Parker Hipp Becomes An Offensive Threat For Aggie Baseball

Written By: Kyle Purcell, For NM State Media Relations

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sophomore Second baseman Parker Hipp showed in the first four games of the 2011 baseball season that he could be one of New Mexico State's bright young stars.

Hipp was named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for the week of Feb.14-20 after he was 6-for-11 with six RBI and five runs scored. He hit two doubles, a triple and one homerun in a sweep of Houston Baptist.

In a 13-8 win over the University of New Mexico, Hipp added another home run and brought his batting average to .571, the highest on the NM State baseball team. Hipp only hit one homerun all of last year.

"I've learned over the past few months to be more of a power hitter," Hipp said. "Coach wants more of that out of me this year."

Last season, Hipp started in 42 of the 51 games he played in. He had 58 hits with 37 RBI while having 10 doubles, one triple, and one homerun. He posted a batting average of .349 with his longest hit steak being six.

Hipp had many standout games as a freshman hitter. In a win over UC Santa Barbra he went 4-for-5 with one RBI. Against WAC foe Nevada Hipp went a perfect 4-for-4 including a double and a triple.

"We spend about four hours a day at practice working on hitting," Hipp said. "A lot of the other guys and I spend an additional hour and a half working on our swing and stuff like that."

In high school, Hipp also played quarterback on the football team. He received offers from University of Montana and the University of Northern Iowa. Hipp did not receive many baseball offers but decided to choose playing baseball at NM State because he felt it would take him further.

Despite showing that he has great ability on the field, Hipp still feels he has a lot to work on. He said that he still needs to become faster, develop better hands, and also become a more powerful hitter than he already is.

Hipp will try to continue his great hitting season when the NM State baseball team takes on Buffalo, Feb. 26, at 2:05 p.m. (MT) at Presley Askew Field.