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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 >>

NM State Baseball Signs Eight Including Two New Mexico Natives

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State baseball head coach Rocky Ward recently announced the addition of eight new student-athletes, as each have signed National Letters of Intent to play and attend school at NM State.

The Aggies are bringing in a couple of left-hand pitchers, four right-handers, one that can also play in the outfield, a catcher and an infielder. These student-athletes come from California, Washington, Oklahoma, Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico.

"We are happy with the signing class. We filled our needs with quality baseball players and continued to get more athletic across the board," Ward said. "We don't lose much off of this 2011 team, but this group of new Aggies will make us much deeper and more versatile on the mound and should be able to fill the voids left by graduating seniors."

The Aggies start the season February 12 with the Annual Alumni Game at Presley Askew Field before opening the regular-season with a three game series against Houston Baptist Feb. 18-20.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Release 2011 Baseball Schedule; 32 Home Games On Slate For The Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head baseball coach Rocky Ward recently released the 2011 baseball schedule with 32 games scheduled at Presley Askew Field and 21 away games.

The season starts Feb. 12 with the Annual Alumni game before opening the regular season, Friday, Feb. 18 with a three-game series against Houston Baptist. Those games are the first of seven consecutive home games at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies took on Houston Baptist last season, earning a sweep in Houston, Texas.

After the seven home games, NM State heads to Beaumont, Texas for a tournament, March 3-5, where it will face Cal State-Northridge, San Francisco, and Lamar University. NM State then returns home for the first of two games with in-state rival New Mexico, Tuesday, March 8. NM State split a four-game series with the Lobos last year, winning one game at home and one on the road.

The Aggies then head to Corvallis, Ore., March 11-13 taking on Virginia Military Institute and Oregon State in a tournament hosted by the Beavers. OSU won back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2007 under current head coach Pat Casey.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Gary Ward To Be Inducted Into ABCA Hall Of Fame

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES - New Mexico State assistant baseball coach, Gary Ward, is once again being inducted as a hall-of-famer. Ward is being inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame, which is being held in Nashville, Tenn., Friday Jan. 7, 2011.

Ward returns to NM State for his seventh year to be an assistant for his son Rocky Ward. He is the hitting coach for the Aggies and brings an extensive amount of experience to the team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Fisher Named To All-TCL Team And Named TCL Freshman of the Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Texas Collegiate League recently announced the 2010 All-TCL team with New Mexico State catcher Zac Fisher on the top of the list at catcher, while also being named Freshman of the Year.

Fisher, a 2010 Ping!Baseball News All-American, led the East Texas Pump Jacks as he wrote himself into the record books breaking the league record for doubles in a season with 17. He also became the second straight Pump Jack to be named the TCL Freshman of the Year.

"This was a great experience for me and I learned quite a bit," Fisher said. "I am excited to get back to Las Cruces and get back to work with the Aggies."

The NM State catcher also led the league with 34 RBI and he was among the leaders in home runs (4), hits (54), runs (30) and slugging percentage (.515).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Nate Shaver And Ben Harty Having An Impact At The NBC World Series

Former Aggies Ben Harty and Nate Shaver are in Wichita, KS for the National Baseball Congress World Series and are making their presence felt. Both Shaver and Harty are playing for the Haysville (KS) Heat as the team makes it's run through the NBC bracket.

Harty, who missed a significant portion of the Aggies' season with a wrist injury, is currently batting .400 with 10 hits in 27 at-bats, four of those 10 hits were home runs and four more were doubles, seven RBIs and six runs scored in the team's seven games spanning from the NBCWS Regionals and two World Series games. In the two World Series games he is batting a red-hot .714 with five hits in seven at-bats with three doubles, one home run and two RBIs while drawing two walks.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Shortstop Ryan Aguayo Named To 2010 California Collegiate All-League Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SANTA BARBARA, CA - Senior Ryan Aguayo recently earned third team honors on the 2010 California All-League Team while tallying 50 hits as a part of the San Luis Obispo Blues.

The Pico Rivera, Calif, native posted a .321 batting average, which was seventh best in the California Collegiate League (CCL). His 12 doubles was fourth-best in the league, adding 25 RBI and a team-leading six multiple RBI games.

A 2010 second-team All-WAC selection and an academic All-WAC selection, Aguayo posted a team-high 92 hits on the year, while posting a .365 batting average. He was in the top five in the Western Athletic Conference in RBI (66) and total bases (148). He also led the league in runs scored (76).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Reliever Adam Heredia Making The Most Of His Time In Alaska

Adam HerediaBaseball is pretty far down the list of things people from outside of Alaska think of when you talk about the state. When you mention Alaska to most people the first thing that usually comes to mind is snow. The next thing that comes to mind is bitterly cold weather. That's certainly the thought that first came to mind for Aggie relief pitcher Adam Heredia when he found out he would be headed to Kenai, Alaska for the summer to play in the six-team Alaska Baseball League, a wood-bat collegiate summer league. "I pictured snow," said Adam when I asked him what his first thoughts about heading to Alaska. "It'll get cold here and there but it's not really bad weather."

Every summer since the league's official formation in 1974, dozens of college baseball players descend upon the largest state in the U.S and nearly 400 of the players who have played in the league have gone on to play in the majors. Some of the ABL's more famous alumni include Hall of Famers Tom Seaver and Dave Winfield and other notable MLB stars including Randy Johnson, Frank Viola, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi, John Olerud, Steve Finley, J.D. Drew, Michael Young and Jacoby Ellsbury. At the start of the 2010 season there were 27 former ABL players on MLB rosters.  Continue Reading This Post >>