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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

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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 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 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 >>

Bryan Marquez Named To The CBF Brooks Wallace Shortstop Watch List

Aggie shortstop Bryan Marquez has been named to the 2009 Brooks Wallace Shortstop Watch List. Marquez has played in 43 of the 44 games this season and holds a .413 batting average with 70 RBIs, 19 home runs, 62 runs scored and eight doubles. His On Base Percentage of .521 is second on the team and his slugging pecentage of .832 is tops on the team. Defensively he has 156 assists and 75 put outs and has committed just nine errors on the season.

Marquez has earned WAC Hitter of the Week honors and also Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors this season. Marquez is also the second Aggie to be named to a national award watch list this week as starting pitcher Daniel Simon was named to the College Baseball Foundation Pitcher of the Year Watch List  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Pitcher Daniel Simon Named To College Baseball Foundation's Pitcher Of The Year Watch List

New Mexico State junior starting pitcher Daniel Simon has been named to the 2009 College Baseball Foundation Pitcher of the Year Watch List. Simon, a junior college transfer, has started 10 games and holds a perfect 8-0 record with a 3.20 ERA in 59.0 innings pitched. He's struck out 48 batters while allowing just 25 walks. Simon is 3-0 in four WAC starts and holds wins over Sacramento State, Nevada and Fresno State. The Fresno State game he allowed no runs and just two hits in six innings of work and contributed to the first shutout victory over Fresno State in Fresno by a WAC opponent since the 2005 season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Nate Shaver Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State outfielder Nate Shaver has been named Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week and Fresno State right-handed pitcher Matt Morse, along with San Jose State right-handed pitcher Ryan Shopshire have been named the WAC’s Co-Pitchers of the Week for Apr. 20-26.

Shaver, a junior from The Dalles, Ore. (The Dalles HS), helped New Mexico State to a 2-2 record last week against No. 20 Hawai‘i. Shaver batted .529 (9-for-17) with nine runs scored, eight RBI, three home runs and three walks. Shaver was a perfect 3-for-3 in the first game of the series, collecting a pair of RBI while crossing the plate twice. In game two, Shaver went 3-for-5 with a season-high two home runs and four RBI. In the series finale, Shaver hit his ninth home run of the year and scored three times.

Aggies Earn Player of The Week Honors

The New Mexico State Aggie baseball and softball teams picked up Player of the Week honors for last week's performances. For Aggie baseball, starting pitcher Daniel Simon was named WAC Pitcher of the Week. The Aggie softball team swept the week's individual honors as senior ace Kim Watson pitched 17 innings and picked up 20 strikeouts and allowed just one earned run all weekend. She also became New Mexico State's all-time career strikeout leader in the first game on Friday afternoon. Angie Ortega picked up WAC Hitter of the Week honors as she belted three home runs on the weekend, including a two run shot and a grand slam in back-to-back at bats on Friday afternoon in the first game of the doubleheader against San Jose State. In the series finale she hit her third home run of the series, a three run shot. Ortega finished the weekend 5 of 10 from the plate with 10 RBIs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Moves Up One Spot To 23 In Collegiate Baseball Top 30; Receiving Votes In Two Additional Polls

The New Mexico State baseball team moved up one spot in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30 poll to 23rd behind a 3-1 series victory over visiting Sacramento State. The Aggies moved up seven spots from 39th to 32nd in the USA Today/Coaches Poll which was also released today and the Aggies debuted this week in the "Also Considered" category in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top 30 poll.

The Aggies head west to Fresno to take on the defending national champion Fresno State Bulldogs. The four game series begins on Friday night as the Aggies and Bulldogs play Friday, Saturday, Sunday and finish up the series on Monday. The Aggies then travel east to Reno to face Nevada the following Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Jeff Farnham Named To Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Watch List

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

WICHITA, KS - New Mexico State senior pitcher Jeff Farnham was named to the official watch list for the 2009 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award delivered by Papa John’s Pizza this week. The list was announced by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.
The award is given annually to the top division one collegiate catcher, and forty-four catchers have been nominated for the award by their coaches so far. The list will be updated to include other candidates until May 4.
The watch list will be trimmed down to 10 semifinalists, that will be announced May 14 while the three finalists for the award will be announced on June 3. The winner will be presented with the award on June 26 at the 12th Annual Great Wichita Sports Banquet.
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Bryan Marquez Earns National Player Of The Week/WAC Hitter Of The Week Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior shortstop Bryan Marquez earned Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week and was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week.
Marquez (Bonny Lake, Wash.) earned his first career WAC Hitter of the Week honor and National Player of the Week honor after having spectacular performances from March 9-15.  Head coach Rocky Ward knew what kind of defensive player Marquez was going to be this season, but has been somewhat surprised by his offensive power and performance.
"It was a great week for Bryan Marquez," Ward said.  "Not only were his numbers big, but it seems that every hit was clutch."
He started the week helping the pull-off a 5-4 victory over in-state rival New Mexico at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, N.M. as he got on base with a single right before his teammate brought him across the plate with a home run.
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