NMSU Softball Defeats Rival New Mexico, Rodolph Notches 500th NCAA Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico State softball defeated I-25 rival New Mexico on Tuesday. The Aggies defeated the Lobos 7-6 to complete the season sweep of their in-state rivals. It was also head coach Kathy Rodolph's 500th win at the NCAA level.

How it happened

NM State (24-22) struck first in the top of the third when Destiny Blueford started the inning with a bunt single. Jeanelle Medina followed with a single of her own, putting runners on first and second with no outs in the inning. After Rachel Rodriguez advanced the runners on a sacrifice bunt, Blueford scored when Caity Szczesny reached on a fielder's choice. A sacrifice fly by Kelsey Horton brought Medina home, giving the Aggies the 2-0 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Swept By GCU After 9-0 Shutout Loss

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team closed out their weekends series against conference opponent Grand Canyon on Sunday afternoon. A quiet night for the Aggie bats saw the team get shutout at home for the first time in three years (3/29 vs. Sacramento State) in a 9-0 loss to Grand Canyon University.

How it happened
NM State (26-19, 11-4 WAC) sent usual Sunday starter Jonathan Groff to the mound to square off against GCU (22-21, 16-2 WAC) righty Jack Schneider. In the top of the first inning, a tight strike zone forced Groff to walk in the first run of the game for the Lopes before escaping a bases loaded situation.

Each pitcher held the offenses quiet in the second inning, then in the third GCU opened the inning with a three-run rally before the Aggies could force and out which put the opponent up 4-0 heading to the fourth.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Splits Doubleheader With GCU, Shares WAC Regular Season Title With Lopes

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State split a doubleheader with Grand Canyon on Saturday as the Aggies won the early game 13-5 but fell in the series finale 13-10. Despite losing the series, NM State ended conference play as the Western Athletic Conference Regular Season Co-Champions along with GCU.

Game One

After a scoreless first inning, Grand Canyon (36-15, 11-4) drew first blood as two singles and a walk loaded the bases with two outs in the inning. Back-to-back singles by Jenna Coates and Madelyn Dowdle gave GCU the 2-0 lead.

The Aggies scored a run of their own in the bottom of the inning as three-straight singles for NM State (23-22, 11-4) loaded the bases. Rachel Rodriguez's keen eye at the plate led to a walk, scoring New Mexico State's first run. NM State scored again in the third inning as Victoria Castro hit a two-run blast over the left field fence to give the Aggies a 3-2 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Drops Game Two Against GCU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team Hosted Western Athletic Conference opponent Grand Canyon University for the second game of their weekend series on Saturday. The day game saw the Aggies have trouble advancing the runners in game two and the team dropped the contest, 7-2.

How it happened
NM State (26-18, 11-3 WAC) started sophomore Kyle Bradish for the two o’clock showdown against GCU (21-21, 15-2 WAC) southpaw Jake Repavich. Each hurler kept the bats quiet in the first two innings with Bradish tossing back-to-back one-two-three outings and the Aggies leaving three men on to keep the score at 0-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Falls In Extra Innings To GCU In Series Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team opened a weekend series against Western Athletic Conference foe Grand Canyon University on Friday night. A high-scoring contest took extra innings to decide a winner in a game which saw the Aggies fall 11-9.

How it happened

NM State (26-17, 11-2 WAC) starter Marcel Renteria took the mound against Grand Canyon (20-21, 14-2 WAC) right-hander Jake Wong to open the three-game series on Friday evening. After a scoreless first, the Aggies took the lead in the bottom of the second when Marcus Still roped a single to left center which brought home the one run.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Drops Series Opener With GCU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Despite scoring seven runs in the fourth inning, New Mexico State softball fell to Grand Canyon 14-8 on Friday.

How it happened
GCU (35-14, 10-3) struck in the top of the first when Kendsey Hill started the game with a single. Laney Gomez followed by reaching on a fielding error by Kayla Green. After Niki Gonzalez reached on a fielder's choice, putting runners on the corners, Megan Stevens hit a sacrifice fly to score the first run of the game. Camree Wartman walked before Sierra Smith hit a long ball over the left field fence, giving the Lopes the 4-0 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kaur Named WAC Women's Tennis Player Of The Year

Written By: WAC Media Relations

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The 2017 All-WAC women's tennis teams have been named, following a vote of the WAC’s six head coaches. NM State’s Rimpledeep Kaur headlines the awards, earning WAC Player of the Year honors, while UMKC’s Yana Grechkina was named WAC Freshman of the Year and Grand Canyon’s Greg Prudhomme earned WAC Coach of the Year honors.

Kaur was the pick for WAC Player of the Year after going 5-0 at No. 1 singles in WAC play. She also went 5-0 at Nos. 2 and 1 doubles in WAC play with partner Marie-Pier Thiffault. She was named WAC Player of the Month in November and was named WAC Player of the Week three times this season.

Grechkina earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors after going 5-0 at No. 4 singles in WAC matches. She also went 4-1 in WAC play at No. 1 doubles with partner Melinda Johnson. She was named WAC Player of the Week on April 18.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Goncalves Named WAC Men's Tennis Player Of The Year; Vargas Coach Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s tennis team took a clean sweep of the all-conference awards Thursday night, claiming both Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and Player of the Year honors.

Aggie head coach Carlos Vargas took home his second WAC Coach of the Year honors in three seasons after leading NM State to its third-consecutive regular-season title. Vargas guided the Aggies to a 16-5 mark despite spending almost three months on the road that consisted of 18-straight matches.

Christofer Goncalves, who has wreaked havoc on WAC opponents this season was named the 2017 WAC Player of the Year after going undefeated in conference play (5-0). The Barquisimeto, Venezuela, product finished the regular-season 25-6 overall with a 15-4 record in dual play. This is also the third-straight year the junior has earned first-team accolades.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Golf Heads To Albuquerque For NCAA Regional

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s golf team begins its pursuit of the team’s 10th appearance in the NCAA Championship just north in the Albuquerque, N.M. NCAA Regional on May 8-10, after earning the 14 seed on Thursday. The 2017 postseason marks the fourth consecutive NCAA Regionals appearance for the program.

Joining the Aggies at the regional is the No. 1 team in the nation Stanford, No. 9 Duke, No. 12 USC, No. 16 University of Miami (Florida), No. 17 Oklahoma State, No. 24 N.C. State, No. 26 University of California – Berkeley, No. 32 Illinois, No. 36 Pepperdine, No. 40 Washington, No. 41 SMU, No. 48 Campbell University, No. 49 Denver, Cal Poly, Sacramento State, Houston Baptist and Texas Southern.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kayli Farmer Named WAC Outdoor Field Athlete Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State women's track and field junior Kayli Farmer was named this week's Western Athletic Conference Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday. This is the third honor of the season for Farmer.

Farmer won the javelin at the UTEP Invitational last Saturday with a season-best mark of 46.49m (152-6). She also competed in the high jump, taking third with a mark of 1.65m (5-5). Her throw in the javelin ranks first in the WAC and 29th in NCAA West.

For their next meet, the Aggies travel to the Steve Scott Invitational in Irvine, Calif. The two-day meet begins on Friday, April 28, with the women's javelin at 3 p.m. (MT).