NMSU Men's Tennis Claims Third Consecutive WAC Regular Season Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - Less than a year since joining the New Mexico State men’s tennis program, newcomer Sergi Espias earned his keep Sunday afternoon with a 7-5, 6-0 victory at No. 4 singles and clinched the Aggies’ third-straight Western Athletic Conference regular-season title at the Championship Field Tennis Courts.

The win gave NM State its second undefeated run in conference play in three years (5-0). The Aggies are now 14-5 overall as they wrap up the regular-season with a pair of non-conference matches before they play host to the WAC Championship (April 28-30).

Stijn de Haan and Mauri Benitez picked up a 6-3 victory on court No. 2 to open up doubles play before the ever-so consistent duo of Christofer Goncalves and Luis Flores defeated UTRGV’s (5-20, 2-3 WAC) top doubles pair 6-3. The Vaqueros’ team of Koby Jansen and Clement Sarradin were able to take court No. 3, 6-4, but it was too little too late.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Sweeps UTRGV

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team completed a three-game weekend series against Western Athletic Conference opponent UT Rio Grande Valley on Sunday afternoon. The Aggies scored in six innings and won by run rule, 15-5, in the bottom of the seventh. The victory moves NM State to 6-0 in WAC play, which is the best start in conference action in program history.

How it happened
NM State’s Sunday starter Jonathan Groff took the mound for the Aggies (20-13, 6-0) to square off against UTRGV (18-18, 2-7) hurler Andrew Garcia. The early innings did not lack scoring, beginning with the opponent putting three runs up on the board in the opening half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Takes Series Against Seattle

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SEATTLE, WA - New Mexico State softball took the series from Seattle U on Saturday. The Aggies defeated the Redhawks 14-6 before closing out the series with a 6-4 win.

Game Two Continued

Bad weather suspended the second game of the series on Friday night. The continuation of the game began in the bottom of the third inning with one out and Samaria Diaz in the circle. She struck out two-straight batters to complete the inning and maintained the Aggies' 6-2 lead.

NM State's (17-17, 5-1) Haley Nakamura singled to start a five-run rally in the fourth. Fahren Glackin followed Nakamura by hitting her second home run of the season to give the Aggies the 8-4 lead. After hitting two homers the night before, Kelsey Horton sent a long ball to left field for her third homer of the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Takes Game Two Of Series With UTRGV

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team played host to the UTRGV Vaqueros for the second game of a three-game weekend series on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies got a large lead early and escaped a tough situation in the ninth to defeat the Vaqueros 7-4.

How it happened
NM State (18-13, 5-0 WAC) right-hander Marcel Renteria got the start against the Vaqueros (18-17, 2-5 WAC) Connor Grant. The opening two and a half innings saw each hurler contain the opposing offense as the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third.

With two outs and a runner on second base, Austin Botello put the Aggies first run up on the board with a single to right field.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Takes Series Opener With UTRGV 10-2

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team hosted Western Athletic Conference opponent UT Rio Grande Valley on Friday night, to begin a three-game weekend series. After falling behind early, the Aggies took control in the later innings and took down the Vaqueros 10-2.

How it happened
Right-handed pitcher Kyle Bradish got the start for the Aggies (18-13, 4-0 WAC) on Friday night and he squared off against UTRGV’s righty, Carter Johnson. Bradish was a bit wild early as he loaded the bases after allowing a single and walking two batters. The first run of the game was then walked in with only one out in the game. The sophomore hurler calmed down and escaped the inning with the team only trailing 1-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Falls In Series Opener At Seattle, Game Two Suspended Due To Weather

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SEATTLE, WA - The NM State softball team fell to Seattle U 6-2 in their series opener on Friday. New Mexico State was unable to finish the second game of the doubleheader as play was suspended due to poor weather.

Game One

After a scoreless first inning, NM State (15-17, 3-1) went on the attack with Kelsey Horton hitting a double to center field to start the second inning. Horton advanced to third on a ground ball by Caity Szczesny and was brought home by Amy Bergeson. Bergeson hit a short single to third base to score the run, giving NM State the 1-0 advantage.

Neither team was able to score a run in third inning but the Redhawks (14-22, 3-1) tied the game in the fourth. Madison Cathcart started the inning with a single to center field. Maddy Kristjanson brought the runner home on a triple and tied the game 1-1.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Orito Named WAC Women's Golfer Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - Camille Orito was named Western Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Week on Wednesday. The senior led NM State to an eighth place finish at the Hawkeye 'El Tigre' Invitational in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from April 2-4.

The Fresno, Calif. native finished tied for 20th at the end of the tournament. This was her fourth top-25 finish of the season with improved scores each day to move up the leaderboard at the invitational. After shooting a 76 (+4) in the opening round, Orito improved by three strokes in round two and finished with an even-par round of 72 to close out at 221 (+5).

The improved play by the senior was a catalyst for the team as they also moved up the leaderboard each day to finish in 8th.

The player of the week honor was the first of the spring season for Orito and the fourth for the team with Pun Chanachai grabbing two and Kristen Cline adding one.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Farmer Named WAC Field Athlete Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - Kayli Farmer was named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this season the league announced on Tuesday.

Farmer won the javelin at the Bobcat Invitational with a mark of 43.72m (143-5). She also competed in the high jump, finishing fourth with a mark of 1.65m (5-5). Earlier in the week, she competed at the Texas Relays, placing tenth of fourteen in the javelin with a throw of 39.98m (131-2).

New Mexico State track and field travels to Waco, Texas, for its next meet as the Aggies face competition at the Baylor Invite on Saturday, April 8.

Kaur Named WAC Women's Tennis Player Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - New Mexico State women's tennis junior Rimpledeep Kaur was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week once again on Tuesday the league announced.

Kaur has now won three of the last four player of the week honors after finishing the WAC regular-season with a perfect 5-0 mark in both singles and doubles play. She teamed up with Marie-Pier Thiffault for an undefeated run in conference play as well.

The junior finished last weekend 4-0, capturing wins over Grand Canyon's Tatum Prudhomme 6-0, 6-4 and Chicago State's Mariya Kostyuk 6-3, 6-3 at the top singles flight. Kaur then teamed up with Thiffault to first take down GCU's pair at No. 2 doubles 7-5 last Friday before mowing down the Cougar's No. 1 doubles pair 6-2 this past Saturday.

In total, Kaur has now won three player of the week honors in dual play and one player of the month during the fall season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Falls To No. 6 Texas Tech 15-4

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies baseball team played host to the No. 6 Texas Tech Red Raiders on Tuesday afternoon at Presley Askew Field. After falling behind early, the team could not dig themselves out of the hole against the nationally ranked opponent and fell 15-4.

How it happened
Aggie right-hander Chris Kucko got the midweek start versus the Red Raiders Caleb Kilian. The opponent’s bats came to life early scoring six runs in the top half of the first.

Looking to respond in the bottom of the opening inning, Joey Ortiz got across the plate for the Aggies first run of the game on a triple to left field by Dan Hetzel.

Texas Tech added two more in the third, but the Aggies were able to get one back in their half of the inning after a single through the left side by Tristen Carranza scored Austin Botello.  Continue Reading This Post >>