Aggie Baseball Earns Doubleheader Sweep Over Maine

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Aggies swept Maine in Saturday’s doubleheader 7-3 and 3-2.
Junior Austin Botello followed up his three-for-four performance on Friday, going three-for-four with two RBI in the first game of the doubleheader and a two-for-four performance in the second game.

Game One

With Maine scoring one in the top half of the inning, NM State looked to even the score in the home half with L.J. Hatch earning a four-pitch walk. Back-to-back singles to centerfield by Trey Stine and Austin Botello loaded the bases with one out. Dan Hetzel brought home Hatch with sacrifice fly to right, putting runners at the corners with two outs. Tommy Bell reloaded the bases, as he was hit by the first pitch he saw. Joseph Koerper’s two-RBI single up the middle plated Stine and Botello, putting the Aggies up 3-1 after the first inning.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Outlasts UMKC 78-74 In Overtime

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team survived a scare on Saturday, battling back to late in the fourth quarter to eventually win in overtime against UMKC, 78-84, at the Pan American Center.

The win gave NM State its 15th-straight, tying the program record for consecutive wins. The last time the Aggies won 15-straight was back in the latter half of the 1987-88 season. That streak was snapped in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament to Washington, 85-74.

With 2:11 left to play in regulation, junior Tamera William drained both of her free-throws to give NM State (24-3, 13-0 WAC) its first lead of the game, 63-62. From there it went back-and-forth until UMKC’s (9-17, 4-9 WAC) Aries Washington sank a floater at the baseline to tie things up at 68 with 55 seconds remaining.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Edges UMKC 62-61, Wins WAC Regular Season Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - The New Mexico State Aggies locked up a share of the 2016 regular season Western Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday with a come-from-behind 62-61 win over Missouri-Kansas City at Municipal Auditorium.

The Aggies (21-9, 12-1) claimed its third WAC regular season title in 11 seasons. UMKC (10-18, 3-10) lost its third straight game and the second to NM State by one point this season.

It wasn’t an easy one for the Aggies.

After calling timeout trailing 40-31 with 15:59 to play, the Aggies answered with a 22-8 run over 10-and-a half minutes to an Aggie lead.

“The guys executed perfectly out of the timeout,” said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. “We get a quick duck-in from Tanveer (Bhullar) and Pascal (Siakam) gets fouled and they got their heads back into it. We handled the pressure a little better in the second half and we got comfortable in our offense.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Falls In Series Opener Against Maine, 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Aggies came up just short in the 3-1 loss to Maine on Monday. The lone bright spot for the Aggies was junior Austin Botello, who went three-for-four at the plate on Friday night.

The night did not start off as planned for the Aggies as righty Kyle Bradish walked Danny Casals on a 3-1 pitch to start the game. Casals then advanced to third during the next at-bat on an errant throw as he tried to steal second. Maine got on the board first as Tyler Schwanz doubled down the left field line, scoring Casals.

The Aggies were held hitless in the home half of the first, and did not get reached base until the second inning when Botello doubled for his first hit of the night.

The Black Bears tacked on another run in the top of the third as Jeremy Pena hit a double. Schwanz once again drove in the run, this time with a single up the middle making the score 2-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Drops Pair Of Games At Mary Nutter Classic

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

GAME ONE

CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - Despite tying the game in the fourth inning, the NM State softball team fell 2-1 to Boise State on Friday in the Mary Nutter Classic at Big League Dreams Sports Park.

The Aggies (10-3) scored one run and had one RBI on six hits. Brennalyn Nakamura had a team-high two hits, while Corrin Green amassed her ninth RBI of the season. Makayla McAdams pitched 6.0 innings and had three strikeouts in 25 batters faced.

Boise State (2-11) scored two runs on seven hits. Shawna Burke pitched 7.0 innings and allowed six hits and one run in 28 batters faced.

Boise State scored first in the bottom of the second inning. With Morgan Lamb on third, Rebekah Cervantes hit a single to left field to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Tops BYU 2-1 In Extra Innings

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - Fiana Finau drove in Rachel Rodriguez with a walk-off single to give the NM State softball team a 2-1, eight inning victory over BYU on Thursday at the Big League Dreams Softball Park. This was the first win over BYU in more than 40 years for the Aggies.

NM State (10-2) garnered two runs and two RBIs on four hits. Karysta Donisthorpe amassed nine strikeouts in an eight inning complete game. The senior allowed just three hits and one run in 30 batters faced. Donisthorpe now holds a 5-1 record.

BYU's (7-3) McKenna Bull pitched 7.1 innings and allowed four hits and two runs with one error. She also racked up seven walks in 31 batters faced.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Men’s And Women’s Cross Country Receive USTFCCCA All-Academic Award

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - New Mexico State Men's and Women's Cross Country teams have received the All-Academic Award from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

"I have been the coach here [at NM State] for nine years and our women's cross country team has received this honor for nine straight years, with the men winning it six out of the nine years," said head coach Orin Richburg. "It is our job to help our athletes achieve academic success, as well as athletic success."

The men's cross country team finished the 2015 season with a team Grade Point Average 3.171. The women's cross country team finished with a team Grade Point Average of 3.449.

Kelsey Horton Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Kelsey Horton has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for Feb. 15-21. This is the first-ever honor for Horton.

Horton, a freshman first baseman from San Clemente, Calif., hit .400 with a double, three home runs and seven RBIs over six games as the Aggies went 4-2 last week. She posted a 1.067 slugging percentage and .471 on-base percentage and had one stolen base. In the final game of the week, Horton was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, a double and a grand slam.

Daniel Johnson Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Daniel Johnson has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for Feb. 15 – Feb. 21.

Johnson, a junior outfielder from Vallejo, Calif. (Jesse Bethell HS), hit .600 on the week as the Aggies opened up the season 3-0 with a sweep over visiting Towson. His best game came in the middle game of the series, going 3-for-3 with two home runs, three runs scored and five RBIs. Through the first weekend of the season, he leads the conference in batting average, slugging percentage (1.400), on base percentage (.688), runs scored (6), RBIs (8) and home runs (2).

Aggie Baseball Sweeps Towson Series With 9-8 Walk Off Victory

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior Cameron Haskins clinched the series sweep over Towson on Sunday with a walk-off RBI single on Sunday afternoon at Presley Askew Field. It was the first series sweep for the Aggies since April 6, 2014 against Northern Colorado, and the first 3-0 start since 2014.

The game start off with a bang as Towson shortstop Richie Palacios doubled in the second at-bat of the game. A.J. Gallo’s single up the middle plated Palacios for the first run of the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>