The Aggie baseball team kicks off the final regular season series of the year tonight in San Jose as they take on the Spartans. The Aggies got a little bit of the help they needed from Hawai'i as the Warriors defeated Nevada 2-0 last night drawing both Hawai'i, Nevada and Sacramento State to within a game of the Wolf Pack in the loss column. The Aggies need the two teams to split the remaining to games while winning all three against the Spartans.
SJSU finds itself in a bit of the same situation that the Aggies do of late. The Spartans were swept on the road in Reno against Nevada last weekend and split a pair of midweek games against UC-Davis (one of them a continuation game) and have lost 12 of their last 16 games. Depending on what happens in the series between Louisiana Tech and Fresno State in Fresno this weekend the Spartans could find themselves out of the WAC tournament.
For the Aggies it's been a difficult three week stretch but the team is showing signs of pulling out of their offensive slump. The Aggies have put together a three game stretch in which they've pounded out 40 base hits and have scored seven, ten and five runs respectively. Offense will be the key to the series against San Jose State. The Spartans are averaging just 3.3 runs per game in their last 12 losses. If the Aggies can get to the top side of the game early and keep pressure on the Spartan pitching staff it will be difficult for the Spartans to make up that ground. In those 12 losses the Spartans have scored more than five runs just once.
Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (MDT) first pitch and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces and streaming online via Aggie Access (subscription required).
The Aggie football team landed nine players on the 2012 Phil Steele Preseason All-WAC squads. Davonte Wallace (OL) and Walton Taumoepeau (DL) were on the First Team, Kevan Walker (WR), Kemonte Bateman (WR), Andrew Kersten (OL), Donte Savage (DL) and Bryan Bonilla (LB) made Second Team and Andrew Manley (QB) and Tyler Stampler (K) made Third Team.
It's interesting to note that of the preseason All-Conference picks for the Aggies, Walker (Coach Walker's son) and Savage did not play a snap for the Aggies last season and Manley did not play at all after the UTEP game.