NMSU Softball Takes Series Opener With UMKC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball won its series opener against UMKC on Friday, 5-2. Kelsey Horton and Destiny Blueford each had a home run in the Aggies' victory.

How it happened

NM State (18-17, 6-1) fell behind early as UMKC (13-28, 4-3) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. An error by the Aggies put a on first for the Roos. New Mexico State earned an out on a fielder's choice by Kendra Leach but as Kayla Green walked Bri Sims, runners were on first and second for the Roos. Morgan Byrn scored Leach on a single to give UMKC a 1-0 lead.

NM State stormed back in the bottom of the first as Rachel Rodriguez reached base on an error to start the inning. After Haley Nakamura hit into a fielder's choice, Kelsey Horton hit her eighth homer of the season to put the New Mexico State ahead 2-1.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Remains Perfect In WAC Play After 8-4 Win At Sacramento State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SACRAMENTO, CA - The New Mexico State baseball team began a three-game road series at Sacramento State on Thursday night. The Aggies tied a season-high with five home runs on the night and maintained their unblemished Western Athletic Conference record after an 8-4 win over the Hornets.

How it happened
NM State (22-13, 7-0 WAC) sent Kyle Bradish to the mound to start against Sacramento State (16-17, 3-7 WAC) right-hander Justin Dillon. The Hornets put up the first runs of the game early after a two-out triple scored two in the bottom of the first.

The Aggies responded in the top of the second when LJ Hatch blasted a two-run home run to left center on a 0-1 count which tied the game up.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kelsey Horton Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO – NM State’s Kelsey Horton has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for April 3-9. This is the second honor of the season and third of her career for Horton.

Horton, a sophomore second baseman from San Clemente, Calif., hit .600 with four extra-base hits and six RBIs last week. She hit three home runs and a double with two walks and four runs scored over in three games. Horton recorded an impressive 1.600 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base clip. She opened the week with a 2-for-2 performance with a double and one run scored in the series opener at Seattle U. In the second game of the series, Horton tied the program and WAC records by hitting three home runs in the Aggies’ 14-6 victory over the Redhawks. She hit homers in three straight at-bats, becoming the first WAC player to do so in a conference game since 2010. In WAC games, Horton leads the league with a .632 batting average.

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

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

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

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

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

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

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

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

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

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

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

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

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 >>