Aggie Baseball Defeats Utah Valley 7-4 In Series Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior Matthew McHugh shut down the Utah Valley offense on Friday to give the Aggies a 7-4 win. NM State has now won four games in a row, and remains tied for first place in the WAC with Seattle U.

UVU jumped on the board first as they led off the game with a double down the right field line. That runner would later come in on a wild pitch, giving the Wolverines an early 1-0 lead.

NM State would have something to say about that lead, as Daniel Johnson beat out a hard chopper to short to start the home half of the inning. Dan Hetzel was plunked to put runners at first and second. Johnson then stole third during the next at-bat. Austin Botello drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases with one out. Trey Stine reached on an error by the center fielder that cleared the bases, putting the Aggies up 3-1.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Tennis And Women's Golf Recognized By NCAA

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's golf team and women's tennis team have been recognized by the NCAA for outstanding performance in the classroom.

The NCAA made the announcement today with the Aggie golf and tennis teams joining the 649 women's teams earning the NCAA Public Recognition Award based on their most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rate. A total of 1,071 teams are being recognized for their high achievement this year.

Both the women's tennis team and the women's golf team scored a perfect 1,000 APR score to rank in the top 10 percent of their sport. The two teams were among the 944 programs with perfect scores.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Sweeps Grand Canyon With 7-6 Win On Monday

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PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State baseball team swept Grand Canyon with a 7-6 win on Monday, after being rained out on Sunday. With the win, the Aggies are now in a tie for first place in the WAC with Seattle.

GCU got on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the first. Both runs scored on a single up the middle.

The Aggies responded in the third as Daniel Johnson singled up the middle, and then proceed to steal second during the next at-bat. Greg Popylisen drew a full count walk. Austin Botello earned his sixth RBI of the series with a single up the middle, scoring Johnson. Dan Hetzel followed suit with his own single up the middle, scoring Popylisen. Botello scored on an E5 that saw L.J. Hatch reach first.

GCU tied the game up in the bottom half, as a base hit brought home a run from second.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Defeats Grand Canyon 4-3, Looks For Series Sweep On Sunday

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PHOENIX, AZ - For the second time in as many games, junior Austin Botello hit a go ahead home run to give the Aggies the win over Grand Canyon. The Aggies have now won their first three conference series for the first time since at least 2004, with the 4-3 win on Saturday.

The Aggies got on the board first in the second inning as Trey Stine led off with a double up the middle. Mason Fishback reached on a fielder’s choice that saw Stine beat a tag at third on a throw from the shortstop. Daniel Johnson singled on a ball though the left side, scoring Stine.

NM State added another run in the second as L.J. Hatch doubled to center. Trey Stine drove him in with a single to left field.

GCU tied the game up in the home half with both runs coming in on single through the right side.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Sweeps Series With Utah Valley

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OREM, UT - The NM State softball team completed the series sweep of Utah Valley on Saturday with a 4-2 victory at the Wolverine Softball Field. The Aggies defeated the Wolverines 9-0 and 11-1 in games one and two, respectively, on Friday.

The Aggies (26-18, 6-0 WAC) scored four runs and collected three RBIs on seven hits. Rachel Rodriguez went 1-for-2, scored two runs and amassed two RBIs. Makayla McAdams pitched 6.2 innings and had five strikeouts in 22 batters faced.

Utah Valley (5-29, 1-5 WAC) scored two runs and had two RBIs on five hits. Bailey Moore had four strikeouts in 32 batters faced.

Utah Valley put runners on base in the bottom of the first inning. Brianna Gatlin doubled to left field and Kendall Ohman was walked to put runners on first and second. After Tiana Hensley fouled out to Amy Bergeson, Emma Adams turned a double play to end the inning.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Drops Doubleheader At No. 18 Arizona

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TUCSON, AZ - The Aggies scored a run in game one and two in game two, but it was not enough as the NM State softball team dropped both games of the double header against No. 17 Arizona on Wednesday night at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium. The Aggies fell 6-1 in game one and 10-2 in game two.

Game One

The Aggies (23-18) scored one run and had one RBI on six hits. Haley Nakamura went 2-for-3 and had one RBI. Karysta Donisthorpe pitched 3.0 innings and had four strikeouts in 14 batters faced.

Arizona (25-12) scored six runs and had six RBIs on nine hits. Danielle O’Toole pitched 7.0 innings and had four strikeouts in 28 batters faced.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softall Sweeps SeattleU

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State softball team completed the series sweep of Seattle U as they captured a 2-0 win and a 5-0 victory in games one and two of the double header on Saturday at the NM State Softball Complex. The Aggies shutout the Redhawks on Friday night with a 12-0 win in the series opener.

Game One

The Aggies (23-16, 3-0 WAC) scored two runs and racked up two RBIs on four hits. Victoria Castro went 1-for-2, scored one run and had one RBI. Karysta Donisthorpe pitched 7.0 innings where she had seven strikeouts and allowed just three hits in 25 batters faced.

Seattle U (14-22, 0-3 WAC) had three hits. Andie Larkins pitched 6.0 innings and had three strikeouts in 23 batters faced.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Routs SeattleU 12-0

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Tatum Reedy hit two home runs in the fourth inning as the NM State softball team defeated Seattle U 12-0 in their conference opener on Friday at the NM State Softball Complex.

The Aggies (21-16, 1-0 WAC) scored 12 runs and amassed 12 RBIs on nine hits. Reedy went 3-for-3 and scored two runs on two RBIs. NM State hit four home runs in the bottom of the fourth as Victoria Castro hit one and Brennalyn Nakamura hit a grand slam in addition to Reedy’s pair. Makayla McAdams pitched 5.0 innings and allowed just three hits in 19 batters faced.

Rachel Rodriguez garnered four stolen bases on the night. The four stolen bases ties the single-game record, which has only been accomplished twice before in program history. On Feb. 27, 1998, Kym Lax stole four bases against Missouri-Kansas City, and Kylie Randall matched that on Feb. 26, 2011 against North Dakota.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pascal Siakam Named Honorable Mention AP All-American

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State forward Pascal Siakam became the seventh Aggie in school history to be named an All-American with his selection to the Associated Press All-America team.

The 6-9 sophomore from Douala, Cameroon who led the Aggies (23-11, 13-1) to their second consecutive Western Athletic Conference Championship and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament, was named an honorable mention on the AP team.

The unanimous WAC Player of the Year, Siakam has also been chosen first team All-WAC, to the WAC All-Defensive Team, to the NABC All-District 6 first team and to the USBWA All-District VIII team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Daniel Johnson Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - Junior Daniel Johnson has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. This is the second time this season Johnson has received this honor, after receiving it after the opening series of the year.

A native of Vallejo, Calif., Johnson led the Aggies to a series sweep over Chicago State to open the WAC schedule, going 7-for-13 with five runs scored on the weekend. His best game of the series came in the series finale, going 3-for-4 with a home run as the Aggies won 8-2.

Johnson also stole three bases during the weekend and currently leads the WAC in stolen bases with 14 in 15 attempts.

In the Thursday game of the series, Johnson helped NM State to a 17-5 victory in seven innings, going 3-for-5 with an RBI. He was just a home run short of the cycle, hitting a double and triple during the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>