NMSU Baseball Falls To Texas Tech 16-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LUBBOCK, TX - The New Mexico State baseball team’s pitching staff couldn’t contain a hot-hitting Texas Tech team and fell to the 21st-ranked Red Raiders 16-1 Tuesday afternoon at Rip Griffin Park.

How It Happened
New Mexico State jumped out to a 1-0 lead to start the game after Dan Hetzel plated Greg Popylisen from third on a deep fly ball to center for the sacrifice RBI. However, Texas Tech answered with a run of its own in the bottom-half of the second.

The Red Raiders then scored the go-ahead run the very next inning on a throwing error from LJ Hatch that scored TTU’s Michael Davis from second. Austin Botello drew a four-pitch walk to lead off the top of the fourth, but the next three Aggie batters went down in order.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Falls To No. 15 Tennessee

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball fell to No. 15 Tennessee on Monday as the Vols defeated the Aggies 9-0 in five innings.

Kayla Green took the circle for the Aggies. The sophomore came into the game 2-2 for the year. Green fell behind early giving up three runs in the first inning.

NM State looked to tie the game in the bottom of the first. Rachel Rodriguez started the game with a single through the left side. Kelsey Horton doubled to left field to advance Rodriguez to third. With runners on second and third, the Aggies were unable to drive in a run, stranding both runners to end the inning.

Tennessee tacked on another run in the second and five in the third to give the Vols the 9-0 advantage.

Rodriguez was again able to reach third base in the third inning. NM State was unable to get the offense going as the Aggies stranded Rodriguez for the second time.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Merina Ili Named WAC Softball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Merina Ili has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for Feb. 13-19. This is the first-ever honor for both.

Ili, a sophomore designated player from Long Beach, Calif., hit .583 over four games last week with three doubles and her first collegiate home run. She had seven RBIs and posted a 1.083 slugging percentage and .615 on-base percentage. In a run-rule victory over Northern Colorado last Thursday, Ili doubled and homered, driving in four runs. The following day against DePaul, she had a pair of doubles.

Ian Baker Named WAC Player Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - NM State senior guard Ian Baker has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 13-19. This is his third WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and the fourth of his career.

The Washington, D.C., native had a career night at UT Rio Grande Valley last week, finishing with a career-high 36 points on 61 percent shooting. Baker tallied 11 field goals, three of which came from beyond the arc. The NM State floor general was also 11-of-13 (85 percent) at the free throw line and added seven assists, four rebounds and one steal. Despite playing 39 minutes, Baker didn’t commit a single turnover in the victory.

NMSU Baseball Routs Bryant 20-7 In Series Finale

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team faced off against the Bryant Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon at Presley Askew Field. The game ended a four-game weekend series as the Aggies split the match up with a decisive, 20-7, victory on day three.

NM State head coach Brian Green shared his thoughts on the strong team performance saying, “We did a great job today. We swung at good pitches and were very aggressive early in the count. We had a lot of quality at-bats today and any time you can put up 20 runs, it’s a good feeling.”

How it happened

The Aggies went down 2-0 early after giving up a solo home run in the first inning, followed by a RBI double with two outs in the second. After that, the scoring was all Aggies for the next three innings.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats UTRGV 107-101

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EDINURG, TX - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team made its return to the win column Saturday night as it outscored UT Rio Grande Valley 107-101 on the road. The Aggies shot 55-percent (33-for-60) from the floor while the Vaqueros had a .485 shooting clip (33-for-68).

The Aggies move to 23-4 on the year and 9-2 on the season in Western Athletic Conference play to keep them within striking distance of first-place CSUB. Ian Baker led all scorers with a career-high 36 points on 11-of-18 shooting to go with his seven assists and four assists.

Johnathon Wilkins got the Aggie offense going early on, hitting the his first three field-goal attempts and forced UTRGV (10-18, 2-9 WAC) to call a timeout after Braxton Huggins knocked down a triple to give NM State the 7-0 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats UTRGV 87-67 On Senior Day

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - On a night filled with emotion, the New Mexico State women’s basketball team hosted the UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros on Senior Night during the team’s final home game of the 2016-17 season. The Aggies responded as they defeated the Vaqueros 87-67, on the final home contest for the team’s five seniors.

Reflecting on the the Aggies strong senior class this season, head coach Mark Trakh commented on the players’ importance saying, “They’ve meant the world to this program. They’ve all played so well and helped this program immensely. This group is 41-2 in their conference games and their dedication has turned this program around.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Drops Season Opener To Bryant 6-3

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State baseball team opened the season against the Bryant Bulldogs on Friday night at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies battled the Bulldogs through all nine innings, as the team dropped the first game of the season, 6-3.

After squaring off against one of the nation’s top pitchers in the season opener, NM State head coach Brian Green commented, ““He (Bryant starting pitcher James Karinchak) did a really good job. We were able to get his pitch count up and get him out of the game fairly early. That was the goal against him. He did a really nice job and we didn’t respond. He sped us up a little bit, but credit to him. He did a great job. We certainly had our hands full tonight.”

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NMSU Softball Splits A Pair Of Games On Friday At Troy Cox Classic

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball went 1-1 on Friday as the Aggies defeated DePaul 8-1 but fell to Bradley 5-3.

Game One

The Aggies came out hot against DePaul to start the day. Rachel Rodriguez singled to get the offense going in the first inning. Fahren Glackin put the first run on the board as she sent a double out to center field. The junior was driven in by a Merina Ili double to give the Aggies the 2-0 advantage to start the game.

NM State tacked on another run in the second as Kaitlyn Rubio hit a home run to left field in her first collegiate start. It was the freshman's first home run of the year.

DePaul chipped away at the Aggies lead as the Blue Demons hit a home run of their own in the fourth inning. NM State fired back scoring a run in the bottom of the fourth to give the Aggies the 4-1 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Opens Troy Cox Classic With 10-2 Run-Rule Victory Over Northern Colorado

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Aggies opened the Troy Cox Classic with a win as New Mexico State defeated Northern Colorado 10-2 in six innings on Thursday.

Kayla Green was back in the circle for the NM State after going 1-1 against UTSA. The sophomore had a rocky start as she gave up a two-run homerun in the first inning.

New Mexico State chipped away at the lead, starting in the third inning. After Rachel Rodriguez reached first base on a walk, Kelsey Horton sent a ball out to left field. Rodriguez scored on the play to cut the Bears lead in half. In the next at-bat, Fahren Glackin hit a double to left field to drive in Horton and tie the game.

In the fourth, Amy Bergeson started the inning with a single to left field. Merina Ili scored Bergeson on a booming double to give New Mexico State the lead. Ili also scored in the inning to give NM State the 4-2 advantage.  Continue Reading This Post >>