Aggie Softball Run Rules Utah Valley Twice To Complete Series Sweep

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team shut out Utah Valley in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday to sweep the three-game series and begin Western Athletic Conference play at 3-0.

Each game lasted only five innings as the Aggies (27-11, 3-0 WAC) dominated Utah Valley (12-25, 0-3 WAC) in all aspects, winning game one 9-0 and game two 10-0. It is the second time this season NM State has earned back-to-back shutouts as it also did it in Las Vegas, defeating UNLV and Wisconsin in consecutive games.

“Any time you get to start conference play at home you have to take advantage of that and capitalize on it,” Aggie head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “We knew we really had to come out and really start aggressively, and we feel like we still have some work to do, but we’re playing well and capitalizing in key areas and coming through when we need to.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Fall 1-0 At Sacramento State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SACRAMENTO, CA - Starting pitcher Riley Barr worked 7.0 innings throwing over 100 pitches but the New Mexico State baseball team fell 1-0 to Sacramento State at John Smith Field in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, March, 28.

The Aggies are now 4-19-1 overall and 1-3-1 in Western Athletic Conference play while Sacramento State moves to 15-10 on the season and remains unbeaten in conference play. Hornets’ starter Sam Long was credited with the win after working 8.0 innings and striking out seven NM State batters. Barr, a right-hander and native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was given the loss and is now 0-4 on the year with a 3.86 ERA.

The only run of the game crossed the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning on a fielder’s choice.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Open WAC Play With 7-2 Victory Over Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team began Western Athletic Conference play with a 7-2 win over Utah Valley on Friday night at the NM State Softball Complex.

The Aggies (25-11, 1-0 WAC) are now winners of seven of their last nine games, including two games this week. The Wolverines (12-23, 0-1 WAC) have lost three in a row after losing a doubleheader at No. 2 Oregon earlier this week.

NM State had home runs from Fiana Finau and Tatum Reedy in a four-run third inning that opened up a 2-2 game and also got a brilliant performance from redshirt junior Karysta Donisthorpe in the circle.

The Aggie right-hander pitched all but a third of an inning while only allowing a couple of runs on four hits to improve to 14-3 on the season. Donisthorpe tied a season high by striking out 11 Wolverines.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Comeback At Sacramento State Falls Short In 8-7 Loss

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SACRAMENTO, CA - The New Mexico State baseball team was down four runs heading into the ninth inning scoring three runs in its last at-bat but couldn’t get the tying run across the plate falling 8-7 to Sacramento State at Hornet Field, Friday, March 27.

The Aggies are now 4-18-1 overall while dropping to 1-2-1 in Western Athletic Conference play while Sac State moves to 14-10 on the season and 4-0 in league play.

NM State started the game on fire scoring three runs on two hits and two Hornet errors in the top of the first that included a two-RBI single to left-centerfield by sophomore leftfielder Daniel Johnson. Sac State responded in the bottom of the first scoring four runs on four hits and three costly walks. Johnson finished the afternoon going 3-of-4 at the plate with three RBI.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pascal Siakam, Daniel Mullings Earn NABC District 6 Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State freshman Pascal Siakam and senior Daniel Mullings received more honors on Friday as the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced the 2015 All-District 6 team.

Siakam, a 6-9 forward from Douala, Cameroon, was chosen to the first team. Mullings, a 6-2 guard from Toronto, Ontairo, was honored as a second team selection.

NABC District 6 is composed of the Western Athletic Conference and Big Sky Conference.

The pair are half of the four WAC players chosen to the All-District teams.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Mark Trakh Named WBCA Region 7 Coach Of The Year; Finals For National Coach Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced on Wednesday that New Mexico State women’s basketball head coach Mark Trakh is one of eight recipients of the 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division I Regional Coach of the Year award, and is now a finalist for the Pat Summitt Trophy to be presented to the 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year.

Trakh, who is the Region 7 Coach of the Year, joins a list that includes the likes of Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma, South Carolina’s Dawn Staley and Maryland’s Brenda Frese, whom Trakh faced off against in the NCAA Tournament, as candidates for the National Coach of the Year award, which will be announced during the Fifth Annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 6, in the Grand Ballroom of the Tampa Marriot Waterside as part of WBCA National Convention at the NCAA Final Four.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Shrivistava Adds Another WAC Athlete Of The Week Award

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The awards keep piling on for New Mexico State women’s tennis player Ashvarya Shrivistava.

The Western Athletic Conference announced on Tuesday the WAC women’s tennis Athlete of the Week with Shrivistava garnering the award.

Shrivistava, a junior from Pune, India and NM State’s No. 1 individual, won all three singles and doubles matches last weekend. Shrivistava also helped the Aggies begin WAC play 3-0. Against Missour1-Kansas City, she defeated Dimitra Stravrianakou, 6-4, 6-0. On Saturday, Shrivistava claimed a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Chicago State’s Hanna Pangestu. She concluded the opening WAC weekend by defeating Michelle Lui of Seattle U, 6-2, 6-7, 10-5. In doubles play, Shrivistava and partner Denise Van Der Ben also picked-up three victories in the opening WAC weekend.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Malena Padilla Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball outfielder Malena Padilla has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for the week of Mar. 16-22, the conference announced Monday.

This is the first-ever hitter of the week award for the senior from Oakley, Calif. and the second-consecutive week the Aggies have won the award as Fiana Finua took the honor last week. It is also the fourth for NM State this season. Emma Adams picked up the first WAC Hitter of the Week award for the Aggies earlier this season and freshman Corrin Green followed a short time later.

“Malena has come through with clutch RBIs all season,” NM State head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “I’m happy she has been recognized for her performance last week because it was pivotal for us.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Falls 12-1 In Series Finale At Hawai'i

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HONOLULU, HI - The New Mexico State baseball team (4-17-1) fell 12-1 in the finale of a four-game series to the University of Hawai’i (9-14) at Les Murakami Stadium, Sunday, March 22.

The Aggies allowed nine runs on 12 hits and were held one run while marking six hits and struggled defensively committing five errors. UH’s starter Jarrett Arakawa was credited with the win working 5.0 innings and NM State’s starter Trey Higginbotham falls 0-3 on the year after throwing 3.2 innings, giving up three runs and striking out two batters. NM State ended the afternoon using seven pitchers and UH used three.

NM State was in the game through five innings of play as the Rainbows had a 3-0 lead. The NM State defense couldn’t hold down the UH offense late in the game allowing two runs in the sixth, four in the seventh and three more in the eighth to fall behind 12-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall 75-57 To Top Seeded Maryland

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

COLLEGE PARK, MD - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team concluded its 2014-15 campaign with a 75-57 loss at the hands of No. 4/3 Maryland on Saturday inside the XFINITY Center during the first round of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.

The 16th-seeded Aggies (22-8) kept the game close throughout the first half and fought hard until the final buzzer, even while the top-seeded Terrapins (31-2) began to pull away in the second half.

NM State caps off a fantastic season that saw the team win its first conference title in 20 years and win its first-ever conference tournament crown to advance the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988.  Continue Reading This Post >>