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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.

Daniel Johnson Named WAC Player Of The Year; Five Aggies Earn All-WAC Accolades

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MESA, AZ - The New Mexico State baseball team racked up the honors on Tuesday at the Western Athletic Conference Awards Banquet, part of the WAC Baseball Tournament.

Junior Daniel Johnson was named WAC Player of the Year by the league’s 10 head coaches. A native of Vallejo, Calif., Johnson finished the regular season leading the conference in batting average in the league play(.416), as well as leading the conference in hits (85), runs scored (62), home runs (12), stolen bases (27-for-31), slugging percentage (.642) and total bases (145).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Marcel Renteria Named WAC Pitcher Of The Week

DENVER, CO - NM State's Marcel Renteria has named Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for May 9 – May 15.

Renteria, a junior righthander from Nogales, Ariz. (Nogales HS/Pima CC), struck out a career-high 12 batters over seven innings of a 6-0 win at North Dakota. Scattering three hits, he walked just two and did not allow a run to give the Aggies the series-opening win against the Fighting Hawks. The win was his fifth of the season as NM State has now won five straight and eight of their last 10 games.

Joseph Koerper Named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

AUSTIN, TX - Senior Joseph Koerper has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America First Team Academic All-District team for District 7, the organization announced on Thursday. He is the sixth player in school history to receive this honor, and the first since 2009.

Koerper, a native of Las Cruces, N.M., is majoring in Genetics and Biotechnology and holds a 3.83 GPA. On the field, he is hitting .303 in 122 at-bats and has 11 extra base hits, a home run, 19 RBI and 14 runs scored this season.

Koerper now moves on to consideration for Academic All-America, which will be announced on Friday June 3.

Daniel Johnson Earns Conference, National Hitter Of The Week Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Junior Daniel Johnson has been named Western Athletic Hitter of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. This is the third time this season Johnson has received this honor. Johnson was also named Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week.

A native of Vallejo, Calif., Johnson went 12-for-20 on the week with two doubles, four home runs, eight runs scored and 14 RBI. In the series against Sacramento State, he went 10-for-15 at the plate with two two-run home runs and two three-run home runs. He also added two stolen bases for a league-leading 22 stolen bags on the season.

The Aggies are back in action on Tuesday, as they face off against New Mexico in the final game of the Rio Grande Rivalry Series at Presley Askew Field.

Daniel Johnson Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Junior Daniel Johnson has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. This is the second time this season Johnson has received this honor, after receiving it after the opening series of the year.

A native of Vallejo, Calif., Johnson led the Aggies to a series sweep over Chicago State to open the WAC schedule, going 7-for-13 with five runs scored on the weekend. His best game of the series came in the series finale, going 3-for-4 with a home run as the Aggies won 8-2.

Johnson also stole three bases during the weekend and currently leads the WAC in stolen bases with 14 in 15 attempts.

In the Thursday game of the series, Johnson helped NM State to a 17-5 victory in seven innings, going 3-for-5 with an RBI. He was just a home run short of the cycle, hitting a double and triple during the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>