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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.

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Bryan Karraker Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State junior outfielder Bryan Karraker earned Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for the week of April 25 - May 1.

Karraker, a native of Phoenix, Ariz. (Pinnacle HS), hit .636 (7-for-11) with seven runs scored, two RBI, two doubles and was walked twice as New Mexico State went 3-1 in a four-game series at Seattle. Head coach Rocky Ward is grateful to have a player like Karraker on the team because he is a threat both offensively and defensively.

"Bryan [Karraker] has caught on to our system here and is also great with the glove," Ward said. "He had a great week and came through with some quality hitting."

Karraker raised his batting average by 30 points, entering this past weekend hitting .306. His season average is now at .336 after he had a great offensive weekend against Seattle.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Scott Coffman's WAC Blog :: 04/24/11

Hello again and for the last time,

The Aggies struggled this weekend in Reno, Nevada, dropping four games to the Wolf Pack. A mix of inclement weather, a struggle at the plate, below averages pitching, and a pretty good UNR team we just couldn’t make the cards line up all weekend. We had our moments of the team that swept last weekend, but overall we were not nearly as consistent as we needed to be to win.

Ryan Beck had a pretty good outing in the 7 inning game on Friday, only allowing 4 runs throughout the game, but our hitters couldn’t seem to string multiple hits together and manufacture runs. We hit some balls hard all weekend, but either their outfield tracked them down or they were right to a guy. It will be nice to have Parker Hipp back fulltime next weekend. He is a major part of our line-up and without him it showed this weekend.   Continue Reading This Post >>

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Scott Coffman's WAC Blog :: 04/19/11

Hello everyone,

The second week of conference play is over. We moved to 5-3 in WAC play this weekend, beating a tough San Jose team 3 out 4 games. We won the Friday night game, which was huge and the first game of the double header on Saturday. We lost the second game on Saturday; San Jose’s starter had a really good outing and we couldn’t figure out how to get to him soon enough. We did put up a late fight in the 7th inning, scoring three, but it wasn’t enough. We won the Sunday game, after a rocky start. We were trailing into the 4th inning and we managed to put up some big time numbers. That game finished in a run rule after seven innings.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Tyler Forney Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State second baseman Tyler Forney has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for the week of April 11-17.

Forney, a junior from Gilbert, Ariz., helped the Aggies to a 3-1 record last week against San Jose State by hiting .600 (9-for-15) during the four-game series and struck out only once against a Spartan pitching staff that has the most strikeouts in the WAC. Forney was perfect at the plate in the final game of the series, going 4-for-4 with three RBI, no strikeouts and two runs scored.

"To do what we needed him to do and more is pretty impressive," head coach Rocky Ward said. "I am proud of his accomplishment and it shows how hard he has worked to get into the lineup and succeed."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Scott Coffman's WAC Blog :: 04/11/11

Hello again,

The NMSU baseball team wrapped up a four game series in Ruston, Louisiana today, splitting the series 2 to 2 with the Bulldogs. We played well for the most part, but dropped the ball in the last game. Unfortunately our offense went cold, but their pitcher did have a pretty good game on the bump.

We won the Friday night opener 4 to 2 and the second game of the double header 7 to 5. We lost the first game of the double header 7 to 0 and the Sunday game 10 to 0. Ryan Beck had an outstanding performance on Friday, pitching 8 innings, his longest appearance of the season.  Continue Reading This Post >>