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Aggies Use 7-Run Eighth Inning To Power Past New Mexico 13-8

The New Mexico State baseball team used a 7-run eighth inning to break open a tight game with in-state rival New Mexico on Tuesday afternoon winning 13-8. The Aggies never trailed in the game after jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Aggies would lead 3-2 heading into the top of the seventh and added a pair of runs to take a 5-2 lead before breaking out in the top of the eighth with seven runs. The Lobos would score six runs in the final two innings to make things interesting but New Mexico State would close out the win to move to 4-0 on the season.

Wesley Starkes led off the game drawing a walk and Parker Hipp delivered a two run shot to left field to give New Mexico State a 2-0 lead. UNM would counter with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game 2-2.

Both pitchers would settle in and neither team would score until the Aggies would push across a run in the top of the sixth inning. The Aggies would put the first two batters on base in the 6th but after Zach Fisher flied out to center, Ryan Aguayo would go down swinging leaving the runners at first and second. Bryan Karraker would deliver an RBI single scoring Zach Voight and the Aggies would load the bases with two out as Ryan Clark would reach after getting hit by a pitch but the inning would end as Chace Perkins would fly out to left.

New Mexico State would hold the Lobos scoreless in the bottom of the inning. UNM would make a pitching change bringing in Steven Florez for starter Bobby Mares and after the first two batters were retired, the Aggies would draw back to back walks by Zach Voight and Parker Hipp. Zach Fisher would single to right field scoring Voight. Ryan Aguayo would walk to load the bases prompting another pitching change by the Lobos. Bryan Karraker would be hit by a pitch to drive in the Aggies' second run of the inning giving them a 5-2 lead heading into the eighth inning where they would break the game open.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies And De La Torre Win Rice Intercollegiate

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HOUSTON, TX - Junior Gaston De La Torre won his first career golf tournament as an individual with a three-round score of 9-under par, 207. As a team the Aggies also won the team title, with an 11-under par, 853 for the tournament. NM State shot a 5-under par, 283 in the final round. This was the first team win for the Aggies this season.

De La Torre carded a final round score of 4-under par, 68, winning the individual title by three strokes over the closet competitor. He tallied four birdies in the final round.

Junior Joon Lee fired a final round score of 1-over par, 73, which included five birdies on the day. He finished the tournament in eighth-place with a three-round score of 3-under par, 213.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 02/22/11

The Aggie women's basketball team played tough defense against the Fresno State Lady Bulldogs but just came up a little short last night. The Aggies held Fresno to just 29 percent shooting and the Lady Bulldogs hit just 6-of-32 three point attempts, four below their conference average, but the Aggies also had trouble finding the bottom of the bucket from deep as they hit just 1-of-14 three point shots. The Aggies average six made threes per game in conference play and if they hit their average last night, the Aggies would have won the game. The Aggies also struggled from the free throw line hitting just 12-of-20 free throw attempts while Fresno State, not known for their free throw shooting, did not miss hitting 19-of-19.

The Aggies were in the game most of the way but they didn't do themselves any favors in the second half as each time they looked like they were about to cut the deficit down to a one or two possession situation, they had an untimely turnover that lead to Fresno State points.

The Aggies are back on the road as they'll travel to Reno and Logan this week. The Aggies need at the very least a split but realistically they need to sweep to keep their chances of a top four finish alive heading into next week's regular season ending homestand.

The Aggies are tied with Idaho in the loss column and are two games behind Nevada in the loss column. It can be done. If the Aggies win out, they will almost assuredly finish in fourth place because Nevada's final three games are versus New Mexico State, Fresno State and Louisiana Tech. Idaho's final three are all on the road, at Fresno State, at New Mexico State and at Louisiana Tech.

Aside from the head scratcher against Hawai'i, the Aggies have played well during the four game homestand, unfortunately, they only came away with one win to show for their efforts.

The Aggie baseball team is in Albuquerque today to take on the Lobos. New Mexico State is off to a 3-0 start after sweeping Houston Baptist while UNM is 0-3 after having lost three to Arizona State (the fourth game got washed out).

On a quick side note, we wish a speedy and full recovery for ASU Corey Hahn who suffered a C-5 fracture of his spinal cord in the series against UNM.

The Aggies are looking to continue their strong offensive start against a UNM team that committed 12 errors against ASU.

Ryan Beck will get the start on the mound for the Aggies today in Albuquerque. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. (MT).

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NM State vs. Fresno State Game Photos

NM State vs. Fresno State Game Photos

Aggie Comeback Falls Short Against Fresno State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's basketball team fell 65-55 to Fresno State inside the Pan American Center Monday night.

The Aggies rallied several times late in the second half to close to within a couple possessions finding themselves down just four with 3:17 remaining, but could not catch up with the Bulldogs down the stretch.

The senior guard tandem of Jasmine Lowe and Madison Spence led the Aggies on offense with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Senior guard Danisha Corbett led NM State on the boards with eight to go along with nine points

The Aggies shot 36.2 percent while the defense held Fresno State to just 29 percent from the field. The Bulldogs edged the Aggies on the glass, 47-45. NM State was cold from beyond the arc on 1-of-14 from beyond the arc while FS didn't fare much better on 6-of-32 shooting.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 02/21/11

The Aggie baseball team completed a season opening sweep of Houston Baptist winning 9-1 yesterday afternoon. The Aggies head to Albuquerque tomorrow to take on New Mexico tomorrow afternoon at Isotopes Park.

Sophomore second baseman Parker Hipp was named the WAC Hitter of the Week for his efforts in the Aggie sweep. Hipp showed off his pop yesterday hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, an inning in which the Aggies hit three home runs. The Aggies finished the weekend with five home runs, seven doubles and three triples and scored 31 runs (an average of 10.3 per game) which is just slightly ahead of their 2010 run per game average (10.2).

The Aggie softball team split a pair of games yesterday as they were run-ruled 16-0 by No. 6 Oklahoma but defeated Southern Utah 6-1.

The Aggies are 10-2 on the season after going 4-2 this weekend at the Troy Cox Classic. The Aggies' only two losses were to No. 6 OU.

Up next for the Aggies is the tournament down in El Paso this weekend. The Aggies will take on UTEP on Thursday night to kick off the action.

Head coach Kathy Rodolph is approaching 200 wins as the Aggies' head coach. She needs four wins to reach the 200 win mark and she could get win number 200 on Saturday.

The Aggie women's basketball team is back in action tonight as they take on second place Fresno State. The Aggies are 5-6 in WAC play and still fighting for a top four spot.

The Aggies are currently in sixth place but have one fewer loss than Idaho (6-7) and have one more loss than Nevada (8-5) and two more losses than Utah State (8-4) with games against both of those teams this week in addition to tonight's Fresno State game.

Three point defense and rebounding will be the keys to tonight's game. The Lady Bulldogs come into the game averaging a whopping 10.8 three point makes per game in conference play. A couple of games ago they set the WAC single-game record hitting 16 three pointers. The Aggies are the second best three point percentage shooting team in the conference but are hitting 5.9 threes per game. The Aggies must make up that point differential somewhere either by holding Fresno State under their average, hitting above their own average in threes or dominating the paint with Tabytha Wampler.

Despite averaging just 62 points per game in conference play, the Aggies have shown the ability to score as they did against Louisiana Tech at the Pan Am. A win tonight would be huge for the Aggies as they head out on the road the remainder of this week.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. (MT) tipoff and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces with streaming audio and video available via Aggie Acess (subscription required).

The Aggie men's basketball team turns their focus back to conference play as they take to the road to face San Jose State on Wednesday night and Hawai'i on Saturday night. Both the Spartans and Warriors have been a tough place to play for the Aggies and both of them are coming off Bracketbusters wins. In fact, the entire league, minus the Aggies, are coming off a Bracketbusters win as the WAC went 8-1 in Bracketbusters competition with the Aggies' 82-80 loss to Northern Colorado coming as the only blemish.

The Aggies can ill afford to take SJSU lightly as the Spartans defeated the third place team in the Big Sky, Weber State, by 16 points. The Aggies rolled past SJSU in Las Cruces earlier this season but the Spartans were playing without Adrian Oliver who averages 22.1 points per game in league play. In fact, the Spartans have two of the league's top three scorers in Oliver and Justin Graham (16.1 PPG in conference play).

A road sweep this week is a must for the Aggies as they close out WAC play at home next week against first place Utah State and third place Nevada.

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Parker Hipp Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Sophomore second baseman Parker Hipp has been named Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, as announced by the league office, for the week of Feb. 14-20.

Hipp, a native of San Diego, Calif., helped the Aggies to a season-opening sweep over Houston Baptist as he was 6-for-11 at the dish with six RBI and five runs scored. On the weekend he posted two doubles, a triple and a home run to go along with a 1.182 slugging percentage. He also got on base with three walks and was hit by a pitch once, while striking out only three times for a .667 on-base percentage.

"He played very well for us this weekend, and he has the potential to continue improving his game both offensively and defensively and that could be a scary thing for opponents," head coach Rocky Ward said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Houston Baptist Game Photos

NM State vs. Houston Baptist Game Photos

Aggie Softball Splits On Final Day Of Troy Cox Classic

The New Mexico State softball team split a pair of games on the final day of the Troy Cox Classic as they fell 16-0 to No. 6 Oklahoma in a run-rule shortened game but bounced back to defeat Southern Utah 6-1 scoring all six runs in the fifth and sixth innings. The Aggies finished the Troy Cox Classic with a 4-2 record with their two losses coming against Oklahoma. The Aggies improve to 10-2 on the season.

Game One: No. 6 Oklahoma 16, NM State 0 (5)
The Sooners jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Aggies scoring a pair of unearned runs as Jessica Shults hit a two-run home run. The Sooners would add three more in the top of the second to take a 5-0 lead. OU would score once more in the third making the score 6-0 and would hit grand slams in the top of the fourth and top of the fifth to go up 16-0.

The Aggie offense would struggle all day as they mustered just one basehit against Keilani Ricketts, a single from Brittany Clifton in the bottom of the third inning. Ricketts would strike out 10 of the 16 Aggie batters she faced on the day.  Continue Reading This Post >>