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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 >>

Sodders Earns Second All-American Honor; Aggies Receive Votes In Top 40 Preseason Poll

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Mike SoddersTUCSON, AZ - Senior Mike Sodders of the New Mexico State baseball team earned his second preseason All-American honor after the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN) released the 2010 Louisville Slugger pre-season All-American teams, Monday, Dec. 21.

Sodders, (Moreno Valley, Calif.) who was also a NCBWA pre-season All-American selection, becomes the sixth player in NM State history to become a pre-season Collegiate Baseball Newspaper All-American. The 2010 second-team CBN All-American seletion joins the list of Mario Mocia (1989), Chris Weekly (1999), Billy Becher (2004), Xardiel Cotto (2005) and Luke Hopkins (2006) as CBN pre-season All-Americans.

"I am truly honored to get another honor like this," Sodders said. "It gives my team the recognition that it deserves because everyone here has been working hard to achieve our goals this season."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Mike Sodders Named 2010 NCBWA First Team Preseason All-American

Mike SoddersAggie senior second baseman Mike Sodders has been named to the 2010 First Team Preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. "That's good for Mikey. He had a good year last year and it was an even bigger year because he played half the season with a torn ligament in his knee and wore a knee brace."

Sodders played over half the season with a torn ligament that caused him to miss several games but he came back strong as he led the team and league in batting average for the season. "He finished the last 20 games hitting well over .450 and did that as a guy that really couldn't run at all. It was pretty amazing what he did late in the season. We're really looking forward to what he'll do as a player with his health back. He had a really good fall and played most of the fall without a brace which is good news for him and for us."

Sodders, playing in his first season as an Aggie in 2009 after transferring from Northeast Oklahoma A&M, played in 50 games and compiled an impressive batting average of .422 which led the team and the WAC. Sodders collected 79 hits in 189 at-bats and hit 13 home runs, 19 doubles and two triples. He posted a slugging percentage of .754 and had an on base percentage of .505.

Aggie head coach Rocky Ward was pleased not only with the recognition for his player but also for the recognition it brings the entire team. "I'm proud of the kid and I didn't know that he would get this type of recognition and I'm really pleased with that from a team viewpoint. I've always felt like All-American honors are also a vote of confidence and respect with the ballclub. Any time you have an All-American there's a point of pride that the voters out there not only recognize the player and their accomplishment but also the quality of the program."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Announces Signees for 2011 Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head baseball coach Rocky Ward recently announced that 11 student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to attend school and play baseball at NM State starting the fall of 2010.

Although, these student-athletes won't play until the 2011 season they will begin attending classes as soon as they get to campus. After a 44-17 finish in 2009 with a team that broke the school record for home runs and was second in the nation with 119, coach Ward is highly optimistic that this signing class is as strong as any other and will help to continue the Aggies' success.

"There are two highlights of this recruiting class. One is that we found quality players to replace our departing starters on the corners in both the infield and outfield. The second highlight was that we were able to add really good young arms to the pitching staff again," coach Ward said. "Overall, we added front line guys to replace our excellent seniors and added quality depth to the pitching staff."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie World Series Set To Start Saturday

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team begins playing the fall Aggie World Series at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, Nov. 7 with first pitch set for 11:45 a.m. (MT).

The Aggies will split into two teams taking each other on in a seven game series which begins November 7 and is scheduled to last through November 17 to prepare for the upcoming spring season that starts Friday, Feb. 19, against Washington, in the Cactus Classic in Tucson, Ariz.

"We believe live play gives the players better experience and allows them to learn quicker," head coach Rocky Ward said. "This generates game-like situations and it gives us to look at how line ups can come together in the spring."

The Aggies are coming off a 44-win season improving the previous season's mark by 16 victories, and breaking the record held by the 2003 NM State baseball team that won 43 games as part of the Sun Belt Conference.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tanner Rust :: A Two-Sport Student Athlete

Written By: Sylvia Quintanilla, For N.M. State Athletic Media Relations

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Some college athletes find it hard to balance life with a load of class work, their commitment to their sport and a social life, but there are some student athletes talented enough that they wouldn't have it any other way.

New Mexico State third-string quarterback, Tanner Rust, is getting set to become only the 2nd Aggie to play both Football and Baseball at a collegiate level.

"Baseball and football are my life," said Rust.

At El Capitan High School in Lakeside, Calif., Rust played both baseball and football, though he said he could have done three. He played a lot of soccer, but broke his leg when he was in 8th grade.

"Football is definitely a lot harder," Rust said on the conditioning of the two sports. "Baseball is a more mental game."  Continue Reading This Post >>

2010 Aggie Baseball Schedule Announced

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

View the 2010 schedule

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State baseball head coach Rocky Ward released the Aggies' 2010 schedule, Friday, Sept. 11. The schedule features 35 home games and a series against the University of Southern California to close out the regular season.

The Aggies open the season with a tournament hosted by the University of Washington in Tucson, Feb. 19-21. The tournament will feature the Aggies playing against Washington, Gonzaga, and Missouri. Home play starts Feb. 23-24 with the University of the Southwest coming to Presley Askew Field before Akron shows up in Las Cruces Feb. 26-28.  Continue Reading This Post >>

40 Aggies Earn 2009 Academic All-WAC Freshmen And Tranfers Honor

DENVER, CO - The 2008-09 Academic All-WAC freshman and transfer teams have been announced. A total of 36 freshman and transfer student-athletes from 12 Aggie sports were named to the list.

Kyle Decater, Jr.
Benjamin Harty, Jr.
Cory Hill, Jr.
Chace Perkins, So.
Nathaniel Shaver, Jr.
Michael Sodders, Jr.
Max Taylor, Jr.  Continue Reading This Post >>