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Aggie Baseball Signs Eight In Early Signing Period

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES , N.M. - New Mexico State head baseball coach recently announced the signing of eight student-athletes to national letters of intent to attend and play baseball at NM State starting next fall.

The list of players includes Las Cruces native and Oñate High School student-athlete, Julian Herdia. Joining Heredia as a part of the early-signing class are Kyle Rutherford, William Conrad, Kyle Sachrison, Chadwick Ramsey, Ben Slater, Austin Von Blasingame and Joshua Belch.

"I am very pleased with our signing class. We were able to fill several spots from players who will be graduating after this season with very talented athletes who are also very good students," head coach Rocky Ward said. "This group of players will all be ready to impact our team as soon as they set foot on campus. "

The Aggies open the 2013 season with the Annual Alumni game, Feb. 9 at Presley Askew Field before opening the regular-season against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Feb. 15 at home.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Unveils Challenging 2013 Slate

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - As everyone is in the final month of the 2012 year, New Mexico State University head coach Rocky Ward has announced the Aggies' schedule for the upcoming season.

NM State, who is coming off a 35-win season, a Western Athletic Conference regular-season co-championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament, will play a total of 51 regular-season games, including 26 chances for Aggie fans to see their team at Presley Askew Field.

"The 2013 schedule is another challenging one for us," Ward said. "We will play a 27-game conference schedule for the first time in several years, but we still have some quality non-conference opponents as well."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ward Signs Contract Extension As NM State Skipper

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston has recently announced that head baseball coach Rocky Ward has signed a contract extension with NM State.

The contract is a three-year extension and goes thru 2015. Ward has led the program for 16 seasons and has tallied 403 wins during his time with the Aggies.

"I am pleased to see Rocky Ward's team continually grow competitively and last year's WAC title and NCAA tournament berth proves that. I am just as pleased to see his student-athletes continue to perform very well academically," Boston said. "His success with academics, as well NCAA tournament selection definitely warrants the contract extension."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Two Aggies Selected In MLB Draft

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior shortstop Zach Voight and junior catcher Zac Fisher of the New Mexico State baseball team were drafted by the Chicago White Sox on day three of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.

Voight was selected by the White Sox in the 20th round as the 621st pick and Fisher was selected in the 27th round as the 831st pick. They are the first Aggies to be drafted since former Aggies Tyler Sturdevant, Jeff Farnham and Jake Wilson were picked in 2009.

Voight played shortstop for the Aggies in 2011 and 2012 and ended his career hitting .316 in 109 games played. He tallied 126 hits, 10 home runs and 94 RBIs, while posted 229 defensive assists and 124 putouts.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Zac Fisher Named Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - Collegiate Baseball newspaper announced The Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball teams, Thursday, May 31, and New Mexico State junior catcher Zac Fisher was named a third-team selection.

Fisher becomes the second catcher from NM State to be named an All-American as former Aggie catcher Jeff Farnham was named an All-American in 2009. Fisher earned the honor after hitting .363 with 81 hits, six home runs and 58 RBI.

"We are very proud of Zac," head coach Rocky Ward said. "He is more than deserving of the honor and he represents the entire program, university and community."

Fisher adds to his list of honors as he was named a 2011 ABCA All-Region member, a preseason All-American (NCBWA, CollegeSportsMadness.com, CollegeBaseballInsider.com) and a 2011 & 2012 first team All-WAC selection.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Earns At-Large Bid; Heads To Tucson To Face Louisville

For just the third time in program history and the first time since 2003 the New Mexico State baseball team will head to the NCAA Regionals. The Aggies finished the season as WAC tri-champions with an 11-7 record in conference play and a 35-22 record overall notching victories over fellow Tucson Regional participant and host Arizona.

The Aggies will face regional 3-seed Louisville at 5:00 p.m. (MDT) on Thursday at HI Corbett Field in Tucson, Ariz. Louisville finished the season 39-20 overall and won the Big East regular season title.

Joining New Mexico State and Louisville in Tucson will be regional host Arizona and 4-seed Missouri, winners of the Big 12 conference tournament.

Friday, June 1 (Games televised on ESPNU)
Game 1: No. 3 Louisville vs. No. 2 New Mexico State, 4 p.m.
Game 2: No. 4 Missouri vs. No. 1 Arizona, 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 2 (Games televised on ESPNU)
Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 4 p.m.
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 3 (Games streamed online at ESPN3.com)
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 4 p.m.
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 5, 8 p.m.

Monday, June 5 (Games televised on ESPNU)
Game 7 (if necessary, 8 p.m. MST): Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6

All Times PDT  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Lands Seven On Postseason All-WAC Teams

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MESA, AZ - After finishing the regular season with a share of the Western Athletic Conference title and the number one seed in the WAC Tournament, the NM State baseball team received its most selections ever with seven on the All-WAC teams.

The Aggies had five first team selections, the most of any team in the WAC. Leading the Aggie selections was junior catcher Zac Fisher. Fisher was named first team all-conference after leading the league in batting average (.360) and RBI (57) throughout the entire season. Senior Tanner Waite earned a first team honor as an outfielder. Waite showed off his patience in the batters box all season long by leading the nation in walks with 67 heading into the week. Senior shortstop Zach Voight was named to the first team after recording a batting average of .302 and eight homeruns.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Tanner Rust Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State first baseman Tanner Rust has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week, for his play during the week of May 14-20.

Rust, a sophomore from Lakeside, Calif. (El Capitan HS), hit .500 (10-for-20) with five runs scored, two doubles, a triple, a home run, five RBI and one walks as the Aggies went 4-1 on the week with a win over CSU Bakersfield and a three-game series sweep at San Jose State. Rust had 43 putouts, three assists and only one error on defense through his five games last week.

In a 12-10 loss at rival New Mexico, Rust went 3-for-5 at the plate with his first home run of the season. He also picked up two RBI at New Mexico.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Zac Fisher Named Semifinalist For 2012 Johnny Bench Award

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

WICHITA, KS - New Mexico State junior catcher Zac Fisher was named one of 12 semifinalists for the 2012 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com as announced by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission yesterday.

The initial watch list started with 43 catchers from across the nation in NCAA Division I baseball and is now down to 12. Fisher, is one of two catchers from the Western Athletic Conference to be on the list with the other being Sacramento State's Derrick Chung.

Fisher leads the Aggies with a .360 batting average (73-of-203) heading into the final series of regular season play. He has posted 17 doubles, five home runs and 54 RBI on the season and is hitting .346 in WAC play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Zach Voight Named To The Brooks Wallace Shortstop Of The Year Award Watch List

Written By: College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, TX - The Pac-12 and the Southeastern Conference lead the pack with seven players each on the first 2012 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award watch list.

The Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented on June 30 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions.

The Big 12 has five players on the list and the ACC features four. Several other conferences also have multiple players on the watch list.

“It really says something about the high quality of play in many of these conferences that they have so many players on the watch list,” said Wallace Award co-chair Tyler Young. “As conference play winds down, it will be interesting to see how these players finish the season and to see which conferences will still have multiple players on the list.”  Continue Reading This Post >>