The New Mexico State baseball team heads to the 2014 Western Athletic Conference tournament as the No. 6 seed after going 11-13 in league play this season. The Aggies face No. 3 seed Utah Valley, Wednesday, May 21 at 8 p.m. (MT) at Cubs Park in Mesa, Ariz.
If the Aggies defeat UVU, they will play at either 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. (MT), but if NM State loses, it will play in an elimination game at 11 a.m. (MT).
All games that NM State is in will air over the radio waves in Las Cruces on KGRT AM 570 with Jeff Matthews giving the play-by-play action. The radio feed can also be picked up from anywhere around the world on the Internet by going to the NM State Athletics official website at www.NMStateSports.com for small fee. Live stats can also be found online at www.NMStateSports.com and in-game Twitter updates are also available @NMStateAggies.
The Aggies went 2-2 against Chicago State last weekend in a four game home stretch to wrap-up the regular season. NM State went 1-2 in the WAC games of the series, with one non-conference game coming at the end of the series, giving it an 11-13 WAC record and 21-29 overall record. The Aggies took the non-conference game 22-15, the most runs scored since a 24-4 win over Alabama A&M on March 16, 2013.
Michael Paulson led the Aggies from the plate going 8-of-16 with five RBI and 13 total bases while finishing with a .813 slugging percentage. Michael Medina also had a team-high in RBI for the series with six.
Lucas Martinez, who had made only 13 appearances at the plate all year, came up big for the Aggies this weekend, hitting two home runs in three at bats and driving in four runs. Austin von Blasingam, another Aggie with few plate appearances this season, hit a grand slam a sac fly for five RBI.
From the mound, Robert Kraft and Matt Moriarty came away with the two wins of the series. Moriarty finished with a perfect 0.00 ERA in three innings of work, allowing only one hit and recording a strike out as well. In 6.1 innings pitched, Kraft threw a team-high eight strikeouts and only one walk.
Aggies in the WAC Tournament
Since joining the WAC in 2006, the Aggies have made the WAC Tournament six times. After missing the WAC Tournament for the first two years, the Aggies made their first appearance in 2008, where they lost their first game against Hawai’i 7-11 and then to Sacramento State 5-8.
In 2009 NM State would go 3-2 in the tournament, losing to Fresno State in two games (7-9, 3-5) in the WAC Tournament Championship. The Aggies beat Fresno State (7-4), Louisiana Tech (6-5) and San Jose State (10-9).
The Aggies last appearance came in 2013 when the Aggies went 1-2 in the tournament, losing their first game to Texas State (4-9), picking up a win in their second game against UT Arlington (4-3) and losing to Dallas Baptist (12-4) in their third and final game.
Overall, the Aggies have gone 4-12 in the WAC Tournament.
Year Opponent W/L Score
2013 Dallas Baptist L 12-4
UT Arlington W 4-3
Texas State L 9-4
2012 Fresno State L 15-8
Louisiana Tech L 15-12
2011 Nevada L 15-4
Louisiana Tech L 9-3
2010 Nevada L 5-4
Hawai’i L 13-7
2009 Fresno State L 5-3