The Aggie baseball, softball and men's and women's tennis teams are all in action today. The Aggie men's tennis team will take on 5-seed Nevada today at noon while the Aggie women's team will play their semifinal match against 1-seed Fresno State at 3:00 p.m. The women defeated San Jose State yesterday in the quarterfinals and did so after losing the doubles point. The Aggies' top player Manon Sylvain battled back after losing the first set 6-2 to win 7-6 (7-5) and 6-1 and was the clinching point for the Aggies in their 4-2 win
The Aggies also picked up some All-Conference honors yesterday as Matej Stake was named to the men's All-WAC First Team, doubles partners Marc Westgate and Luis Ramirez were named to the men's doubles All-WAC Second Team and Manon Sylvain was named to the women's All-WAC Second Team.
The Aggie softball team hosts Utah State this weekend in the second to last conference series of the season but the final home conference series for New Mexico State. The Aggies have battled injuries and illness the entire conference season but have really been playing well as of late despite not getting wins to show for it. The Aggies went toe-to-toe with Fresno State this past weekend and it's indicative of a team that has not given up on the season. The odds are long for the Aggies to make the WAC tournament, they'd need to sweep the final six games and have Louisiana Tech lose its final six games, an unlikely scenario for both teams but stranger things have happened. The Aggies needed about six or seven things to go right for them down the stretch two years ago in order for them to make the conference tournament and they got every single break they needed and qualified.
The Aggies and UtAgs square off tonight on AggieVision at 6:00 p.m. (MDT) and wrap up the series tomorrow with a doubleheader.
The Aggie baseball team is in Waco this weekend to take on the Baylor Bears. The Aggies' series with Baylor has garnered some national attention for the Aggies in part because of the Bears' recent 24-game winning streak but also because of the Aggies' outstanding season. Both Baseball America and Perfect Game Baseball had feature stories on the Aggies yesterday in advance of the two-game set with the Bears.
These two games will be an interesting matchup on both sides. Both teams are throwing their number one and two pitchers and the combined record for the four starters is an amazing 24-2.
The Aggies aren't going into these two games looking at these as "upset" opportunities. The Aggies have already arrived. These two games are a dress rehearsal for a potential Regional and Super Regional situation. Because of the facility situation for the Aggies, they'll be a road team no matter what seed they end up with the NCAA Tournament. NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals draw large partisan home crowds, something the Aggies have yet to experience. These Baylor games will help prepare them for that stage. The Bears have been drawing sellouts the their three-game series with Texas A&M over the weekend set a Baylor attendance record with 5,911 fans seeing game two of that series (the first of the two home games for Baylor in that series). That 5,911 fans is more than many of the Aggies' men's basketball games drew last season (think about that for a second).
Regardless of the outcome of the two-game series the Aggies will benefit from the experience of playing on the big stage and we really do believe that the Aggies can at the very least split with Baylor.
Tonight's game is scheduled for a 5:35 p.m. (MDT) first pitch and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 and also streaming online via Aggie Access (subscription required).
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