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Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State baseball team faces Grand Canyon University in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series in Phoenix, Ariz. starting Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m (MT). The second game of the series is Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. and the finale is scheduled for Sunday, April 27 at 1:30 p.m. All three games are set to air over the radio waves on KSNM AM 570 and can also be heard from anywhere around the world on the Internet at www.NMStateSports.com.
About the Aggies
NM State heads into the three game series versus Grand Canyon with a 16-20 overall record and a 7-5 WAC record. The Aggies have won six out of the last eight games picking up conference wins over Northern Colorado and Seattle U. NM State is hitting .313 as a team during the past eight games with Michael Paulson posting a .467 (14-of-30) batting average during that time and Michael Medina hitting .452 (14-of-31).
The Aggies are hitting .273 on the season with three NM State offensive players hitting above .300 (Dereck Umphres, Kristoffer Koerper, Michael Medina). NM State is hitting .277 in WAC play while sitting in a tie for third with Seattle U and North Dakota. Medina has been stellar in WAC play posting a .400 batting average with a double, two triples and nine RBIs to go along with eight walks. He has also reached base five times by being hit by a pitch during WAC play.
NM State took on Seattle U in a four game series on April 17-19 at the Presley Askew Field. The Aggies wed 3-1 on the weekend winning the first game against the Redhawks on April 17 with a 7-4 final score. The second day of the series, the Aggies played a doubleheader losing their first competition 3-9 but coming back during the second game to win 6-5. NM State ended their weekend on a good note beating the Redhawks 5-3 on Saturday, April 19.
The Aggies posted a .254 batting average against Seattle U while Michael Medina led the way hitting .462 versus the Redhawks. Left-hand pitcher Christopher Bradley had a great outing versus Seattle U striking out seven batters in 6.2 innings of work and right-hand pitcher Billy Conard got six K’s in 6.0 innings on the mound. Each pitcher earned a win against the Redhawks.
Aggies in the WAC
NM State is at 7-5 in Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies currently sit in a tie for third place in the league standings and are batting .277 in league play. In WAC games only, the Aggies are first in on base percentage averaging a .382 and second with a .369 slugging percentage. Offensively, NM State ranks first in the league for runs scored (221) and runs batted in (200). On the mound, the Aggies are eighth for earned runs allowed (186) and ERA (5.41).
Individually, outfielder Michael Medina and third baseman Kristoffer Koerper place in the top 10 in a majority of the offensive categories for WAC only play. Koerper ranks in the top 10 in batting average (.328), slugging percentage (.473) and runs batted in (30). Medina is seen on the board with his .453 batting average and 32 runs scored. Pitching wise, Riley Barr leads the team in WAC play with his 2.45 ERA. Christopher Bradley is third against WAC opponents with 7.99 strikeouts per game.
Aggies in the Nation
NM State is ranked in the top 50 with its .382 on base percentage (36th) and 43rd in scoring (6.1/game). The team is 13th in the nation for double plays per game averaging 1.08 per game. Individually, Michael Paulson is 35th in the nation with 29 bases on balls averaging .81 per game which places him 22nd in the nation for base on balls per game. Outfielder Michael Medina places in the top 100 of 250 ranked with his .453 on base percentage. Closer Trey Gonzales places in the top 75 with six saves on the season.
Aggies on the Road
NM State is sitting at a 6-10 away record on the season with seven of those games being during WAC play leaving their away WAC record at 5-2. The team totals 153 hits on the season and 82 RBIs during their time on the road. The Aggies average a .273 batting average led by Derek Umphres batting a .365 average in 16 games. Umphres 23-of-63 during away games. Riley Barr leads the board for NM State with a 2.84 earned run average and 16 strikeouts on the season. Combined, the team pitches a 5.83 ERA and holds their opponents to a .306 batting average while on the road.
NM State Multiple Hits and Multiple RBIs
NM State has a total of 12 players who have had multiple hits in at least one game this season. Derek Umphres is the leader for the Aggies with 14 total games with multiple hits and 10 games where he has had two hits. Kristoffer Koerper leads the team with six games with three hits. Umphres, Paulson and Koerper are the only Aggies to have a game where they had four hits in a single game. Michael Medina currently holds the longest hitting streak on the season with eight. Medina has a chance to extend that hitting streak to nine in their next matchup against Grand Canyon. Kristoffer Koerper is tied with his brother Joseph Koerper as the two lead NM State with streaks of 14 reached bases on the season. With nine total games of multiple RBI, five games with three RBI and one game where he actually had five RBI, Kristoffer Koerper leads NM State in each category.
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