Butler, Green Sweep WAC Softball Weekly Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO – New Mexico State’s Nikki Butler and Kayla Green have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for March 27-April 1.

This is the third Hitter of the Week honor for NM State and the first honor for Butler. Green earns New Mexico State's first Pitcher of the Week honor this season.

“Nikki [Butler] and Kayla [Green] both performed well last week and were key to our success,” head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “Both were clutch for us in big moments. It’s always great to be recognized for a job well done.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tristen Carranza Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO – NM State’s Tristen Carranza has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for March 27 – April 2.

Carranza, a sophomore first-baseman from El Centro, Calif. (Brawley HS), led the Aggies to a WAC sweep at Seattle U, going 6-for-11 from the plate in the three-game series. On the week, he was 7-for-15 with three home runs, four RBIs and four runs scored, posting a .467 batting average and a 1.133 slugging percentage. He was also solid in the field, recording 34 putouts and one assist with no errors.

NMSU Baseball Finishes Sweep Of Seattle With 6-4 Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State baseball team wrapped up the season series at Seattle U on Sunday afternoon in Bannerwood Park. The Aggies swept the series against the Redhawks with a 6-4 win to close out the weekend.

How it happened
In game three of the series, left-handed pitcher Jonathan Groff got the start against the Redhawk southpaw Nathan Bonck. The Aggie bats got working early as Dan Hetzel lined a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to give the team a 2-0 lead in the first.

After L.J. Hatch was hit by a pitch in the second, Mason Fishback came up to bat and mashed a two-run bomb to add a pair of runs to the Aggies score as they led 4-0 through two frames. The opponent then closed the gap with a two-run home run of their own in the bottom of the third.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Sweeps Series With Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State softball team swept Utah Valley on Saturday as the Aggies defeated the Wolverines 4-3 and 7-3.

Game One

NM State's Samaria Diaz and UVU's Lauren Frailey battled it out in the first game of the doubleheader. Diaz took the circle first and saw trouble from the start. The freshman hit a batter to start the inning, then Caragh Morris singled to put runners on first and second for Brittney Vansway. Vansway hit her eighth home run of the season to put the Wolverines ahead 3-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Takes Game Two At Seattle

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State baseball team (16-12, 2-0) squared off for game two of a three-game weekend series against Western Athletic Conference foe Seattle U (8-17, 1-4) on Saturday afternoon. The clash at Bannerwood Park saw NM State take their first road series win of the season with a game two victory, 8-5, highlighted by great hitting early on.

How it happened
The weekend contest opened with Aggie right-hander Marcel Renteria on the mound versus Redhawk hurler Janson Junk. A quiet first inning for both sides kept the game knotted at zero to open up.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Wins Series Opener Against Utah Valley 8-5

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team defeated Utah Valley 8-5 on Friday to open Western Athletic Conference play.

How it happened

NM State's Kayla Green and UVU's Lauren Frailey dueled in the first inning as each pitcher took down each batter she faced. However, Green hit trouble in the second inning as Utah Valley scored two runs off the sophomore. Lyndsay Steverson started the inning by drawing a leadoff walk. After advancing to third on a passed ball and a ground ball, Steverson came around to score on a single by teammate Taleigh Williams. Williams also scored in the inning as she came home on a wild pitch by Green.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Wins Series Opener At Seattle 6-2

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State baseball team traveled to Seattle U to open WAC play with a three-game series. The first game of the weekend came on Friday evening at Bannerwood Park in which the Aggies took down the Redhakws 6-2.

How it happened
A pitching duel between right-handed starter Kyle Bradish and Seattle U’s lefty Jake Prizina opened up the night. After a quiet first for the Aggie bats, Bradish came out and walked the first two batters forcing pitching coach Joel Mangrum to make an early mound visit. The trip worked because Bradish struck out two of the next three batters, which ended the opening inning with runners on the corners.

Through the next inning and a half, the hurlers went through nine straight batters without a problem. In the bottom of the third, the first pitch of the inning saw the Redhawks number nine hitter take Bradish deep to put the opponent up 1-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Sweeps Doubleheader With UTEP

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - New Mexico State softball defeated I-10 rival UTEP in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday. The Aggies defeated the Miners 8-4 and 13-4 in doubleheader action.

NM State moves to 12-16 this season while UTEP falls to 8-23.

Game One

The Aggies got off to a hot start, taking a 2-0 lead in the first. Haley Nakamura reached on a throwing error to lead off the inning. Two-straight walks loaded the bases as Nikki Butler came to the plate. Butler singled to score the first run of the game. A walk to Kennedy Johnson with the bases loaded scored the second run of the inning to give NM State the 2-0 advantage.

NM State added to its lead with a run in the second. With Amy Bergeson on second, Nakamura dropped a bunt to advance the runner. An error by UTEP on the play brought Bergeson home for the 3-0 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tanveer Bhullar Moves On From NMSU Basketball

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State center Tanveer Bhullar will be moving on from the Aggie basketball program to seek other opportunities as a graduate transfer or play professionally announced head coach Paul Weir.

“Tanveer has been an absolute pleasure to coach in my time here,” Weir said. “I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done for us and we all wish him nothing but the best at his future destination.”

The 7-2 redshirt junior is eligible to graduate from NM State at the end of the spring semester with a degree in sociology. Bhullar will look to play as a graduate transfer or move on and play professionally.

The Ontario, Canada, native eased his way into the rotation late in the season, making 22 appearances in 2016-17 and averaged 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds with a .522 shooting clip. In addition, the redshirt junior also tallied 10 blocks and five assists in the recent campaign.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ian Baker Named Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State senior guard Ian Baker earned Associated Press All-American Honorable Mentions on Tuesday. Baker joins seven other Aggies that earned All-American status and is just the fourth NM State basketball player to be named an AP All-American.

Baker further cemented his place in New Mexico State basketball lore after becoming the third Aggie to earn AP All-American Honorable Mention status in the last four years and fourth overall, joining James Moore (2003), Daniel Mullings (2014) and Pascal Siakam (2015).

The Washington, D.C., product was also named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year earlier this month in addition to his National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 6 First Team award. He also recorded his 1,000th point early on in the season at UTEP when he sank a pair of free throws in the second half.  Continue Reading This Post >>