NMSU Basketball Clinches Outright WAC Regular Season Title With Win Over UTRGV

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Death. Texas. NM State winning WAC titles.

Those have been life's certainties in Las Cruces in recent memory and it was still the case Saturday night.

On pace to score just 40 points midway through the opening stanza, the rv/— Aggies finally managed to shake off their exceptionally slow start on offense by using an 11-0 run to take the lead for good and NM State hoisted its third WAC regular season championship trophy in as many seasons with a 78-62 come-from-behind triumph over UTRGV.

Jabari Rice came through with a team-high 20 points and Terrell Brown added 18 more off the bench for the Aggies who now own the nation's longest active winning streak at 16 games.

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NMSU Softball Run Rules Omaha 10-2

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State softball team continued its torrid streak at the plate in a 10-2 run-rule win over Omaha on Saturday afternoon at the UTEP Invitational in El Paso. This was the Aggies second run-rule win in El Paso this weekend.

Omaha (6-6) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top half of the first and held the Aggies (8-3) scoreless in the bottom half of the inning. Then, in the bottom of the second inning, the bats came alive. After Chloe Rivas stole home, freshman Hope Banales tripled and brought in a run before scoring on Hailey Tanori’s sac fly for a 3-0 Aggie lead heading into the third.

Both teams were held scoreless in the third and the Aggies also held the Mavericks scoreless in the top of the fourth. NM State scratched one more run across in the bottom of fourth courtesy of a Jeanelle Medina double that scored Banales to extend the lead to 4-1.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Sweeps Saturday Doubleheader Against Iona

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Aggies started the day with five wins and finished it with seven.

NM State rolled to two victories Saturday at Presley Askew Field, taking down Iona (0-6) with a 9-6 win in game one before securing an 8-1 triumph in the nightcap.

The Aggies improve to 7-0 on the season with the duo of wins, matching their best start to a campaign since 2011 when NM State opened the year with nine straight wins.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Game One
NM State, thanks to two freshmen, struck first with runs in the bottom of the second inning. Infielder Mark McNelly and outfielder Zerek Saenz each contributed an RBI to put the Aggies ahead, 2-0.

Junior starter Lyle Hibbitts, meanwhile, quieted Iona's bats across the first four innings, striking out three. The Gaels got to him for three runs in the top of the fifth, however, knocking him out of the ballgame.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Rallies For 7-5 Win Over Iona

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - 5-0.

The Aggies' winning streak continued Friday afternoon at Presley Askew Field with a 7-5 victory over Iona (0-4). Junior infielder Nick Gonzales clobbered his fifth homer of the year, and seniors Mitchell Allen and Alex Reyes quieted the Gaels' bats across the final four innings of the ballgame.

NM State is undefeated through its first five contests of the 2020 campaign. The Aggies opened last season with six consecutive wins.

HOW IT HAPPENED
The Gaels got to starting pitcher Chance Hroch early. Iona's Jake Liberatore hit the very first pitch of the game over the wall in left to put the Gaels ahead, 1-0.

The lead would not last long, though, as Gonzales stepped up to the plate in the bottom half of the first and smoked an 0-1 pitch over the fence in left center. The reigning National Player of the Week has hit a home run in four of the Aggies' five games this season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jordy Visser Named WAC Men's Tennis Singles Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - After maintaining his perfect record in singles action through the 2020 season, NM State men's tennis freshman Jordy Visser was named the WAC Men's Tennis Singles Player of the Week it was announced by the league office in a press release issued Tuesday morning.

Visser, who hails from Bemmel, Netherlands, picked up a pair of singles triumphs Saturday and helped NM State go 1-1 in their two matches on the day.

Against Southland Conference foe Abilene Christian Saturday morning, Visser matched up with the Wildcats' Dimitrios Azoidis in flight two and emerged with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 come-from-behind win to keep the Aggies in contention. Visser's win helped NM State pull within one of the Wildcats before ultimately falling, 4-3.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Keosha Sanders Named WAC Track Athlete Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Western Athletic Conference's Track & Field Athlete of the Week is an Aggie for the fourth time this season.

Senior Keosha Sanders was named the conference's track star after an impressive showing last weekend at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque.

The senior from Cocoa, Fla., did her damage in the 60m dash, clocking a new personal-best time of 7.36 to finish third in the finals. Her mark, converted to 7.38 for altitude, ranks first in the WAC and 41st in the nation this season.

Her effort also reset NM State's school record in the event. She owned the previous program-best time of 7.42 before breaking it last Saturday.

Sanders joins teammates and seniors Lashira Tremble and Brooke Wallace as recipients of the WAC's track honor this season. Freshman Dascha Robinson, meanwhile, picked up the recognition one week ago for her performance in field events.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Nick Gonzales Named NCBWA National Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - If he wasn't already a household name, Nick Gonzales is one now.

The Aggie infielder earned National Player of the Week recognition from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and was named the Western Athletic Conference's Hitter of the Week for Feb. 10-16 after a historic season-opening weekend.

The junior from Vail, Ariz., slashed .571/.727/1.571 with four homers and 17 RBI in a four-game series sweep over Texas Southern. He extended his on-base streak to 70 games, dating back to the 2018 season.

The unanimous preseason All-American went 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored in an 11-2 opening-night win over the Tigers. He combined to go 3-for-5 with four RBI, three runs scored and five walks in a doubleheader sweep Saturday.

Gonzales' best game of the weekend came in Sunday's series finale. He went 3-for-5, matching a school record with three homers and driving in nine runs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Nick Gonzales Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Nick Gonzales has been named TicketSmarter Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for Feb. 10 – Feb. 16.

Gonzales, a junior infielder from Vail, Ariz., picked up right where he left off last season, hitting .571 in a four-game series sweep over Texas Southern and stretching his on-base streak to 70 games dating back to the 2018 season. On opening night, he was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored in an 11-2 win over the Tigers. He combined to go 3-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored, also drawing five walks, in a doubleheader sweep on Saturday. He saved the best for last, going 3-for-5, all home runs, with nine RBIs on Sunday to give him 17 RBIs on the weekend.

NMSU Women's Basketball Downs Utah Valley 65-58

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - Rodrea Echols scored 19 points in her first game back from injury and the Aggie defense stepped up in a 65-58 win at Utah Valley on Saturday afternoon in Western Athletic Conference play.

Echols, in her return from a knee injury suffered in the first meeting with Seattle U, scored a career-high 19 points. Echols was a perfect 6-6 from the field and 4-4 from downtown. Aaliyah Prince dominated the afternoon, scoring 14 points to go with 10 boards and five assists for her first career double-double.

The Aggies (9-16, 6-6 WAC) fell behind 9-4 early in the first quarter but rallied to tie the game at 11 after one quarter of play. NM State forced three Wolverine (9-14, 6-5) turnovers and held them to 5-13 shooting from the floor in the frame.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Rice's Last Second Shot Keeps NMSU Men's Basketball Win Streak Alive

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The only thought running through Jabari Rice's mind over the course of the final 6.5 seconds Saturday evening was his last shot against New Mexico back on Nov. 21, 2019.

A three-pointer that rimmed out at the end. One that would have given the Aggies a win over their biggest rivals.

Given another chance in a similar situation nearly three months later, Rice knew failure wasn't an option a second time.

Playing in front of the team that put New Mexico State on the map a half-century ago with its run to the Final Four, Rice banked home a game-winning three-pointer with 0.6 seconds to go to cap a wild 84-82 come-from-behind victory for the Aggies over WAC foe Utah Valley inside the Pan Am Center.   Continue Reading This Post >>