Alexis Maynez Named WAC Softball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

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

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

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 >>

NMSU Baseball Defeats Sacramento State 5-2 To Win Series

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SACRAMENTO, CA - The New Mexico State baseball team closed out a three-game series at Sacramento State on Saturday afternoon. The team held the opponent scoreless in eight innings and won the game 5-2. The victory took the series over the Hornets, 2-1.

How it happened
Saturday’s showdown pitted NM State (23-14, 8-1 WAC) starter Jonathan Groff against Sacramento State (17-18, 4-8 WAC) right-hander Max Karnos.

The Aggies got started early offensively when Brent Sakurai led off with a triple to right field and then scored on a sacrifice fly to put the team in front 1-0. Sacramento State threatened to tie the score in the top of the first with men on second and third, but Groff got the final batter to strike out swinging and preserve the Aggies lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Loses First WAC Game, Falls To Sacramento State In Extra Innings

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SACRAMENTO, CA - Despite a nine-inning performance from Marcel Renteria, the New Mexico State baseball drop a thrilling 2-1 decision to Sacramento State Friday night in 12 innings.

How It Happened
After Renteria retired the first nine batters to start the game, Mason Fishback drew first blood for the Aggies when he hit a sac-fly to right field and gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead. The Hornets answered right back in their half of the frame when Sacramento State scored on a sac-fly of its own.

From there, it was a pitcher's duel between Renteria and Sacramento State's starting pitcher and pitching staff through nine innings of action.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>