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

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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).

NMSU Men's Basketball Head Coach Chris Jans Hires Gudino As Associate Head Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Chris Jans’ first order of business as New Mexico State’s head men’s basketball coach is the hiring of Lou Gudino as his associate head coach.

“I have always respected Coach Jans for as long as I’ve known him,” Gudino said. “I’m also very well aware of the basketball history at New Mexico State and have admired it. Both Coach Jans and the Aggie basketball program have a great track record of winning. I am very grateful for this opportunity and look forward to finding student-athletes to join the Aggie family.”

Gudino, a 20-year veteran, recently wrapped up his 10th season with the Sycamores and seventh as the team’s associate head coach.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Kelsey Horton Named WAC Softball 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 17-23. This is the third honor of the season and fourth of her career for Horton and the third of the season and ninth of her career for Nowlin.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Splits Doubleheader With CSU Bakersfield, Secure No. 1 Seed In WAC Tournament

BAKERSFIELD, CA - New Mexico State softball split a doubleheader with CSU Bakersfield on Saturday as the Aggies lost 7-4 but bounced back against the Roadrunners to take the series finale 13-3.

Game One

After two scoreless innings of play for both teams, Kayla Green hit trouble against CSU Bakersfield (9-30, 2-10) in the third as she gave up a leadoff single to Cydney Curran. A sacrifice bunt and a passed ball advanced Curran to third. Selena Gonzalez hit into a fielder's choice and brought the runner home for the first run of the game. After Jo Larios was hit by a pitch, Chris Hipa hit a single up the middle, scoring the second run of the inning.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Takes Game Two Of Series With Northern Colorado

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Thanks to timely hitting and a great day from the Aggie bullpen, New Mexico State claimed its fourth-straight series victory Saturday afternoon with a 7-4 win over Northern Colorado in a nationally televised game at Presley Askew Field.

With the win, Groff moved to 6-4 on the year – which ties Kyle Bradish and Marcel Renteria for the team-lead in wins.

How It Happened
After a quiet first inning, Northern Colorado (15-20, 4-6 WAC) struck first against Aggie (25-15, 10-1 WAC) starter Johnathan Groff. A walk, stolen base and groundout moved UNC’s leadoff hitter, Brent Minnick, to third and eventually scored on a single to left from Alex Kiel. Despite giving up back-to-back singles with two outs, the Aggie southpaw was able to get Evan Johnson to pop up to LJ Hatch.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Defeats Northern Colorado 10-3 In Series Opener

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team opened up a three-game weekend series against Western Athletic Conference opponent Northern Colorado on Friday night. The Aggie offense was red-hot all night and the team had 15 base knocks which led them to a 10-3 victory over the Bears.

How it happened
NM State (24-15, 9-1 WAC) sent starter Marcel Renteria out to the mound to face off against Northern Colorado (15-20, 4-6 WAC) southpaw Karver Pate. After a scoreless first inning, each team’s offense got rolling in the second.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Defeats CSU Bakersfield In WAC Series Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - New Mexico State won the series opener against CSU Bakersfield on Friday as the Aggies defeated the Roadrunners 5-2.

How It Happened
Kelsey Horton got off to a hot start in the first inning as she hit her 11th home run of the season over the left field fence to put the Aggies ahead 1-0.

After a scoreless second inning, NM State had its chance to score again in the third. Rachel Rodriguez got the inning going with a single and followed the play by stealing her 16th base of the season. Fahren Glackin was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. New Mexico State failed score as Nikki Butler flied out to left fielder and Kennedy Johnson popped up to third baseman to end the inning  Continue Reading This Post >>

Mark Trakh Leaves Aggie Women's Basketball To Take Over USC Women's Basketball

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State’s head women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh is headed back to Troy to lead the USC Trojan women’s basketball program, the school announced Friday. Trakh returns to Southern California after six seasons at the helm for NM State, where he revitalized the program and created a a Western Athletic Conference powerhouse and constant NCAA Tournament team.

“Mark has been one the most successful coaches in the history of New Mexico State women’s basketball,” Director of Athletics Mario Moccia said. “I’m appreciative of him and the many staff members in his tenure for their hard work and dedication, which resulted in an unprecedented three-year run at NM State. We wish him luck at USC as their new head coach. The search for a new women’s basketball head coach will begin immediately.”  Continue Reading This Post >>