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NMSU Baseball Sweeps Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - The New Mexico State baseball team closed out its weekend series in Utah Valley on Sunday afternoon. The offense kept rolling and the pitching was superb in the finale allowing the Aggies to shutout the Wolverines, 6-0, to get the series sweep.

How it happened
Southpaw Jonathan Groff got the start for NM State (30-19, 14-4 WAC) against Utah Valley (15-30, 8-10 WAC) freshman hurler Paxton Schultz. The game opened unlike the previous two with the pitchers throwing two scoreless innings to open the contest.

In the top of the third, Brent Sakurai led off with an infield single. Dan Hetzel then mashed a home run just inside of the left field foul pole with the man on to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead early on.

Groff continued to dominate on the mound throwing back-to-back one-two-three innings through the fourth to hold the team’s two-run edge.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tristen Carranza Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO – NM State’s Tristen Carranza has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for March 27 – April 2.

Carranza, a sophomore first-baseman from El Centro, Calif. (Brawley HS), led the Aggies to a WAC sweep at Seattle U, going 6-for-11 from the plate in the three-game series. On the week, he was 7-for-15 with three home runs, four RBIs and four runs scored, posting a .467 batting average and a 1.133 slugging percentage. He was also solid in the field, recording 34 putouts and one assist with no errors.

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 >>