Thursday, May 31, 2012
3 keys for NMSU in this weekend’s regional
Field the ball cleanly: A key stat going into today’s NCAA regional — when the Aggies make zero errors they’re 18-3 on the season; one error, 7-4; two or more errors, and their record drops to 10-15. These simple statistics were on display this past weekend in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, when, in the second inning of their opening game against Fresno State, NMSU committed three errors and surrendered 10 runs in the process. The Aggies need to get back to playing clean, fundamental baseball if they want to have a chance in this weekend’s competition.
In their element: The Aggies hold somewhat of an advantage in today’s game against Louisville, when considering NMSU is used to playing in the southwest. The Aggies come in surrendering 5.50 runs per game, not a bad number when playing in Las Cruces, and in hitter’s haven Presley Askew Field, as the Aggies also launched 47 home runs on the season. As for the Cardinals, while playing in the Big East, they have a 3.36 ERA, and 31 homers, which ranked second in their league. The point is that power numbers and run production can hit an uptick when playing in the desert, a game the Aggies should be used to.
A new leaf: The Aggies essentially had two seasons — strong at the outset, before tailing off badly down the stretch. But the team seemed to be in good spirits since qualifying for postseason play as an at-large bid, and perhaps will play loose and with a healthy respect for the opposition, now that they have nothing to lose.