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Derek Umphres Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO – New Mexico State third baseman Derek Umphres has been named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for March 31-April 6.

Umphres, a sophomore from Safford, Ariz. (Safford HS), hit .500 (8-for-16), striking out only one time in four games last week. The Aggies went 3-1 on the week, while sweeping WAC opponent Northern Colorado and falling to in-state rival New Mexico. Umphres picked up seven singles and a home run while finishing the week with nine RBI and a .688 slugging percentage. Umphres also tallied two walks and two sacrifice flies while not allowing a single error on defense. He did what he could in a loss to the Lobos on April 2 as he was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. In a series-opening win over Northern Colorado, Umphres went 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored. He is currently hitting a team-high .345 on the year with 39 hits and 24 RBI.

Kent Blackstone Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State infielder Kent Blackstone has been named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week, for February 24-March 2.

Blackstone, a sophomore from Vienna, Va. (George C. Marshall HS), hit .538 (7-for-13) on the week with five runs, five RBI, one double, one home run and three walks. Blackstone stood out in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader as he went 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored. He doubled and had a home run in the game. He was also impressive in game two of Saturday’s twin bill, going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with one run and a hit-by-pitch. With his efforts against Oakland, Blackstone raised his batting average over .300 for the season.

The Aggies head to Lubbock, Texas this week to face Texas Tech March 6-9.

Aggie Baseball Picked To Finish Second By WAC Coaches

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State baseball was selected to finish second in the 2014 Western Athletic Conference regular season, in the coaches' preseason poll behind Bakersfield, the WAC announced Monday.

The Aggies received 70 points in the voting and one first-place vote that was done by the 10 WAC baseball coaches after a 29-28 season (13-14 WAC) in 2013.

Bakersfield was picked to win the league with 80 points and eight first place votes after a 37-22 season.

"I expected Bakersfield as the returning regular season champion to be selected to win the league, but I am pleased that the rest of the league respects our program enough to select us a close second," head coach Rocky Ward said.

NM State was followed by Sacramento State with 68 points and a first place vote.

WAC newcomer Utah Valley was selected fourth with 50 points. The Wolverines went 24-30 last season and finished fourth in Great West Conference play with a 15-9 record.  Continue Reading This Post >> Michael Johnson Interview :: 08/13/13 What drew your interest to making a donation to Aggie baseball?
Michael Johnson: A primary interest is that I love baseball. My family loves baseball and we've been involved in baseball for as long as I can remember. Of course the main interest is New Mexico State. It's our alma mater and we spend a lot of time at New Mexico State watching other sports. I would like to see the baseball program have nice facilities and be able to compete in their conference. What factors led you to decide to make your donation at this particular time?
MJ: One of the factors is that the team has been doing very well over the past four or five years. I've made a lot of donations to other parts of the University which I felt were important and had pretty much gotten those behind me and I felt that this was an opportune time for the baseball program since again, they've done so well and they need a push here to try to get to the next level of achievement. So, it was sort of a situation where'd I'd given to a lot of the other departments and I felt like baseball was my top priority.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Receives $1.4 Million Gift For Facility Improvements

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Growing up, baseball was Aggie Alumnus Michael Johnson’s favorite sport, as he and his older brother played the game with their mother sitting in the stands cheering them on. Baseball was a true love for Michael’s mother, Mineola, and it is in her honor that Michael and his, wife, Judy, will give $1.4 million to the NM State baseball program for facility upgrades.

“Baseball has been one of my passions during my entire life,” Johnson said. “My older brother and I grew up playing the game in Roswell, N.M. The love for the game was instilled in us by my mother, who was a huge baseball fan. It was the sport she really followed and enjoyed watching. She attended as many of our games as her work schedule would allow, cheering for my brother and me from the stands. We dedicate this gift as a memorial to my mother and hopefully it will bring good fortune to the New Mexico State baseball program for years to come.”

Michael and Judy have always been supporters of the game of baseball on a few different levels, including establishing a scholarship at Rice University for its baseball program and also as long-time season ticket holders for the Houston Astros and the Rice Owls.

“My wife, Judy and I have always enjoyed the game of baseball,” he added. “I coached Little League, Pony League, and Babe Ruth League for many years, and both our kids played baseball growing up. We were longtime Houston Astros season ticket holders and helped Rice University’s baseball team in the late 1990s with a similar gift, which helped that program become very successful and I feel very proud of being a part of that effort. I had been thinking about doing the same for New Mexico State over the past few years and this year seemed to be the right time.”

“Michael and Judy Johnson are great supporters of this university,” said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. “With their commitment of time, leadership and financial contributions, they are helping to ensure NMSU remains one of the best universities in our region.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Hipp, Rust And Lecount Named ABCA All-Midwest Region

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The American Baseball Coaches of America (ABCA) released the All-Midwest teams, Tuesday, June 18 with designated hitter Parker Hipp earning first team honors and third baseman Bobby Lecount and catcher Tanner Rust earning second team honors.

Hipp finished the season hitting .300 while posting a .479 slugging percentage, a .429 on-base percentage and 50 RBI. He also tallied nine home runs, which was second on the team behind Lecount, and 40 walks. Hipp was a two-time all-WAC selection for the Aggies, earning the honor as a sophomore and junior.

Lecount led the Aggies at third base making great defensive plays posting 140 putouts and 73 assists. He finished second on the team with a .326 batting average while he led in home runs (15), slugging percentage (.647) and RBI (69).

Lecount and Hipp combined for over 120 RBI and for more than 100 hits as they led the Aggies to a 29-28 season.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Four Aggies Earn All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (May 21, 2013) – The Western Athletic Conference released its 2013 all-WAC baseball teams and postseason awards as selected by the league’s head coaches and four New Mexico State baseball players were selected, with two on the first team and two on the second team.

Senior third baseman Bobby Lecount and junior catcher Tanner Rust were named to the first team, while junior right fielder Michael Medina and senior relief pitcher Evan Mott were voted to the second team.

Lecount played in 54 games this year and led the league with 67 RBI. He hit .356 against WAC opponents and posted more than half of his RBI (37) against league foes. Lecount also led the team and the lead with 38 walks while 21 of those walks came in WAC play. He led the team and finished second in the WAC with 14 home runs during the 2013 regular season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Head To WAC Tournament As Six Seed

After finishing the 2013 regular season with a 28-26 overall record and a 13-14 record in WAC play, the Aggie baseball team will head to Grand Prairie, Texas as the six-seed in the 2013 WAC Tournament.

Due to a format change for this year's WAC tournament to a pool play format the Aggies know their three opponents prior to playing their first game of the tournament. As the six-seed the Aggies will face 3-seed Texas State on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. (MT). On day two the Aggies will face two-seed UT-Arlington at 2:00 p.m. (MT). On the final day of pool play the Aggies will play seven-seed Dallas Baptist at 2:00 p.m. (MT).

The team with the best record head to head against their fellow pool members will advance to the championship game on Sunday, May 26th.

Pool A
No. 1
No. 4
No. 5
No. 8

Pool B
No. 2
No. 3
No. 6
No. 7

WAC Tournament Bracket/Schedule

NM State Falls 7-6 In Regular Season Finale To Seattle U

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BELLEVUE, WA - The New Mexico State baseball team lost the regular-season finale 7-6 to Seattle U in Bellevue, Wash., Saturday, May 18. The Aggies finish the regular season 28-26 and 13-14 in Western Athletic Conference play and the Redhawks ended their year at 21-33 and 10-16 in league play.

The Aggies started the game with back-to-back home runs as senior Parker Hipp hit a two-run shot to right field, which was followed by a solo shot that was blasted by senior Bobby Lecount to left field. Hipp tallied home run No. 9 of the year while Lecount marked his 14th homer of 2013.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Lecount Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Senior Bobby Lecount of the New Mexico State baseball team has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week by the league office for his play during April 29-May 5. This is the second career WAC Hitter of the Week honor for Lecount.

The senior from Shoreline, Wash., led the Aggies to a 3-0 series sweep over San Jose State. Lecount hit .556 (5-for-9) on the week while striking out just once and walking four times. He also hit three home runs, including two in the opening game of the series when he went 3-for-4 with six RBI and three runs scored. He finished the week with 10 RBI, a 1.556 slugging percentage and a .692 on-base percentage, while marking a 1.000 fielding percentage at third base. Lecount hit his third home run of the week in a 9-0 win on Saturday. In Sunday’s series finale against SJSU, Lecount picked up a two-RBI single in the seventh when the Aggies came from behind to win 8-5, securing the series sweep.

Lecount currently leads the team with 12 home runs on the year and is second on the team with a .365 batting average. His batting average improves to .406 in WAC play, ranking him second in the league (behind Tanner Rust). In conference-games only, Lecount leads the league in slugging percentage (.841), on-base percentage (.543), walks (20) and RBI (30). This marks the second consecutive week where Lecount has marked a 1.000 slugging percentage or better and a .550 on-base percentage or better.

Lecount and the rest of the Aggies head to San Antonio, Texas to face UTSA in a three-game WAC series starting Friday, May 10 at 5:00 p.m. (MT). Game two of the series is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 and the series finale is set for noon on Sunday, May 12.