NMSU Softball Falls To Saint Francis In NCAA Regional; Season Comes To A Close

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - New Mexico State softball fell to Saint Francis (Pa,) 8-4 on Saturday, ending NM State's postseason run. The Aggies finished the season with a 29-25 overall record.

How it happened

NM State came out hot in the top of the first when Kelsey Horton and Victoria Castro reached with one out in the inning. Fahren Glackin brought in the first run of the game with a single up the middle. After Caity Szczesny was hit by a pitch, Kaitlyn Rubio and Haley Nakamura hit back-to-back singles, giving New Mexico State a 4-0 advantage.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball's Title Bid Comes Up Short In Loss To CSU Bakersfield In Regular Season Finale

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Despite going down early, the New Mexico State baseball team rallied the best it could on Saturday and got within five runs of CSU Bakersfield before falling 13-8 in the series finale.

However, the Aggies captured their ninth series victory of the year before concluding the regular-season 35-20 overall and 19-5 in Western Athletic Conference play.

How It Happened
CSU Bakersfield struck early against the Aggies once again on Saturday in the series finale, starting the game off with a three spot before plating five runs in the third inning to go ahead 8-0 through three innings of action.

The ‘Runners scored two runs thanks to three-straight singles and then plated their third run on a wild pitch from NM State’s Johnathan Groff. The Aggie southpaw was chased from the game in the third with just one out.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Edges CSU Bakersfield 9-8, Keeps WAC Title Hopes Alive

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The solo shot from Greg Popylisen in the eighth inning proved to be the game-winner at the end of the night on Thursday as NM State edged past CSU Bakersfield 9-8 at Presley Askew Field.

The win keeps NM State’s hopes of sharing a regular-season title with Grand Canyon alive with two more contests remaining.

How It Happened
CSU Bakersfield struck first in the opening frame of play and plated a run on three passed balls by the Aggie backstop. New Mexico State, the league leaders in eight offensive categories, didn’t trail for long. LJ Hatch first connected on a 3-2 fastball and made it 1-1 before a 2-run opposite shot by Mason Fishback put the Aggies ahead, 3-1.

After Kyle Bradish sat the ‘Runners down in order, Joey Ortiz pushed the Aggie lead to 4-1 on double down the right-field line that scored the speedy Greg Popylisen from first.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Adds Kortrijk Miles To Roster For 2017-18

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans announced the addition of Kortrijk Miles for the 2017-18 basketball campaign.

“I'm elated Kortrijk has chosen to attend New Mexico State and join our men's basketball program,” Jans said. “Kortrijk is a well-rounded person and player that comes from a basketball family.”

Miles comes to NM State after leading Lincoln High School to the quarterfinals of the Texas University Interscholastic League 4A State Playoffs. He was named the Texas 4A Player of the Year after guiding the Tigers to an undefeated season in district play (13-0) with an overall record of 27-5 while averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tristen Carranza Named WAC Hiter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Tristen Carranza has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for May 8 – May 14.

Carranza, a sophomore first baseman from El Centro, Calif. (Brawley HS), led the Aggies to a sweep in Chicago, going 5-for-10 from the plate for a league-leading .500 average. Earning a hit in all three games, his best game came on Saturday, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 10-4 win. He leads the WAC in home runs this season with 16 and is tied for the lead in total bases with 118. With the sweep, NM State clinched the top seed in the upcoming WAC Tournament on May 24-28 in Mesa, Ariz.

NMSU Softball Heads To Tucson For NCAA Regional

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team will play in the Tucson, Arizona Regional of the NCAA Softball Championship beginning Friday, the NCAA announced on Sunday. The Western Athletic Conference tournament champions take on the Arizona Wildcats on Friday, May 19, at 7:30 MT. Fans will be able to watch NM State on ESPNU.

The double-elimination format regional will be played from Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21. Joining the Aggies (46-14) in Tucson as part of the four-team regional will be host and second-seeded Arizona (48-7) Saint Francis (Pa.) (48-9) and South Carolina (32-23).

The Aggies have faced Arizona twice before this season when the Wildcats came to the NM State Softball Complex for a doubleheader. Fans can purchase tickets for the regional on site.

NMSU Softball Claims 2017 WAC Tournament Championship

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - It was quite the Championship Saturday for New Mexico State softball. The Aggies defeated the Seattle U in walk off fashion, 15-14 before shutting out the Redhawks 10-0 to claim the Western Athletic Conference Championship. Victoria Castro, Samaria Diaz, Misty Hoohuli and Rachel Rodriguez earned All-Tournament honors with Rodriguez winning the coveted Most Valuable Player award.

Game One

NM State struck in the bottom of the first when the Aggies loaded the bases on back-to-back walks and a bunt single by Victoria Castro. With the bases loaded, Nikki Butler hit a grand slam to center field, scoring the first runs of the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Track And Field Finishes Fourth At WAC Outdoor Championships

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EDINBURG, TX - New Mexico State track and field competed in the final day of the 2017 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday. NM State placed fourth as a team with 116 points. UMKC (179), Grand Canyon (175) and Utah Valley (172) finished ahead of the Aggies.

On the field, Keyarha Wilson and Kayli Farmer placed second and third, respectively, in the high jump. Wilson jumped 1.68m (5-6) while Farmer jumped 1.65m (5-5). Hannah Smith took the bronze in the triple jump when she jumped 11.81m (38-9) on her final attempt. Akuadasuo Ezenyilimba placed third in the hammer throw when she threw 54.74m (179-7) on her last attempt. The Aggies also had a third place finish in the discus with Ezenyilimba throwing 48.51m (159-2). Taylor Stutely placed sixth the the event with a best mark of 42.55m (139-7).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Takes Game Two At Chicago State 10-4

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL - The New Mexico State Aggies baseball squad took on the Chicago State Cougars in the second game of the weekend series on Saturday afternoon. The Aggie bats were quiet early but came to life with back-to-back four run innings and the team went on to take down the Cougars, 10-4.

How it happened
NM State (32-19, 16-4 WAC) sent Marcel Renteria to the hill to face off against the southpaw Grant Trower for Chicago State (11-37, 7-13 WAC). Despite the Aggies leaving one runner stranded in the first two innings without registering a run, Renteria put down the first six batters he faced to hold the game scoreless.

In the third, the opposition threatened with runners on the corners. However, an attempted pick-off at first then led to a rundown at the plate with the baserunner on third and the man was tagged out to end the inning.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Defeats CSU Bakersfield 7-2 In WAC Tourney Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State won a thriller to open the 2017 WAC Softball Tournament. The Aggies scored six runs in the sixth to defeat CSU Bakersfield 7-2. Kelsey Horton hit her second grand slam of the season in the victory.

How it happened

Kayla Green earned the start in the circle for NM State but hit trouble early when she hit the first batter she faced. After the Aggies recorded their first out of the game, Green gave up a home run to Jo Larios, giving CSUB an early 2-0 lead.

Rachel Rodriguez tripled to start NM State's at-bat in the first inning. Haley Nakamura followed the junior by grounding out to second base. Rodriguez came home on the play, cutting the Aggies deficit in half.  Continue Reading This Post >>