Baseball News

Former Aggie Pitcher On His Way To The Top

Written By: Ashley deGruyter for NM State Athletic Dept.

With the Major League Baseball season heading into post season this week, we look at the journey of former Aggie pitcher Tyler Sturdevant has taken since leaving NM State just two years ago.

Playing baseball has always been part of Sturdevant's life. Since the age of six the baseball mindset has been instilled in him. A Colo. Native, Sturdevant started with T-ball and then played every year after that.

In high school he played at Chatfield Senior High, in Littleton, Colo. Where in his senior year with the Chargers he had a .416 batting average, 26 runs batted in, six home runs and a .702 on base percentage.

In 2005, Sturdevant decided to join the Aggie family and play for Rocky Ward. During his career at NM State Sturdevant made 51 appearances and started in 30 games. Working 210.2 innings he only allowed 26 home runs, while he marked 180 strikeouts compared to 113 walks.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Players Have Impact On Summer Leagues

Written By Eddie Soriano, for NM State Athletic Dept.

The NM State baseball team was well represented during a couple of this year's summer baseball leagues.

Brock Neil, a senior majoring in individualized studies at NM State, was named to the Horizon Air Summer Series All-Series 2011 Baseball Team as a second team first baseman, according to a press release by the California-based summer league.

"I feel pretty good about it," said Neil about the honor. "I came into the summer wanting to get my swing in line and be ready to come out and make some noise this fall and that's basically what I did. I played a lot, got a lot of time on the field, got a lot of at-bats and performed well, so I was really happy with it."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Wins National Team Batting Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team was recently named the 2011 NCAA Division I statistical champion for batting average after hitting .337 this past season as the Aggies finished with its third consecutive 30-plus win record.

With the introduction of the new BBCOR bats to Division I baseball, the Aggies continued their offensive dominance as the closest team (Wright State) hit .323, 14 points behind. Although the NCAA does not give an award for on-base percentage, NM State led the nation with a .441 on-base percentage, while finishing seventh in slugging percentage (.474), third in runs (495), and third in walks (333).

"We have been the homerun, walks, slugging percentage and walks NCAA stat champion in the past," head coach Rocky Ward said. "The addition of the 2011 Batting Average Champion solidifies us and one of the most dominant offenses in the country."

NM State had eight starters finish with a batting average above .325, while a total of 12 players hit above .300 on the year. Sophomore designated hitter Zac Fisher, who earned 2011 ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association) all-Midwest region honors, led the offense hitting .398 on the year as he appeared in 52 games while starting in 44. He tied for team-high honors with 68 hits including 16 doubles and a team-high eight home runs. He also led the team in slugging percentage at .632.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Tanner Rust Interview

Tanner RustAggie baseball player Tanner Rust has transitioned from the gridiron to the diamond and is spending the 2011 summer playing in the Alaska Baseball League, a wood bat college summer league. Rust is playing for the Peninsula Oilers as the every day right field starter. Rust is batting .368 and is second on the team with 15 RBIs. Rust also participated in the 2011 Home Run Derby and All-Star Game.

bleedCrimson.net: What has your experience been like this summer being up here in Alaska?
Tanner Rust: It's been a great experience being up here in Alaska. Playing football the past two summers in 110 degree heat in New Mexico, then up to here, it's a lot cooler than where I'm from. Then hopefully we got to Wichita and it'll be hot there too.

bc.net: How has the transition been from playing football and baseball in high school to basically not playing baseball for two years and then starting up this past spring with the Aggie baseball team.
TR: It took a while to get back in the swing of things. My swing is starting to feel good and I'm really starting to get comfortable playing baseball again. I'm really enjoying it.

bc.net: What are some of the differences in what you have to do to get ready fitness-wise between football and baseball.
TR: Football-wise, last summer around this time we were doing 16 110-yard springs, working out every day and it's a lot more physical. It's mental playing quarterback too but not as much as baseball. Baseball is a lot more of a mental sport and you don't have to be running 110-yard sprints all the time.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Fisher, Hipp Earn ABCA All-Region Honors

Aggie sophomore catcher Zac Fisher and sophomore second baseman Parker Hipp were both recognized by the American Baseball Coaches Association on Thursday as the pair received All Region honors. Zac Fisher was named First Team All-Midwest Region as a designated hitter while Parker Hipp was named Second Team All-Midwest Region as a second baseman.

Fisher finished the season as the Aggies' best batter with a .398 batting average. He appeared in 52 games and started 44. He tied for team-high honors with 68 hits including 16 doubles and a team-high eight home runs. He led the team in slugging percentage at .632 and had an on base percentage of .454.

Hipp finished second on the team in batting average at .396 and recorded 67 hits, second on the team, despite missing several games due to injury. He also had 10 doubles and six home runs and was second on the team in slugging percentage at .574. He sported an on base percentage of .507 and was 7-for-8 in stolen bases, also second best on the team. Hipp also drew 39 walks placing him third on the team in the category.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Mike Evans Joins Aggie Baseball Coaching Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State baseball head coach Rocky Ward announced that Mike Evans is the new assistant coach for the Aggie baseball team, Tuesday, June 21.

Before joining Ward's staff as the new pitching coach, Evans was the head coach at Bellevue University for 22 seasons. While at Bellevue, he tallied a 928-457-1 record and led the Bruins to 12 NAIA World Series appearances while earning a NAIA National Championship in 1995.

"Mike Evan's reputation as an outstanding pitching instructor as well as his outstanding record of success will be a great addition to our baseball program," Ward said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: 2011 Baseball Highlights

Five Aggies Earn All-WAC Honors; Coffman, Waite Named First Team

The New Mexico State baseball team (34-22, 9-14) had five players named to the postseason All-WAC teams on Tuesday. Aggie junior closer Scott Coffman and left fielder Tanner Waite each earned First Team All-WAC honors while sophomore second baseman Parker Hipp, junior shortstop Tyler Forney and sophomore designated hitter Zac Fisher were named to the Second Team.

Coffman is 1-0 in 10 appearances with four saves and a 1.31 ERA. in 20.2 innings of work He has struck out 16 batters while giving up just 15 hits.

Waite ranks on the Top 10 in batting average at .350 and in the top 10 in on base percentage at .465. He ranks 4th in the league in walks drawn with 19 and had 18 RBIs, five doubles and one home run in 80 at bats.

Zac Fisher leads the league in batting average at .452 and also leads the league in slugging percentage at .740 with 20 RBIs, five home runs and six doubles.

Parker Hipp is batting .333 despite missing eight of the Aggies' 24 conference games.

Tyler Forney ranks in the Top 10 in batting average with a .354 batting average and is in the Top 10 in sacrifice bunts with four while driving in 13 runs and coming around to score 17 times.

The Aggies take on Louisiana Tech at 8:00 p.m. (MT) in an opening round game of the 2011 WAC Tournament. The winner will face top seeded Hawai'i on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. (MT) while the loser will face the loser of Wednesday's other opening round game between 4-seed Nevada and 5-seed San Jose State at noon (MT) on Thursday.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Decade Of Dominance :: The Gary Ward Era At Oklahoma State

The Aggie baseball team heads to Mesa, Ariz. this week for the WAC tournament as they look to return to the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 2003. We offer up a history lesson on Aggie living legend Gary Ward courtesy of Oklahoma State University. The school posted a video two days ago which highlights Ward and his teams during the "Decade of Dominance" at Oklahoma State, a stretch that may never again be duplicated in college baseball. Ward authored one of the most dominant decades in all of college sports during the 80's at Oklahoma State in which the Cowboys made seven consecutive trips to the College World Series (a feat that is still unmatched) and the team finished as the national runner ups three times during the decade.

Ward competed in both baseball and basketball at NM State from 1960-62 and played two seasons of baseball under Presley Askew. During the 1960 season he led the team in win-loss record as a pitcher and ERA. He also played basketball under Askew and averaged 9.2 points and five rebounds in two seasons. Ward was inducted to the NM State's Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as an athlete.

Ward led OSU to 16 straight conference titles, 17 NCAA regional appearances and 10 trips to the College World Series. He compiled a record of 953-313-1 in 19 seasons in Stillwater. In 2002, he led New Mexico State to a Sun Belt Tournament Championship and an NCAA appearance. He finished with a career record of 1,022-361-1, which ranks 24th on the NCAA all-time wins list. He's a member of two national college baseball Halls of Fame (College Baseball Foundation and ABCA) as well as the Hall of Fame at three different colleges (New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) as well as the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Seeds Set For WAC Tournament, 6-seeded Aggies To Play 3-seeded Louisiana Tech On Wednesday

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO-The WAC's regular season concluded Sunday and the seeds are now set for the upcoming WAC Baseball Tournament in Mesa Ariz.

The tournament, which takes place at Hohokam Stadium May 25-28/29 in Mesa, Ariz., will feature the league's top six teams from the regular season.

Hawai‘i earned the tournament's top seed and will received a bye into the second day of competition. Fresno State will be the No. 2 seed and will also receive a bye into the tournament's second day.

Louisiana Tech is the No. 3 seed, followed by Nevada (No. 4), San Jose State (No. 5) and New Mexico State (No. 6).

The tournament will begin on Wednesday, May 25 with No. 4 Nevda taking on No. 5 San Jose State at 3 p.m. (PT). No. 3 Louisiana Tech will play No. 6 New Mexico State in the nightcap Wednesday at 7 p.m.