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

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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 >>

Kelsey Horton Named WAC Softball Player Of The Year

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Western Athletic Conference announced the All-WAC honors on Wednesday. The Aggies earned seven accolades, including Kelsey Horton as the WAC Player of the Year. This is the fifth-straight year NM State has taken home the Player of the Year award.

Horton headlined the player awards, earning WAC Player of the Year for the first time in her career. She broke the conference records for batting average (.558) and slugging percentage (1.258) and tied the record for home runs per game (0.60) in league play. Horton led the WAC this season in on-base percentage (.678), runs (20), hits (24), RBIs (22), homers (9), total bases (54), and walks (13) during conference play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Sweeps Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - The New Mexico State baseball team closed out its weekend series in Utah Valley on Sunday afternoon. The offense kept rolling and the pitching was superb in the finale allowing the Aggies to shutout the Wolverines, 6-0, to get the series sweep.

How it happened
Southpaw Jonathan Groff got the start for NM State (30-19, 14-4 WAC) against Utah Valley (15-30, 8-10 WAC) freshman hurler Paxton Schultz. The game opened unlike the previous two with the pitchers throwing two scoreless innings to open the contest.

In the top of the third, Brent Sakurai led off with an infield single. Dan Hetzel then mashed a home run just inside of the left field foul pole with the man on to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead early on.

Groff continued to dominate on the mound throwing back-to-back one-two-three innings through the fourth to hold the team’s two-run edge.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Closes Out Regular Season With 5-4 Win Over Florida Atlantic

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball defeated FAU 5-4 on Thursday to close out the regular season.

How it happened

Kayla Green earned the start in the circle for NM State (25-22, 11-4 WAC) but hit trouble early when she walked Emily Lochten and hit Madisyn Palmer with a pitch. After a sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position, Alex Miller hit into a fielder's choice and scored the first run of the game.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Kelsey Horton brought the offense to life by hitting a single to center field. Nikki Butler followed the sophomore with a two-run homer, which gave the Aggies a 2-1 advantage over FAU (33-19, 13-8 C-USA).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Golf And Women's Tennis Earn NCAA Public Recognition Award

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - New Mexico State’s women’s golf and women’s tennis teams were recognized on Wednesday with the NCAA Public Recognition Award for the 2015-16 academic year. Both Aggie squads posted a perfect 1,000 multiyear rate for the 2012-16 school years.

“Striving for Academic Progress Rate (APR) excellence is a vision all of our athletic teams aspire to accomplish and when respective teams reach that milestone, the entire athletic department celebrates the honored victory with them,” said Associate AD/Academics James Hall said.

This is the third-straight year where the women’s tennis team has posted a perfect multi-year APR grade while it is the women’s golf team’s second-straight year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brooke Atkinson Named NMSU Women's Basketball Head Coach

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia has announced Brooke Atkinson as the 11th head coach in Aggie women’s basketball history Wednesday morning to the community and media.

Atkinson joins NM State after spending the past three seasons at Colorado State University. However, Atkinson is no stranger Las Cruces as the Colorado native spent eight seasons on the Aggie bench from 2003-11.

In her three seasons in Fort Collins, Colo., the Rams enjoyed three-consecutive Mountain West Conference regular-season titles, including an NCAA appearance during the 2015-16 campaign – their first appearance in the Big Dance in 14 years (2002).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Beats Rival New Mexico 12-5

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team traveled just north to square off against Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico for the third and final time this season on Tuesday night. The Aggie bats clobbered the team to a 12-5 victory in which the team had three homers.

How it happened
NM State (27-19) sent out Andy Frakes for his third start of the season against UNM (26-19-1) right-hander James Harrington. The Aggies got going early offensively when Austin Botello crushed the first pitch of his at-bat to the parking lot behind the right field wall for a solo home run to put the team out in front 1-0.

The Lobos responded in the bottom of the second when a one-out triple to left center scored a pair. In the following at-bat, a ground out to shortstop scored the man from third and gave the opposition a 3-1 lead after two innings.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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

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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 >>