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Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State baseball team will host its final home series of the 2014 season this weekend, May 15-17 as Chicago State comes to Las Cruces. Thursday and Friday games are scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (MT) starts, while Saturday’s game has been moved up to 12:05 p.m. so that a doubleheader can be played. The second game of Saturday’s doubleheader will be a seven inning non-conference game and will be played approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.
All four games will be broadcast live of KGRT 570 AM with Jeff Matthews bringing you all the action from Presley Askew Field, while the broadcast can also be heard from anywhere around the world online at www.NMStateSports.com.
The Aggies hit the road last weekend, traveling to a three game series against Bakersfield May 9-11. NM State dropped the first two games against the Roadrunners but managed to pull out a victory in the last game of the weekend in a 19-7 blowout. The combined scores for the weekend were 27-26 in Bakersfield favor. NM State ended the trip 10-11 in WAC play while the Roadrunners are now 14-10.
Kristoffer Koerper led the Aggies from the plate in the series, batting an even .500 in 14 at bats, recording seven hits and a team-high eight RBI. With one home run and two doubles, Koerper recorded 12 total bases for a team leading .857 slugging percentage. Seven of his RBI and all of his multiple base hits came in the last game against Bakersfield (May 11). As a team the Aggies had a .339 batting average as a team, recording 41 hits and nine multiple base hits.
Robert Kraft had the best outing on the mound over the weekend for the Aggies, recording a 1.69 ERA in 5.2 innings of work. Kraft only gave up one run and five hits in his one start and appearance of the series. Christopher Bradley led NM State in strikeouts with three. Riley Barr recorded a perfect ERA of 0.00 in his 2.2 innings pitched, giving up three hits and striking out two batters.
Aggies against Chicago State
The Aggies head into the weekend matchup against Chicago State with a 19-27 overall record and 10-11 in WAC play. The Cougars are 15-35 overall this season, going 3-18 in WAC play. Since their first meeting in 2009, the Aggies have swept the Cougars winning all four meetings. Chicago State is coached by second year head coach Steve Joslyn. This is Joslyn’s and the Cougars first year in the WAC, playing in the Great Western Conference prior to this season.
Chicago State is led from the plate by junior outfielder Jordan Stroschein. Stroschein is batting .298 on the season, leading the team in hits with 59 and total bases with 77 for a .389 slugging percentage. He also has 28 RBI on the season, trailing behind team leader Chase Matheson who has 33. The team only has seven home runs on the season, but has had 96 extra base hits.
From the mound the Cougars are led by Junior Eric Hall who has a 3.33 ERA in 81 innings pitched. Recording 21 strikeouts on the season, Hall has given up 86 hits and 30 earned runs. The team is lead in strikeouts by Andrew Wellwerts with 50 on the season.
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Aggie in the Last 10 Games
NM State has gone 3-7 in their last 10 games and 3-6 in conference play. The Aggies went 1-2 in all three of their series against Utah Valley, Bakersfield and Grand Canyon. NM State dropped a non-conference game against Arizona State on April 29, in a 2-0 loss.
Derek Umphres led NM State from the plate with a .300 batting average. He recorded 12 hits and eight RBI in 40 at bats and with team high 16 total bases had a .400 slugging percentage. Kristoffer Koerper also had a good eye for the Aggies, batting a .289 average in 38 at bats. He recorded 11 hits and a team high 11 RBI while recording three extra base hits and 16 total bases for a .421 slugging percentage.
Going 1-1 from the mound over the last 10 games, Riley Barr recorded a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings pitched. Barr gave up 10 hits and four earned runs, while striking out 12. Billy Conard put in 20.1 innings of work, recording a 3.10 ERA and 15 strike outs. Christopher Bradley went 0-2 over the 10 game stretch, throwing 14.1 innings and a team high 16 strike outs.
Aggies at Home
The Aggies are 11-12 at home this season and 3-6 in conference play. NM State has taken three home series 3-1 with the first coming against Saint Mary’s Feb. 14-16, the second against SIU-Edwardsville Feb. 21-23 and the last coming against Seattle U April 17-18.
Kristoffer Koerper has been outstanding at home from the plate. Batting a team-high .370 average, Koerper has recorded 30 hits and 26 RBI in 81 at bats, also hitting nine extra base hits for a .556 slugging percentage. Michael Paulson also has had success at home, hitting .310 in 84 at bats and recording 26 hits and 17 RBI.
Christopher Bradley has recorded a 3.48 ERA in six appearances at home for the Aggies and a 1-2 record. In 33.2 innings pitched, Bradley has given up 29 hits and 13 earned runs and struck out a team high 36 batters. Going 3-1 at home, Billy Conard leads the team in wins in five starts and six appearances. Conard has recorded 25 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched.
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