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Jeff Farnham And Bryan Marquez Earn Ping!Baseball All-American Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

2009 Ping!Baseball All-American Teams

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior catcher Jeff Farnham of the New Mexico State baseball team joins senior Bryan Marquez as an all-American as both were named to the 2009 All PING!Baseball teams, which were released Thursday, June 4 by PING!baseball.com.

Marquez (Bonny Lake, Wash.) who earned first team honors and Farnham (Las Vegas, Nev.) who earned second team honors led the Aggies to 44 wins on the year, the most ever by an NM State baseball team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Shortstop Bryan Marquez Earns Louisville Slugger All-American Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - Senior shortstop Bryan Marquez of the New Mexico State baseball team was named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-America baseball team as announced by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, Thursday, May 28.
 
Marquez (Bonny Lake, Wash.), a first team all-Western Athletic Conference selection, was named a first team All-American along with big names such as San Diego State's Stephen Strasburg and Arizona State's Mike Leake.
 
Marquez, who led the Aggies to a 44-17 record this season, started 59 games at shortstop. He finished the year hitting .414 with 85 RBIs and 22 home runs.  He helped NM State to the championship game in the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Honolulu, Hawai'i where the Aggies entered as the No. 4 seed.
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Aggie Shortstop Bryan Marquez Named One Of 30 Golden Spikes Award Semifinalists

Aggie senior shortstop Bryan Marquez was named as one of the 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award presented by USA Baseball. The award is one of three or which Marquez is eligible for. Marquez has also been named as one of the five finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award which is awarded to the nation's top shortstop. He is also one of 16 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy which is awarded to the nation's top player.

Marquez finished the 2009 season with a .414 batting average, one of only 24 players to in Aggie baseball history to finish a season hitting .400 or better (current teammate Mike Sodders also hit over .400 this season). He had a team and WAC leading 85 RBIs, finished with a league and team leading 83 runs (good for 2nd in the nation at the time his season ended), a team leading 89 hits (second in the WAC) and a team leading 22 home runs (third in the WAC). He also lead the team and the league in total bases with 171. He also led the team with a .795 slugging percentage which was Top 10 in the nation. His on base percentage of .534 lead the league and was 6th best nationally.  Continue Reading This Post >>

D.J. Simon Earns WAC Pitcher Of The Week Honors

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - Fresno State shortstop Isacc Vivas and New Mexico State right-handed pitcher Daniel Simon have been named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for May 11-17.

Simon, a junior from Susanville, Calif. (Lassen HS), picked up his second shutout of the season and his first complete game shutout as he threw 7.0 innings against Louisiana Tech. Simon faced 26 batters and struck out five, while walking only one. He did not give up a single run as the Aggies defeated Louisiana Tech 16-0. With the complete game shutout, Simon improves to 9-1 on the year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Take Game Two Of Doubleheader With Louisiana Tech 16-0, Clinch WAC Tournament Spot

The Aggie baseball team rebounded to take game two of Thursday's doubleheader 16-0. D.J. Simon pitched a complete game six hit shutout to improve to 9-1 on the season. The Aggies scored 10 runs in the first inning including a grand slam home run by Mike Sodders. The Aggies added three runs in the second and three more runs in the third to cap the scoring.

With the win the Aggies improve to 40-14 overall and 11-11 in league play. The win also clinches a spot in the WAC tournament next week in Honolulu. It will be the Aggies second consecutive WAC tournament appearance.

The series resumes tomorrow night at 5:00 p.m. MT.

Aggie Catcher Jeff Farnham Named A Semifinalist For Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award

Written By: Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission

WICHITA, KANSAS - The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced today the list of thirteen semifinalists for the 2009 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award delivered by Papa John’s Pizza.

The Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award semifinalists are (in alphabetical order):

Buck Afenir, University of Kansas
Billy Alvino, High Point University
Griffin Benedict, Georgia Southern University
Dan Burkhart, Ohio State University
Jeffrey Farnham, New Mexico State University  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Shortstop Bryan Marquez Named One Of 16 Dick Howser Trophy Finalists

Written By: National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association/College Baseball Foundation

STARKVILLE, MS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, working in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the College Baseball Foundation, has released the list of 16 semifinalists for the 2009 Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top player in collegiate baseball.
 
The membership of the NCBWA will choose the Dick Howser Trophy based on two rounds of national voting. Three 2009 finalists will be announced just prior to the first game of the College World Series with a press conference slated for Saturday, June 13, at 9:30 a.m. (CDT) at the Omaha Press Club in the old First National Bank Building. The winner will be named in a national broadcast from Lubbock, Texas, on Thursday, July 2.
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WAC Baseball Tournament To Be Played At Mesa, Arizona's Hohokam Stadium In 2010 And Beyond

Written By: WAC Media Relations

Hokokam Stadium Website

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference has awarded the City of Mesa the WAC Baseball Tournament for 2010, 2011 and 2012, WAC Commissioner Karl Benson announced on Thursday. The event, which is subject to the WAC Board of Directors approval, will be played at Mesa's Hohokam Stadium, the Chicago Cubs Spring Training home. The City of Mesa, Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau and Phoenix Regional Sports Commission worked in tandem to secure the event which features Hawai‘i, Fresno State, Louisiana Tech, Sacramento State, Nevada, New Mexico State and San Jose State.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kandis Jones, Kim Watson, Richard Stout Earn CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Region Honors

Sophomore outfielder Kandis Jones and senior pitcher Kim Watson from the Aggie softball team and senior center fielder Richard Stout have all earned CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Region Honors for District VI as the teams were announced earlier today.

Jones, a sophomore from La Mirada, CA carries a 4.0 GPA in Community Health/Biology earning her First Team honors while Watson, a senior from Spokane, WA carries a 3.89 GPA in Marketing which placed her on the Second Team.

Stout, a senior from Boise, ID is carrying a 3.65 GPA in Business and earned Second Team honors.

By being named First Team All-Region, Kandis Jones is now eligible for ESPN/CoSIDA All-American honors.

Aggies Face Rocky Road

Editorial Note: This article appeared yesterday on the BaseballAmerica.com college blog written by lead college writer Aaron Fitt. Aaron has graciously allowed us to republish his mailbag Q&A regarding the Aggies' chances at an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament. You can find more great college baseball coverage at BaseballAmerica.com and on Aaron's College blog.

To the mailbag:

I am concerned that a fantastic story in Southern New Mexico is going to be overlooked by the NCAA baseball selection committee. With only two conference series remaining for the New Mexico State Aggies this season, they are 38-10. I know the strength of schedule is not great, but (coach Rocky) Ward has done a fantastic job turning around the program this season. How much will NMSU’s RPI play into the selection committee’s decision? Though the Aggies’ RPI is in the 100s, the team has not lost a series this season, five players are currently hitting over .400, the team has already hit over 100 home runs this season, the Aggies are currently in a solid second place position in the WAC (which, as you know, produced the 2008 national champion Fresno State Bulldogs), they have split a two-game series with cross-state and highly regarded rival, UNM, and they took a series from San Francisco earlier this season (who incidently gave top 20 Cal Poly fits this past weekend). If this Aggie team wins the WAC regular season title, surely the selection committee will reward a team with such an incredible resume this season (especially after what happened in Omaha last summer)—won’t they Aaron?

Ryan Byrd, New Mexico  Continue Reading This Post >>