beck recently surpassed Jerry Macias (1978-81) with 17-career wins. He needs one more win to tie for seventh with Greg Trammell career wins at NM State with 18. Beck is currently in eighth in career starts at NM State and needs two more starts to tie Chris Jackson (2002-03) for seventh. He has struck out 202 batters and needs to strike out two more to break into the top 10 for career strikeouts by an Aggie. Greg Trammell is currently No. 10 with 204 K's.
Senior Bryan Karraker is currently ranked fourth at NM State for being hit-by-a-pitch. He has 22 on his career. Karraker has tied his own record of being hit-by-a-pitch (11) and will tie Alex Borgo (2003) and Wesley Starkes (2011) if he is hit-by-a-pitch one more time. Borgo and Starkes are tied at seventh on the single season records list.
Senior Zach Voight has tallied five sacrifice flies this season and needs one more to break into the top 10 for sac flies in a season. There are six former Aggies tied for the No. 10 spot with six sacrifice flies in a season (Chuck Howard-2011, Alex Borgo-2003, Hal Bisnett-2002, Bobby Miller-1995, Efrain Lara-1992, Mario Moccia-1988).
Zac Fisher heads into this week's play with 139 RBI in his time at NM State and needs three more RBI to break into the top 10 for RBI in a career. He is currently tied for fifth with Joe Williams (1988-90) for doubles in a career at NM State (43). He just surpassed Kurt Wilkinson (1999-2002) while needs one more to tie Leo Aguirre (2007-10) and eight more to tie Chris Fanning (1988-91) for the No 1 spot. Fanning finished his career with 51 doubles.
Senior Tanner Waite has 52 walks heading into this week's play and needs just one more to break into the top 10 for walks in a season. Former Aggies Dustin Mote (2004), Anthony Purkiss (2001), Cory Smith (1998), Joe Williams (1990), Corey Harrington (2002) and Luke Hopkins all posted 53 walks in a season and are tied for sixth in the record books. He is currently tied for 10th for walks in a career at NM State with 96.
Infielder Zach Voight: Senior shortstop Zach Voight is hitting .327 (54-of1-65) on the year to go along with a WAC-high 51 RBI. He now has 89 RBI in two years with the Aggies and has posted a career .476 slugging percentage while marking a .527 slugging percentage this season. Voight hit .429 (4-of-7), last week against No. 3 Baylor that included his 10th double of the year. Voight leads the Aggies with a .424 (14-of-33) batting average and has 15 RBI when facing WAC oppenents. He has a .512 on-base percentage in league play to go along with seven walks and seven strikeouts.
Right-hand pitcher Michael Ormseth: Junior right-hander Michael Ormseth, a Las Cruces native, has a league-high seven wins on the year and has 46 strikeouts compared to only 17 walks on the year. He helped lead the Aggies to their first shutout of the season as he worked five innings without giving up a run in a 10-0 (seven inning) win over Louisiana Tech, April 21. Ormseth heads into week 12 with a 1-0 record in league play and has a 4.38 ERA when facing WAC opponents. In 12.1 innings of work during league play, Ormseth has struck out 12 batters and walked seven.
Outfielder Tanner Waite: Senior leftfielder Tanner Waite leads the nation in walks with 52 bases on balls this year. He is carrying a .298 batting average (45-of-151) and has struck out only 35 times this year. He is currently riding a .473 on-base percentage and has scored a league-high 47 runs on the year. Waite has the second best batting average on the team during WAC play as he is hitting .367 (11-of-30) in league games.
Big Inning/Big Scores: The Aggies posted 19 runs in the second inning of game one of the doubleheader, Saturday, Feb. 25 against Sacred Heart and won 21-3 in seven innings. NM State scored 15 runs in an inning against San Jose State, April 17, 2011. The Aggies won that game 20-8 in seven innings.
The Aggies, although, scored a season-high 23 runs against Southeast Missouri State in game one of a doubleheader, March 17. The Aggies had three big innings scoring eight runs in the first, four in the sixth and five in the seventh.
The record at NM State for runs scored in a game is 37 versus Northern Iowa, March 4, 2006.
NM State has tallied at least 10 runs in 15 games this season and is 16-0 when posting at least 10 runs. There have been 19 innings where NM State has posted at least five runs in an inning.
The Comeback: The Aggies have won five games when trailing after eight innings and have won 10 games when trailing at any point in the game. On March 27, NM State was 6-5 heading into the final inning of play but scored two runs in the top of the ninth to defeat Texas Tech, 7-6. In WAC play, April 7, the Aggies were down 6-4 to Nevada heading into the ninth but overcame the deficit scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth to win 7-6. NM State had two comeback wins against Louisiana Tech winning on a walk-off single, April 19 and winning on a walk-off home run, April 20.
RPI: NM State continues to maintain a top 25 RPI ranking for the season. According to WarrenNolan.com, the Aggies have an RPI of 21 as of April 30. Meanwhile, NCAA.com has the Aggies with an RPI of 20 (as of April 24). NM State's RPI on both major ranking sites is the best ranking of any Western Athletic Conference team. The Aggies' RPI has been in the top 25 for approximately five weeks now but the team had a season-high RPI of 15 three weeks ago. Their current RPI is still by far the best ranking the team has had in recent years. The Aggies finished with a 159 RPI in 2011, a 116 RPI in 2010, a 119 RPI in 2009, a 160 RPI in 2008 and a 239 RPI in 2007. NM State will have a chance to improve their RPI when they meet up with Baylor this week. Baylor has an RPI of five on the WarrenNolan.com poll and four on the NCAA.com poll.
The Rating Percentage Index (RPI) is a quantity used to rank sports teams based upon a team's wins and losses as well as its strength of schedule. It is one of the systems, which NCAA ranks basketball, and baseball teams. This system has been in use in college basketball since 1981 to aid in the selecting and seeding of teams appearing in the 68-team men's playoffs (see March Madness), and for the 64-team women's tournament since its inception in 1982. In its current formulation, the index comprises a team's winning percentage (25%), its opponents' winning percentage (50%), and the winning percentage of those opponents' opponents (25%). The opponents' winning percentage and the winning percentage of those opponents' opponents both comprise the strength of schedule (SOS). Thus, the SOS accounts for 75% of the RPI calculation and is 2/3 its opponents' winning percentage and 1/3 times its opponents' opponents' winning percentage.
Aggies in the Polls: The New Mexico State baseball team was ranked in at least one poll for four consecutive weeks but fell out of the polls after dropping two straight to No. 3 Baylor, who is No. 2 in the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches poll. If the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll continued past the top 25, NM State would be ranked No. 27 nationally.
USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll (April 30)
Rk. - Team - Record
1. Florida State (30) - 36-7
2. Baylor (1) - 38-8
3. South Carolina - 33-11
4. LSU - 35-10
5. Florida - 33-12
6. Kentucky - 36-9
7. Stanford - 28-11
8. Rice - 30-12
9. Texas A&M - 31-13
10. North Carolina - 30-13
11. Purdue - 34-7
12. Oregon - 30-13
13. Arkansas - 31-13
14. UCLA - 28-12
15. Central Florida - 35-10
16. Arizona - 29-13
17. Cal State-Fullerton - 26-14
18. North Carolina State - 30-12
19. Louisville - 31-13
20. Oregon State - 28-14
21. Miami (Fla.) - 27-16
22. Virginia 30-14-1
23. San Diego - 33-11
24. Texas - 25-16
25. Mississippi - 28-16
Dropped out: No. 25 (tie) Sam Houston State.
Others receiving votes: Sam Houston State (31-12) 41; New Mexico State (30-13) 19; Indiana State (34-11) 17; Missouri State (31-14) 17; Appalachian State (32-9) 13; Georgia (25-20) 11; Coastal Carolina (30-13) 10; Clemson (26-19) 9; Gonzaga (27-14) 8; TCU (26-15) 8; Pepperdine (24-16) 7; North Carolina-Wilmington (27-17) 6; Stony Brook (34-10) 6; St. John's (28-16) 5; Georgia Tech (26-19) 4; College of Charleston (31-13) 3; Mississippi State (27-17) 3; Army (35-12) 2; New Mexico (26-19) 2; Tulane (29-15) 2; Wright State (30-14) 2; Southeastern Louisiana (30-15) 1.
Rank - School (Record)
1. Baylor (38-8)
2. Florida St. (36-7)
3. Kentucky (36-9)
4. South Carolina (33-11)
5. Louisiana St. (35-10)
6. Arizona (29-13)
7. Oregon (30-13)
8. Florida (33-12)
9. Rice (30-12)
10. Stanford (28-11)
11. UCLA (28-12)
12. Texas A&M (31-13)
13. Arkansas (31-13)
14. Cal. St. Fullerton (26-14)
15. Central Florida (35-10)
16. North Carolina (30-13)
17. N.C. State (30-12)
18. Purdue (34-7)
19. San Diego (33-11)
20. Texas (25-16)
21. Sam Houston St. (31-12)
22. Louisville (31-13)
23. Virginia (30-14-1)
24. Coastal Carolina (30-13)
25. Oklahoma St. (26-17)
26. Oklahoma (28-16)
27. Texas Christian (26-15)
28. Arizona St. (26-17)
29. Mississippi St. (27-17)
30. St. John's (28-16)
2012 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL
Rank - Team - Record
1. Florida State 36-7
2. Baylor 38-8
3. South Carolina 33-11
4. LSU 35-10
5. Florida 33-12
6. Stanford 28-11
7. Kentucky 36-9
8. Rice 30-12
9. Texas A&M 31-1
10. North Carolina 30-13
11. Purdue 34-7
12. Oregon 30-13
13. UCF 35-10
14. Arkansas 31-13
15. UCLA 28-12
16. Arizona 29-13
17. Cal State Fullerton 26-14
18. Louisville 31-13
19. Miami 27-16
20. N.C. State 30-12
21. Oregon State 28-14
22. Virginia 30-14-1
23. Arizona State 26-17
24. San Diego 33-11
25. Sam Houston State 31-12
26. Ole Miss 28-16
27. Texas 25-16
28. Appalachian State 32-9
29. TCU 26-15
30. Stony Brook 34-10
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Army (35-12), Auburn (25-19), Cal Poly (25-17), Clemson (26-19), Coastal Carolina (30-13), College of Charleston (31-13), Dallas Baptist (29-14), East Carolina (28-16-1), George Mason (30-17), Georgia (25-20), Indiana State (34-11), Mississippi State (27-17), Missouri State (31-14), New Mexico State (30-13), North Dakota State (32-11), Oklahoma (28-16), Pepperdine (24-16), USF (29-16), Stetson (29-14), UNC Wilmington (27-17), Utah Valley (30-11). Dropped out: Georgia (28), New Mexico State (29), Army (30).
By conference: Pac-12 6, Southeastern 6, Atlantic Coast 5, Big 12 3, Conference USA 2, America East 1, Big East 1, Big West 1, Big Ten 1, Mountain West 1, Southern 1, Southland 1, West Coast 1.
Rank - School - Record
1. Florida State 36-7
2. Baylor 38-8
3. Kentucky 36-9
4. Louisiana State 35-10
5. South Carolina 33-11
6. Rice 30-12
7. Florida 33-12
8. Cal State Fullerton 26-14
9. Texas A&M 31-13
10. Oregon 30-13
11. Arizona 29-13
12. Stanford 28-11
13. Purdue 34-7
14. UCLA 28-12
15. Central Florida 35-10
16. North Carolina 30-13
17. North Carolina State 30-12
18. Arkansas 31-13
19. San Diego 33-11
20. Arizona State 26-17
21. Sam Houston State 31-12
22. Louisville 31-12
23. Virginia 30-14
24. Mississippi 28-16
25. Texas 25-16
Dropped out: Miami (22), New Mexico State (25).
WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
April 2-8: The Western Athletic Conference office named junior catcher Zac Fisher the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for his play during the week of April 2-8. This is Fisher's first hitter of the week honor this year and the second of his career.
Fisher, a junior from Fontana, Calif. (A.B. Miller HS), hit .375 (6-for-16) with three runs scored, a home run, three RBI and three walks as the Aggies went 3-1 on the week. Fisher, who leads the WAC with 53 hits and 45 RBI on the year, brought in the tying run on a single through the right side as the Aggies came from behind to defeat Nevada 7-6 in the series finale to help NMSU win the three-game series. Fisher started the week going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI against in-state rival New Mexico to lead the Aggies to a 7-5 win.
March 19-25: Senior infielder Kurt Snowley has been named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for the week of March 19-25. It is Snowley's first career WAC Hitter of the Week honor.
Snowley, a senior from Milwaukie, Ore. (Rex Putnam HS), helped to extend the Aggies winning streak to 12 games after he hit .524 (11-of-21) in five games played last week. The most impressive of Snowley's stats from last week might be that he struck out only once in 21 at bats. Snowley also tallied a .714 slugging percentage on the week and marked two walks while being hit by a pitch once to attribute to his .560 on-base percentage on the week. His on-base percentage helped the Aggies move into the top-spot nationally with a team on-base percentage of .443. In a 7-4 victory over No. 5 Arizona, Snowley went 3-of-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. They very next day against the Wildcats, Snowley posted a 3-of-6 showing to go along with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. He went 4-of-5 in an 11-9 win over UTPA in game one of a doubleheader. That day he tallied his eighth double of the season.
March 12-18: Centerfielder Kyle Phillips and left-hand pitcher Ryan Beck were named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for March 12-18 the league office announced, Monday, March 19.
Phillips, a junior from Tacoma, Wash. (Curtis HS), helped the Aggies to four-straight wins that week as he hit a team-high .533 (8-of-15) without striking out. He had a .650 on-base percentage on the week as he also reached base on three walks, twice by being hit by a pitch. Phillips was also very effective in centerfield as he did not allow an error and had 12 putouts. He started the week 3-of-4 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored in a 6-2 win over in-state rival New Mexico. Phillips tallied three RBI and four runs scored after going 3-of-5 at the plate with two home runs in game one of a doubleheader against SE Missouri State. Through four games last week, Phillips hit .533 with seven runs scored, eight hits, two doubles, two home runs, five RBI and three walks.
Beck, a junior from Fort Collins, Colo. (Fort Collins HS), earned his third win of the year after seven innings of work without allowing any runs to cross the plate. Beck's ERA fell to 2.00 after the evening and has a team-high 41 strikeouts after posting nine in his win over the Redhawks that week. He also gave up only five hits after facing 25 batters.
March 5-11: Senior outfielder Bryan Karraker was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for the week of March 5-11. This is his second WAC hitter of the week honor.
Karraker, a senior from Phoenix, Ariz. (Pinnacle HS), hit .450 (9-of-20) as New Mexico State defeated in-state rival New Mexico and split a four-game series with 2011 NCAA Tournament participant Kent State. Karraker posted nine hits, three walks and was hit by a pitch three times for a .577 on-base percentage. He had a stellar performance against the Lobos, going 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI to boost NM State to a 16-12 win. Karraker had a 3-of-6 showing at the plate in a 12-6 win over Kent State with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. He finished the week with a .600 slugging percentage and seven RBI. Karraker picked up a hit in each game last week and has now reached base safely in 11 straight games.
Feb. 20-26: Junior Cody Edwards was named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week by the WAC office for his play during the week of Feb. 20-26. This is Edwards first career WAC Hitter of the Week honor.
Edwards became only the second player in Aggie baseball history to hit for the cycle as former Aggie catcher Joe Leghorn was the first to achieve the accomplishment. Leghorn did it against Sacramento State, March 18, 2007. Edwards hit .467 (7-of-15) playing in six games that week. His big game came in game two of the doubleheader, Feb. 26 when he hit for the cycle, going 4-of-5 at the dish. He started with a double in the first inning, then posted a single to centerfield in the third inning. Edwards tallied a three-run triple that same inning and completed the cycle with a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth. Edwards tallied 11 RBI in the 23-11 victory over the Pioneers, which was just one short of the NM State record. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI against No. 4 Rice as the Aggies fell 7-5, Feb 21. Edwards finished the week with a 1.067 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage.
Johnny Bench Award: Junior catcher Zac Fisher was recently named to the 2012.Johnny Bench Award Watch List, which is presented by BaseballSavings.com. He is the first Aggie catcher since Jeffrey Farnham to be named to the watch list. Farnham was a semifinalist in the 2009 season. Fisher is one of two WAC catchers to be named to the watch list along with Nevada junior Carlos Escobar.
The initial watch list features 43 catchers. More could be added as the season progresses and a group of semifinalists will be announced May 16. Three finalists will be unveiled June 4 and the winner is scheduled to be announced June 28 at a banquet in Wichita, Kansas. The Johnny Bench Award winner is selected by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission and is sponsored by the Coleman Company and Papa John's Pizza. Twelve former winners are currently playing in Major League Baseball, including Buster Posey (2008), Kurt Suzuki (2004), Ryan Garko (2003) and Kelly Shoppach (2001). James Madison's Jake Lowery was the 2011 winner.
CollegeSportsMadness.com: Junior lefty Ryan Beck was named CollegeSportsMadness.com WAC Player of the Week for his exceptional performance during the week of March 12-18. That week he earned his third win of the year after seven innings of work without allowing any runs to cross the plate. For a complete list of all conference players of the week by CollegeSportsMadness go to http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/baseball/weekly-awards.
Catcher Zac Fisher was named CollegeSportsMadness.com WAC Player of the Week for his performance during the week of March 22-25. That week Fisher helped the Aggies to a 6-0 record that included two wins over No. 5 Arizona.
Designated Hitter Named Regional Player of the Week: New Mexico State designated hitter Cody Edwards was named West Regional Player of the Week by CollegeBaseballInsider.com, Friday, March 2. Edwards, who was also named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week this past week, hit .467 (7-of-15) playing in six games during the week of Feb. 20-26.
WAC Preseason Poll: The Western Athletic Conference released the 2012 Preseason Poll and Preseason All-WAC Team, Wednesday, Feb. 8, and the coaches selected Fresno State as the favorite to win the 2012 league regular season title, while New Mexico State University was picked to finish tied for fourth with Nevada. The coaches also voted on a preseason all-WAC team with New Mexico State leading the way as it placed five players on the team. Fresno State received 33 points and four first place votes after a 40-16 season last year. The Bulldogs have won the WAC regular season title five out of the past six seasons. San Jose State ranked second with 31 points and three first place votes. SJSU was followed by Hawai'i with 29, Nevada and New Mexico State with 17, Louisiana Tech with 14 points, and Sacramento State with six.
2012 WAC Baseball Coaches' Poll
(Points awarded on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 basis as coaches
were not allowed to vote for their own teams)
Rk. Team (first-place votes) Total
1. Fresno State (4) 33
2. San Jose State (3) 31
3. Hawai'i 29
T4. Nevada 17
T4. New Mexico State 17
6. Louisiana Tech 14
7. Sacramento State 6
Preseason All-WAC Team: NM State junior catcher Zac Fisher was named the Preseason Player of the Year, while San Jose State junior Zack Jones was picked the Preseason Pitcher of the Year. Joining Fisher on the preseason team are sophomore outfielder Tanner Waite, senior outfielder Bryan Karraker, junior second baseman Parker Hipp, junior catcher Zac Fisher and senior relief pitcher Scott Coffman.
Preseason All-WAC Team
OF Aaron Judge, So., Fresno State
OF Breland Almadova, Jr., Hawai'i
OF Tanner Waite, So., NM State
OF Bryan Karraker, Sr., NM State
1B Clay Cederquist, Jr., Sac State
2B Parker Hipp, Jr., NM State
SS Pi'ikea Kitamura, Jr., Hawai'i
3B Collin Bennett, Sr., Hawai'i
C Zac Fisher, Jr., NM State
DH Zack Jones, Jr., San Jose State
UTI Mike Aldrete, Jr., San Jose State
SP Matt Sisto, Sr., Hawai'i
SP Tyler Linehan, So., Fresno State
SP Tom Jameson, Jr., Nevada
RP Zack Jones, Jr., San Jose State
RP Scott Coffman, Sr., NM State
Player of the Year
Zac Fisher, Jr., C, New Mexico State
Pitcher of the Year
Zack Jones, Jr., San Jose State
Stopper of the Year Watch List: Senior reliever Scott Coffman was one of 45 players named to the initial watch list for the eighth annual National Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award as announced by the NCBWA, Jan. 31.
The Stopper of the Year award is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball and this season's watch list includes the 2011 winner of the award, Corey Knebel of the Texas Longhorns.
Coffman, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., earned the honors after a spectacular 2011 season that saw him tie the school record with nine saves on the year. He is now second in the record books with 14-career saves. He finished the year with a 3-0 record and a 1.88 ERA, while earning first team all-WAC honors. His All-WAC selection came after he posted outstanding numbers. Coffman's 1.31 ERA with four saves, 16 strikeouts against just 15 hits in 20.2 innings were very impressive considering he didn't have much opportunity to pitch in save situations over the last three weekends of conference play.
The SEC had the most pitchers on this year's watch list with six, while the WAC had the second most with four players on the list. The other pitchers from the WAC include Louisiana Tech's Caleb Dudley, San Jose State's Zach Jones, and Nevada's Matt Gardner. Nominations for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award were made by baseball sports information/media relations contacts.
The initial list will be updated with a mid-season release the week of April 16, including the national saves leaders. At the conclusion of the regular season, the Division I national saves leader and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as finalists and released Wednesday, June 6, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional tournament competition.
The NCBWA's All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced during the 2012 College World Series.
NCBWA Preseason All-America: Junior designated hitter Zac Fisher was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason All-American team after a good season last year.
Fisher, a preseason NCBWA third team selection, helped the Aggies to a 34-24 record last year and hit a team-leading .398 with 68 hits. He posted 16 doubles and 56 RBI to go along with a team-high eight home runs. He also led the team in slugging percentage at .632. Fisher's great hitting skills helped NM State become the 2011 NCAA Statistical Champion for batting average (.337) while the team was second nationally in runs per game (8.5) and third in runs scored (495). He earned 2011 ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association) all-Midwest region honors, led the offense hitting .398 on the year as he appeared in 52 games while starting in 44. He also tied for team-high honors with 68 hits including 16 doubles and a team-high eight home runs.
Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America: Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN) released the 2012 Louisville Slugger Pre-season All-American teams, Tuesday, Dec. 20, with New Mexico State senior right-hand pitcher Scott Coffman claiming third team honors as a reliever. The Aggies earned points in the CBN Preseason Top 40 poll that was released on Monday.
CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason Team: Junior Zac Fisher represented the Aggies on the College Sports Madness Baseball Preseason All-American Teams, which were released Saturday, January 7 on CollegeSportsMadness.com, as a fourth team honoree. Fisher, who was named to the team as an infielder, could see time at first base, catcher and as a designated hitter in 2012.
U.S. News & World Report ranks NMSU in top 125
graduate schools for education: New
Mexico State University's education graduate school program is ranked as one of
the top 125 programs in the nation, coming in at number 106 on the U.S. News
& World Report 2013 Best Graduate Schools rankings.
NMSU came out ahead of area peer schools like Texas Tech University ranked at 130 and University of Texas at El Paso coming in at 174. The University of New Mexico tied NMSU's rank of 106. U.S. News & World Report surveyed graduate programs at 280 schools granting doctoral degrees in fall 2011 and early 2012. Data from the 238 responding schools were used to calculate rankings based on a weighted average of 10 measures.