The Daily Aggie :: 06/01/10 :: A Look Back At Aggie Baseball's Outstanding Year

The 2010 NCAA Baseball Tournament field was announced yesterday and it should come as no surprise to anyone that Hawai'i was sent just down the road a little ways to Tempe to the Arizona St. Regional. The Warriors are in the four team regional with No. 1 overall seed Arizona State, UW-Milwaukee and San Diego. The Warriors have an 8-6 victory over San Diego this season.

As for the Aggie baseball team, their season came to a close last week after two games in the WAC Tournament. A much earlier exit than anyone anticipated or hoped for. However, despite losing 11 of their final 12 games, they still had a very very strong season. The Aggies finished with a record of 36-23-1 and 14-9-1 in conference play. The 36 wins is the 5th most in a single season during the program's 48 year history and the Aggies' 14 conference victories were the second most conference victories in a single season in the 18 years the team has been affiliated with a conference (Big West, Sun Belt and WAC). Only the 2003 team that finished 15-9 in the Sun Belt and the 2008 team that finished 15-17 in the WAC had more conference victories.

The Aggies were also ranked in the Top 25 for the second consecutive season when they earned a ranking of No. 20 from the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on April 5th.

The Aggies also had two significant win streaks during the season. The first was a 12-game win streak from March 20th through April 9th. During that streak the Aggies defeated UC-Santa Barbara twice, swept Wofford at home (four games), defeated Texas Tech in Midland, Tex. and then swept Houston Baptist (four games) on the road. The final game of the 12-game win streak came against Nevada to start conference play. That streak tied the school record for consecutive victories.

The second win streak was a 10-game win streak from April 18th through May 2nd. The Aggies started the streak with a pair of road victories over San Jose State followed by a four-game sweep of Sacramento State on the road. The Aggies then came home and swept four games against Louisiana Tech.

From March 20th through May 2nd the Aggies compiled a record of 24-2-1, easily the best stretch in Aggie baseball history (the 2009 team started the season 28-4, but the 2010 team's 24-2-1 stretch is much more impressive considering it included 16 games in conference play and a 14-1 road record).

While the offensive records didn't fall at the same rate they did last season (and admittedly, it's somewhat unrealistic to expect the Aggies to break many of the records they set last season) they did break the single season record for hits with 776 (previous record was 772 set last season) and the single season record for runs scored with 609 which eclipsed the 602 runs scored in the 2003 season. Individually, Ryan Aguayo tied the single season record for at-bats with 252 which he now shares with Alex Borgo (2003) and Chris Auten (2008).

The Aggies earned five WAC Hitter of the Week honors as Leo Aguirre was honored twice, Wade Reynoso, Ben Harty and Nate Shaver were each recognized once. Dan Reid was also named the WAC Pitcher of the Week once.

Two Aggies earned postseason All-WAC honors as Leo Aguirre was named to the First Team and Ryan Aguayo was named to the Second Team. Nate Shaver earned All-WAC Tournament honors as well.

As a team, the Aggies have posted 80 wins in the past two seasons which ties a record for the best two-year span in history with the 2002 and 2003 teams which also won 80 games. They have the best winning percentage over a two-year span of any Aggie ballclub, they also have the best conference record over a two-year span. Rocky also became the school's all-time winningest coach earlier in the season and keeps adding to that record with 334 victories at the conclusion of this season.

Despite the disappointment in not winning a WAC title this season, the Aggies have clearly established themselves as title contenders in the WAC and the 2011 season can't arrive soon enough.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 05/31/10

Happy Memorial Day Aggie fans, we'll return tomorrow to wrap up some thoughts on the baseball team's season. But first, a congratulations to Aggie senior right fielder Nate Shaver who was named to the 2010 WAC All-Tournament team. The Aggies were eliminated from the tournament earlier much earlier than the Aggies hoped but Nate Shaver certainly did his part for the Aggies in the two games.

And we mentioned it yesterday but here is video of the Wahine's walk-off two-run home run to send them to Oklahoma City for the Women's College World Series. As Dave at the WAC Softball Blog mentioned, it's the first time that the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament has not advanced to the WCWS.

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Aggie Right Fielder Nate Shaver Named To 2010 WAC All-Tournament Team

The 2010 WAC All-Tournament team was announced during the championship postgame and trophy presentation ceremony on Sunday afternoon and Aggie senior right-fielder Nate Shaver was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Shaver had an outstanding WAC tournament for the Aggies finishing the two games 7-for-10 (.700) with four runs scored, two walks and an RBI. Against 2010 WAC Tournament champion Hawai'i, Shaver went 5-for-6 and nearly hit for the cycle finishing with three singles, a double and a triple with three runs scored.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Hoops To Play In Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Tournament In Springfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team is slated to play in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament during the 2010-11 season, the organization in Springfield, Mass., announced Wednesday, May 12. The event takes place at the MassMutual Center, Saturday, Nov. 20 and Sunday Nov. 21. Eight schools are participating in two brackets of four teams over two days in an NCAA exempt tournament.

In addition to the two brackets that are playing in Springfield, each of the participating schools will play against each other in two additional games to be hosted on campus by Bradley University, New Mexico State University, University of Massachusetts and University of Southern California.

In games scheduled for Nov. 20 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Bradley meets USC and the Aggies are facing UMass. The winners and losers of the Saturday games play on Sunday in the consolation and championship games.

"After looking at last year’s schedule, it was evident that we needed a tournament," head coach Marvin Menzies said. "We wanted a tournament with a high level of competition, and the opportunity to go to the Hall of Fame is a nice benefit to the tournament. The level of competition is the most important thing, and it fits in very well with the other games on our plate for next season."  Continue Reading This Post >>