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Joseph Koerper Named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

AUSTIN, TX - Senior Joseph Koerper has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America First Team Academic All-District team for District 7, the organization announced on Thursday. He is the sixth player in school history to receive this honor, and the first since 2009.

Koerper, a native of Las Cruces, N.M., is majoring in Genetics and Biotechnology and holds a 3.83 GPA. On the field, he is hitting .303 in 122 at-bats and has 11 extra base hits, a home run, 19 RBI and 14 runs scored this season.

Koerper now moves on to consideration for Academic All-America, which will be announced on Friday June 3.

Daniel Johnson Earns Conference, National Hitter Of The Week Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Junior Daniel Johnson has been named Western Athletic Hitter of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. This is the third time this season Johnson has received this honor. Johnson was also named Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week.

A native of Vallejo, Calif., Johnson went 12-for-20 on the week with two doubles, four home runs, eight runs scored and 14 RBI. In the series against Sacramento State, he went 10-for-15 at the plate with two two-run home runs and two three-run home runs. He also added two stolen bases for a league-leading 22 stolen bags on the season.

The Aggies are back in action on Tuesday, as they face off against New Mexico in the final game of the Rio Grande Rivalry Series at Presley Askew Field.

Daniel Johnson Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Junior Daniel Johnson has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. This is the second time this season Johnson has received this honor, after receiving it after the opening series of the year.

A native of Vallejo, Calif., Johnson led the Aggies to a series sweep over Chicago State to open the WAC schedule, going 7-for-13 with five runs scored on the weekend. His best game of the series came in the series finale, going 3-for-4 with a home run as the Aggies won 8-2.

Johnson also stole three bases during the weekend and currently leads the WAC in stolen bases with 14 in 15 attempts.

In the Thursday game of the series, Johnson helped NM State to a 17-5 victory in seven innings, going 3-for-5 with an RBI. He was just a home run short of the cycle, hitting a double and triple during the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tyler Erwin Named WAC Pitcher Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO – NM State’s Tyler Erwin has been named Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for March 7 – March 13.

Erwin, a junior left-hander from Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton HS), pitched 7.2 innings of scoreless baseball on the week. In a mid-week game, he struck out three over two innings to earn the win over Rio Grande rival New Mexico. He throw 1.1 innings, allowing just one hit with five strikeouts, in Friday’s win over Baylor and he followed that up with four strikeouts and just one walk over 3.0 innings in Sunday’s win over Baylor, earning the save. He has not allowed a run in 10.1 innings and finished with 12 strikeouts on the week.

Daniel Johnson Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Daniel Johnson has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for Feb. 15 – Feb. 21.

Johnson, a junior outfielder from Vallejo, Calif. (Jesse Bethell HS), hit .600 on the week as the Aggies opened up the season 3-0 with a sweep over visiting Towson. His best game came in the middle game of the series, going 3-for-3 with two home runs, three runs scored and five RBIs. Through the first weekend of the season, he leads the conference in batting average, slugging percentage (1.400), on base percentage (.688), runs scored (6), RBIs (8) and home runs (2).

Aggie Baseball Picked To Finish 5th In WAC Preseason Poll

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - Grand Canyon is the preseason favorite to win the 2016 Western Athletic Conference baseball title and Lopes' shortstop Paul Panaccione and Sacramento State pitcher Sam Long were selected WAC Preseason Player and Pitcher of the Year respectively in a vote of the league's 10 head coaches, who could not vote for their own team or players.

The Lopes received five of 10 first place votes to edge out Sacramento State, who received four first place votes. Seattle U grabbed the remaining first place vote to take third in the preseason poll, followed closely by 2015 WAC Tournament champion CSU Bakersfield in fourth. NM State was selected fifth and Utah Valley earned the sixth position. UT Rio Grande Valley was selected seventh, followed by Northern Colorado, North Dakota and Chicago State.  Continue Reading This Post >>

2016 New Mexico State Athletics Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Athletics Department, in conjunction with US Bank, is proud to announce the three distinguished former student-athletes selected as this year’s inductees into the US Bank/NM State Athletics Hall of Fame.

The class of 2016 includes baseball All-American Billy Becher, and volleyball All-Americans Stevi Adams Maytubby and Kim Oguh Nield.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at halftime of the Feb. 20 men’s basketball game when the Aggies close their home schedule against Seattle U at the Pan American Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Releases 2016 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After a disappointing 2015 season, the NM State Baseball team looks to rebound in 2016 with a challenging schedule as a announced by head coach Brian Green on Friday. The Aggies open the season on Feb. 19 and will play 31 home games, compared to only 19 in 2015.

“We are really excited about the [2016] schedule,” said Green. “We have 31 home games, compared to just 19 last year. We will be able to increase the home attendance. Setting an attendance record last year, with only 19 home games, says a lot about the community…we hope to reset the home attendance record this year and in fact we hope to smash it.”

NM State cracks the seal on the 2016 season at Presley Askew Field at 6 p.m. on Feb. 19 with a three game series against Towson. The following weekend, the Aggies will play host to Maine in a four game series that will include a doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 27.  Continue Reading This Post >>

WAC Announces All-Academic Honors for 2015 Spring Sports, Freshmen and Transfers, Sixty-Six Aggies Honored

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The 2015 Academic All-WAC baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track and field teams have been announced, in addition to the Academic All-WAC freshmen/transfer teams for all sports.

A total of 311 spring student-athletes were named to the list, while 400 freshmen and transfers were added for a total of 711 student-athletes. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests. The following is a list of the honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

Quinnton Mack Drafted By Arizona Diamondbacks In MLB Draft

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Dreams are still alive for former New Mexico State centerfielder Quinnton Mack as he was drafted in the 35th round (pick No. 1036) of the Major League Baseball (MLB) First Year Draft.

Mack, a native of Las Vegas, Nev., is the first NM State baseball player selected in the MLB draft since former Aggie pitcher Ryan Beck was picked in round No. 30 in 2013 and is the 38th Aggie player to be drafted.

“One of the best parts of this job is seeing people like Quinnton Mack get an opportunity to become a professional,” said head coach Brian Green. “He missed his junior season to injury, worked tirelessly in his efforts to improve and ends his senior year as one of the best players in the WAC. We are all really happy for him and we are extremely proud because he was a guy who showed up every day for this program. Today is a good day for the Aggies, no question.”  Continue Reading This Post >>