Aggie Tennis Teams Earn Multiple All-WAC Honors

The Western Athletic Conference announced the 2014 Men's and Women's All-WAC Tennis teams on Wednesday, April 30. The teams were voted on by the league's coaches and New Mexico State garnered six all-conference honors. four for the men's team and two for the women's team.

2014 WAC Men's Tennis Award Winners

First Team All-WAC Singles
Jose Bendeck, Idaho
Adrian Legarreta, Grand Canyon
Kevin Lynch, Seattle U
Nicolas Moulin, Grand Canyon
Artemiy Nikitin, Idaho
Strahinja Trecakov, New Mexico State

First Team All-WAC Doubles
Jose Bendeck/Cristobal Ramos Salazar, Idaho
Naveen Manivannan/Marc Westgate, New Mexico State
Tomas Patino/Mike Psarros, Kansas City

Second Team All-WAC Singles
Benjamin Collomb, Grand Canyon
Paul Denele, New Mexico State
Naveen Manivannan, New Mexico State
Sergiu Muresan, Chicago State  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Baseball Turns Triple Play In 2-0 Loss At Arizona State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TEMPE, AZ – Starting pitcher Trey Higginbotham worked 3.1 innings on the mound and relief pitcher Riley Barr finished the game working 4.2 innings as the New Mexico State baseball team fell 2-0 to Arizona State, Tuesday, April 29 at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The Aggies are now 17-23 overall and ASU moves to 24-17 on the year.

Higginbotham allowed just one run to cross the plate in the bottom of the first and Barr allowed one run to cross the plate in the bottom of the seventh as the two pitchers combined for six strikeouts while giving up just four hits. Higginbotham was credited with the loss and falls to 0-4 on the year.

The NM State offense struggled with senior outfielder Michael Medina and designated hitter Kyle Kilgore were the only two Aggies to pick up a hit. The Aggies got on base five other times by way of the walk but left six runners stranded.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Softball Dominates In-State Rival New Mexico 14-2

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team ended the 2014 regular season with a 14-2 win over in-state rival New Mexico. The Aggies are now 29-21 on the season before heading to Seattle, Wash., next week for the 2014 WAC Softball Tournament.
Makalya McAdams took the win for NM State and improves to 11-5 on the season in her 17th start. She threw two and one-thirds innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out one batter. Celisha Walker would pitch two and two-thirds innings, allowing six hits and no runs, while striking out two batters. The Lobos’ pitching staff would issue 10 walks in the game to NM State.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Ward Interview :: 04/28/14 Your thoughts on the series with Grand Canyon?
Rocky Ward: I thought the guys really played pretty well. We still have some of the same problems. In game one we swung the bat pretty well. Their kid was really good and controlled us pretty well. We couldn’t stay in the game because we walked a few guys and got in trouble via the walk on the mound and that was kind of the difference. We were able to score late but we were down 6-1. They made a couple of mistakes and we scored a couple runs and did get the trying run to the plate. There’s some growth with the club.

Game two was a big time game. We got a great outing out of Billy [Conard]. He was outstanding. It was a 1-1 game. We pitched well, we made runs at them, we just couldn’t get on the board. We had a chance to beat them in the eighth and didn’t get it done but then we just kept coming at them. I sort of got a couple guys thrown out on bases, it was my decision but they made great plays. We threw a guy out at the plate in the eighth that was a great throw by Paulson to end the inning. It was a really well played baseball game defensively all around. There were a lot of balls hit hard, guys played very well defensively and it was a great game to win. It was one of those team-building wins.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Golf Selected For NCAA West Regional

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A day after winning the Western Athletic Conference Championship, the New Mexico State women’s golf team was selected by the NCAA to participate in the West Region of the NCAA Division I regional round being played Thursday, May 8, through Saturday, May 10.

The Aggies earned an automatic bid into the regional after Sunday’s come-from-behind win at the WAC tournament. NM State heads to Ce Elum, Wash., to play at the Tumble Creek at Suncadia Resort. There will be three 18-hole rounds played at the West Regional, which is being hosted by the University of Washington.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Golf Wins WAC Title; Brings Home Five Conference Awards

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MESA, AZ - The New Mexico State women’s golf team picked up its first Western Athletic Conference title after winning the 2014 WAC Women’s Golf Championship on Sunday at the par-72, 6,163-yard Longbow Golf Club.

The Aggies carded a 7-over 295 during round three to finish with a total score of 56-over-par 920 (309-316-295), six strokes ahead of Idaho, which had led after each of the first-two rounds.

“This team continues to amaze me with their great attitudes in the face of adversity,” Aggie head coach Jackie Booth said. “They never gave up and committed to our game plan.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Tennis Loses Heartbreaker To Idaho In WAC Championship Match

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s tennis team came up just short in the 2014 WAC Championship finals, falling to No. 2 seed Idaho, 4-3. The Aggies end the season with a 12-11 overall record.

“Obviously it was tough to lose this match today but our team left everything they had on the court and I couldn’t be more proud of our effort,” head coach Carlos Vargas said. “We had a good year. Idaho is a good team and we knew today was going to be a fight.”

It all came down to the doubles point in the championship match, as the two teams were tied at 3-3 after six singles matches.

In singles action, Strahinja Trecakov defeated Jose Bendeck of Idaho, 7-5, 7-6, at the No. 1 singles spot, while No. 4 singles junior Germain Degardin beat Odon Barta, 6-2, 6-2.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Tennis Fall To Idaho In WAC Championship Match

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s tennis team fell to the No. 1 seed Idaho in Sunday’s 2014 WAC Tennis Championship finals at the NM State Tennis Center. The Aggies end their season 11-12 overall. No doubles matches were played in the match.

“We knew it was going to be a very good match and unfortunately we just couldn’t get it together today,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Idaho is a very good team. The fact that we got to this point after an up and down season really shows the heart and dedication of our team. Making it all the way to the finals with a chance to win is a testament to our players and this program. We will continue to build on this opportunity in recruiting and start to prepare for next season.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Even Series With Grand Canyon With 2-1 Victory

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State baseball team got a great outing from starting pitcher Billy Conard and after some tempers were raised in the seventh, the Aggies pulled off a 2-1 road win over Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz., Saturday, April 26. NM State moves to 17-21 overall and 8-6 in Western Athletic Conference play, while GCU falls to 22-18 and 11-6 in league play.

Grand Canyon scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first before the Aggies eventually tied the game 1-1 in the top of the fifth after collecting three straight two-out singles. Senior outfielder was the Aggie who tallied the RBI, his 22nd of the year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Drops Series Opener At Grand Canyon

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State baseball team dropped the series opener 6-3 to Grand Canyon, Friday, April 25 in Phoenix, Ariz. falling to 16-21 overall and 7-6 in Western Athletic Conference play. GCU moves to 22-17 overall and 11-5 in league play.

The Aggies started the game with a lead-off walk by outfielder Michael Medina and a single by shortstop Kent Black before getting on the board on a groundout by outfielder Michael Paulson. The NM State offense was held to just four more hits and put together a two-run ninth cutting the ‘Lopes lead in half.

NM State starter Christopher Bradley was credited with the loss and is now 3-5 on the year while GCU starter Andrew Naderer picked up the win after giving the Aggie bats trouble, striking out eight batters in 8.0 innings.

After the Aggies took a 1-0 lead to open the game, GCU bounced back in the bottom of the frame to tie it 1-1 on a sacrifice fly.  Continue Reading This Post >>