bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Ward Interview :: 03/03/14

bleedCrimson.net: Yesterday was a game you obviously needed pretty badly in terms of salvaging the series and getting your guys feeling better about themselves after what had happened the previous three games and especially as you head out on the road for 11 straight games.
Rocky Ward: Yeah it was very, very important. After coaching for 20 years we still get nervous about games. This one I woke up before the game and and felt a little bit more pressure. It wasn’t a championship game or anything like that but I knew it was important to us for exactly what you said. We hadn’t played well. We felt like we’d given away three games even though that’s not completely the truth. Oakland played very, very well. I think to come out on Sunday and get a real good outing out of Kilgore and the t.v. game helped. It’s something we’ve always played pretty well on AggieVision. We haven’t won all those games but we’ve won most of them. We were able to get control of the game and in reality once we got control, we hadn’t had control of any of the other ones, we weren’t going to let go.

I learned a little bit about the club, not that they bounced back but when they got to the top side, they proceeded to make Oakland pay. In their own mind, once we got control of the game we were going to maintain control and keep the accelerator down and they did. That’s good. In reality that’s what you have to do anyway. Baseball is harder to do that because you play so many games and sometimes mentally and physically you get tired and in a lot of cases you get tired mentally before you get tired physically and it’s important that the guys know that if we have a couple of disappointing games that we can bounce back and it’s important that I think among the teammates that once we get control of a game we can close it out and keep the emotional volume up, even later in the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Falls At UTEP 5-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State softball team fell 5-1 to I-10 rival UTEP on Tuesday, March 4. The Aggies gathered six hits on the game, but drop the first game to the Miners since 2010. NM State moves to 13-8 on the season.

Junior Kelsey Dodd went 2-for-3 on the game with a pair of singles, while the Aggies lone run came off the bat of reigning WAC Hitter of the Week Staci Rodriguez,

In the circle, redshirt sophomore Karysta Donisthorpe worked three innings and took the loss, walking four with four strikeouts. Senior Celisha Walker came in in the top of the fourth to pitch four straight strikeouts and finish the game with five.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kent Blackstone Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State infielder Kent Blackstone has been named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week, for February 24-March 2.

Blackstone, a sophomore from Vienna, Va. (George C. Marshall HS), hit .538 (7-for-13) on the week with five runs, five RBI, one double, one home run and three walks. Blackstone stood out in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader as he went 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored. He doubled and had a home run in the game. He was also impressive in game two of Saturday’s twin bill, going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with one run and a hit-by-pitch. With his efforts against Oakland, Blackstone raised his batting average over .300 for the season.

The Aggies head to Lubbock, Texas this week to face Texas Tech March 6-9.

Staci Rodriguez Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - For the fourth straight week the New Mexico State softball team has earned the Hitter of the Week honor by the Western Athletic Conference for the week of Feb. 24-March 2. This week, junior centerfielder Staci Rodriguez was honored for the second time this season.

Rodriguez, a Paramount, Calif. native, hit .700 with five home runs, 10 RBI, nine runs scored and a stolen base at the Eller Media Stadium Classic last week. She posted a impressive 2.200 slugging percentage and a .824 on-base percentage, and drew six walks over the five games. Rodriguez smashed two homers in a 13-3 win over Binghamton, including her second grand slam of the season. She also had two bombs in a 14-5 win over Seton Hall and added another in a win over host UNLV.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Avoids Sweep With 17-2 Blowout Victory Over Oakland

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After losing the first-three games this weekend, the New Mexico State baseball team avoided a four-game sweep at the hands of Oakland on Sunday afternoon by defeating the Golden Grizzlies, 17-2, at Presley Askew Field.

The game was stopped after the top half of the seventh inning because of the 10-run mercy rule. The Aggies improve to 7-5 on the season while Oakland falls to .500 at 4-4.

For the first time this weekend, NM State got a complete overall game, as the offense, defense and pitching all had a good showing.

The offense belted out 21 hits en route to the 17 runs while the defense only had one error on a tough throw to first. The pitching staff, meanwhile, only allowed six hits and one walk while striking out five Oakland batters in seven innings. Of the Golden Grizzlies’ two runs only one of them was earned.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall To DePaul 8-1 On Final Day Of Eller Media Stadium Classic

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State softball team wrapped up the Eller Media Stadium Classic with a loss on Sunday, March 2, falling 8-1 to DePaul University. The Aggies finished with a 3-2 record for the tournament and their overall record now sits at 13-7.

In Las Vegas, junior Staci Rodriguez found a rhythm early and sustained it as she went 7-10 in five games. She had five homeruns, 10 RBI, scored nine runs and also drew six walks.

Sophomore Fiana Finau also had success at the plate as she went 6-16 with four homeruns and 10 RBI over the weekend.

In the pitcher’s circle senior Celisha Walker found success as a reliever throughout the weekend as she played in four games and earned one save. She pitched 16.1 total innings and struck out seven batters.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Balanced Attack Leads Aggies To 72-57 Victory Over Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - Junior Tshilidzi Nephawe and sophomore Sim Bhullar each tallied a double-double to lead the New Mexico State men’s basketball team to a 72-57 victory over Bakersfield, Saturday, March 1 in Bakersfield, Calif.

Nephawe posted a game-high 15 points to go along with a career-high 16 rebounds, while Bhullar marked 13 points, 12 rebounds and a team-high five assists to help the Aggies moved to 22-9 on the season and 11-4 in Western Athletic Conference play. Bakersfield falls to 12-17 overall and 5-10 in league play with NM State clinching at least the No. 2 spot in the WAC Tournament.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Swimming And Diving Finishes Third At WAC Championships

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - The New Mexico State women’s swimming and diving team concluded the Western Athletic Conference Championships at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center on Saturday by remaining at the same spot it has been throughout the conference tournament, third place.

The Aggies finished with 528 total points, the most points they have accumulated at the WAC Championships since 2009 when they also finished in third place with 572 points.

NM State finished behind eventual WAC champion Northern Arizona, which finished with 743 points, and Idaho, which marked 642 points. Rounding out the conference tournament were Bakersfield (442 points), Grand Canyon (438 points), North Dakota (364 points), Northern Colorado (349 points) and Seattle U (154 points).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Rodolph Earns Win No. 500; Aggie Softball Wins A Pair In Las Vegas

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State softball team finished the second day of competition at the Eller Media Stadium Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., on Saturday, March 1. The Aggies had two games on the day and went 2-0 for the day beating Binghamton and UNLV. This brings NM State’s overall record to 13-6 on the season. Head coach Kathy Rodolph also picked up her 500th career victory as a collegiate head coach with the win over UNLV.

The Aggies first defeated Binghamton University 13-3 in five innings. In the second game, NM State defeated UNLV 5-4.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Hoops Falls To Bakersfield 96-90

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball fell 96-90 to Bakersfield on Saturday, March 1. NM State saw five score in double figures for the second time this season and shot 44 percent as a team. The Aggies move to 7-8 in Western Athletic Conference play and 10-18 on the season.

Sophomore Sasha Weber led NM State with her fifth 20-point game this season. She also grabbed eight rebounds and had two steals. Junior Danesia Williamson was one assists away from a double-double, finishing the night with 16 points and nine assists. Sophomore Abby Scott had 15 points in the game, while freshmen Brianna Freeman and Moriah Mack each scored in double figures.

The Aggies finished the game with 37 rebounds to the Runners 40, but freshman Tyler Ellis led NM State with nine. Bakersfield shot 55 percent from the floor and had three scoring in double figures, including Tyonna Outland with 34.  Continue Reading This Post >>