Aggie Softball Defeats Rival UNM 4-2

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team got to 35 wins on Tuesday after defeating its in-state rival New Mexico for the second time this season, a 4-2 decision at the NM State Softball Complex.

Freshman Dallas McBride, fresh off of being named the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, started in the circle for the Aggies (35-12) and pitched five innings while only allowing four hits and two runs to improve to 11-5 on the season. McBride struck out seven Lobos (24-21), tying a career high.

Karysta Donisthorpe came on in relief and got the final six outs to receive her second save of the season.

At the plate, Fiana Finau provided all the offense NM State needed as the junior slammed her WAC-leading 19th home run of the season, a three-run shot to left field that capped off a four-run third inning, the only inning the Aggies would score in.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Patrick Pfister Named WAC Men's Tennis Athlete Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M - New Mexico State men’s tennis player Patrick Pfister has earned Western Athletic Conference men’s tennis Athlete of the Week honors for the week of April 6-12, the conference announced on Tuesday.

“I’m very happy Patrick (Pfister) was recognized by the WAC,” NM State head coach Carlos Vargas said. “It’s well deserved especially because of his hard work and great play.”

Pfister, a senior from Dresden, Germany, concluded the regular season by going unbeaten in doubles and singles’ play in the final weekend. Last Friday, Pfister picked up a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Seattle U’s Tanner Berkabile. The following day, Pfister defeated Chicago State’s Rashley Yeremia, 6-0, 6-2. Pfister and partner Christofer Goncalves also claimed two doubles’ victories over the weekend at the No. 1 spot.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Camille Orito Named WAC Women's Golfer Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Camille Orito has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Week for Apr. 6 – Apr. 12.

Orito, a sophomore from Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West HS), took ninth at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic after shooting a five-over 221. She shot a two-under 70 on the final day help the Aggies to a seventh place finish among 22 teams. Orito had the fourth-most birdies with nine over the two-day event.

Dallas McBride Named WAC Softball Pitcher Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Dallas McBride has been named the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for April 6-12. This is the first-ever honor for McBride.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Twenty Aggies Earn All-Academic Honors For Winter Sports

DENVER, CO - The 2014-15 academic All-WAC men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field and men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have been announced. A total of 276 winter student-athletes were named to the list including 20 New Mexico State student-athletes with the women's swimming and diving team garnering 13 honorees. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.

MEN’S BASKETBALL
Pascal Siakam, So.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Brianna Freeman, So.
Sasha Weber, Jr.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
Alyssa Cox, So.
Akuadasuo Ezenyilimba, So.
Diana Hawk, Sr.
Gabriela Rodrigues, So.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING
Alissa Bezenek, So.
Abigail Broome, So.
Natalie French, So.
Josi Gabaldon, So.
Jessica Legge, Sr.
Dorottya Lennert, Jr.
Logan Morris, So.
Emily Nightingale, Jr.
Chelsey Reber, Jr.
Lauren Reifel, Jr.
Cassandra Rupp, Jr.
Kara Schweitzer, Sr.
Mackenzie Soper, Jr.

Aggie Baseball Loses Lead Late, Falls 9-7 At Seattle

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BELLEVUE, WA - The New Mexico State baseball team (4-27-1, 1-10-1 WAC) had a 7-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning but saw the No. 1 team in the Western Athletic Conference post eight runs in the seventh and eighth, falling by a final score of 9-7 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Wash., Sunday, April 12.

Seattle U (19-15, 11-1 WAC) scored two runs in the seventh on two hits and burst out for another six runs in the eighth to take a 9-7 lead, which it eventually won by.

Aggie starting pitcher, left-hander Robert Kraft had a great outing working 6.2 innings while striking out two batters and allowing just two earned runs to go along with one walk. Kraft’s four relievers struggled, combining for six walks while also giving up six walks.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Sweeps Doubleheader Behind Walk-Off Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team won both games of a doubleheader on Saturday against Missouri-Kansas City, including a come-from-behind win in game two, to sweep the three-game series and remain perfect at 9-0 in Western Athletic Conference play.

The Aggies (34-12, 9-0 WAC) won game one 8-3 behind freshman Dallas McBride who improved to 10-5 in the circle. But the big win of the day came in the nightcap as NM State was down at one point 9-3 to the ‘Roos before a Kelsey Dodd home run, her second of the game, tied the score at 9-9 in the sixth inning.

After Karysta Donisthorpe took down UMKC in order in the top half of the final inning, senior Malena Padilla hit a one-out triple to straight-away center before third baseman Emma Adams brought her home a couple of batters later with a two-out walk-off single to give the Aggies a 10-9 come-from-behind victory.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Falls 7-6 In 10 Innings Against WAC Leading Seattle

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BELLEVUE, WA - The New Mexico State baseball team (4-26-1, 1-9-1 WAC) fell 7-6 in 10 innings to Western Athletic Conference leader Seattle U (18-15, 10-1 WAC) after taking a 6-5 lead in the top of the eighth, Saturday, April 11 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Wash.

The Aggies were down 4-1 heading into the seventh inning and cut the lead in half in the top of the seventh scoring for the second time of the afternoon on a wild pitch. NM State scored on a wild pitch in the fourth inning after junior outfielder Joseph Koerper got on base with an infield single. Third baseman Dan Kennon was the second Aggie to score in the top of the seventh after he got on with a single as well.

Seattle scored one run in the bottom of the seventh and went up 5-2 after the Aggies allowed three walks and a hits-batter to get on base.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Belts Three Home Runs In 6-2 Victory Over UMKC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team began a three-game Western Athletic Conference series with Missouri-Kansas City by defeating the Kangaroos 6-2 on Friday at the NM State Softball Complex.

The Aggies (32-12, 7-0 WAC) remain perfect in conference play while UMKC (22-22, 2-5 WAC) falls to .500 on the season.

NM State got three solo home runs from its power hitters, Kelsey Dodd, Staci Rodriguez and Fiana Finau, and outhit the ‘Roos 10-4. Dodd and Rodriguez both finished 3-for-4 at the plate, Dodd with a game-high four RBIs.

In the circle, right-hander Karysta Donisthorpe picked the win to improve to 16-4 on the season after pitching 6.2 innings while only allowing a couple of runs, four hits and striking out six. Makayla McAdams stepped in the circle in relief after UMKC loaded the bases in the final inning. McAdams got the final out of the game to pick up her first save of the year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Drops Series Opener At Seattle 11-1 In Eight Innings

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BELLEVUE, WA - The New Mexico State baseball team (4-25-1, 1-8-1 WAC) fell 11-1 in eight innings to Seattle U (17-15, 9-1 WAC) in the series opener on Friday afternoon at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Wash.

The Aggies crossed the plate once on five hits and committed five errors while Seattle U tallied 11 runs on 16 hits without committing an error. NM State starting pitcher Riley Barr was given the loss after working 6.0 innings on the mound and picking up a season-high six strikeouts on the day. Redhawks’ starter Will Dennis earned the win and is now 5-2 after throwing for 8.0 innings and striking out three Aggie batters.

NM State fell behind early on as the Redhawk offense scored five runs in the first inning and one in the second to go up 6-0. The Aggies scored a in the top of the third on a Quinnton Mack sacrifice fly to right field to make it a 6-1 ball game. It was RBI No. 14 for Mack.   Continue Reading This Post >>