NM State Baseball Hosts Incarnate Word in Season-Home Opener

Courtesy of NMSU

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State baseball team beings its 2015 home schedule against Incarnate Word on Friday, Feb. 27 at the newly renovated Presley Askew Field. The Aggies will host the Cardinals in a three-game series beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. (MT) and at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

MEDIA COVERAGE: NM State baseball fans will have plenty of opportunities to follow their Aggies on the radio again this season with the new voice of Aggie baseball, Adam Young on KRUX 91.5 FM and online, free of charge. The Aggies will broadcast at total 32 baseball games this season, plus any in the post season. There will be 15 broadcasts online only while the rest of the games will be both online as well as on KRUX.

Friday’s home opener against Incarnate Word will be broadcast only online at http://www.NMStateSports.com, while Saturday and Sunday’s games will be available online and on KRUX 91.5 FM.

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 NM State Athletics as well as The Aggie Student-Athlete.  See various photos of NM State athletics photos on Instagram @NMStateAggies.

TICKETS:  Fans can call the Pan American Center ticket office or call (575) 646-1420 to purchase tickets ahead of time or walk up to the ticket booth at Presley Askew Field to buy tickets the day of the game. Fans can also log on to TicketMaster.com for tickets to Aggie baseball.

Season tickets for baseball are $100 for reserved seating, $75 for general admission seating. NM State faculty and staff get a great discount for season tickets paying only $50 for reserved seats and $37.50 for general admission.  Single game tickets cost $10 per game in the reserved section and $5 a game for general admission.  Children 12-and-under can enter the games for free, while NM State students also get in free. Call the Pan American Center Ticket office to ask about group rates for groups of 10 or more.


ABOUT THE AGGIES: NM State baseball is still searching for its first win of the season and hopes to do so in front of an anticipated record crowd, Friday, Feb. 27.  The Aggies have faced tough competition including No. 20 Oregon and No. 26 (according to CBN) Illinois. The Aggies are struggling at the plate hitting .181, ranking 10th in the league in batting average.  The pitching staff ranks eighth in the league with a 6.95 ERA and has struck out a total of 44 batters.  Starting pitcher Riley Barr is No. 2 in the league with his 0.82 ERA and has sat down seven batters via strikeout.

This Week’s Opponent:

INCARNATE WORD: The NM State Aggies will take on the Incarnate Word Cardinals on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. and again on Saturday and Sunday, with both games starting at 1 p.m. in Las Cruces, N.M. This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

In the 2014 season, the Cardinals put together an average season finishing 18-32 overall. They came away with a 13-13 home record and an away record of 4-14. Incarnate Word was 1-5 in neutral site games and 9-15 during conference play.

Junior Infielder Austin Hoffman leads the Cardinals this season with 8 RBI in 29 at bats. Hoffman has a batting average of .241 this season. Hoffman played baseball at Chandler-Gilbert Community College for two years before transferring to Incarnate Word.

Junior left-hand pitcher Garret Cooper has started two games this season against Northeastern and Northwestern. Cooper leads the Cardinals with a 2-0 record this season. Cooper comes into the weekend with a 1.20 ERA in 15.0 innings pitched. In 2014, Cooper played baseball at Angelina College, where he earned first team all-conference pitcher honors.

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS: Senior right-hand pitcher Riley Barr heads into the weekend with a 0.28 ERA, which is second in the Western Athletic Conference. Barr has only allowed six hits and one run in 11 innings pitched, while collecting seven strikeouts during his two starts for the Aggies. Opposing batters are hitting .167 against Barr, which leads all NM State pitchers.

Senior right-hand pitcher Matt Loeffler leads NM State with eight strikeouts in 12 innings pitched. Loefller’s 12 innings pitched puts him tied for sixth in the WAC for most innings pitched. Loeffler is coming off a five-strikeout performance at No. 20 Oregon, where he also pitched five full innings. Loeffler has a 3.00 ERA, and has allowed four doubles in 2015.

NEW A.D. WAS A FORMER AGGIE BASEBALL PLAYER: New Athletics Director for NM State Mario Moccia was a player for the Aggies from 1988-89 and is in the record books in many statistical categories.

Top 10 Season Records

Doubles: Tied for No. 7 with 20 (1988)

RBI: Tied for No. 4 with 90 (1988)

Sacrifice Flies: Tied for No. 10 with 6 (1988)

Extra Base Hits: Tied for No. 3 in 1988 with 42 (1988)

Total Bases: No. 4 with 169 (1988)

Batting Average: Tied for No. 3 with .434 (1988)

Slugging Percentage: No. 3 with .854 (1988)

Top 10 Career Records

Home Runs: No. 8 with 34

RBI: No. 6 with 159

Extra-Base Hits: Tied for No. 10 with 68

Batting Average: No. 3  hitting .405

Slugging Percentage: No. 2 with .767

On Base Percentage: No. 4 with .495

Yearly Leader

Batting Average: 1988 hitting .434

Home runs: 1988-89 with 19 and 15

Doubles: 1988 with 20

RBI: 1988-89 with 90 and 69

A 1989 graduate of NM State, Moccia returns to his alma mater after serving nine years as the director of athletics at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.

Moccia was named an Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of Directors of Athletics (NACDA) at SIU, while he directed the program to new heights.

A member of the US Bank New Mexico State Hall of Fame inducted in 1998, Moccia was the captain of the Aggie baseball team.  He was twice honored as the Aggies MVP and won a team triple crown (leader in batting average, home runs and RBI).  He was selected by the Detroit  Tigers in the 1989 Major League Baseball draft, and played two seasons in the Tigers minor league system before entering athletic administration.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree in psychology from NM State, Moccia was awarded a master’s degree in sports administration from the University of New Mexico in 1993.

AGGIES VS. RANKED TEAMS: The Aggies are 2-22 overall versus nationally ranked teams during the past five years. The last time NM State defeated a ranked team was in 2012 when the Aggies defeated No. 5 Arizona in two consecutive games by the score of 7-4 and 13-8. U of A went on to win the NCAA National Title that season. The Aggies went 0-4 last season versus Texas Tech, who was ranked 30 at the time by College Baseball Newspaper.

Vs. Ranked Teams

2015 at No. 20 Oregon- L, 3-1

2015 at No. 20 Oregon- L, 11-3

2015 at No. 20 Oregon- L, 22-7

2015 at No. 20 Oregon- L, 6-3

2014 vs. No. 30 Texas Tech- L, 5-3

2014 vs. No. 30 Texas Tech- L, 15-2

2014 vs. No. 30 Texas Tech- L, 8-7

2014 vs. No. 30 Texas Tech- L, 14-4

2013 at No. 17 Oklahoma- L, 8-0

2013 at No. 17 Oklahoma- L, 3-2

2012 at No. 4 Rice- L, 7-5

2012 at No. 4 Rice- L, 12-4

2012 at No. 5 Arizona- W, 7-4

2012 at No. 5 Arizona- W, 13-8

2012 at No. 3 Baylor- L, 5-0

2012 at No. 3 Baylor- L, 15-5

2011 at No. 21 Fresno State – L, 17-4

2011 at No. 21 Fresno State- L, 15-7

2011 at No. 21 Fresno State- L, 17-2

2011 at No. 21 Fresno State- L, 6-3

LOOKING AHEAD: New Mexico State baseball travels to Tucson to face Arizona on Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4, with both games starting at 6 p.m. (MT). Both games will air online with a link provided at http://www.NMStateSports.com.  The Aggies will head back to Presley Askew Field to face Northern Kentucky beginning a three-game series on Friday, March 6 at 6 p.m. (MT). A double-header is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 with game one scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.


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