The New Mexico State baseball team kicks off WAC play today as they host Nevada. The WAC has gone back to three game conference series this season meaning there will only be 18 conference games. That makes the margin for error very slim and one bad series can knock you out of contention. The Aggies are 23-8, have the best record in the league heading into WAC play and also have the highest RPI heading into WAC play. The WAC has historically been a one-bid league and that makes it that much more important that the Aggies continue to add to an already impressive resume with a top two finish in league play. The top two finishers in the WAC earn first-round byes and given the Aggies' stockpile of pitching that would be a major advantage for the Aggies.
As we noted yesterday, the Wolf Pack come into Las Cruces fairly hot having won six of eight. The Pack will send RHP-Bradey Shipley, LHP-Tyler Wells and RHP-Tom Jameson to the mound to face LHP-Ryan Beck, RHP-Michael Ormseth and RHP-Casey Collins. It should be a fantastic matchup of good pitchers.
The Wolf Pack average just over five runs per game and have allowed 4.74 runs per game. This is one of those series that could either see a lot of fireworks or could see runs at a premium, particularly given the solid pitching staffs on both sides.
The biggest key for the Aggies will be to continue to play clean defensively. If they do that, then the combination of that plus their pitching and offense should carry them to a series victory.
Today's game is scheduled for a 6:05 p.m. (MDT) first pitch and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 as well as streaming online via Aggie Access (subscription required).
The Nevada athletic website previews the series.
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews the WAC opener.
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