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Joey Ortiz Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Joey Ortiz has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter for Feb. 26 – March 4.

Ortiz, a sophomore shortstop from Garden Grove, Calif. (Pacific HS), totaled three home runs and 12 RBIs on the week. He started the week against Arizona, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a close 5-4 loss. Against Harvard, he was 5-for-14 from the plate, with three home runs, four walks, eight runs scored and 12 RBIs. Five of those RBIs came in the series finale, including a grand slam in the sixth inning. On the season, he leads the WAC with 24 runs scored and 12 walks and is among the leaders in several other categories.

NMSU Baseball Sweeps Weekly WAC Awards

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Noah Haupt and Kyle Bradish have been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for Feb. 19 – Feb. 25.

Haupt, a freshman designated hitter from Clovis, Calif. (Clovis North HS), was instrumental in the Aggies’ record-setting weekend, totaling 11 runs and 15 RBIs on the week. Haupt was 11-for-15 from the plate with six extra-base hits, posting a .611 batting average to go along with a 1.222 slugging percentage and .625 on-base percentage. His biggest game came in NM State’s 39-0 win over Mississippi Valley State on Friday night, going 6-for-7 with a double, two home runs, six runs scored and 10 RBIs. He finished the week with three doubles, a triple and two home runs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Marcus Still Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Marcus Still has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter for Feb. 12 – Feb. 18.

Still, a senior outfielder from New Orleans (Queen Creek HS), was nearly perfect from the play, going 8-for-9 with four walks as the Aggies took two of three from Towson. In the season opener, Still was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and a pair of RBIs in a 24-2 win. His only falter came in game two, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored in an 11-6 loss. The Aggies and Still bounced back on Sunday as the outfielder was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in a 13-3 win. His .889 average leads the WAC after the opening weekend of play.

NMSU Baseball Picked To Finish Second In WAC, Fishback And Bradish Named Preseason Player And Pitcher Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO – The Western Athletic Conference announced the 2018 baseball preseason honors on Wednesday morning. New Mexico State’s Mason Fishback and Kyle Bradish were selected as WAC Preseason Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. In total four Aggies were selected for the 2018 Preseason All-WAC Team, which led the conference.

Fishback was named a Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Second Team All-American and earned First Team All-WAC honors in 2017. The catcher became just the second player in program history to earn Collegiate Baseball Newspaper All-American honors. In 53 starts the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native boasted a .365 batting average to go along with 16 doubles, eight home runs and 52 runs batted in.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Releases 2018 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head baseball coach Brian Green announced a competitive 2018 schedule for the Aggies on Wednesday afternoon.

The 2018 slate features 56 regular-season games with 11 contests against power-5 opponents and four squads that went on to play in last year’s NCAA Tournament.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Marcel Renteria Selected In Sixth Round Of MLB Draft By New York Mets

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team made history after day two of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday. NM State pitcher Marcel Renteria was selected in the sixth round, pick 187, by the New York Mets.

This early draft selection of Renteria was the second year in a row that an Aggie has been taken in the first six rounds, joining Daniel Johnson who was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 draft by the Washington Nationals. This was the first time in program history that two Aggies have been drafted in the first six rounds in back-to-back years. Renteria is also just the fifth NM State player all-time to be drafted in the first 10 rounds.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Places Seven On All-WAC Teams

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced its 2017 All-WAC baseball teams and major awards on Tuesday night. All-WAC selections were made by the league’s eight head coaches after the regular-season.

Seven New Mexico State players earned recognition on the All-WAC baseball teams, tied for the most this season with CSU Bakersfield and the most in school history since 2012.

Catcher Mason Fishback earned a First-Team All-WAC nod after boasting a conference leading .421 batting average and a .705 slugging percentage with 33 runs batted in over 24 conference games. Joining Fishback on the first-team was outfielder Dan Hetzel who had a .304 BA and led the WAC with nine homers.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tristen Carranza Named WAC Hiter 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 May 8 – May 14.

Carranza, a sophomore first baseman from El Centro, Calif. (Brawley HS), led the Aggies to a sweep in Chicago, going 5-for-10 from the plate for a league-leading .500 average. Earning a hit in all three games, his best game came on Saturday, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 10-4 win. He leads the WAC in home runs this season with 16 and is tied for the lead in total bases with 118. With the sweep, NM State clinched the top seed in the upcoming WAC Tournament on May 24-28 in Mesa, Ariz.

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.