UPDATE:The baseball game between New Mexico State and Fresno State scheduled for 6:05p.m. today has been postponed due to inclement weather conditions. The game is now scheduled as part of a doubleheader that is set for 3 p.m. (MDT), Friday, May 11 at Presley Askew Field.
The New Mexico State baseball team returns to action tonight as they look to snap a 6-game losing streak that has seen them fall from first place in the WAC. The Aggies host perennial WAC power Fresno State for a three game series. The Bulldogs are having a down year, they currently sit in last place in the league, however, despite that fact this is a very dangerous team. In fact, Fresno State's been here before. Back in 2008 the Bulldogs sat in last place heading into the final weekend of WAC play and were on the verge of not even making the WAC tournament. What happened? They split with Sacramento State, got into the WAC tournament, beat the Aggies twice on championship Sunday in Honolulu and went on to win the national championship. Had they lost even one of those games against Sac State they would have been out of the tournament.
That is what the Aggies are dealing with this weekend, a team with its back against the wall just looking to get into the tournament and do some damage. This is a big weekend for the Aggies. A series victory will likely keep them on pace with Hawai'i and depending on what happens in the series between Hawai'i and Sacramento State, it could put them back into a tie for first (or even potentially in solo first place). While a regular season title is still well within reach for the Aggies, it's also important that they not slip below second place The top two teams in the regular season standings earn first round byes in the conference tournament and that could be a big advantage for New Mexico State given their excellent one-two punch of starters Ryan Beck and Michael Ormseth.
One player to watch for on the Fresno State team is outfielder Aaron Judge. You can't miss him, he's a 6'7" beast and is surprisingly fleet of foot for someone his size (he's 11-for-12 stealing bases this season which leads the team). He also gets a good breaks on the ball in the outfield.
The Aggies are going to need solid outings from their starting pitching and will definitely need better middle relief pitching than what they've been getting in the second half of the season (the slide really started in the third game of the Sacramento State series).
Tonight's game is scheduled for a 6:05 p.m. first pitch, weather permitting. Yesterday's WAC softball tournament saw a few delays due to rain and lightning. The game can be heard on KSNM AM 570 with streaming audio and video available via Aggie Access.