NMSU Men's Basketball Falls At Home To Utah Valley 84-72

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men's basketball team saw its 23-game home winning-streak snapped on Thursday night to Utah Valley, 84-72.

Despite the loss, the Aggies have secured the No. 2 seed in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament and will play the No. 7 seed on Thursday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. (MT)/4:30 p.m. (PT) in Orleans Arena.

After both teams exchanged baskets to start the game, an 11-1 run for the visiting Wolverines (12-15, 4-8 WAC) forced Aggie head coach Paul Weir to call a timeout.

From there the Aggies (23-5, 9-3 WAC) went a 12-4 run of their own to take the 18-17 lead over UVU. The back-and-forth scoring between the two teams continued for the remainder of the half. The first 20 minutes of action saw nine lead changes and five instances where the game was tied – including the halftime score 43-43.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Utah Valley 66-53, Clinches Share Of WAC Regular Season Title

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OREM, UT - The New Mexico State Aggies women's basketball team squared off with the Utah Valley Wolverines on Thursday evening in Orem, Utah at the Lockhart Arena. This contest saw the Aggies take a lead with their first basket of the game and never surrender it as they defeated the Wolverines, 66-53, and swept the season series.

The game opened to a very low-scoring opening as NM State led 9-0, 5:18 into the first quarter. Utah Valley then called a timeout to try and get their feet under them, but the call was to no avail, as the opponent was not able to score for another minute of play until they hit a pair of free throws.

Through the first ten minutes, NM State outscored UVU in the paint (10-2) with five Aggies knocking down a basket as the team led 17-6 after one quarter.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Falls To Texas Tech 16-1

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LUBBOCK, TX - The New Mexico State baseball team’s pitching staff couldn’t contain a hot-hitting Texas Tech team and fell to the 21st-ranked Red Raiders 16-1 Tuesday afternoon at Rip Griffin Park.

How It Happened
New Mexico State jumped out to a 1-0 lead to start the game after Dan Hetzel plated Greg Popylisen from third on a deep fly ball to center for the sacrifice RBI. However, Texas Tech answered with a run of its own in the bottom-half of the second.

The Red Raiders then scored the go-ahead run the very next inning on a throwing error from LJ Hatch that scored TTU’s Michael Davis from second. Austin Botello drew a four-pitch walk to lead off the top of the fourth, but the next three Aggie batters went down in order.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Falls To No. 15 Tennessee

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball fell to No. 15 Tennessee on Monday as the Vols defeated the Aggies 9-0 in five innings.

Kayla Green took the circle for the Aggies. The sophomore came into the game 2-2 for the year. Green fell behind early giving up three runs in the first inning.

NM State looked to tie the game in the bottom of the first. Rachel Rodriguez started the game with a single through the left side. Kelsey Horton doubled to left field to advance Rodriguez to third. With runners on second and third, the Aggies were unable to drive in a run, stranding both runners to end the inning.

Tennessee tacked on another run in the second and five in the third to give the Vols the 9-0 advantage.

Rodriguez was again able to reach third base in the third inning. NM State was unable to get the offense going as the Aggies stranded Rodriguez for the second time.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Merina Ili Named WAC Softball Hitter Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - NM State’s Merina Ili has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for Feb. 13-19. This is the first-ever honor for both.

Ili, a sophomore designated player from Long Beach, Calif., hit .583 over four games last week with three doubles and her first collegiate home run. She had seven RBIs and posted a 1.083 slugging percentage and .615 on-base percentage. In a run-rule victory over Northern Colorado last Thursday, Ili doubled and homered, driving in four runs. The following day against DePaul, she had a pair of doubles.

Ian Baker Named WAC Player Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - NM State senior guard Ian Baker has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 13-19. This is his third WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and the fourth of his career.

The Washington, D.C., native had a career night at UT Rio Grande Valley last week, finishing with a career-high 36 points on 61 percent shooting. Baker tallied 11 field goals, three of which came from beyond the arc. The NM State floor general was also 11-of-13 (85 percent) at the free throw line and added seven assists, four rebounds and one steal. Despite playing 39 minutes, Baker didn’t commit a single turnover in the victory.

NMSU Baseball Routs Bryant 20-7 In Series Finale

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team faced off against the Bryant Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon at Presley Askew Field. The game ended a four-game weekend series as the Aggies split the match up with a decisive, 20-7, victory on day three.

NM State head coach Brian Green shared his thoughts on the strong team performance saying, “We did a great job today. We swung at good pitches and were very aggressive early in the count. We had a lot of quality at-bats today and any time you can put up 20 runs, it’s a good feeling.”

How it happened

The Aggies went down 2-0 early after giving up a solo home run in the first inning, followed by a RBI double with two outs in the second. After that, the scoring was all Aggies for the next three innings.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats UTRGV 107-101

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EDINURG, TX - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team made its return to the win column Saturday night as it outscored UT Rio Grande Valley 107-101 on the road. The Aggies shot 55-percent (33-for-60) from the floor while the Vaqueros had a .485 shooting clip (33-for-68).

The Aggies move to 23-4 on the year and 9-2 on the season in Western Athletic Conference play to keep them within striking distance of first-place CSUB. Ian Baker led all scorers with a career-high 36 points on 11-of-18 shooting to go with his seven assists and four assists.

Johnathon Wilkins got the Aggie offense going early on, hitting the his first three field-goal attempts and forced UTRGV (10-18, 2-9 WAC) to call a timeout after Braxton Huggins knocked down a triple to give NM State the 7-0 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats UTRGV 87-67 On Senior Day

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - On a night filled with emotion, the New Mexico State women’s basketball team hosted the UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros on Senior Night during the team’s final home game of the 2016-17 season. The Aggies responded as they defeated the Vaqueros 87-67, on the final home contest for the team’s five seniors.

Reflecting on the the Aggies strong senior class this season, head coach Mark Trakh commented on the players’ importance saying, “They’ve meant the world to this program. They’ve all played so well and helped this program immensely. This group is 41-2 in their conference games and their dedication has turned this program around.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Drops Season Opener To Bryant 6-3

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State baseball team opened the season against the Bryant Bulldogs on Friday night at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies battled the Bulldogs through all nine innings, as the team dropped the first game of the season, 6-3.

After squaring off against one of the nation’s top pitchers in the season opener, NM State head coach Brian Green commented, ““He (Bryant starting pitcher James Karinchak) did a really good job. We were able to get his pitch count up and get him out of the game fairly early. That was the goal against him. He did a really nice job and we didn’t respond. He sped us up a little bit, but credit to him. He did a great job. We certainly had our hands full tonight.”

How it happened  Continue Reading This Post >>