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Chris Jans Named Don Haskins WAC Coach Of The Year, Five Aggies Earn All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Fresh off a history-making run through Western Athletic Conference (WAC) regular season play, the rv/— NM State men's basketball team found itself on the receiving end of a multitude of honors as the league announced its major award winners and All-Conference Teams Tuesday morning.

For the third-straight season, Chris Jans took home the title of Don Haskins Coach of the Year while senior forward Ivan Aurrecoechea and sophomore guard Jabari Rice earned spots on the All-WAC First Team. Senior guard Trevelin Queen was placed on the All-WAC Second Team and appearing on the WAC's All-Defensive Team was senior guard Terrell Brown. Finally, junior guard Evan Gilyard II played his way onto the WAC's All-Newcomer Team.

Chris Jans | Don Haskins Coach of the Year  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pack Named First Team All-WAC, Inoussa Lands On All-Newcomer Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Gia Pack was named First Team All-Western Athletic Conference for the third-straight year, the league announced on Monday. Freshman Soufia Inoussa was named to the WAC All-Newcomer team.

Despite only playing eight conference games before suffering an injury against Chicago State on Feb. 6, Pack put up unreal numbers. The senior led the WAC in scoring (18.4) ranked third in rebounds (9.4) and second in three-point percentage (39.8).

Pack scored at least 20 points in five conference games and recorded four double-doubles in conference play and nine overall. The Phoenix, Ariz., native also notched a string of three-consecutive 25-point 10-rebound double-doubles, first against UVU with 25 and 10 on Jan. 16, then against Seattle U with 30 points and 19 rebounds on Jan. 18 and finally against UT Rio Grande Valley on Jan. 23 with 26 points and 11 boards.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Splits On Final Day In Tempe

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TEMPE, AZ - The New Mexico State softball team picked up its third Power 5 win in as many days with a 4-1 win over Nebraska at the Arizona State Invitational on Sunday. The Aggies lost their second game of the day 7-4 against Lehigh.

Coming off back-to-back wins over #17 Arizona State and Oregon State, the Aggies took on Nebraska of the Big 10 in the first game of the day.

The Huskers (9-14) got on the board early and took a 1-0 lead after an RBI single by Olivia Ferrell in the top of the first inning. However, NM State loaded the bases with one out and Chloe Rivas came through with a two-run single for a 2-1 Aggie lead.

After Matalasi Faapito shut out Nebraska in the second and third, New Mexico State added to its lead in the bottom of the third. Freshman Ramsay Lopez led off the inning with her ninth home run of the season and giving the Aggies a 3-1 cushion.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Takes Down Oregon State 4-2

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TEMPE, AZ - The New Mexico State softball team took down a Pac-12 foe for the second-straight game with a 4-2 win over Oregon State on day two of the Arizona State Invitational on Saturday. Chloe Rivas moved to 4-1 on the season while Matalasi Faapito picked up her second save.

The Aggies (13-7, 0-0 WAC) got on the board early, with Ramsay Lopez hitting her eighth home run of the season for a 1-0 NM State lead in the top of the first. Chloe Rivas then shut the Beavers (16-9, 0-0 Pac-12) out for the next three innings.

Then, in the fourth, New Mexico State struck again. With the bases loaded and no outs, Rivas drew a walk to make it 2-0. Kayla Bowen then grounded out to shortstop, but not before Casie Roberto scored from third. Finally, freshman Riley Carley delivered an RBI single to make to 4-0 Aggies.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Reynolds Named Mountain Region Women's Coach Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Three years on the job, Doug Reynolds has already cemented himself as an Aggie legend.

The NM State track & field head coach was named Mountain Region Women's Coach of the Year Friday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. He is the first head coach in program history to earn the honor.

Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches. Each of the nine regions – Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Mountain, Northeast, South, South Central, Southeast and West – honored both genders’ top track athletes and field athletes, as well as the top men’s and women’s head coaches and assistant coaches.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gonzales Named NCBWA National Player Of The Month For February

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - The best collegiate baseball player for the month of February is an Aggie.

NM State infielder Nick Gonzales has been named National Player of the Month by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Friday's honor is his second of the week, earing National Player of the Week honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper for the second time this year Monday.

The junior had a monster month of February at the plate for the Aggies, hitting .478 in 12 games and slugging an NCAA-leading 12 homers with 36 RBI, 24 runs scored and a 1.995 OPS.

The Vail, Ariz., native closed out the month by belting five homers with 10 RBI in a doubleheader sweep of Purdue Fort Wayne on Leap Day. He also hit for the cycle, including two dingers, earlier in the month against Iona.

NMSU Baseball Falls At Texas A&M

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

COLLEGE STATION, TX - The lights weren't too bright for Chance Hroch.

The senior righty struck out a season-high nine in six innings of work Friday night inside Blue Bell Park, coming one shy of matching his career best in NM State's 8-3 loss to #20 Texas A&M (12-3).

Hroch went six innings and finished his night with back-to-back 1-2-3 frames, but the Aggies (12-2) had no answer for Texas A&M southpaw Asa Lacy, who struck out 13 over seven no-hit innings.

Hroch kept Texas A&M off the board across the first two innings, racking up four strikeouts along the way. Texas A&M cracked the Temecula, Calif., native in the third and fourth innings, however, opening up a 5-0 lead headed into the fifth.

NM State, meanwhile, could not get anything going against Lacy. Texas A&M's ace fired seven clean innings with 13 punchouts, issuing only two walks in the outing.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Falls To Wright State, Bounces Back To Shut Out No. 15/17 Arizona State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TEMPE, AZ - Analise De La Roca and Felicia De La Torre combined to shutout #17 Arizona State in a 2-0 Aggie win in the second game of the Arizona State Invitational. The Aggies roped game one 11-3 to Wright State.

The Aggies opened the Arizona State Invitational against Wright State. The Aggies got on the board in the top of the first after Matalasi Faapito drew a bases-loaded walk. However, NM sTate would not plate any more runs in the inning.

The Raiders then went off in the bottom half of the first innings, plating six runs to take a 6-1 lead. Faapito then recorded an RBI single in the third followed by a sacrifice fly from Chloe Rivas to trim the deficit to 6-3.

Wright State answered with three runs in the third before tacking on one more in the fourth for an 11-3 final.

GAME TWO  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Routs Cal Baptist 83-50, Finish WAC Regular Season Undefeated

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Back in the early 1970s, country musician Jerry Reed put pen to paper and came up with a ditty entitled, When You're Hot, You're Hot. The hit single served as Reed's account of a dice game (and the events that transpired as a result of it) in a back alley with two of his closest friends - a game in which Reed couldn't stop rollin' sevens and winning.

Incredulous at the luck of Reed, his pals simply threw up their hands and said, "when you're hot, you're hot," resigning themselves to the fact that it just wasn't their day.   Continue Reading This Post >>