Aggie Men's Golf Finishes Fourth At WAC Championship Tournament

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BLAINE, WA - The New Mexico State Aggies shot a final round 304 to finish fourth at the 2016 Western Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship at the Loomis Trail Golf Club at the Semiahmoo Resort.

The Aggies finished the tournament at 895 to place fourth, 13 strokes behind third place Utah Valley at 882. Missouri-Kansas City won its first WAC Championship with a final round 287 to finish at 12-under-par 852. Seattle U. was second at 4-over 868. UMKC snapped the Aggies string of three straight WAC titles.

The Aggies were paced by senior Kenneth Fadke II of Hobbs, N.M., who shot a 3-over 75 in the final round to tie for 13th at 6-over 222 on the par 72, 7,137-yard Loomis Trail Course.

NM State also got a 3-over 75 in the final round from sophomore Isaac Merry of Las Cruces, N.M./Onate, playing the back nine in 1-over. Merry finished the tournament at 230.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Daniel Johnson Earns Conference, National Hitter Of The Week Honors

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DENVER, CO - Junior Daniel Johnson has been named Western Athletic Hitter of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. This is the third time this season Johnson has received this honor. Johnson was also named Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week.

A native of Vallejo, Calif., Johnson went 12-for-20 on the week with two doubles, four home runs, eight runs scored and 14 RBI. In the series against Sacramento State, he went 10-for-15 at the plate with two two-run home runs and two three-run home runs. He also added two stolen bases for a league-leading 22 stolen bags on the season.

The Aggies are back in action on Tuesday, as they face off against New Mexico in the final game of the Rio Grande Rivalry Series at Presley Askew Field.

Aggie Men's Tennis Repeats As WAC Champions

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BROWNSVILLE, TX - The New Mexico State men's tennis team came out on top, 4-3, in a thrilling back-and-forth match against Missouri-Kansas City and captured its second-straight Western Athletic Conference Championship.

With the win, the Aggies (12-9) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second-consecutive season and fourth time in program history (1997, 2000, 2015).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Johnson Leads Aggie Baseball To Sweep Over Sacramento State

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After hitting a two-run and a three-run home run, Daniel Johnson showed out for the third-straight game, helping the Aggies to a 13-6 series sweep over Sacramento State. Johnson’s six RBI on Sunday set a new individual season high for NM State. On the weekend, Johnson went 10-for-15 at the plate totaling 13 RBI, four home runs and seven runs scored.

Sacramento State got on the board first in the top of the second. After taking the first pitch for a ball, Chris Lewis hit a solo homer to left field to lead off the inning.

NM State rallied back in the bottom of the third as Mason Fishback led off with a single to left field. On a full count, Trey Stine belted a ball over the left field fence putting the Aggies up 2-1.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Tennis Falls To UTRGV In WAC Championship Match

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BROWNSVILLE, TX - The 2015-16 season ended on Sunday for the NM State women’s tennis team when it fell to UT Rio Grande Valley 4-2 in the Western Athletic Conference Championship match held at the Brownsville Tennis Center.

Things started off well for the Aggies (11-10) as its No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams cruised to a 6-2 victory, giving NM State the 1-0 lead. The No. 1 doubles tandem of Erika Castillo Lopez and Gabrielle Joyce was the first to finish when they dispatched Reegan Greenwood and Tara Donaho. Shortly after, Ashvarya Shrivastav and Rimpeldeep Kaur ousted their counterparts on court No. 2.

Kaur gave New Mexico State an early 2-0 lead when she sent Dominique Esparza packing with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles. The win gave Kaur her seventh-straight victory in singles play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Sweeps Doubleheader At UMKC, Wins Regular Season Title

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KANSAS CITY, MO - The NM State softball team used a big seventh inning to come-from-behind and defeat UMKC 7-2 on Saturday in game two of the series to capture the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship before collecting the series sweep with an 11-8 win in the series finale. The Aggies won game one 5-4 on Friday. With the second victory, head coach Kathy Rodolph secured her 600th overall win.

Game One  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pascal Siakam Receives 2016 NBA Draft Combine Invite

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State sophomore Pascal Siakam has received an invitation to the 2016 NBA Draft Combine.

Siakam, the 6-9, 230 pound All-American forward for the Aggies from Douala, Cameroon, received the invitation late Friday night for the combine May 11-15 in Chicago.

Siakam declared for the NBA Draft earlier in April. He has not hired an agent in accordance with NCAA Proposal No. 2015-32 that was adopted in January 2016 so that he can maintain his NCAA eligibility during the process.

“I feel blessed to get the invitation,” said Siakam. “It’s a good step in right direction for me. I’m just wanting to show what I can do against everybody. It’s exciting.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Takes Game Two Against Sacramento State 6-4 To Clinch Series Win, Looks For Sweep On Sunday

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior Daniel Johnson’s four hit, four RBI day helped the Aggies to a 6-4 win over Sacramento State, clinching the series. Johnson’s four-for-five performance at the plate included a two-run home run and two doubles, finishing just a triple shy of the cycle.

Sacramento State jumped on the board first in the top of the first inning. A leadoff single to left centerfield later would score on a single through the right side of the infield, putting the Hornets up 1-0.

The Aggies fought back and took the lead in the bottom of the third, as Brent Sakurai led off with a double to right field. On the next pitch, Daniel Johnson launched a no-doubter over the right field wall scoring two runs. Greg Popylisen followed it up with a double down the left field line. Dan Hetzel singled to left center, scoring Popylisen and putting NM State up 3-1.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Routs Sacramento State 14-4 To Open Series

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Two three-run blasts and a solo shot helped the Aggies to a 14-4 win over Sacramento State in eight innings on Friday. This was the most runs NM State has scored in a game since scoring 17 runs against Chicago State on March 24. Junior Mason Fishback’s five-RBI night now makes him the fifth different Aggie to rack up five RBI in a game this season, joining Daniel Johnson, L.J. Hatch, Trey Stine and Joseph Koerper.

Junior Marcel Renteria came out of the gate red hot, as he struck the first Hornet batter out on three pitches. He then proceeded to get a fly out and a four pitch strikeout to retire the side.

NM State jumped on the board in the first as Daniel Johnson led off with a base hit to center. Greg Popylisen followed that up with a double down the right field line. Dan Hetzel drove in Johnson on a single through the left side of the infield for the game’s first run.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Rallies To Defeat UMKC 5-4

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KANSAS CITY, MO - Brennalyn Nakamura went 3-for-4 and drove in Victoria Castro for the winning run as the NM State softball team topped Missouri-Kansas City 5-4 on Friday in game one of the series. Game two has been postponed until Saturday at 12:00 p.m. MT.

The Aggies (33-19, 12-1 WAC) scored five runs and amassed four RBIs on 11 hits. Kelsey Horton went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Karysta Donisthorpe pitched a 7.0 innings and collected 10 strikeouts in 27 batters faced.

UMKC (21-20, 10-3 WAC) scored four runs and had four RBIs on three hits. Amber Grove pitched 6.2 innings and had four strikeouts in 34 batters faced.  Continue Reading This Post >>