Aggie Baseball Picked To Finish Second; Two Aggies Named To Preseason All-WAC Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State has been selected to finish second in the 2010 Western Athletic Conference regular season in a vote by the league's head coaches. The coaches also voted senior Jared Jordan and sophomore Scott Coffman to the preseason all-WAC team.

The Aggies received 27 points and one first place vote after finishing the 2009 season with a 44-17 overall record and a 12-12 conference record. NM State finished the season losing in the championship game of the WAC Tournament to Fresno State, which was picked to win the league once again this year. Head coach Rocky Ward has high expectations for his team and knew Fresno State would be picked as the favorite once again.

"We expected to be picked in the top three and Fresno to be picked first because they have won the league on a consistent basis, so the selection to finish second is a nice honor for our team," Ward said. "The fact that at least one coach in the league selected us to win the league was the most impressive part of the selection."

Jordan (Moreno Valley, Calif.) was selected as the preseason all-WAC utility player after he was 7-3 on the mound with 53 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings pitched. He also hit .365 in 2009 with six doubles, five home runs and 20 RBI.

"Jared (Jordan) was the prototypical utility guy last year and we expect for him to do it again," Ward said. "He will spend a lot of time on the mound for us, but he will be available as a pinch hitter and could play first base and catch as well. His versatility is very valuable to the team, especially when we have a limited roster during league play."

Coffman (Albuquerque, N.M.) was selected by the league's coaches as one of two relief pitchers on the preseason all-WAC team. As a freshman, Coffman made 26 appearances and posted a 3-0 record with a 2.14 ERA. He picked up 29 strikeouts in 21 innings and also earned one save.

"Scott (Coffman) had a great year last year, but was able to work behind some pretty good upperclassmen," Ward said. "His role will be as one of the lead guys out of the bullpen and be looked up to by the younger player on the team for leadership."

The Aggies start their season with the Annual Alumni Game, Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2p.m. (MT), before heading to Tucson, Ariz. for the Cactus Classic Tournament hosted by the University of Washington. A complete schedule is posted at www.NMStateSports.com.

Rk. Team Total
1. Fresno State 32 (5)
2. New Mexico State 27 (1)
3. Hawai'I 26
4. Louisiana Tech 22
5. San Jose State 19 (1)
6. Nevada 15
7. Sacramento St. 6

Preseason All-WAC Team
OF Dusty Robinson, So., Fresno State
OF Sean Montplaisir, Jr., Hawai'i
OF Westley Moss, Sr., Nevada
OF Jason Martin, Jr., San Jose State
1B Shaun Kort, Sr., Nevada
2B Danny Muno, Jr., Fresno State
SS Greg Garcia, Jr., Hawai'i
3B Corey Valine, Sr., San Jose State
C Trent Garrison, So., Fresno State
UTI Jared Jordan, Sr., New Mexico State
DH Nick Melino, So., Nevada
SP Derek Benny, So., Fresno State
SP Nate Klein, Sr., Hawai'i
SP Jesse Darrah, So., Sacramento State
RP Tyler Graham, Sr., Nevada
RP Scott Coffman, So., New Mexico State

Player of the Year
Danny Muno, Jr., Fresno State

Pitcher of the Year
Derek Benny, So., Fresno State