Crissey Amber Named WAC Track Athlete Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State's Crissey Amberg was named this week's Western Athletic Conference Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday. This is Amberg's first honor of the season.

Amberg set a new school record at the Bryan Clay Invite this past weekend. She finished 38th of 274 runners with a personal best time of 4:25.37. Her time ranks first in the conference and 54th on the NCAA West qualifying list.

The Aggies travel to El Paso, Texas, for the UTEP Invitational on Saturday, April 22. Field events begin at 10 a.m. (MT) with the women's hammer throw. The women's 4x100m relay starts the running events at 2 p.m.

Moriah Mack Signs Training Camp Contract With WNBA's Minnesota Lynx

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - New Mexico State guard Moriah Mack signed a training camp contract with the Minnesota Lynx of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) on Tuesday. Moriah Mack is the second Aggie ever to sign a contract with a WNBA franchise. Anita Maxwell was the first Aggie to do so in 1997 when the Cleveland Rockers made her the 29th overall pick in the inaugural year of the WNBA draft.

During 2016-17, Mack’s senior season, the guard led the Aggies to a 24-7 record and a new program record of 17-consecutive wins. By season’s end Mack had helped NM State claim their third-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season and tournament title and the team’s third consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Chris Jans Named NMSU Men's Basketball Head Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia handed the reigns to the coveted Aggie men's basketball program to Chris Jans Monday afternoon, naming the Fairbanks, Iowa, native the 26th head men's basketball coach at NM State.

The 25-year veteran takes the helm of an Aggie team that returns 4-of-5 starters and won a program record 28 games. The 2016-17 squad also owned the nation's third-longest winning-streak that lasted for 20-straight games.

He recently began his second-stint at Wichita State prior to the start of the 2016-17 season under head coach Greg Marshall. At the conclusion of this past season, Jans was elevated to associate head coach before taking the NM State head coaching job.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Alexis Maynez Named WAC Softball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State's Alexis Maynez was named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, the league announced on Monday. This is her first weekly honor this season and the first of her career at NM State.

Maynez, a sophomore catcher from Las Cruces, N.M., hit .833 with three extra-base hits and two RBI last week. Maynez recorded an exceptional 1.833 slugging percentage and a .833 on-base clip. She hit the game-ending home run in the fifth inning in the Aggies' 8-0 shutout of UMKC on Saturday. Maynez also hit a double and a triple in the second game of the doubleheader against the Roos. She entered the week batting .125 with a .313 slugging percentage and .263 on-base percentage; she now posts a .318 batting average, .333 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage.

The Aggies take on No. 1 Arizona at home on Tuesday with the first pitch of the doubleheader scheduled for 4 p.m. (MT).

NMSU Softball Sweeps Doubleheader, Series With UMKC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State cruised past UMKC to complete the sweep of the Roos on Saturday. The Aggies run-ruled UMKC in both their 8-0 and 11-3 victories.

Game One

Kelsey Horton and Fahren Glackin drew back-to-back walks to start the first inning for New Mexico State. With runners on first and second, Nikki Butler reached on an error by UMKC and Horton came home on the play to give NM State the early 1-0 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Defeats Sacramento State 5-2 To Win Series

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SACRAMENTO, CA - The New Mexico State baseball team closed out a three-game series at Sacramento State on Saturday afternoon. The team held the opponent scoreless in eight innings and won the game 5-2. The victory took the series over the Hornets, 2-1.

How it happened
Saturday’s showdown pitted NM State (23-14, 8-1 WAC) starter Jonathan Groff against Sacramento State (17-18, 4-8 WAC) right-hander Max Karnos.

The Aggies got started early offensively when Brent Sakurai led off with a triple to right field and then scored on a sacrifice fly to put the team in front 1-0. Sacramento State threatened to tie the score in the top of the first with men on second and third, but Groff got the final batter to strike out swinging and preserve the Aggies lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Loses First WAC Game, Falls To Sacramento State In Extra Innings

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SACRAMENTO, CA - Despite a nine-inning performance from Marcel Renteria, the New Mexico State baseball drop a thrilling 2-1 decision to Sacramento State Friday night in 12 innings.

How It Happened
After Renteria retired the first nine batters to start the game, Mason Fishback drew first blood for the Aggies when he hit a sac-fly to right field and gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead. The Hornets answered right back in their half of the frame when Sacramento State scored on a sac-fly of its own.

From there, it was a pitcher's duel between Renteria and Sacramento State's starting pitcher and pitching staff through nine innings of action.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Takes Series Opener With UMKC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball won its series opener against UMKC on Friday, 5-2. Kelsey Horton and Destiny Blueford each had a home run in the Aggies' victory.

How it happened

NM State (18-17, 6-1) fell behind early as UMKC (13-28, 4-3) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. An error by the Aggies put a on first for the Roos. New Mexico State earned an out on a fielder's choice by Kendra Leach but as Kayla Green walked Bri Sims, runners were on first and second for the Roos. Morgan Byrn scored Leach on a single to give UMKC a 1-0 lead.

NM State stormed back in the bottom of the first as Rachel Rodriguez reached base on an error to start the inning. After Haley Nakamura hit into a fielder's choice, Kelsey Horton hit her eighth homer of the season to put the New Mexico State ahead 2-1.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Remains Perfect In WAC Play After 8-4 Win At Sacramento State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SACRAMENTO, CA - The New Mexico State baseball team began a three-game road series at Sacramento State on Thursday night. The Aggies tied a season-high with five home runs on the night and maintained their unblemished Western Athletic Conference record after an 8-4 win over the Hornets.

How it happened
NM State (22-13, 7-0 WAC) sent Kyle Bradish to the mound to start against Sacramento State (16-17, 3-7 WAC) right-hander Justin Dillon. The Hornets put up the first runs of the game early after a two-out triple scored two in the bottom of the first.

The Aggies responded in the top of the second when LJ Hatch blasted a two-run home run to left center on a 0-1 count which tied the game up.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kelsey Horton Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO – NM State’s Kelsey Horton has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for April 3-9. This is the second honor of the season and third of her career for Horton.

Horton, a sophomore second baseman from San Clemente, Calif., hit .600 with four extra-base hits and six RBIs last week. She hit three home runs and a double with two walks and four runs scored over in three games. Horton recorded an impressive 1.600 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base clip. She opened the week with a 2-for-2 performance with a double and one run scored in the series opener at Seattle U. In the second game of the series, Horton tied the program and WAC records by hitting three home runs in the Aggies’ 14-6 victory over the Redhawks. She hit homers in three straight at-bats, becoming the first WAC player to do so in a conference game since 2010. In WAC games, Horton leads the league with a .632 batting average.