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Parker Hipp Becomes An Offensive Threat For Aggie Baseball

Written By: Kyle Purcell, For NM State Media Relations

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sophomore Second baseman Parker Hipp showed in the first four games of the 2011 baseball season that he could be one of New Mexico State's bright young stars.

Hipp was named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for the week of Feb.14-20 after he was 6-for-11 with six RBI and five runs scored. He hit two doubles, a triple and one homerun in a sweep of Houston Baptist.

In a 13-8 win over the University of New Mexico, Hipp added another home run and brought his batting average to .571, the highest on the NM State baseball team. Hipp only hit one homerun all of last year.

"I've learned over the past few months to be more of a power hitter," Hipp said. "Coach wants more of that out of me this year."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Parker Hipp Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Sophomore second baseman Parker Hipp has been named Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, as announced by the league office, for the week of Feb. 14-20.

Hipp, a native of San Diego, Calif., helped the Aggies to a season-opening sweep over Houston Baptist as he was 6-for-11 at the dish with six RBI and five runs scored. On the weekend he posted two doubles, a triple and a home run to go along with a 1.182 slugging percentage. He also got on base with three walks and was hit by a pitch once, while striking out only three times for a .667 on-base percentage.

"He played very well for us this weekend, and he has the potential to continue improving his game both offensively and defensively and that could be a scary thing for opponents," head coach Rocky Ward said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: 2011 Aggie Baseball Preview

Former Aggie Baseball Players Pursuing Their Professional Dreams

Written By Josele Diaz, For NM State Media Relations

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The 2011 New Mexico State baseball team defeated the Aggie Alumni Team this past weekend but the coaches and fans didn't care as they were able to catch up with some of the all-time Aggie greats, finding out that some are still working hard to get to the next level.

Aggie baseball has had a lot of success in the past decade, the main reason being the outstanding players. A few players such as Tyler Sturdevant, Frankie Duran, Erik Nyquist and Bryan Marquez have either played at the next level or are still playing. Those players also showed up to the Alumni Game, Saturday, Feb. 12, to show their skills and to try to upset the 2011 Aggies.

"We are proud of kids that have graduated and have gone on to have jobs and be good fathers," head coach Rocky Ward said.  "All the players that come here to play for us have dreams of going on to play pro ball."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Pitcher Dan Reid Looks To Improve On Strong Junior Season

Written By: Kyle Purcell, For NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After having a successful junior campaign in 2010 for the New Mexico State Baseball team, senior right-hand pitcher Dan Reid still thinks that there is room for improvement.

Last season Reid tied the team-high for wins with a 6-3 record in 14 starts. He also led the team in innings pitched with 73 1/3. He also finished the season with a 6.38 ERA and 50 K's. Reid showed great command throughout the season with only 13 walks and four wild pitches.

"On a scale of 1-to-10 I would rate last season as a six," Reid said. I was good with some things, bad with others."

Against Sacramento State, Reid pitched a season-high seven complete innings and only gave up two runs that game in route to a 4-2 Aggie win. In game two of a double header against Hawaii, Reid pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up only one run.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Former NM State All-Americans Come Back To Play In Alumni Game Saturday

Written By: Valerie Munoz, for NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Four former All-Americans from New Mexico State will come back to play against the current Aggies in the Annual Alumni Game Saturday, Feb. 12, at Presley Askew field at 2:05 pm.

Since the first All-American selection in 1980 NM State has gone on to have 12 players named, eight of which have been under head coach Rocky Ward. Mark Aranda, Brian Marquez, and Billy Becher all played under coach Ward and will be returning for Saturday's game. The fourth All-American is Joe Williams who played from 1988-1990 under coach Elliott Avent.

"I always look forward to seeing so many of my former players come back to campus," Ward said. "It is hard to stay in touch once a players leaves your school, because they are so focused on starting their new jobs and new families. The game allows me to reconnect with young men who are very important to me."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Picked To Finish Fifth; Perkins Named To Preseason All-WAC Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The New Mexico baseball team has been selected to finish fifth in the 2011 Western Athletic Conference regular season in a vote by the league's head coaches. The coaches also voted senior outfielder Chace Perkins to the preseason all-WAC team.

The Aggies received 16 points after finishing the 2010 season with a 36-23-1 record overall and a 14-9-1 conference record. NM State finished second in the regular season last year and was ousted in the second round of the WAC tournament losing to eventual WAC Tournament Champion Hawai'i. Head coach Rocky Ward has high expectations for his teams and knew Fresno and Hawai'i would be atop the poll.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Shortstop Planning For His Future

Written By: Valerie Munoz, For NM State Media Relations

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With the 2011 New Mexico State baseball season arriving in less than two weeks, senior shortstop Ryan Aguayo knows his college career will soon come to an end, and he's already planning for his future. Like any other athlete his dream is to play professionally, but if that doesn't work out for him he's also looking into becoming a coach.

Aguayo has coached high school baseball camps in the winter and summer and also at California State at Fullerton, and his junior college (Cuesta College). While he does work with many age groups his favorite to coach is young high school students because they are more experienced and he can relate to them.

"I really have enjoyed my time working with younger athletes because they are at an age where they are truly motivated to learn and it makes it so much more enjoyable," Aguayo said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gary Ward Inducted Into ABCA Hall Of Fame

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NASHVILLE, TN - New Mexico State assistant baseball coach and alumni Gary Ward was inducted into the America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame on Jan. 7 during the ABCA's 66th Annual Convention.

This season will be Ward's eighth as a hitting coach and assistant for head coach and son, Rocky Ward. Ward began his stint with the Aggies as top assistant coach in 2000 and was head coach for the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

"Induction into the ABCA was appreciated because it represents recognition at the highest level from your peers and it was my eighth Hall of Fame induction with the last two coming from the two foremost national organizations," Ward said. "This puts an exclamation mark on a lifetime of work and I am pleased that it may bring additional attention to New Mexico State University. I had the honor to address the National Convention with an hour of instructional information on developing the college hitter. In addition, my son Rocky was on stage with me as we presented to over 4,000 baseball coaches in attendance. We both wore the NMSU Aggie baseball uniform with great pride"  Continue Reading This Post >>

Chace Perkins Named Third Team All-American

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State senior outfielder Chace Perkins was named a 2011 third team Preseason All-American by (formerly PING!Baseball), Wednesday, Jan. 5.

Perkins, a native of Sparks, Nev., played in 57 games for the Aggies in 2010 finishing with a team-leading 17 home runs as the Aggies finished with 104 home runs on the year, which put them in the top 10 nationally. He also posted a team-high .746 slugging-percentage and a team-high 70 RBI. Head coach Rocky Ward was extremely please with Perkins' output for NM State last year.

"Chace had a great year for us last year and we are looking forward to him being a key component of our top-ranked offense this year," Ward said.  Continue Reading This Post >>