The Daily Aggie :: 02/20/10

It's a big day for Aggie sports as nearly every team is in action with baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's basketball all playing today. The Aggie men's and women's tennis teams are at home today as the No. 73 ranked men's team hosts in-state rival New Mexico at 1:00 p.m. The women's tennis team is hosting Lamar at 10:00 a.m. at the NM State Tennis Complex.
The Aggie softball team continues play in the Troy Cox Classic as they'll face the Bradley Braves. The Aggies picked up a pair of victories on Friday night to improve to 7-1 on the season. The Aggies earned a 6-4 victory over St. Mary's and then followed that up with a 13-3 run-rule victory over Weber State in five innings.

Bradley enters the game today against the Aggies with a 4-3 record after splitting a pair of games on Friday. The Braves defeated Cleveland State 8-0 in a five inning run-rule decision and then fell 1-0 to St. Mary's.

The Aggies and Braves are set for a 2:00 p.m. first pitch. Streaming video for today's game will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required)

The Aggie baseball team dropped a 4-2 decision in their season opener against Washington. The Aggies got runs in the first and second inning to take a 2-0 lead but the Huskies responded with four runs in the top of the third and the two pitching staffs would buckle down and neither team would score the rest of the game.

The Aggies are back in action twice today as they'll face Gonzaga at 11:00 p.m. followed by Missouri at 7:00 p.m. Gonzaga opened their season with a 10-6 victory over Missouri earlier in the day.

Today's game versus Gonzaga can be heard on KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews calling the action. Streaming audio for the Gonzaga game will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required). Live Stats for the Gonzaga game will be available at the Gonzaga athletic website. Streaming audio for the game versus Missouri can be heard via the KTGR 100.5 FM

The Aggie women's basketball team is in action in Idaho this afternoon as they'll face the Vandals. The Aggies dropped the first meeting against Idaho in the Pan Am as the Aggies gave up a nine point second half lead.

This is a very important game for the Aggies as they try to stay in the top half of the WAC standings. They are currently a half game ahead of Boise State who also has six losses in WAC play. Idaho is 4-7 in league play and a loss to the Vandals would give Idaho the tiebreaker over the Aggies. The Aggies are also just two games ahead of Utah State (4-8) whom they host on Tuesday night in the Pan Am.

Today's game is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. tip-off and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 with Kyle Doperalski calling the exciting action. Streaming audio can also be heard via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie men's basketball team is in Stockton, Calif. tonight to take on the Pacific Tigers in an ESPNU BracketBusters game. The Aggies are 1-0 against Pacific in BracketBusters game having won back in the 2005-2006 season in Stockton. Tonight's game is going to be televised on ESPNU at 8:00 p.m. MT. The Tigers are 17-8 overall and a half game behind UC-Santa Barbara for first place in the Big West. The Aggies are a game and a half behind Utah State for first place in the WAC as they're 9-3 and 16-9 overall.

The Tigers have just one player averaging double-figures in scoring. Sam Willard leads the way averaging 10.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. The Tigers average just 64.3 points per game while the Aggies are averaging 77.9 points per game. This will clearly be a battle of styles as Pacific will undoubtedly try to slow down the pace of the game, much like Hawai'i tried to do against the Aggies this past Monday.

Tonight's game can also be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio also available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

Finally, we'd like to congratulate the Aggie softball team from Utah State who stunned No. 1 Washington yesterday afternoon winning 7-4. While Utah State did not face Washington's All-American pitcher Danielle Lawrie, it still does not diminish the accomplishment of knocking off the number one team in the country and the defending national champion and it further adds fuel to the argument that the WAC is a vastly underrated softball conference, particularly when the team picked to finish last in the league knocks off the preseason favorite to win the national championship this season.

On to today's links...

Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews tonight's game.

Aggie Women's Basketball
The NM State athletic website previews today's game.

Aggie Softball
The St. Mary's athletic website recaps the Aggies' win over the Gaels.

Aggie Women's Tennis
The NM State athletic website recaps the Aggies' victory over Colorado State.

The Colorado State athletic website recaps the Aggies' victory.

Aggie Men's Tennis
The NM State athletic website previews today's rivalry match against UNM.

The New Mexico athletic website previews today's match.

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