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Mike Sodders Drafted By Angels In MLB Draft

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES - Former Aggie second baseman Mike Sodders was drafted in the 31st round of the Major League Baseball draft, Wednesday, June 9.

Sodders, a native of Moreno Valley, Calif., was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in round 31 at pick No. 954 and is the 47th draft selection from NM State. Last year three players were drafted by MLB teams, while 23 players have been drafted while head coach Rocky Ward has been the head coach for the Aggies.

"It's great to hear that Mike is going to get a chance to fulfill a lifetime dream of playing professional baseball," head coach Rocky Ward said. "The possibility of him being drafted has been in real doubt since he wasn't able to play the last eight weeks of the season because of a foot injury. Hopefully his foot will be healed in time for him to sign a contract and get a minor league assignment."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Florida International's Garrett Wittels' Pursuit Of Historic Streak Not Just An Individual Accomplishment

What do New Mexico State head baseball coach Rocky Ward and the teammates of Florida International sophomore third baseman Garrett Wittels have in common? They've both been a part of historic hitting streaks. Ward was the catcher on the 1987 Oklahoma State squad when Robin Ventura set the collegiate record with 58 consecutive games with a hit while Wittels' teammates are witness to the longest hitting streak since that historic 1987 season.

Wittels carries the second longest hitting streak in college baseball history, 54 games, into the first game of the Miami Regional in Coral Gables, Fla. today at 12:00 p.m. ET where he and his teammates will square off against Texas A&M. While most of the national media focuses on the Wittels' individual accomplishment, New Mexico State head coach Rocky Ward explains that Wittels' teammates are just as much a part of the streak as Wittels is.

"What sounds like an individual accomplishment is very much a team accomplishment. I will forever remember being involved with that streak because it's not all about the player that does it," said Ward in an interview with "The team around him has so much to do with his success and that's what I enjoyed so much about being involved with Robin's streak is you felt like you had responsibility for it."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Right Fielder Nate Shaver Named To 2010 WAC All-Tournament Team

The 2010 WAC All-Tournament team was announced during the championship postgame and trophy presentation ceremony on Sunday afternoon and Aggie senior right-fielder Nate Shaver was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Shaver had an outstanding WAC tournament for the Aggies finishing the two games 7-for-10 (.700) with four runs scored, two walks and an RBI. Against 2010 WAC Tournament champion Hawai'i, Shaver went 5-for-6 and nearly hit for the cycle finishing with three singles, a double and a triple with three runs scored.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies To Face 4-Seed Hawai'i In WAC Tournament

With day one of the 2010 WAC Baseball Tournament in Mesa, Ariz. in the books the Aggies found out their opening game opponent. The format for the tournament gives the 1st and 2nd place regular season finishers a first round bye and matches the 1-seed against the lowest remaining seed in the winner's bracket and the 2-seed with the highest remaining seed in the winner's bracket.

The Aggies will face 4-seed Hawai'i who defeated 5-seed Louisiana Tech 8-7 in 10 innings as they rallied from a 6-2 deficit in the 8th inning as UH second baseman Kolten Wong delivered a pair of two-run home runs in his final two at-bats of the game, the first coming in the bottom of the 8th and the second coming in the bottom of the 10th to earn the walk-off victory with Hawai'i trailing 7-6.

The game is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m PT first pitch and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces, streaming audio will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required) and streaming video will be available via (subscription required).

Two Aggies Earn All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MESA, AZ - Two New Mexico State baseball players earned 2010 All-Western Athletic Conference honors as announced at the WAC Baseball Tournament Banquet in Mesa, Ariz., Tuesday, May 25.

Senior first baseman Leo Aguirre was named to the first team and junior shortstop Ryan Aguayo was named to the second team. Head coach Rocky Ward knows how valuable both players were to the team this season.

"Aguirre had really good numbers for us this year" Ward said. "The coaches vote for the teams based on conference numbers which makes sense if you think about it but a lot of the national awards that should be based on season numbers require an All-Conference selection, so the selection is good for him. He is a four-year guy and we haven't seen a lot of those lately at New Mexico State, so it is nice to see him win an award for all of the hard work he has put in over the years."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Chris Auten Earns Academic All-District VI Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior Chris Auten of the New Mexico State baseball team was recently named to the District VI Academic All-District first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSida).

Auten, one of five Western Athletic Conference baseball student-athletes to earn the honor, carries a 3.84 GPA and is graduating with a bachelor's degree in finance, Saturday, May 7.

While also maintaining his academics the Agoura Hills, Calif. native is hitting .328 for the nationally ranked NM State baseball team. Auten and the Aggies are 35-12-1 on the year and sit atop the WAC Standings heading into a four-game series with defending WAC Tournament Champions Fresno State. The Aggies fell to the Bulldogs in the tournament championship round last year in Honolulu, Hawai'i.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Baseball Gaining National Attention

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN) released its weekly NCAA Division I Top-30 Baseball Poll and New Mexico State came in at No. 25, Monday, May 3.

NM State has won 10 straight games and has won 24 of its last 27 with a tie coming against Nevada, April 11. The Aggies are sitting in first place in the Western Athletic Conference at 13-2-1, while they are 35-12-1 overall this season.

"It's good to be back in the national polls. It keeps us in the headlines and will help us when regional selection time comes," head coach Rocky Ward said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aguirre Named WAC Hitter Of The Week For Second Time This Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The league office named senior Leo Aguirre of the New Mexico State baseball team the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for the week April 26-May 2, while

Aguirre, hit .588 (10-of-17) as the Aggies swept Louisiana Tech to sit in first place in league play. He powered the Aggie offense with a 1.294 slugging percentage, a .600 on-base percentage and four home runs, one of them a grand slam.   Continue Reading This Post >>

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