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Austin Botello Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Austin Botello has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for Feb. 20 – Feb. 26.

Botello, a senior outfielder from Galveston, Texas (Clear Springs HS), was the catalyst of a potent NM State offense that combined for 73 runs in a four-game sweep of Mount St. Mary’s. He was 15-of-23 at the plate on the week, hitting for a WAC-best .652 average with a 1.043 slugging percentage and .678 on-base percentage. His best game came in the series finale with Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday as he was 6-for-7 from the plate with five RBIs and two runs scores. He finished the week with three doubles, two home runs, nine runs scored and 12 RBIs.

NMSU Baseball Picked To Finish 2nd, Four Aggies Earn Preseason All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The New Mexico State baseball team was voted to finish in second place, after receiving 52 points, in the 2017 Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll, the conference announced Wednesday morning.

The head coaches’ poll placed Seattle U at the top of the WAC standings with four first place votes and a total of 60 points. The Aggies finished just behind the Redhawks with one first place vote and 52 points. Sacramento State tallied 47 points and two first-place votes, good for third and Grand Canyon finished right behind with 46 points in fourth place. The final two first-place votes were given to Utah Valley who registered 43 points to take the fifth seed. CSU Bakersfield garnered 25 points to get sixth, while UTRGV (24), Northern Colorado (19) and Chicago State (8) rounded out the rest of the preseason poll.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Unveils Challenging 2017 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State baseball head coach Brian Green looks to challenge his team this spring as he unveiled the 2017 schedule Tuesday afternoon.

The 2017 slate for NM State baseball features 52 regular-season games against eight teams that went on to play in last year’s NCAA Tournament as well as three teams that advanced to Omaha to play in the College World Series – including an Arizona squad that lost in the championship series.

“We are really excited about the 2017 season,” Aggie skipper Brian Green said. “When we sat down a couple of years ago, it was really important for us to put together as competitive as a schedule as we could. We are confident that we have done that. We will compete outside of conference in 19 games against NCAA post season participants, as well as eight games versus 2016 College World Series participants.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Recruiting Class Ranked Nationally For Second Consecutive Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - New Mexico State baseball’s 2016 recruiting class has been named the 33rd ranked class in the nation by Collegiate Baseball, the publication announced on Monday. This is the first time in school history the Aggies have had back-to-back nationally-ranked recruiting classes in baseball, with last year’s class ranked 37th.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Green Adds Davis To NMSU Baseball Coaching Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State baseball head coach Brian Green announced the addition of Terry Davis as an assistant coach on Tuesday. Davis comes to Las Cruces after serving as an assistant coach at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Daniel Johnson Named ABCA/Rawlings Third Team All-American

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Junior Daniel Johnson was named American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Third Team All-American, the organization announced on Saturday. He is the 13th Aggie to be named an All-American, and the first since 2009.

“What a great honor for our program and for DJ,” said head coach Brian Green. “He has earned all the accolades he has received this season. We as a program are so proud of him. Joining the likes of Billy Becher, Ryan Kenning, Bryan Marquez and other Aggie greats, this is a great honor to add another All-American to our program and our athletic department.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Daniel Johnson Named ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-Region

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Junior Daniel Johnson was named American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings First Team All-Region for the Midwest region, the organization announced on Wednesday. He is the 12th Aggie to receive this honor, and the first since 2011.

“This is a great honor for Daniel and for our program,” said head coach Brian Green. “We are so proud of D.J., and what a great story of determination and hard work he is. In my 22 years of coaching, I have never seen a player make the strides that he has made in one season. It really is a credit to his work ethic, makeup, character and his talent.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Daniel Johnson, Joe Galindo Drafted In 2016 MLB Draft

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior Daniel Johnson was selected by the Washington Nationals in the fifth round as the 154th overall pick in the 2016 MLB First Year Player Draft on Friday. He is the 38th player drafted in program history, and the highest since Luke Hopkins was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jay in the fifth round as the 150th overall pick. Friday also marked the second-straight season a NM State player has been drafted, the first time since the c 2012-2013 drafts.

“I am extremely excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Johnson said. “This not a chance everybody gets and I will not let it go to waste.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kyle Bradish Named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - Kyle Bradish has been named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team, Collegiate Baseball announced on Wednesday. He is the fifth freshman in school history to receive this honor and the first since Zac Fisher in 2010.

Bradish, a native of Goodyear, Ariz., finished his freshman campaign with an 8-2 record and a 4.67 ERA in 86.2 innings pitched. In his 15 starts, he led the team with 82 strikeouts, which was good for third best in the WAC. Against Northern Colorado on May 20, he struck out a career-high nine batters. His eight wins put him in a tie for second most wins in the conference. Against Bradish, opponents only hit .257.

The Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team is selected by the staff of Collegiate Baseball.

Daniel Johnson Named NCBWA Hitter Of The Month

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LEXINGTON, KY - Junior Daniel Johnson has been National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Hitter of the Month for May, the organization announced on Monday.

Johnson, a native of Vallejo, Calif., hit .437 (31-for-71) with three doubles, two triples, six home runs and 20 RBI in 15 games in May. While helping the Aggies win 11 out of the fifteen games, Johnson charted a .789 slugging percentage and a .468 on-base percentage, scoring 21 runs during the month.

Johnson finished the season hitting .382 (94-for-246) with 67 runs, 11 doubles, seven triples, 12 home runs, driving in 50 RBI and owning a .630 slugging percentage and a .434 on-base percentage. Johnson led the Western Athletic Conference with his 12 home runs, 94 hits and 29 stolen bases, and was named the conference’s Player of the Year.