Aggie Softball Sweeps Doubleheader At UMKC, Wins Regular Season Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - The NM State softball team used a big seventh inning to come-from-behind and defeat UMKC 7-2 on Saturday in game two of the series to capture the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship before collecting the series sweep with an 11-8 win in the series finale. The Aggies won game one 5-4 on Friday. With the second victory, head coach Kathy Rodolph secured her 600th overall win.

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Pascal Siakam Receives 2016 NBA Draft Combine Invite

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State sophomore Pascal Siakam has received an invitation to the 2016 NBA Draft Combine.

Siakam, the 6-9, 230 pound All-American forward for the Aggies from Douala, Cameroon, received the invitation late Friday night for the combine May 11-15 in Chicago.

Siakam declared for the NBA Draft earlier in April. He has not hired an agent in accordance with NCAA Proposal No. 2015-32 that was adopted in January 2016 so that he can maintain his NCAA eligibility during the process.

“I feel blessed to get the invitation,” said Siakam. “It’s a good step in right direction for me. I’m just wanting to show what I can do against everybody. It’s exciting.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Takes Game Two Against Sacramento State 6-4 To Clinch Series Win, Looks For Sweep On Sunday

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior Daniel Johnson’s four hit, four RBI day helped the Aggies to a 6-4 win over Sacramento State, clinching the series. Johnson’s four-for-five performance at the plate included a two-run home run and two doubles, finishing just a triple shy of the cycle.

Sacramento State jumped on the board first in the top of the first inning. A leadoff single to left centerfield later would score on a single through the right side of the infield, putting the Hornets up 1-0.

The Aggies fought back and took the lead in the bottom of the third, as Brent Sakurai led off with a double to right field. On the next pitch, Daniel Johnson launched a no-doubter over the right field wall scoring two runs. Greg Popylisen followed it up with a double down the left field line. Dan Hetzel singled to left center, scoring Popylisen and putting NM State up 3-1.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Routs Sacramento State 14-4 To Open Series

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Two three-run blasts and a solo shot helped the Aggies to a 14-4 win over Sacramento State in eight innings on Friday. This was the most runs NM State has scored in a game since scoring 17 runs against Chicago State on March 24. Junior Mason Fishback’s five-RBI night now makes him the fifth different Aggie to rack up five RBI in a game this season, joining Daniel Johnson, L.J. Hatch, Trey Stine and Joseph Koerper.

Junior Marcel Renteria came out of the gate red hot, as he struck the first Hornet batter out on three pitches. He then proceeded to get a fly out and a four pitch strikeout to retire the side.

NM State jumped on the board in the first as Daniel Johnson led off with a base hit to center. Greg Popylisen followed that up with a double down the right field line. Dan Hetzel drove in Johnson on a single through the left side of the infield for the game’s first run.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Rallies To Defeat UMKC 5-4

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KANSAS CITY, MO - Brennalyn Nakamura went 3-for-4 and drove in Victoria Castro for the winning run as the NM State softball team topped Missouri-Kansas City 5-4 on Friday in game one of the series. Game two has been postponed until Saturday at 12:00 p.m. MT.

The Aggies (33-19, 12-1 WAC) scored five runs and amassed four RBIs on 11 hits. Kelsey Horton went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Karysta Donisthorpe pitched a 7.0 innings and collected 10 strikeouts in 27 batters faced.

UMKC (21-20, 10-3 WAC) scored four runs and had four RBIs on three hits. Amber Grove pitched 6.2 innings and had four strikeouts in 34 batters faced.  Continue Reading This Post >> Paul Weir Interview :: 04/28/16 Interview with New Mexico State Head Coach Paul Weir What has this first 48 hours of so been like for you, has it sunk in yet that you’re now a head coach?
Paul Weir: It has not. It’s been an intense 48 hours with not very much sleep and just trying to get as immersed into the head coaching position as quickly as possible. Player meetings, staff meetings, auxiliary staff meetings, phone calls, emails, supporters, everything. It’s been kind of non stop since it happened. Hopefully here as things settle down here I’ll be able to really sit back and enjoy the moment. So far it’s jus been working. You’ve got several coaching mentors who are head coaches and you also mentioned your relationship with Coach Henson. what advice have they given you on what to expect as a first time head coach?
PW: I think a lot of them were very adamant that I need to fine the best staff that I can, particularly for me and that’s really my first challenge especially given that our roster is relatively intact. My number one objective right now is to find the absolute best staff I can. That was pretty unanimous, from coaches, even through Mario. Several people have been very consistent about telling me the same thing and I felt it before but hearing that has been reassuring that that is my number one thing to do right now.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Paul Weir Named New Mexico State Men's Basketball Head Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University announced the hiring of NM State associate head coach Paul Weir as the 25th men’s head basketball coach of the Aggies.

NM State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia introduced Weir at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.

“After a nationwide search that yielded several top candidates, I felt that the right coach and the right fit for the Aggie basketball program at this time was Paul Weir,” said Moccia. “Paul is an extremely passionate individual who I know will do everything in his power to keep our program successful, take it to new heights and excite the students as well as our community to get the Pan Am Center filled like it used to be.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Katara Nelson Named WAC Track Athlete Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - NM State's Katara Nelsonhas been named Western Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week for April 18-24.

Nelson, a junior from Arlington, Texas (South Grand Prairie HS) put up new season best times in both the 100m and 200m at the Ross Black Open. In the 100m, she finished with a time of 11.82. In the 200m, she finished with a time of 24.14. She currently leads the WAC in both events with these times.

Aggie Women's Golf Wins Third Consecutive WAC Title, Montoya Claims Individual Title

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BLAINE, WA - The New Mexico State Aggies collected a "Three-Pete" on Sunday, as they won their third straight Western Athletic Conference Championship led by WAC Individual Champion Kennedie Montoya.

The Aggies clinched their third-straight title by posting a 3-over 291 in the final round at the Semiahmoo Country Club for an 884 and a 16-stroke lead over Seattle U. at 900. Utah Valley was third at 912.

The Aggies dominated the final round, halted 40 minutes because of thunderstorms, outdistancing the day's next best rounds by 13 strokes.

"I'm so proud of this team," said NM State head coach Jackie Booth. "We were concerned about the wet conditions, but they were just like ducks on a pond. From the very beginning it was theirs to take and they went after it."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Drops Series Finale At Bakersfield

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BAKERSFIELD, CA - New Mexico State dropped the series finale to CSU Bakersfield 8-2 on Sunday.

The Roadrunners got on the board in the second, leading off the inning with a single up the middle. A full count walk put runners on first and second. The first run scored on an E5. The second run scored on a single to first, putting CSUB up 2-0 after two innings.

The 'Runners scored again in the third, leading off with a full count walk. A double down the right field line scored the first run of the inning. Another run scored on an E9 during the same play. The third run scored on a sacrifice fly to right center, putting CSUB up 5-0.

CSUB added two more runs in the fifth. Both runs scored on a triple to right, putting the score at 7-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>