The Daily Aggie :: 05/27/09

Yesterday we promised more on the Aggies' record breaking season once the final stats were posted and that happened yesterday afternoon.

The first and obviously most important record broken was wins in a season. The Aggies won 44 games, most in program history. The Aggies' 17 losses were also the fewest since 2003. Their .721 winning percentage is tops in program history. The Aggies posted the third most wins and third best winning percentage at Presley Askew Field (29-9) with only the 1990 (30-5) and 2003 (31-3) having better home records. Aggie head coach Rocky Ward entered the season with 252 wins, 46 shy of the all-time record of 300 held by Jim Kwasny (1969-1982) and will enter the 2010 season needing just three wins to become New Mexico State's all time winningest coach.

The Aggies finished with a .353 batting average, the all-time best is .355 (2002). They shattered the single season hits record with 772 (previous best was 704 in 2002). Their 151 doubles was just two shy of the record of 153 set in 2002. Their 487 singles broke the single season record of 478 set in 1999. Their 119 home runs broke the record of 114 set in 2005. Their 628 runs batted in crushed the previous record of 553 set in 2003. They were hit by pitches 89 times breaking the record of 77 set in 2001. Their slugging percentage of .599 broke the previous record of .576 set in 2001. Their on base percentage of .469 broke the previous record of .451 set in 1988. The Aggies also broke the single game home run record with 10 against Chicago State (2/27/09) breaking the previous record of nine set in 1997 the game resulted in a 28-2 victory for the Aggies.

Entering the season there were 22 players in Aggie history with a season batting average over .400, four this decade. The Aggies had two this season, the first time in school history that more than on player has finished a season with a .400 or better batting average. Mike Sodders lead the team with a .433 batting average and Brooks Wallace Award finalist Bryan Marquez finished with a .420 batting average. Left fielder Leo Aguirre just missed joining the duo in the .400 club as he entered the final day of the WAC tournament with batting average of .403 but finished the season with a .398 batting average. Sodders' .433 batting average is the 4th best in school history for a single season.

The Aggies also had three different players earn conference Hitter of the Week honors (Jeffrey Farnham, Bryan Marquez and Nate Shaver). Aggie pitcher D.J. Simon earned Pitcher of the Week honors twice making him just the third Aggie pitcher to earn Pitcher of the Week honors twice in the same season (Jaime Mendes, 1995 and Luke Sullivan 1999). It also marks just the fourth time the Aggies have earned multiple Pitcher of the Week honors (1995, 1996, 1999).

Bryan Marquez also earned National Player of the Week honors making him just the seventh Aggie to earn such honors and the first since 2003. Marquez's 83 runs scored are second best for a single season. Aggie leadoff man Richard Stout's 59 walks are the second most for a single season behind only Joel Williams (63 in 1997).

On the mound the Aggies also set records. Their 446 strikeouts broke the record of 403 set in 2003. Aggie starting pitcher D.J. Simon's nine wins are second most in a single season. Defensively the Aggies had 701 assists, breaking the record of 669 set in 2008. The Aggies turned 69 double plays breaking the record of 64 set in 1998.

On to today's links...

Aggie Football
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News has an update on former Aggie DB Derrick Richardson on his blog.

The USA Today reports that the final Coaches Poll will no longer be made public. (H/T The Double-A Zone)

Aggie Men's Basketball
Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal has a more in depth look at the recruiting classes in the WAC (H/T A Closer Look At La. Tech Hoops).

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