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Zac Fisher Named To Johnny Bench Award Watch List

New Mexico State junior catcher Zac Fisher was named to the 2012 Johnny Bench Award Watch List. He's the first Aggie catcher since Jeffrey Farnham to be named to the watch list. Farnham was a semifinalist in the 2009 season. Fisher is one of two WAC catchers to be named to the watch list along with Nevada junior Carlos Escobar.

The initial watch list features 43 catchers. More could be added as the season progresses and a group of semifinalists will be announced May 16. Three finalists will be unveiled June 4 and the winner is scheduled to be announced June 28 at a banquet in Wichita, Kansas.

The Johnny Bench Award winner is selected by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission and is sponsored by the Coleman Company and Papa John's Pizza. Twelve former winners are currently playing in Major League Baseball, including Buster Posey (2008), Kurt Suzuki (2004), Ryan Garko (2003) and Kelly Shoppach (2001). James Madison's Jake Lowery was the 2011 winner.

Cody Edwards Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State junior Cody Edwards was named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week by the WAC office for his play during the week of Feb. 20-26. This is Edwards first career WAC Hitter of the Week honor.

Edwards became only the second player in Aggie baseball history to hit for the cycle as former Aggie catcher Joe Leghorn was the first to achieve the accomplishment. Leghorn did it against Sacramento State, March 18, 2007.

"Cody Edwards is a player that I knew could do big things, but struggled a little in the first week of play," head coach Rocky Ward said. "What a great break through weekend for the kid."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Scott Coffman One Of 30 National Candidates For Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

OVERLAND PARK, KS - New Mexico State senior closer Scott Coffman has been announced as one of 30 candidates for this year's Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence-community, classroom, character and competition.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>