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Aggies In The Outfield

Written By: Eddie Soriano for NM State Media Relations

LAS CRUCES, N.M.There is an old adage in baseball that says, “To win you have to score runs, but to score runs you have to first get on base.”  The New Mexico State baseball team’s three starting outfielders have taken that to heart while helping the Aggies to a 30-11 record, a first-place standing in the Western Athletic Conference and a top 25 ranking throughout the month of April.

Senior left fielder Tanner Waite, junior center fielder Kyle Phillips and senior right fielder Bryan Karraker have combined to score 128 runs, nearly one-third of the Aggies’ runs this season.  The three have also become one of the best fielding groups in recent Aggie history, something that they all attribute to being good friends.    Continue Reading This Post >>

Zac Fisher Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State catcher Zac Fisher has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for April 2-8.

Fisher, a junior from Fontana, Calif. (A.B. Miller HS), hit .375 (6-for-16) with three runs scored, a home run, three RBI and three walks as the Aggies went 3-1 on the week. Fisher, who leads the WAC with 53 hits and 45 RBI on the year, brought in the tying run on a single through the right side as the Aggies came from behind to defeat Nevada 7-6 in the series finale to help NMSU win the three-game series. Fisher started the week going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI against in-state rival New Mexico to lead the Aggies to a 7-5 win.

Kurt Snowley Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Senior infielder Kurt Snowley has been named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for the week of March 19-25. It is Snowley's first career WAC Hitter of the Week honor.

Snowley, a senior from Milwaukie, Ore. (Rex Putnam HS), helped to extend the Aggies winning streak to 12 games after he hit .524 (11-of-21) in five games played last week. The most impressive of Snowley's stats from last week might be that he struck out only once in 21 at bats.

"Kurt (Snowley) has been playing great in recent games and his play has given a positive impact to the rest of the team," head coach Rocky Ward said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kyle Phillips And Ryan Beck Named WAC Baseball Players Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State centerfielder Kyle Phillips and left-hand pitcher Ryan Beck have been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for March 12-18 the league office announced, Monday.

Phillips, a junior from Tacoma, Wash. (Curtis HS), helped the Aggies to four-straight wins last week as he hit a team-high .533 (8-of-15) without striking out. He had a .650 on-base percentage on the week as he also reached base on three walks, twice by being hit by a pitch. Phillips was also very effective in centerfield as he did not allow an error and had 12 putouts.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Bryan Karraker Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State outfielder Bryan Karraker has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for the week of March 5-11. This is his second WAC hitter of the week honor.

Karraker, a senior from Phoenix, Ariz. (Pinnacle HS), hit .450 (9-of-20) as New Mexico State defeated in-state rival New Mexico and split a four-game series with 2011 NCAA Tournament participant Kent State.

"It's a nice honor and I am happy with the way our team has been battling to get some wins this past week," Karraker said.   Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>