The New Mexico State baseball team is in Hawai'i to start a three game series with the Warriors. At the midway point of the WAC season the Aggies are exactly where they wanted to be-- in first place and controlling their own destiny. If the Aggies win the next three series they will win the regular season title. The one thing the Aggies must avoid at all costs is getting swept, even a 2-1 series loss would likely keep the Aggies in first place. Both Hawai'i and San Jose State have four losses but the Spartans are at Louisiana Tech this weekend (where the Bulldogs just took two of three from Hawai'i).
Runs will be at a premium in this series. Les Murakami Stadium is a pitcher's park. In 32 games at Les Murakami Stadium this year the winning team has averaged 5.375 runs that includes three anomalous games in which the winning team scored 12, 14 and 19 runs. If you take those three games out of the calculations, the average winning score has been a paltry 4.379 runs.
The Aggies have gotten strong starting pitching nearly all season long but lately the Aggies' bullpen has been a bit shaky in the middle of games. They have blown leads of 5-1, 6-1 and 5-0 in the past three weeks, all resulting in losses (perhaps the Aggies should try to stay away from five run leads).
In any event, the Aggie pitching staff generally looks forward to playing in Hawai'i because it tends to knock a couple runs off of their ERAs. If that's the case this weekend, the Aggie starting pitching should be lights out.
All three games will be streamed lived online for a fee of $6.28 per game.
All three games are slated for a 10:35 p.m. (MDT) first pitch. There will be no radio coverage in Las Cruces, however, there will be free streaming audio available via ESPN1420 in Honolulu. Live Stats will also be available via the UH athletic website.
The Hawai'i athletic website previews this weekend's series.
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