Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview :: 03/14/11 You've got a big week this week with six games against ranked opponents, two against Arizona State tomorrow and four against Nebraska this weekend.
Kathy Rodolph: It's going to be a good challenge for us. The schedule was devised to where we would continue to face stronger competition as each week came along and trying to hopefully prepare us for conference play. A big test against Arizona tomorrow night and then four games against Nebraska. Both teams are having great years. To recap the last couple of weekends of play, you went down to El Paso for the UTEP tournament and had a good come from behind win over UTEP, beat Bradley in an extra innings game, split with Texas State and then run-ruled North Dakota.
KR: I felt like at that tournament we were still giving up too many runs in the circle and starting off in the hole, giving up a couple runs right off the bat in the first inning. We were doing a great job offensively of whatever the challenge was we were going to meet it but we continued to get better and when we went to Arizona State the following weekend we continued to get a little bit better.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Set To Hire Former Kent State Head Coach Doug Martin As Offensive Coordinator

The Record Publishing is reporting that New Mexico State will hire former Kent State head coach Doug Martin as its next offensive coordinator.

Abram Elam, former Kent State and current Cleveland Brown safety first tweeted Sunday afternoon that his former head coach Doug Martin is headed to New Mexico State as the new offensive coordinator and earlier this afternoon Ryan Lewis, beat writer for also tweeted that Martin had accepted the position.

There has been no official announcement from New Mexico State regarding the hiring but in any event it appears that the Aggies are closing in on filling the position.

Martin resigned as head coach at Kent State after the final game last season collecting a 28-53 record in seven seasons but is and is credited with helping improve the talent level and raise expectations around the Kent State football program.

Martin brought in several players to Kent State who went on to play in the NFL, most notably, Josh Cribbs who is currently with the Cleveland Browns. Cribbs finished his career at Kent State as teh school's all-time leader in offensive yards (10,839). Other school records include rushing touchdowns (38), pass completions (616), pass attempts (1,123), passing yardage (7,169), touchdowns scored (41), and points scored (246).

The Daily Aggie :: 03/14/11

The Aggie softball team has a big week on tap as they play SIX games versus ranked opponents this week. They host No. 4 (polls pending) Arizona tomorrow night for a doubleheader. The Aggies have faced the U of A each of the past two seasons. They nearly upset the Wildcats two seasons ago in Las Cruces but did not fare as well in Tucson last year getting shut out of both games (including a no-hitter from Kinzie Fowler in the first game).

The Aggies also host No. 18 Nebraska for four games this weekend before WAC plays starts next weekend. The Aggies swept a pair of games from the Huskers last season to start the year.

We'll have more on these two matchups later today from Coach Rodolph.

The Aggie baseball team dropped three games this weekend against some good competition losing twice to VMI and once to Oregon State (the second game was cancelled due to inclement weather). The Aggie starting pitchers pitched well on the weekend allowing just six earned runs in the three games, however, the Aggies left 21 runners on base and had just 11 hits in three games. The Aggies also committed four errors against Oregon State and two in the second game against VMI, a 5-0 loss.

The Aggies will have a good chance to get back on track this weekend as they host IPFW (Indiana University-Fort Wayne) this weekend for four games. The Mastodons are 2-6 on the season with a win against Arkansas-Little Rock and Murray State.

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Darin Spence Resigns As Head Women's Basketball Coach

Statement from NM State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston Announces Spence Resigns -
“Coach Spence has resigned his position as Head Women's basketball coach effective April 30, 2011. Coach Spence has managed his program in a very professional manner over the past eight years and I thank him for that service.”
Statement from Women’s Basketball Coach Darin Spence on his Resignation –
“I want to thank New Mexico State University and the City of Las Cruces for the opportunity to be the head women’s basketball coach over the last eight years. We made a lot of strides in this program and had lots of firsts and that is something that I’m very proud of. I’m just at the point in my career, where I need a new challenge.”

Aggies Fall To VMI For Second Day In A Row

The New Mexico State baseball team dropped a 5-0 decision to Virginia Military Institute. The Aggies generated just four hits on the day, two coming from Tanner Waite who also drew a walk.

The Keydets would take the lead in the second inning getting a leadoff single from Alex Haitsuka who would advance to second on a sacrifice bunt. Andrew Montague would get a bunt single to move Haitsuka to third and he would come around to score on a fielder's choice giving VMI a 1-0 lead.

VMI would add another run in the third as they would draw a leadoff walk from Justin Hess who would come around to score on a fielder's choice three batters later.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 03/12/11

The Aggie basketball team came to an end last night. There's not much to say other than the better team won. Boise State is the league's hottest team having won eight straight games now. The Aggies came out of the gate sluggishly again. The Aggies put together just one run in the game but it never netted them the lead and it came in the first half. The Aggies trailed by eight at halftime and to be perfectly honest they were lucky to be trailing by only eight points. Boise State came out and hit three pointers on five of six consecutive possessions and the Aggies went from being down by nine to being down by 22 and the game was over. Aggie fans, Boise State, even the ESPN announcers kept waiting for a run that never came.

"I think they [Aggies] wanted to come back, I think that they were feeling it but I think we were fueled a little bit too much by offense and when we couldn't score it became more difficult to get stops. We couldn't score because they did a pretty good job defensively. We had some good looks that just didn't go down. At the end of the day they're young adults and young adults are fueled by the glamour and the glamour is scoring. There's no glamour in defense. We've gotta learn that lesson and understand that we've gotta shift that paradigm and get them to understand that getting stops is just as glamourous and it propels you to the next game quite often."

It turns out to be the final game for Las Crucen Gordo Castillo as well. Gordo finished with just three points after playing such a pivotal role in the Aggies' win over Nevada on Thursday night. Castillo hit just one shot and turned the ball over a total of four times, three times in the first half, part of 11 first half turnovers by the Aggies that Boise State turned into 15 points.

"It was a sad way to end for Gordo, I really wish we would have competed at a higher level, especially defensively and given him an opportunity to go out with some fight. It was just one of those games that for whatever reason we didn't have the same pop as yesterday."

"It was difficult to watch. The guys trying but we were just a half step late to everything, a half step late to hedge, half step late to recover, to rotate, to challenge the three. For whatever reason just didn't have the energy."

It's a tough way to end the season, however, the Aggies graduate just one senior and the team returns Wendell McKines, Troy Gillenwater, Hernst Laroche and Hamidu Rahman as seniors next season and we've witnessed what can be done with a team full of seniors (see Utah State this season).

In the end three streaks continued. First, the winner of the previous nine Bronco/Aggie games had eclipsed the 80 point margin. Make that 10 in a row. Second, the WAC had produced multiple 20-game winners every season since 1984-85. That streak continues as Boise State picked up their 20th win last night by beating the Aggies. Third and probably most frustrating for Aggie fans, no team has repeated as tournament champions since Hawai'i did in in 2001 and 2002. That streak obviously continues (and of course if Boise State wins tonight, that streak will continued for at least another two years as Boise State departs the WAC afer this season and Fresno State and Nevada after 2012).

The Aggie baseball team is back in action today as they take on VMI and Oregon State. The Aggies played these two teams yesterday and fell short in both games. The Aggies got solid pitching in both games but had a tough time offensively as they scored just two runs against VMI in a 7-2 loss and were shut out against Oregon State losing 7-0.

Today's games were moved up an hour due to potentially bad weather in Corvallis. The Aggies take on VMI at 1:00 p.m. (MT) and Oregon State at 5:35 p.m. (MT). Live Stats for both games is available and we will provide periodic scoring updates on our Twitter page (@AgsBleedCrimson).

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Aggies Stumble In Semifinals, Fall 81-63 To 2-seed Boise State

The New Mexico State men's basketball team's season came to a close with an 81-63 loss to 2-seed Boise State in the semifinals of the WAC tournament. The Aggies fell behind early 13-4 and could never recover as they suffered their worst defeat in a conference tournament since a 19-point loss to Western Kentucky in the 2003 Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

The Broncos stifled leading scorer Troy Gillenwater throughout the game as he finished with 12 points, 17 below his season average against Boise State. Gillenwater attempted just nine shots on the night.

The Aggies cut the Broncos' early first half lead down to one at 19-18 after a layup from Tyrone Watson with 7:35 left in the first half. Boise State would go on a 5-0 run behind three free throws and a dunk from La'Shard Anderson to extend their lead back to six at 24-18 forcing an Aggie timeout.

The Aggies would fall behind by nine after a Daequon Montreal free throw but a layup from Tyrone Watson would trim the deficit to seven. However, Boise State would push the lead to 10 on a three pointer from Paul Noonan. The Aggies would cut the lead to eight with 1:13 left in the half and the teams would trade baskets inside five seconds to send the Aggies into the break trailing by a score of 34-26.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: Coach Menzies Boise State Pregame Speech

Aggies Fall 7-0 At Oregon State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CORVALLIS, OR - Junior Sam Gaviglio pushed his scoreless innings pitched streak to 29 as Oregon State shutout New Mexico State, 7-0, in non-conference baseball action Friday night at Goss Stadium.

The loss drops the Aggies to 11-4 on the year while the Beavers improve to 11-3.

Gaviglio, who has not given up a run in his four starts this season, retired 15 of the first 18 Aggie batters he faced. The righty gave up just three hits and struck out five over eight innings of work to improve to 3-0 on the year.

Aggie sophomore Ryan Beck pitched well in his fifth appearance of the season, giving up just two earned runs in seven innings of work. After a tough second innings that saw OSU plate six runs on four hits, Beck retired the Beavers in order in the both the third and fifth innings.  Continue Reading This Post >>