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Nate Shaver Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Nate ShaverAggie senior right fielder Nate Shaver has been named the WAC Hitter of the Week for his play during the week of April 5th - 11th.

Shaver hit .714 (10-for-14) to lead New Mexico State to a 2-1-1 record versus Nevada last week. Shaver was errorless in the outfield for NM State and he led the team at the plate with a consistent bat as he went 10-for-14 without a strikeout. Shaver posted two doubles, a triple, three RBI and six runs. He recorded a .765 on-base percentage against Nevada and added two walks. He was also hit by a pitch.

This is Shaver's second career WAC Hitter of the Week honor and New Mexico State's fourth Hitter of the Week honor in eight weeks of play during the 2010 season.

On the season Shaver is batting .408 which is third on the team among regular starters. His on base percentage of .523 is highest among the starters.

Leo Aguirre Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER - Senior Leo Aguirre of the New Mexico State baseball team has been named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for the week of March 29-April 4 as announced by the WAC office, Monday, April 5.

Aguirre, a senior from Austin, Texas earned his first WAC Hitter of the Week honor as he led the Aggies to a 5-0 record last week as the team extended its winning streak to 11 games. Aguirre hit .565 going 13-of-23 at the plate to help record wins over Texas Tech and Houston Baptist. He did not strike out once in his 23 at-bats going 3-for-3 against the Red Raiders and 10-for-20 against HBU.

"Ever since the move to first base, Leo has been unstoppable," head coach Rocky Ward said. "It's great to see all of his hard work pay off, especially after undergoing a major knee surgery in the off-season."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Shortstop Ryan Aguayo Named To Wallace Award Watch List

Ryan AguayoAggie junior shortstop Ryan Aguayo has been named to the 2010 College Baseball Foundation Brooks Wallace Award watch list. Aguayo took over the position after All-American Bryan Marquez graduated and has excelled. The 5'9" shortstop from Pico Rivera, Calif. is second on the team in batting average hitting .419 in 93 at-bats. Aguayo has 39 hits including eight doubles, two triples and eight home runs. He has a slugging percentage of .806 and an On Base Percentage of .496.

Defensively Aguayo has also been solid posting 80 assists and committing just nine errors with a fielding percentage of .929. He has played in all 23 games this season and has started 21 of those 23 games.

"He's not a prototypical shortstop, kind of like [Bryan] Marquez, he doesn't grade out, doesn't have a great arm, doesn't run real well but he can just play," said head coach Rocky Ward. "When the uniforms were put on, he became twice the player. You never know when that's gonna happen, you hope that a couple of your kids are going to do that. When they turn the lights on they become great players and that's what Ryan has done. He's really been a great guy for us."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ben Harty Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced designated hitter/catcher Ben Harty of the New Mexico State baseball team as the Verizon Wireless WAC Baseball Hitter of the week for the week of March 15-22.

After hitting .480 last week, Harty bettered his average by hitting .500 this week, going 7-for-14 against the best pitching staff in the Big West Conference. Harty blasted a team-high three home runs and slugged 1.214 as the Aggies scored 33 runs in three games. Head coach Rocky Ward has known since last year that Harty has the potential to be one of the hitters in the WAC.

"Ben has been our best hitter for most of the season," Ward said. "He had a great weekend and has been playing very well as of late."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Wade Reynoso Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State third baseman Wade Reynoso and Hawai‘i pitcher Josh Slaats have been named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for March 1-7

Reynoso, a senior from Redwood City, Calif. (Sequoia HS), helped New Mexico State to a 4-2 record last week. Reynoso batted .522 and registered a 1.000 slugging percentage over the six games. He went 12-for-23 at the plate with 16 RBI, 11 runs scored, four walks, two doubles and three home runs. In a win over New Mexico, Reynoso recorded a season-high six at bats, a season-high four hits and a season-high six RBI in a 17-8 victory.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Dan Reid Named WAC Pitcher Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Western Athletic Conference announced its first Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week honors, Monday, Feb. 22 and junior Dan Reid has been selected as WAC Pitcher of the Week for the week of Feb. 15-21.

Reid, a senior from Nasonworth, Neb., threw 6.0 innings against Missouri in his debut as an Aggie. Reid struck out seven batters and walked one while giving up only one run which was unearned. Reid gave up just five hits in six innings of work.

"We got what we expected to get out of Dan Reid and we are very disappointed that we couldn't give him the run support," head coach Rocky Ward said. "We are excited to see the offense come alive and this was a good experience for us early in the year, with 54 games left. I thought the pitching in this tournament was excellent overall."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Alumni Game And Free Youth Clinic Scheduled For Saturday

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico State baseball team hosts the Annual Alumni Game at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2:00 p.m. (MT), marking the start of the 2010 season. Admission is free to everyone.

After a successful 44-win season in 2009, the NM State baseball team is anxious to get started with the new season. Head coach Rocky Ward anticipates a weekend full of tradition and good baseball.

"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 there new jobs and new families. The game allows me to reconnect with young men who are very important to me."  Continue Reading This Post >>

A Look At Leo Aguirre Of NM State's Home Run Hitting Team

Written By: Ashley Trevizo for NM State Media Relations

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - There's no doubt that senior Leo Aguirre is one of the top hitters for New Mexico State's baseball team, a team that broke the school record for home runs in a season and home runs in a game. Just take a look at his stats or better yet, ask head coach Rocky Ward.

Ward recruited Aguirre, an Austin, Texas native, to NM State in his senior year of high school. Aguirre's potential to be a high quality Division I hitter was a main factor in Ward's decision to bring Aguirre to NM State.

During his first year with NM State, Aguirre started 44 of 52 games and broke numerous NM State records for the season, but that wasn't enough for the dedicated player, Aguirre strived to improve his game.

"As a freshman, I had talent but I didn't really know the game," Aguirre said, "I was young."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Picked To Finish Second; Two Aggies Named To Preseason All-WAC Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State has been selected to finish second in the 2010 Western Athletic Conference regular season in a vote by the league's head coaches. The coaches also voted senior Jared Jordan and sophomore Scott Coffman to the preseason all-WAC team.

The Aggies received 27 points and one first place vote after finishing the 2009 season with a 44-17 overall record and a 12-12 conference record. NM State finished the season losing in the championship game of the WAC Tournament to Fresno State, which was picked to win the league once again this year. Head coach Rocky Ward has high expectations for his team and knew Fresno State would be picked as the favorite once again.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Mike Sodders Earns Third Preseason All-American Honor

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior Mike Sodders of the New Mexico State baseball team earned a spot on the 2010 PING!Baseball Preseason All-American team, which was released Monday, Jan. 11.

Sodders (Moreno Valley, Calif.), a second team selection by PING!Basebball, now has three preseason honors after he also earned spots on the NCBWA All-American team and after he was named to the 2010 Louisville Slugger All-American team by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN). He is the first Aggie to ever be named to multiple preseason All-American teams.

"To be named to a third All-American team is unbelievable, but it shows that my team and I are continuing to work hard," Sodders said. "I have to credit my teammates and coaches for the hard work we have all been putting in to achieve our goals this season."  Continue Reading This Post >>