NMSU Finishes Second At WAC Swimming And Diving Championships; Pratt Named Coach Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HOUSTON, TX - The New Mexico State swimming and diving team placed second at the WAC Championships on Saturday. The team scored a cumulative 551 points to finish runners-up to NAU.

Natalie French swam an impressive race in the 1650-yard freestyle. The senior clocked in at 17:00.17 for third place. Picabo Bender placed sixth in the event with a time of 17:05.21.

Johanna Petersson also found herself on the podium as the freshman clocked in at 1:59.31 for third place in the 200-yard backstroke. In fourth was Alix Knagg, who finished with a time of 2:00.03.

Another top performance came from Lauren Wood who finished third in the 200-yard breaststroke. The sophomore claimed the event bronze with a time of 2:14.24.

The NM State 400-yard freestyle relay took fourth. The team composed of Bender, Sina Wegel, Ruby Rodriguez and Petersson combined for a time of 3:25.31.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Bounces Back With 86-53 Win Over Seattle

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - On a night where two former New Mexico State men’s basketball players were recognized for their induction into the US Bank/NM State Hall of Fame, the Aggies put a complete display of athleticism on both sides of the ball as they torched Seattle U 86-53 in the Pan American Center Saturday night.

NM State (24-5, 10-3 WAC) played the way Aggie fans were accustomed to seeing them during the 20-game winning-stretch on Saturday. The offense only turned the ball over seven times, matching its lowest mark this season for the third time while forcing the Redhawks to commit 14 – nine of which came in the second half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Falls To Oklahoma State 7-4

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CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - The New Mexico State softball team dropped their seventh-straight game on Saturday as the Aggies fell to Oklahoma State 7-4.

NM State got on the board first in the second inning. With Destiny Blueford and Fahren Glackin on base, Victoria Castro hit into a fielder's choice, driving in Blueford for the first run of the game.

The Cowgirls came back in the third inning to take the 3-1 lead.

The Aggies battled back in the bottom of the third. With Amy Bergeson reaching on a walk, Kelsey Horton hit a single to put runners on first and third. An infield fly by Merina Ili advanced the both runners into scoring position. OSU threw a wild pitch to bring in Bergeson to cut Oklahoma State's lead in half.

NM State ran into trouble again in the fifth as OSU drove in a run to give the Cowgirls the 4-2 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Finishes Third At WAC Indoor Track And Field Championships

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NAMPA, ID - The New Mexico State track and field team placed third overall as the Aggies scored 112 points at the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

"We were pleased overall with the teams performances," interim-head coach Larry Carmichael said. "We exceeded people's expectations and had many outstanding performances."

The Aggies had many first place finishes at the meet. One of which included Crissey Amberg, who won the mile as she clocked in at 4:54.79 to win the gold medal. She was the only racer to finish the event in under five minutes. Amberg also placed second in the 3000 meters with a time of 10:08.52.

Lashira Tremble won the 60 meter dash. The freshman ran 7.61 in the event finals to claim the top time.

On the field, Keyarha Wilson won the women's high jump. The freshman jumped 1.68m (5-6) to win the event. Kayli Farmer took home the silver as she jumped a best 1.65m (5-5).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Edges Seattle 64-61

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SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team faced off at the home of the Seattle University Redhawks on Saturday evening. Two nights after head coach Mark Trakh reached the century mark in total wins at NM State, Trakh then added win number 101 to his Aggie total with a 64-61 victory over Seattle U.

As the game opened with the Aggies winning the tip and knocking down the first basket, on a three from Zaire Williams, Seattle then went on a 7-0 run to put the team in a hole early. NM State was then able to battle back after the break and trade baskets with the Redhawks to close out the first quarter. Williams went 3-4 from downtown as the quarter closed with the score tied, 15-15.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Great Chase Holbrook To Return To NMSU As Assistant Coach

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State football fans will have a pair of familiar faces on the sidelines this upcoming season as head football coach Doug Martin announced the additions of former Aggie standout QB Chase Holbrook and former graduate assistant Kai Brown.

Holbrook, who played for NM State from 2005-08, returns to his alma mater as the tight ends coach after spending the 2016 season working under Mike Leach at Washington State as a quality controls coach. Prior to his time in Pullman, Holbrook served as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Tarleton State. Other stops for the Hurst, Texas, native included New Mexico State Highlands (2014) and McMurry (2009-13).

During his time in Las Cruces, Holbrook rewrote the Aggie history books and still owns the single-season and career record in passing, passing attempts, completions, touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Routs Mount Saint Mary's 13-2

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The bats were white hot on a balmy Friday night at Presley Askew Field as the New Mexico State baseball team routed Mount St. Mary’s 13-2 behind 18 hits.

The Aggies (3-3) struck first in their bottom half of the first inning when LJ Hatch roped a double in the left-center gap that plated a pair of runs with two outs.

A sacrifice fly to center by Austin Botello scored another run in the second before NM State exploded for five runs in the fourth. The Aggies batted around the order that inning with Brent Sakurai making his second trip for the final out, but not before five Aggies crossed the dish.

Johnathan Groff (1-1, 5.40 ERA) settled in well after giving up a run in the third and pitched back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth frame. The Castroville, Texas, native gave up just two runs on six hits while walking two and fanned eight Mount St. Mary’s batters.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Equestrian Downs TCU 9-7

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State equestrian team squared off against the TCU Horned Frogs at home on Friday. The team came out strong early on and ended up taking down the Horned Frogs, 9-7.

The New Mexico State equestrian team fell to the SMU Mustangs at their meet today in Dallas, Texas. The squad was outscored in each of the four events as they ended up losing to a final score of 16-4.

The day began with the most dominant performance of the day by the Aggies, in equitation on the flat. This event saw the Aggies win with a 4-0 sweep as Madison Brayman, Grace McMurry, Karianna Knezevich and Remington Wilkie each earned a point for the squad. Brayman also took home Most Valuable Player honors after the event.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Unable To Hold Off No. 14 Michigan

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team played No. 14 Michigan close but came up short as the Aggies fell 5-4 on Friday.

NM State came out hot against the Wolverines to start the game. Rachel Rodriguez hit a leadoff single for the Aggies. After she stole second, Rodriguez was driven home by Kelsey Horton to give NM State the 1-0 advantage.

Michigan took the 2-1 lead in the third inning but the Aggies fought back. In the top of the fourth, NM State was able to load the bases with no outs in the inning, With Merina Ili at the plate, Michigan's pitcher hit the Aggies' designated player to score a run NM State. The Wolverines walked in two more batters to give New Mexico State the 4-2 advantage.

A three-run homer in the sixth inning spoiled the Aggies upset bid as the Wolverines took the 5-4 lead. NM State was unable to rally in the seventh and fell 5-4 to the ranked Wolverines.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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

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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 >>