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

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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 >>

NMSU Women's Golf Wins Fourth Consecutive WAC Title; Chanachai Takes Individual Title

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MISSION HILLS, KS - The New Mexico State women’s golf team finished the third and final round at the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championship on Friday. The Aggies led the field with a total of 907 (+67) to win their fourth-straight WAC Championship by five strokes.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Falls To No. 4 Texas Tech 6-4

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MIDLAND, TX - The New Mexico State baseball team squared off against No. 4 Texas Tech on Tuesday night at Security Bank Ballpark. The Aggies grabbed the lead early but could not hang on as the Red Raiders got the win, 6-4.

How it happened
NM State (23-15, 8-1 WAC) sent right-hander Andy Frakes to the bump to open the contest against Texas Tech (32-8, 8-4 Big 12) freshman Jake McDonald.

Each team threatened to score in the opening inning with Brent Sakurai leading off the game with a double to left field to put himself in scoring position with no outs, but the Red Raiders escaped the inning. Then with two outs in the bottom half, Texas Tech’s clean-up hitter crushed a ball to deep left field but Austin Botello reached up and robbed a ball at the wall to hold the opponent scoreless in the first.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Falls In Doubleheader To No. Arizona

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State softball fell to No. 3 Arizona in a doubleheader on Tuesday as the Wildcats defeated the Aggies 8-0 and 11-1.

Game One

Kayla Green started in the circle for the Aggies (20-19, 8-1). The sophomore fell behind early as she gave up a home run to Dejah Mulipola for the first run of the game. The homer started a rally for Arizona (43-3, 13-2) as Katiyana Mauga followed Mulipola's homer with a single. After Arizona singled and drew a walk to load the bases, Tamara Statman hit the third Wildcat single of the inning to put Arizona ahead 2-0 in the first.

Green settled in the circle as she threw back-to-back scoreless innings. The Aggies were unable to help their pitcher as the team went down swinging against Danielle O'Toole..  Continue Reading This Post >>

Crissey Amber Named WAC Track Athlete Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - New Mexico State's Crissey Amberg was named this week's Western Athletic Conference Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday. This is Amberg's first honor of the season.

Amberg set a new school record at the Bryan Clay Invite this past weekend. She finished 38th of 274 runners with a personal best time of 4:25.37. Her time ranks first in the conference and 54th on the NCAA West qualifying list.

The Aggies travel to El Paso, Texas, for the UTEP Invitational on Saturday, April 22. Field events begin at 10 a.m. (MT) with the women's hammer throw. The women's 4x100m relay starts the running events at 2 p.m.

Moriah Mack Signs Training Camp Contract With WNBA's Minnesota Lynx

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - New Mexico State guard Moriah Mack signed a training camp contract with the Minnesota Lynx of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) on Tuesday. Moriah Mack is the second Aggie ever to sign a contract with a WNBA franchise. Anita Maxwell was the first Aggie to do so in 1997 when the Cleveland Rockers made her the 29th overall pick in the inaugural year of the WNBA draft.

During 2016-17, Mack’s senior season, the guard led the Aggies to a 24-7 record and a new program record of 17-consecutive wins. By season’s end Mack had helped NM State claim their third-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season and tournament title and the team’s third consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Chris Jans Named NMSU Men's Basketball Head Coach

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia handed the reigns to the coveted Aggie men's basketball program to Chris Jans Monday afternoon, naming the Fairbanks, Iowa, native the 26th head men's basketball coach at NM State.

The 25-year veteran takes the helm of an Aggie team that returns 4-of-5 starters and won a program record 28 games. The 2016-17 squad also owned the nation's third-longest winning-streak that lasted for 20-straight games.

He recently began his second-stint at Wichita State prior to the start of the 2016-17 season under head coach Greg Marshall. At the conclusion of this past season, Jans was elevated to associate head coach before taking the NM State head coaching job.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Alexis Maynez Named WAC Softball Hitter Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - New Mexico State's Alexis Maynez was named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, the league announced on Monday. This is her first weekly honor this season and the first of her career at NM State.

Maynez, a sophomore catcher from Las Cruces, N.M., hit .833 with three extra-base hits and two RBI last week. Maynez recorded an exceptional 1.833 slugging percentage and a .833 on-base clip. She hit the game-ending home run in the fifth inning in the Aggies' 8-0 shutout of UMKC on Saturday. Maynez also hit a double and a triple in the second game of the doubleheader against the Roos. She entered the week batting .125 with a .313 slugging percentage and .263 on-base percentage; she now posts a .318 batting average, .333 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage.

The Aggies take on No. 1 Arizona at home on Tuesday with the first pitch of the doubleheader scheduled for 4 p.m. (MT).

NMSU Softball Sweeps Doubleheader, Series With UMKC

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State cruised past UMKC to complete the sweep of the Roos on Saturday. The Aggies run-ruled UMKC in both their 8-0 and 11-3 victories.

Game One

Kelsey Horton and Fahren Glackin drew back-to-back walks to start the first inning for New Mexico State. With runners on first and second, Nikki Butler reached on an error by UMKC and Horton came home on the play to give NM State the early 1-0 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>