Jemerrio Jones And Kelsey Horton Named 2018 Joe Kearney Award Recipients

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State junior softball player Kelsey Horton and senior men’s basketball player Jemerrio Jones are the 2017-18 Western Athletic Conference Joe Kearney Award winners. Named in honor of former WAC commissioner Joe Kearney, the awards are given annually to the top male and female student-athletes in the WAC.

Horton, the 2018 WAC Player of the Year and Tournament MVP, led the Aggies to both the WAC regular-season and tournament titles this season. She was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) first team All-Pacific Region honoree and broke the all-time WAC record for home runs per game in WAC play at 0.67. A two-time WAC Hitter of the Week this season, Horton set the NM State single-season records for home runs (25) and total bases (154). Her 25 homers rank second all-time in WAC history (first in the bat testing era).   Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Falls To Kent State 2-1 In Elimination Game At NCAA Regionals

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LUBBOCK, TX - The New Mexico State baseball team took on Kent State in an elimination game for the NCAA Lubbock Regional on Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies carried a one-run lead into the eighth when the Golden Flashes had a two-run home run put the Crimson & White behind as the team fell 2-1.

At the end of a historic season at the NCAA Regional in Lubbock, head coach Brian Green said, “First off, I want to thank Texas Tech for such a first-class regional and we were honored to be a part of it. What a game today, I could not be any more proud of our program, our coaching staff and our administration. In 2015 New Mexico State won 11 games and this season we won 40 with a WAC Tournament Championship, so we are very excited about the direction this program is heading.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Falls To Texas Tech 9-2 In NCAA Regional Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LUBBOCK, TX - The New Mexico State baseball team played in its first NCAA Regional since 2012 and first ever outside of the state of Arizona as it took on host No. 9 Texas Tech on Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park on Friday afternoon to open the Lubbock Regional. The Red Raiders put up multiple runs in three innings and the Aggies could not climb out of the hole losing in the opener, 9-2.

NM State (40-21) started Western Athletic Conference pitcher of the Year and Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-American Jonathan Groff against Texas Tech’s (40-17) Dylan Dusek in a battle of the southpaws. After the Aggies stranded a runner on third in the top of the first, the Red Raiders made some noise at the plate in the bottom half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Headed To Lubbock For NCAA Regional

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - After winning their first ever WAC Baseball Tournament, the NM State Aggies found out on Monday morning where they will start their road to Omaha. The Aggies are headed to Lubbock, Texas and will take on host Texxas Tech on Friday.

The Aggies (40-20) overcame a 15-inning loss late Saturday into Sunday morning to hold off Sacramento State on Sunday in a winner-take-all championship game. Tristen Carranza was named tournament MVP after going 10-for-21 from the plate with three doubles, three runs scored and seven RBIs. He was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Kyle Bradish, Jonathan Groff, Marcus Still and Brock Whittlesey.   Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Shuts Out Sacramento State 2-0 To Advance To WAC Tournament Semifinals

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MESA, AZ - The third-seeded New Mexico State baseball team took on two-seeded Sacramento State in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday afternoon at Hohokam Stadium. The Aggies scored two runs in fourth inning and WAC Pitcher of the Year Jonathan Groff threw a gem en route to a shutout win over the Hornets, 2-0.

NM State (38-19) was not quiet early as they threatened with multiple runners in scoring position over the first few frames to put Sacramento State (31-24) starter Parker Brahms in a jam.

In the top of the second, Logan Ehnes led off with a single popped up to the infield that landed between the Hornets first baseman and catcher. Tristen Carranza then laced a double off the wall in left center to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Unfortunately, a pair of groundouts and a strike out followed to hold the Aggie scoreless.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Shuts Out Bakersfield 4-0 To Open WAC Tournament Play

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MESA, AZ - The No. 3 seeded New Mexico State baseball team opened up its Western Athletic Conference Tournament play against No. 6 CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday night at Hohokam Stadium. The Aggie offense produced four runs and that was enough as the rotation combined for a shutout after a great night on the mound and a 4-0 win for the Aggies.

NM State (37-19) starter and All-WAC First-Team honoree Kyle Bradish got rolling early including six strikeouts over his first eight outs of the contest. The start did not go as favorably for southpaw Alec Daily of CSU Bakersfield (20-35).

In the bottom half of the first inning, Logan Ehnes laced a single to centerfield that loaded the bases with just one out for the Aggies. Tristen Carranza then stepped to the plate and roped a double off the wall in left center that scored a pair of runs for a 2-0 lead in favor of the Crimson & White.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jonathan Groff Named WAC Pitcher Of The Year, Nick Gonzales Named Freshman Of The Year

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MESA, AZ - The Western Athletic Conference has announced its All-WAC baseball teams and major awards as selected by the league’s nine head coaches. Grand Canyon’s Quin Cotton was named WAC Player of the Year while NM State’s Jonathan Groff was named WAC Pitcher of the Year. NM State’s Nick Gonzales was named WAC Freshman of the Year and GCU’s Andy Stankiewicz repeated as WAC Coach of the Year.

Cotton, a sophomore outfielder from Parker, Colo., posted a .417 batting average in league play to help lead the Lopes to their third WAC regular season title in the past four seasons. He led the WAC with 32 runs and 45 hits in league play and was tied for the lead in triples with three. He also tied for second in doubles with 10 and was second in the WAC with 70 total bases.  Continue Reading This Post >>

2018 WAC Baseball Tournament Bracket Announced

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DENVER, CO - For the third time in the last four seasons, Grand Canyon won the WAC baseball regular season title but for the first time in that period, the Lopes will be the number one seed in the WAC Baseball Tournament, earning the top seed in their first year of eligibility.

Grand Canyon won the regular season title with a 19-5 record in conference play. The Lopes are led by sophomore Quin Cotton, who is hitting .393 with 19 doubles, five triples, five home runs and 43 RBIs. Friday starter Jake Wong will bring a 9-2 record into the WAC tournament, having struck out 77 and walked 27 in 81.2 innings on the hill.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Drop Regular Season Finale 5-4 At UTRGV

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EDINBURG, TX - The New Mexico State baseball team took on Western Athletic Conference foe UT Rio Grande Valley in the regular-season finale on Saturday. After gaining the lead in the top of the ninth on a dramatic four-run triple, the Aggies ended up losing the game, 5-4, to a walk-off home run in the bottom half.

Game three began different than the previous two contests with the NM State (36-19, 17-7 WAC) bats being held quiet to open while UT Rio Grande Valley (23-31, 8-16 WAC) put the first runs up on the board in the third inning.

The third inning started on a high note with Aggie starter Alex Pinedo striking out the first batter swinging, which set a new program record for single-season strikeouts with the 460th on the year. Unfortunately, the tide changed quickly with the next batter for the Vaqueros knocking a triple to the corner in left field that was followed by an RBI single up the middle.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball To Face Arizona State In NCAA Regionals

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team is set play in the Tempe Regional of the NCAA Softball Championship, the NCAA announced on Sunday. The Western Athletic Conference champions take on the Arizona State Sun Devils on Friday, May 18, at 7:30 MT. Fans can follow along with the contest on WatchESPN.

The regional is set to take place Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20 and is a double-elimination format. The four-team regional includes NM State (29-22), host and eighth-seeded ASU (43-11), Long Beach State (42-12) and Ole Miss (30-23).

The Aggies face Arizona State for the third time this season. New Mexico State fell 3-0 at Farrington Stadium and 5-1 in the regular-season finale at the NM State Softball Complex. Fans can purchase tickets for the regional on site.