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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 >>

NMSU Baseball Sweeps Weekly WAC Awards

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - After a big week at the plate and stellar outing on the mound, New Mexico State baseball’s Tristen Carranza and Brock Whittlesey were named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week.

This is the second hitter of the week honor for Carranza and sixth for the Aggies while Whittlesey earned his first pitcher of the week honor and first for NM State this season as well.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Nick Gonzales Named NCBWA National Player Of The Month

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced its first National Player of the Month for the 2019 season on Thursday. After a stellar opening month, New Mexico State's Nick Gonzales earned the NCBWA Player of the Month honor.

Gonzales has been red-hot since opening day, leading all three national Triple Crown categories with a .590 batting average, 10 home runs and 37 runs batted in through 13 games. The sophomore also leads the NCAA in runs (28), hits (36), slugging percentage (1.213) and total bases (74).  Continue Reading This Post >>

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

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced its baseball players of the week on Monday morning. Another stellar performance at the plate in the past weekend series earned New Mexico State’s Nick Gonzales his second-straight WAC Hitter of the Week honor.

This past weekend series versus Yale saw Gonzales pick up a hit in each of the Aggies’ four games. The sophomore finished the week hitting .611 (11-of-18) from the plate, posting a 1.222 slugging percentage with six extra-base hits.

Gonzales drove in 11 runs and scored another seven as NM State took 3-of-4 from the Bulldogs. His strong play was highlighted in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader where the second baseman went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and six runs batted in. Then in the series finale Gonzales continued to roll going 3-for-5 with 5 RBI. On the season, Gonzales is hitting .675 with 19 runs scored, 27 RBI and six home runs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Nick Gonzalez Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Nick Gonzales has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for Feb. 11 – Feb. 17.

Gonzales, a sophomore infielder from Vail, Ariz. (Cienega HS), was in midseason form on opening weekend, going 16-of-22 from the plate with four home runs and 16 RBIs in an Aggie sweep of defending SWAC champion Texas Southern. The 2018 WAC Freshman of the Year had a perfect 5-for-5 night on Friday, driving in six RBIs with a pair of home runs in a 20-2 win. On Saturday, he went 8-for-12 with seven runs scored and five RBIs in a doubleheader sweep that saw NM State outscore TSU, 62-14. He followed that up with a 3-for-5 day on Sunday, driving in five RBIs in a seven-inning 16-3 win to clinch the sweep.

NMSU Baseball Headed To Lubbock For NCAA Regional

Written By: WAC Media Relations

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 >>

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

Written By: WAC Media Relations

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 >>