2011 bleedCrimson.net Aggie Baseball Preview

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bleedCrimson.net 2011 Aggie Baseball Preview

The New Mexico State baseball team has won 80 games over the past two seasons and are looking to put together a third straight 35-plus win season, something that has never been done in program history. The Aggies lost a lot of talent from the 2010 team that finished 36-23-1 and tied for second place during the regular season. Gone are the bats of Leo Aguirre (.388, 19 doubles, 11 HR), Mike Sodders (.380, 15 HR), Ben Harty (.408, 12 HR), Chris Auten (.299, 12 doubles, 8 home runs) and Nate Shaver (.367, 19 doubles, 4 triples).

That loss of productivity led the league's coaches to pick the Aggies to finish fifth in the regular season. However, New Mexico State has reloaded with both junior college and freshman talent and despite new bat technology that will reduce offensive numbers drastically, the Aggies are ready to prove the rest of the league wrong and are primed for another run at the WAC title and a return to the NCAA Regionals for the first time since the 2003 season.

The Aggie schedule will see them play their first eight at home followed by a tournament in Beaumont, Tex. and also a tournament in Corvallis, Ore where they'll face Oregon State twice as the Beavers are the last team to repeat as College World Series champions winning in 2006 and again in 2007, one of only four teams to repeat as CWS champions in the 63 year history of the championship. The Aggies will end non-conference play with 12 straight at home and will host conference foes San Jose State, Sacramento State and Hawai'i to end the regular season. Once again the WAC tournament will be held at a neutral site in Mesa, Arizona.  Continue Reading This Post >>