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Aggie Softball Caps Perfect Weekend With A Pair Of Victories

The New Mexico State softball team capped off a perfect weekend defeating Minnesota 7-6 in a shortened five-inning game to start the day and then run-ruled Colorado State 10-1 in the tournament finale to take home the Hotel Encanto Invitational crown. The Aggies would get three home runs on the day, all three coming in the second game as New Mexico State tallied eight home runs on the weekend. Hoku Nohara belted three, Tehani Kaaihue hit one, Tiare Jennings two and Teresa Conrad hit two including her first career grand slam.

Game One: New Mexico State 7, Minnesota 6
Playing as the visiting team, the Aggies would jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning but Minnesota would answer with three runs in the bottom of the inning as they would get a single run followed by a two-run home run from Kari Dorle off of starter Carissa Theis to take a 3-2 lead. The Aggies would tie the game at 3-3 after loading the bases with Hoku Nohara drawing a walk to bring home the tying run but the inning would end on a pop out in foul territory.

Minnesota would put runners at second and third with nobody out but would only be able to plate one run taking a 4-3 lead heading into the top of the third inning. The Aggies would fail to score in the third and the Gophers would strand a runner after Alex Villalobos replaced starter Carissa Theis in the circle.

The Aggie offense would send eight batters to the plate in the top of the fourth scoring four runs to take a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the fourth. The Gophers would pull to within one on a two-run home run off the bat of Melissa Barnes. Sydney Williard would come in to relieve Villalobos and would get a strikeout to end the inning and the Minnesota threat.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Minnesota Game Photos

NM State vs. Minnesota Game Photos

The Daily Aggie :: 02/13/11

It was a pretty good day overall yesterday for the Aggie squads. The men's basketball team picked up an all important road victory over Louisiana Tech, their first road win since January 29th at Idaho. The win came without the services of Troy Gillenwater who sat out due to his ankle injury. Coach Menzies noted in the postgame interview that Troy's ankle was still more sore than they had anticipated it would be.

It's not often that a basketball team scores 50 points and wins but the Aggie defense came up big in the second half allowing Louisiana Tech to hit just four baskets in the second half and held the Bulldogs to just 18 points. It's that kind of defensive effort that the Aggies need to get them into the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season.

Yesterday afternoon's win was even more important in that the Aggies and Wolf Pack remain tied in the loss column in league play and now have a little bit of separation from the Idaho schools who battled it out last night. Boise State came away victorious and now Idaho and Boise State are both 7-6, two games behind the Aggies and Pack in the loss column.

The Aggie women's basketball team battled tough with league leader Louisiana Tech but lost 88-79. The Aggies held a one point lead at halftime but were unable to overcome LA Tech shooting 26 free throws in the second half (the Lady Techsters hit 23 of them).

We don't make a point of the officiating too much but it should be pointed out that Louisiana Tech averaged just 18 free throw attempts per game during non-conference play. In WAC play they're averaging 28 free throw attempts per game and last night they shot 38 free throws.

The Aggies averaged 22 free throw attempts per game in non-conference play but in WAC play they've been averaging just 18 free throw attempts per game. Last night they got just 16 and just a couple weeks ago at Idaho, the Aggies shot just five free throws.

There were several occasions last night where it appeared an Aggie player got fouled but no foul was called. In a game that was decided by nine points, Louisiana Tech shooting 10 free throws above their average (and to their credit hitting a higher percentage than they normally do) was the difference in the game.

The Aggies have a short turnaround and are back in action on Tuesday night against Hawai'i.

The Aggie softball team improved to 4-0 on the young season with a 6-1 victory over Northern Colorado and a 15-7 run-rule victory over Minnesota.

The Aggies got big performances yesterday out of Teresa Conrad who hit her first career grand slam in the game against Northern Colorado. Conrad finished the day 4-for-7 with five RBIs and two runs scored. Hoku Nohara hit her second and third home runs of the season and finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBIs, three runs scored and three walks. Tiare Jennings was the other big bat yesterday going 3-for-9 with three RBIs and three runs scored as she also hit a home run.

Sydney Williard pitched six strong inning against Northern Colorado giving up just one run and Alex Newman pitched three innings against Minnesota giving up three runs.

The Aggies wrap up the Hotel Encanto Invitational today as they'll take on Minnesota and Colorado State.

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NM State vs. Louisiana Tech Game Photos

NM State vs. Louisiana Tech Game Photos

Aggies Hang Tough With Lady Techsters, Fall 88-79

Senior Madison Spence scored a game-high 29 points but the Aggie women's basketball team fell just short against first place Louisiana Tech falling 88-79 on Saturday night. The Aggies couldn't overcome 37 free throw attempts by the Lady Techsters as Tarkesia Wysinger-Mackey and Adrienne Johnson combined to shoot 23-of-27 from the free throw line.

The Aggies held a one point lead at halftime as they rallied from an eight point deficit midway through the first half. The Aggies chipped away over the final ten minutes of the half as they held the Lady Techsters to just 13 points outscoring them 22-13 to take a 37-36 lead into halftime.

The Lady Techsters forged ahead by as many as 13 midway through the second half but the Aggies cut the Louisiana Tech lead down to five, 81-76 with just 33.1 and again at 84-79 with 17.9 seconds left but the Lady Techsters would seal the game from the free throw line down the stretch.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Cruises On Day Two Of Hotel Encanto Invitational; Improves To 4-0

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NM State vs. Minnesota Photo Gallery

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team opened day two of the Hotel Encanto Invitational in grand fashion with a 6-1 win over Northern Colorado highlighted by a grand slam from Teresa Conrad in the first inning.

Conrad entered the batter's box with the bases loaded and two outs but used the opportunity to belt her third career home run and first career grand slam to put the Aggies up 4-0 early in the first. The Aggies batted first as a "visitor" in the team's third game in the Hotel Encanto Invitational.

NM State starting pitcher Sydney Williard retired the side in the bottom of the first to keep Northern Colorado off the board. Williard kept the Bears at bay for over five innings as part of a solid six innings of work.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Defeats Alumni 14-4

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball defeated the Aggie Alumni Team 14-4 at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, Feb. 12.

The 2011 Aggies took on former All-Americans, former All-WAC selections, and former All-Sun Belt Conference selections winning behind the arm of sophomore Tyler Mack who threw 5.0 innings, giving up three hits and two runs. Alumnus Leo Aguirre, who was a 2010 All-WAC selection, was the only player on either team to hit a home run.

"Mack did a pretty good job for us today on the mound," head coach Rocky Ward said. "Although he gave up a few walks, he hung in there and got the work we wanted from him."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Survive In Ruston, 50-49

The New Mexico State men's basketball team picked up their first road victory since January 29th by defeating Louisiana Tech 50-49 on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies improved to 8-4 in WAC play and remain in second place in conference. Hamidu Rahman led the Aggies with 14 points and grabbed three rebounds as the Aggies played without starting forward Troy Gillenwater who sat out after injuring his ankle against Louisiana Tech on Monday night.

Kenyon McNeaill scored a game-high 17 points hitting three three pointers including a three 36 seconds left that gave the Bulldogs a one point lead at the time. The Aggies' Hernst Laroche would get fouled with 12.2 second left and hit both free throws to give the Aggies a 50-49 lead. The defense would knock the ball out of bounds with 2.2 seconds left keeping possession with Louisiana Tech and DeAndre Brown would be forced into a tough leaning three point shot that hit the front of the rim and bounced back giving the Aggies the 50-49 win.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Equestrian Western Team Knocks Off No. 4 Oklahoma State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State Equestrian team defeated Oklahoma State, Saturday afternoon at the NM State Equestrian Center, 6-4. This was a Western only competition. The Aggies took the Horsemanship event and the Reining event, 3-2.

“I thought the ladies rode with confidence and purpose today,” assistant coach, Robin Morris said. “We stepped up as a team a rode the way we needed too. I think Christina (Keyes) really benefited from the experience she gained last semester and it showed today. I expected a lot of good things out of her this spring. Chelsea (Campbell) is a very unique rider in the fact that she can ride in both Horsemanship and Reining and excel in each discipline. I thought she had a tremendous day for us and I look forward to watching her this spring.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 02/12/11

There's a lot going on this weekend but we start up in Albuquerque for a pair of items. The Aggie women's tennis team knocked off the Lobos 4-3 to notch just their third victory in Albuquerque and their first since 2001. It's the second straight season the Aggies have defeated UNM after losing seven in a row from 2003 to 2009. Wins by the Aggies have been few and far between in the 29 year history of the series. The Aggies have won just five times, 1985, 2001, 2002, 2010 and now 2011.

Also in Albuquerque tonight, Aggie head football coach DeWayne Walker will be meeting with alumni to talk about the 2011 recruiting class. If you're in the Albuquerque area, stop by from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the offices of Albuquerque the Magazine (1550 Mercantile Ave. NE, Top Floor). Admission is free.

The Aggie softball team picked up a pair of victories last night to open the 2011 season. The Aggies defeated Northern Colorado 7-3 and then run-ruled Colorado State 13-5 in five innings. The Aggies' first home run of the season came off the bat of Hoku Nohara, the first of many home runs to come this season.

The Aggies got outstanding performances yesterday from Kandis Jones (4-for-6, six RBIs, two walks and two runs scored) and freshman Valerie Swedberg (2-for-3 including a bases clearing triple, two walks, a run scored and four RBIs).

In the circle, the two Alex's, Alex Newman and Alex Villalobos, pitched well for the Aggies. Newman, a sophomore and the Aggies' most consistent pitcher last season, threw 4.0 innings of shutout ball. Alex Villalobos, a senior transfer who came in from Texas A&M last season but saw limited action, threw 3.1 innings of shutout ball in relief of Carissa Theis.

As is the case every season, the Aggie offense will score runs but it will be the pitching that determines just how far this Aggie team can go this season (i.e. an NCAA Regional birth for the first time in program history).

The Aggies return to action today as they take on Northern Colorado at 12:30 p.m. (MT) and Minnesota immediately following the conclusion of that game, roughly 3:00 p.m. (MT).

The Aggie men's basketball team is back in action today as well as they're in Ruston to take on Louisiana Tech for the second time in less than a week (thanks to some quirky scheduling, though this seems to be a regular occurrence in the WAC).

The Aggies defeated LA Tech 75-57 in Las Cruces but the Aggies may be without the services of Troy Gillenwater this afternoon. His play will be a game time decision according to head coach Marvin Menzies. Gillenwater sprained his ankle late against the Bulldogs and did not return to the game. Hamidu Rahman (teeth) and Gordo Castillo (ankle) should both be in the lineup and playing this afternoon.

The Aggies need to once again contain LA Tech's Olu Ashaolu. The Aggies did a good job of limiting him to just 10 points and seven rebounds on Monday and as we've noted, Ashaolu is capable of putting up some huge numbers. He had 26 points and 17 rebounds against Nevada and 24 points and 18 rebounds against Idaho just a couple weeks ago and has had 14 double-digit rebounding performances this season. Ashaolu is averaging 14.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game this season.

The Aggies also need to figure out a way to contain DeAndre Brown. He scored 18 points against the Aggies and is capable of lighting it up with games of 31, 26, 24, 24 and 23 this season.

Today's game is scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. (MT) start time and can be seen on AggieVision and Altitude Alternate (DirecTV 682). The game can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie equestrian Western team is hosting No. 4 Oklahoma State today as well. The Aggie Western team is 3-1 on the season while Oklahoma State is 6-1 on the season.

The Aggie baseball team is also in action for the first time this season as they host the alumni at 2:05 p.m. at Presley Askew Field.

The Aggie women's basketball team begins a stretch of four home games and an overall stretch of six games in the next two weeks. The Aggies host league leader Louisiana Tech tonight (also for the second time in less than a week thanks to the WAC's scheduling quirks). The Aggies lost 85-63 to the Lady Techsters on Monday. Jasmine Lowe and Madison Spence each had good games as did true freshman Jasmine Rutledge, however, the Aggies didn't get the help they needed from Danisha Corbett and Tabytha Wampler was in foul trouble the entire game.

The Aggies will need to somehow find a way to contain LA Tech's All-American candidate Adrienne Johnson who is averaging a ridiculous 22.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in conference play.

The keys to this game will be the same as the keys to their first meeting. The Aggies must compete on the boards, get to the foul line and they've got to hit threes. The Aggies hit just two three pointers against the Lady Techsters on Monday night while LA Tech converted seven. That's a 15 point differential in a game that was a 22 point final margin of victory.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (MT) tip-off and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

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