BASEBALL UPDATE: Today's game has been rained out and will be made up tomorrow (Saturday) as part of a doubleheader with the first pitch scheduled for 12:30 p.m. (MDT).
The Aggie baseball and softball teams are back in action this weekend in WAC play. The No. 23 ranked Aggie baseball team is in Sacramento for four games, the first three count towards the conference standings while the fourth is a standalone non-conference affair. "It was a way for us to pick up another game to help fill out our schedule," said Coach Ward when he explained the non-conference game against Sacramento. "It was purely a financial thing. We're already there, we've already spent the money to get there and we can stay over one more night and play an extra game to give us a full schedule."
It's actually not the first time the Aggies have faced a conference opponent in a non-conference game during the season. The Aggies did it back in 2008 facing Fresno State in the Bulldogs' home tournament, a meeting which the Aggies won.
Sacramento State was the surprise of the opening weekend in league. Picked to finish seventh by the coaches, the Hornets went to Ruston and won the series 2-1 winning the final two games of the series. The first game of that series the Hornets led 3-0 and 5-2 before giving up a five-run inning and falling 7-5. The Hornets defeated their in-state rival UC-Davis 11-4 earlier this week.
The Aggies won't be the first Top 25 team that Sacramento State has faced this season. The Hornets played three against then No. 24 UCLA losing all three but keeping it close the Bruins in the first two games losing 5-2 and 6-2.
Clearly the Hornets are feeling good about themselves and rightly so. The Aggies will need to play at or near the top of their games this weekend to win the series. The Aggies need to get better production out of their starters this weekend than they did against Nevada. It's a bit of a bounce back weekend for the Aggie starting pitching in that regard.
The Aggie softball team hosts Nevada in a crucial three game series. The Aggies are fighting for their postseason lives but enter tonight's game with a bit of renewed confidence after breaking out of a bit of an offensive funk in a 9-1 run-rule victory over the Lobos on Tuesday night. The Aggies put together an eight run inning in which 13 Aggie batters stepped to the plate and every single Aggie either recorded a hit or came around to score.
The Wolf Pack are coming off a two-game split with UTEP yesterday and are 14-27 on the season but 4-5 in league play with their four wins coming against Fresno State (1), Utah State (2) and San Jose State (1). Nevada defeated San Jose State 1-0 but lost the other two games in run-rule fashion, 11-2 and 10-0.
Nevada sophomore pitcher Karlyn Jones appears to be pitching the best for the Wolf Pack right now. She's 6-4 this season in 24 appearances with six starts. Jones has been the Wolf Pack's best pitcher of late picking up three wins in the past couple of weeks including the 1-0 victory over San Jose State and yesterday's 9-2 win over UTEP in the nightcap. The Aggies will likely face Jones tomorrow and senior Mallary Darby tonight. Darby is 6-12 on the season with 24 appearances and 20 starts and has a team leading 3.34 ERA.
Today's game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. first pitch. Tonight's game will be broadcast on KSNM AM 570 with streaming audio available via Aggie Access.
The Nevada athletic website recaps their split with UTEP and looks at the weekend series.
The NM State athletic website previews the weekend series.
The Sacramento State athletic website previews the weekend series
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