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Gonzales Named NCBWA National Player Of The Month For February

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - The best collegiate baseball player for the month of February is an Aggie.

NM State infielder Nick Gonzales has been named National Player of the Month by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Friday's honor is his second of the week, earing National Player of the Week honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper for the second time this year Monday.

The junior had a monster month of February at the plate for the Aggies, hitting .478 in 12 games and slugging an NCAA-leading 12 homers with 36 RBI, 24 runs scored and a 1.995 OPS.

The Vail, Ariz., native closed out the month by belting five homers with 10 RBI in a doubleheader sweep of Purdue Fort Wayne on Leap Day. He also hit for the cycle, including two dingers, earlier in the month against Iona.

Nick Gonzales Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week For Second Consecutive Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Nick Gonzales has been named TicketSmarter Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for Feb. 17 – Feb. 23.

Gonzales, a junior infielder from Vail, Ariz., wins the honor for the second time in as many weeks after hitting .563 with a 1.313 slugging percentage in a four-game sweep of Iona. With pitchers around the country aware of his dangerous bat, the Gaels’ pitchers didn’t give him a lot to hit over the first three games, walking him four times but still allowing him to score four runs and drive in a pair. The first-round prospect was given plenty in Sunday’s finale and he took advantage, hitting for the cycle with an additional home run, five runs scored and seven RBIs in an 18-4 win. Holding a 74-game on-base streak dating back to the 2018 season, he is hitting .567 on the season with seven home runs, 26 RBIs and a 1.433 slugging percentage.

Nick Gonzales Named NCBWA National Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - If he wasn't already a household name, Nick Gonzales is one now.

The Aggie infielder earned National Player of the Week recognition from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and was named the Western Athletic Conference's Hitter of the Week for Feb. 10-16 after a historic season-opening weekend.

The junior from Vail, Ariz., slashed .571/.727/1.571 with four homers and 17 RBI in a four-game series sweep over Texas Southern. He extended his on-base streak to 70 games, dating back to the 2018 season.

The unanimous preseason All-American went 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored in an 11-2 opening-night win over the Tigers. He combined to go 3-for-5 with four RBI, three runs scored and five walks in a doubleheader sweep Saturday.

Gonzales' best game of the weekend came in Sunday's series finale. He went 3-for-5, matching a school record with three homers and driving in nine runs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Nick Gonzales Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Nick Gonzales has been named TicketSmarter Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for Feb. 10 – Feb. 16.

Gonzales, a junior infielder from Vail, Ariz., picked up right where he left off last season, hitting .571 in a four-game series sweep over Texas Southern and stretching his on-base streak to 70 games dating back to the 2018 season. On opening night, he was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored in an 11-2 win over the Tigers. He combined to go 3-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored, also drawing five walks, in a doubleheader sweep on Saturday. He saved the best for last, going 3-for-5, all home runs, with nine RBIs on Sunday to give him 17 RBIs on the weekend.

NMSU Baseball Releases 2020 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A new era in NM State baseball is about to begin.

First-year head coach Mike Kirby and the Aggies are set to embark on a challenging 53-game slate starting in February. NM State will face opponents from two Power Five conferences, including the Pac-12 and SEC, and clash with Mountain West foes New Mexico and San Diego State in 2020.

The Aggies play 12 of their first 13 games at Presley Askew Field, giving fans an early opportunity to watch the new-look squad open up the season in the comfort of its own home. NM State begins the campaign against Texas Southern for the second year in a row, with the home opener scheduled for 3 p.m. MT Friday, Feb. 14.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Receives Donation For Training Facility

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - When the New Mexico State Aggie baseball players start the 2020 season, they will have a new facility to help them hone their skills thanks to long-time donors and loyal Aggie fans, Mike and Judy Johnson, who have pledged $900,000 to build a new training facility for the NM State baseball program.

Aggie players will prepare for next season in the new 4,500 square foot facility, located adjacent to the team dugout along the third base line. Housing three designated hitting locations, along with two dual-use hitting and pitching areas, the facility will enable more players to practice specific skills at the same time.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kirby Named NMSU Baseball Head Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia has named Mike Kirby the 11th head baseball coach in Aggie history Monday morning.

“After a nationwide search that yielded several top candidates, I felt that the right coach and the right fit for the Aggie baseball program was Mike [Kirby]," said Moccia. "Mike is an extremely passionate individual who I know will do everything in his power to keep our program successful, take it to new heights and excite our community.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Joey Ortiz Drafted In Fourth Round Of MLB Draft By Baltimore Orioles

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SECAUCUS, N.J. - New Mexico State baseball All-American shortstop Joey Ortiz became the highest Aggie to ever be drafted after being selected in the fourth round (108th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday afternoon in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft.

“I am so thankful for this opportunity and the chance that the Orioles organization took on me,” Ortiz said from his home with family. “I truly trust in God’s plan for me and I truly have been blessed. The real work begins now!”

With his selection, Ortiz became the 80th overall Aggie to be drafted and the seventh player from NM State to be drafted by the Orioles. Former lefty Tyler Erwin was selected by the Orioles organization in 2016.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Joey Ortiz Named WAC Player Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced its All-WAC baseball honors, as selected by the league’s head coaches, on Tuesday. Along with leading the conference with six First-Team All-WAC selections, the New Mexico State baseball team also saw shortstop Joey Ortiz named WAC Player of the Year.

Ortiz earned player of the year accolades and a first-team selection after hitting .426 in league play and leading the WAC with 55 hits, 16 doubles, four triples and 94 total bases. In addition, the junior’s season-long total of hits (102), runs (82) and triples (10) lead the nation while his batting average (.430) and runs batted in (82) ranked third across the NCAA. As he has shown all career, the Garden Grove, Calif. native shines in the field and this year was no different as he posted a .975 fielding percentage with 175 assists, 58 putouts and 31 double plays turned.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Nick Gonzales Earns Third WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced its baseball players of the week on Monday morning. Continuing his red-hot streak at the plate, New Mexico State’s Nick Gonzales was named the WAC Hitter of the Week for his third time this season.

Gonzales was nearly unstoppable from the plate, going 11-for-16 with nine extra-base hits to help the Aggies go 3-1 on the week and move into a tie for first place in the league standings. In NM State’s lone non-conference game, the sophomore was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a pair of RBIs and three runs scored in a 15-13 win over Arizona.  Continue Reading This Post >>