NMSU Softball Shuts Out Utah Valley 1-0 In Series Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball took on Western Athletic Conference foe Utah Valley at the NM State Softball Complex on Friday. The Aggies topped the Wolverines 1-0 to start the three-game series.

After a pair of scoreless frames, NM State (18-14, 2-2 WAC) rallied with a single by Jeanelle Medina in the third. After Medina stole second, Victoria Castro hit a single out to right field, allowing the junior to come home on the play and giving the Aggies the 1-0 advantage.

With the bats going quiet for the New Mexico State during the next two innings, UVU (11-18, 3-4 WAC) held the momentum in the sixth when starting pitcher Samaria Diaz allowed a pair of singles and a walk, loading the bases without an out recorded. A popout and a strikeout put two Wolverines batters away before another strikeout ended the at bat, keeping the opposition scoreless.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Drops Series Opener To Grand Canyon

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team opened a three-game weekend series against Western Athletic Conference foe Grand Canyon on Friday night at Presley Askew Field. After tying the game up in the fifth, the Aggies lost the lead in the next frame and could not mount a late comeback falling to the Lopes in the series opener, 7-4.

A strong pitching duel opened the contest with NM State (20-8, 4-3 WAC) starter Brock Whittlesey taking the mound to square off against Grand Canyon (17-12, 5-2 WAC) ace Kade Mechals. The Lopes threatened early when they loaded the bases with one out in the opening frame, but Whittlesey got a strikeout swinging and an infield groundout to hold the opposition scoreless.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Dominates UNM In Doubleheader Sweep

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball hosted New Mexico for a doubleheader at the NM State Softball Complex on Tuesday. The Aggies topped the Lobos 8-0 in six innings and 11-3 in five innings.

GAME ONE
After a scoreless opening frame for both teams, NM State (17-14) began a rally with Mya Felder drawing a leadoff walk. Fellow freshman Kayla Bowen reached on an error and a second misstep on the play by UNM (10-26) brought Felder home and allowed Bowen to reach third. After Casie Roberto walked, she stole second and Bowen came home on the play, extending the lead. The third run of the inning came home when the Lobos committed their third error of game during Kelsey Horton's at bat.

In the following frame, Chloe Rivas picked up a leadoff walk before Felder crushed her fourth home run of the season, putting the Aggies ahead 5-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Louis Menard Named WAC Men's Tennis Singles Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State men’s tennis sophomore Louis Menard was named the Western Athletic Conference Singles Player of the Week after a strong outing on the courts last week.

This is the second weekly honor for Menard this season and fourth overall for NM State since the start of dual action.

The Annecy, France, product became the first Aggie to reach the 20-win plateau this past weekend after pushing his win-streak to six-straight. Menard currently sits at 21-10 overall in singles play and 12-6 in dual action for New Mexico State while also winning eight of his last 10 matches.

Menard and the Aggies sit in a tie for first in the league standings with Grand Canyon after going 3-0 on the weekend at home. NM State will get this week off before hosting NMMI in a doubleheader with the women’s team on Tuesday, April 9, at 2 p.m. (MT). Both the men’s and women’s teams will be honoring their seniors.

Stijn de Haan Named WAC Men's Tennis Singles Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State men’s tennis senior Stijn de Haan was named the Western Athletic Conference Singles Player of the Week after leading to the Aggies to a thrilling 4-3 win over Southern Miss this past Sunday.

This the first weekly honor for de Haan in the spring and second once you include the player of the month honor back in September. As a team, this is just the third singles player of the week honor for NM State.

In his lone match this past Sunday, de Haan made quick work of Tom Cecchetto for NM State’s first point of the match 6-1, 6-2 at the top singles position.

NM State and de Haan are set to wrap up their southern swing today at Nicholls State before returning home to host the first WAC pod beginning Friday, March 29.

Tristan Peterson Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Tristan Peterson has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for March 18 – March 24.

Peterson, a junior infielder from Tucson, Ariz. (Canyon del Oro HS/Howard JC), was the top hitter in the WAC during the opening weekend of conference play in a series win against CSU Bakersfield and chipped in a solid non-conference game at Arizona as well. On the week, he was 12-of-19 from the plate with 13 RBIs, five home runs and seven runs scored. All five home runs and 10 of those RBIs came in a three-game series against CSU Bakersfield as the transfer helped the Aggies outscore the ‘Runners, 44-14. Through the first three games of WAC play, he is hitting .643 with a 1.786 slugging percentage.

NMSU Women's Golf Rallies For Red Rocks Invite Team Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CORNVILLE, AZ - The New Mexico State women’s golf team completed play at the two-day, three-round Red Rocks Invitational on Sunday at the Agave Highland Golf Club. After sitting in a tie for fourth at the start of the day, the Aggies fired a tournament-best 278 (-6) for a final team score of 853 (+1) that saw the team take home the Red Rocks Invite championship, the second team title of the season for the Crimson & White.

Following the impressive comeback for the team championship, head coach Danny Bowen said, “Really proud of the teams play this week. After having a rough spring so far, we played with a lot of confidence and were able to hole a lot of putts which was fun. Today’s comeback win just showed how much determination they had to get the job done!”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Finishes Season With Loss Against Iowa State In NCAA Tournament

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AMES, IA - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team bowed out of the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a 97-61 loss against third-seeded Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday night.

“All year long this team has battled,” said head coach Brooke Atkinson. “They put together a heck of year, a heck of a streak, a heck of a run, and just coming into this environment, Iowa State is a good basketball team, I thought we battled them.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Wild Finishes Were The Norm For New Mexico State Basketball In 2018-19

The Aggies’ 2018-19 season ended in the NCAA Tournament with a 78-77 loss against Auburn in a wild finish and to many a wild, unbelievable, bizarre, wildly unbelievable bizarre finish. While it certainly was wild, the Aggies were no strangers to wild, bizarre finishes to games this season so where does the NCAA tournament game rank on the list of finishes to games? Here’s our ranking:

1. Johnny McCants hits a halfcourt buzzer beater to stun Grand Canyon.
With the Aggies leading by three wth 35 seconds left and with possession of the ball, AJ Harris had his pocket picked not once but twice leading to two GCU layups and a one point deficit. Terrell Brown would miss a pair of free throws that could have tied or given the Aggies the lead but GCU’s Trey Dreschel missed the front end of a one-and-one with six seconds left and the rest is history.

2. Trevelin Queen beats the buzzer to stun Cal State Bakersfield in overtime.
This was perhaps an even more bizarre a final 69 seconds than the Auburn game. The Aggies were riding a seven game win streak after dropping their WAC opener at Cal Baptist. The streak looked dead in the water with Bakersfield leading by nine points with 1:09 left to play. After a Johnny McCants free throw cut the Roadrunners’ lead to eight with 58 seconds left, the Aggies started pressing and Bakersfield completely unraveled committing four turnovers meanwhile the Aggies would get a jumper from AJ Harris (deficit cut to six), a free throws from Terrell Brown (deficit at four), another pair of free throws from McCants (deficit at two) and a dunk from Brown (tie game). The Aggies then trailed by a bucket after a Jarkel Joiner jumper with eight seconds left but Trevelin Quieen would hit a wide open three at the buzzer for the win.

3. The Aggies come THIS close to an NCAA Tournament upset

4. New Mexico State avoids historic collapse at The Pit.
The Aggies led by 19 points with nine minutes left, by 14 with 2:25 left and by seven with 34 seconds left. A three pointer from UNM’s Vance Jackson with 23 seconds left cut the lead to three. missed free throws from Terrell Brown followed by a layup from UNM’s Anthony Mathis cut the lead to two points with seven seconds left. What followed on the ensuing inbounds play was a comedy of errors by both teams as Shunn Buchanan turned the ball over but then Anthony Mathis returned the favor as he was attempting to drive to the basket and the Aggies hung on and avoided what would have been a collapse of monumental proportions.

5. New Mexico State hangs on at UTRGV
The Aggies led by six with 50 seconds left but UTRGV hit a pair of threes, the teams traded free throws, UTRGV’s Tyson Smith got a layup with 13 seconds left to tied the game at 61 and then AJ Harris found Eli Chuha with a bullet pass for a layup with eight seconds left to give the Aggies the 63-61 win.

Honorable Mention:

New Mexico State Sweeps Washington State
JoJo Zamora buries Washington State with a three with 1.9 seconds left to give the Aggies a 75-72 win. New Mexico State led this game by as many as 16 in the first half.

Aggies' potential game-winning layup blocked against Drake
Trailing by 15 just a couple of minutes into the second half of their game against Drake, the Aggies chipped away and trailed by just one after a three pointer from Terrell Brown with 23 seconds left. After a missed free throw from Nick McGlynn, Terrell Brown drove the baseline and looked like he would get a go-ahead layup but was stuffed by McGlynn who would then hit a pair of free throws to ice the game.
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