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NM State Pitching Pair

Written By: Aaron Rodriguez for NM State Media Relations

Mott BrothersThey look alike in almost every possible way, but they are two very different people: Adam and Evan Mott, twin brothers and pitchers for the New Mexico State University baseball team join the squad from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.

Although they just played their first series with the Aggies, the Motts are already making an impact on the team. Evan threw two-and-two-third innings against Wake Forest in game one of a doubleheader, Feb. 18 and struck out five batters, while Adam earned his first win as an Aggie in game two of the doubleheader against Wake Forest. Adam worked six complete innings and struck out nine batters and didn’t allow an earned run. This shows that they are no strangers to the sport. Each of them have been playing since they were kids and have loved the game ever since.

“Our dad first introduced baseball to us when we were seven,” Evan said. “We’ve been playing ever since. We tried football but that didn’t go very well.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

2012 Aggie Baseball Preview

The New Mexico State baseball team is coming off a 34-24 season that saw the team endure a late season slide but with 15 returning letterwinners from a season ago the Aggies embark on the 2012 season with high expectations. The Aggie lineup is highlighted by preseason WAC Player of the Year and preseason All-American catcher Zac Fisher as well as well as preseason All-American and preseason All-WAC closer Scott Coffman.

The Aggies boast the deepest pitching staff they've had under head coach Rocky Ward and his staff with a total of 20 on the 35-man roster. Joining the staff with Coffman will be junior left-hander Ryan Beck, a ten game winner, as well as junior right-hander Tyler Mack who won six games. "Beck, Mack and Coffman are guys that are returning and pitched a lot of innings last year that we expect to have significant roles this year," said head coach Rocky Ward.

Joining Beck and Mack as potential starters are five other potential starters. "We have seven legitimate starters. All of them have three pitches, sometimes four. All of them have shown the ability to strikes consistently enough to be a starter," said Ward."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Set For 34 Radio Broadcasts And 3 Televised Games

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State baseball fans will have the opportunity to follow the Aggies through various media outlets during the 2012 season, including radio, internet and television broadcasts.

The voice of Aggie baseball, Jeff Mathews, is back for another season giving the play-by-play action for the radio broadcasts on Las Cruces' radio station KSNM AM 570. KSNM will broadcast a total of 34 Aggie baseball games in 2012 beginning Saturday, Feb. 18, when NM State takes on Wake Forest at 6:05 p.m. (MT).

The 34-game schedule for KSNM includes 14 away games, including live broadcasts of both away games against in-state rival New Mexico (March 13, May 15) and the Aggies final series of the season at San Jose State (May 18-20). There are eight away broadcasts, however, that will be on tape-delay.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Zac Fisher Named Preseason WAC Player Of The Year; Aggies Picked To Finish Fourth

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference released the 2012 Preseason Poll and Preseason All-WAC Team, Wednesday, Feb. 8, and the coaches selected Fresno State as the favorite to win the 2012 league regular season title, while New Mexico State University was picked to finish tied for fourth with Nevada. The coaches also voted on a preseason all-WAC team with New Mexico State leading the way as it placed five players on the team.

Fresno State received 33 points and four first place votes after a 40-16 season last year. The Bulldogs have won the WAC regular season title five out of the past six seasons. San Jose State ranked second with 31 points and three first place votes. SJSU was followed by Hawai'i with 29, Nevada and New Mexico State with 17, Louisiana Tech with 14 points, and Sacramento State with six.

"Fresno has been the one of the top two teams the past few years so Fresno getting the top spot in the preseason poll isn't too much of a surprise," head coach Rocky Ward said. "Fourth is fine because it is the middle of the league and it is what would be expected because that is about where we finished last year in league play."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Friendly Competition At It’s Finest

Written By: Ashley deGruyter for NM State Media Relations

Juniors Tyler Mack and Ryan Beck came to New Mexico State University in 2009 from opposite sides of New Mexico, not knowing what their college career had in store for them. Three years later, they are not only making their mark on Aggie baseball, but also creating a friendship that will last forever.

Mack came to NM State as a right-handed pitcher from Katy, Texas. He was voted Katy High School most valuable player in 2008 and posted a 5-2 record, while also breaking records on the football field.

Beck came to NM State as a left-handed pitcher from Ft. Collins, Colo. He was runner-up for the conference player of the year in 2008 at Fort Collins High School and held a 7-1 record.

The two were assigned to live together in the dorms as freshman and since then have lived together and flourished individually as baseball players.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Eight Aggies Named To College Sports Madness Preseason All-WAC Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - College Sports Madness announced the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) preseason all-conference teams, Thursday, Jan. 19, with NM State landing six players on the first team and two on the second team.

Junior Zac Fisher was named a first team selection and was also named Field Player of the Year after being named to the College Sports Madness All-American team (fourth team). Senior closing pitcher Scott Coffman, who tallied a 1.88 ERA last season to go along with nine saves, joins Fisher on the first team with junior second baseman Parker Hipp, senior shortstop Tyler Forney, and senior outfielders Bryan Karraker and Tanner Waite.

"It is exciting to see that we are getting recognized," head coach Rocky Ward said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Zac Fisher Named To College Sports Madness Preseason All-America Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior Zac Fisher represented the Aggies on the College Sports Madness Baseball Preseason All-American Teams, which were released Saturday, January 7 on, as a fourth team honoree.

Fisher, who was named to the team as an infielder, could see time at first base, catcher and as a designated hitter in 2012. He was also named to the NCBWA preseason All-American team in December after leading the 2011 NCAA batting average champion at the plate.

Fisher helped the Aggies to a 34-24 record last year and hit a team-leading .398 with 68 hits. He posted 16 doubles and 56 RBI to go along with a team-high eight home runs. He also led the team in slugging percentage at .632.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Closer Scott Coffman Earns Preseason All-America Honors

Senior closer Scott Coffman was named to the Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American Team as announced by Collegiate Baseball newspaper today. Coffman was named to the Third Team and is just the eighth Preseason All-American in Aggie baseball history but the seventh under head coach Rocky Ward.

Coffman led the Aggies in saves with nine and finished 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA allowing just nine earned runs while striking out 36 batter and walking just 11 in 43.0 innings of relief.

Coffman is the first Aggie pitcher to ever earn All-America honors in either the preseason or postseason.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Zac Fisher Named NCBWA Preseason All-American

New Mexico State junior catcher/designated hitter was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason All-American team on Wednesday. Fisher earned a spot on the Third Team at the DH position. In 52 games last season Fisher batted a team-high .398 with 15 doubles, eight home runs and 56 RBIs. "It's well deserved," said head coach Rocky Ward. "As a freshman he was pressed into service and he had an okay year, a pretty good year with the bat but just an okay defensive year. Then last year [Chuck] Howard was the number one catcher a year ago and we DH'd and caught Zac and he played a little bit at first and then late in the year he took over the position and played really really well."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Releases Challenging 2012 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After winning the 2011 NCAA batting title and winning 30-plus games for the third straight season, New Mexico State head baseball coach Rocky Ward has released the 2012 schedule, which features 31 home games and six teams that made it to the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

NM State produced a 34-24 record in 2011 while wining 26 of those games at home in Presley Askew Field. The Aggies face six teams that reached the NCAA Regionals in 2011 including Sacred Heart and Kent State at home. Head coach Rocky Ward expects his team to be competitive with every opponent in 2012.

"Our strength of schedule is the best it has been in the past several years and we expect it to prepare us well for the final year of the old WAC" Ward said.  Continue Reading This Post >>