Aggies Drop Both Games Of Doubleheader Against Oakland

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader against Oakland on Saturday. The Aggies fell 14-11 in game one and 7-3 in game two on the day. NM State goes to 6-5 on the season, while Oakland improves to 4-3 overall.

NM State was outhit 18-10 during game one of the doubleheader. Billy Conard made the start for the Aggies but could not get out of the fourth after allowing eight runs.

The Aggies struck first as designated hitter Ryan Wagner belted a shot to straight-away center field for his third home run of the season. NM State led early 1-0 after two innings.

The lead wouldn’t last, however, as the Golden Grizzlies came back with six runs in the top half of the third off Conard. The inning started with an error by Aggie second baseman Jory Goldstrom. Six hits and a hit batsman later, NM State saw itself in a 6-1 hole.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Announce 2014 Football Schedule

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Athletics Department announced Saturday morning the 2014 football schedule, which features six home games and six away contests. The Aggies begin their first season as members of the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.

“We are thrilled with being in the Sun Belt Conference beginning in 2014,” head coach Doug Martin said. “We are looking forward to building some rivalries in conference. With the marquee game at LSU, it should be an exciting season for our fans.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

WAC Suspends Ross-Miller For Two Games, Dixon For One Game

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Western Athletic Conference Commissioner Jeff Hurd today announced that New Mexico State men's basketball player KC Ross-Miller has received a two-game suspension and Renaldo Dixon a one-game suspension as a result of a violation of the WAC's sportsmanship policy following Thursday night's basketball game against Utah Valley in Orem, Utah.

“We talk to student-athletes on a regular basis regarding representing the brand of New Mexico State and our Athletics Department and other athletes,” NMSU Athletics Director McKinley Boston said. “I’m so disappointed in K.C.’s actions and the embarrassment he caused his team and university.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Suspend KC Ross-Miller

Statement from head coach Marvin Menzies:

"After reviewing the tape of the game and the events that immediately followed, a decision has been made to immediately suspend KC Ross-Miller. No matter what provoked KC what he did was inexcusable and hence the suspension. It is an honor and a privilege to wear an Aggie uniform and a responsibility comes with that privilege. I will wait until I've had a chance to talk with our conference officials and university administration before any other disciplinary actions may or may not be taken. My initial assessment is that we're looking at two separate components, one being KC throwing the ball at Hunsaker and the other being the altercation between the players and the fans who rushed the floor. I would like to commend my staff for their immediate reaction to engage our players and remove them from the floor. We are currently reviewing several sources of video to accurately assess the situation. Obviously this was a very unfortunate incident and I'm hopeful that we can learn from it moving forward.” Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview :: 02/26/14 Your team is on an eight game winning streak. Starting two weekends ago at the Troy Cox Classic, you had a tough Friday losing 5-0 and 13-3 but then you capped off the weekend with two walk-off wins and a come-from-behind win against Texas Tech. After the first weekend we talked about your team’s resiliency.
Kathy Rodolph: I think part of the job of the coaching staff when you have a very young team is to really be reflective and be the mirror when they need it. When they’re down being encouraging and kind of know when to really push them and when to give. The first weekend out, no doubt Nebraska and Florida State were just at a different place with their program than we are with our young program. We knew we were going to get on our heels. We wanted to see how we would respond to it. The following weekend we did not play well at all on Friday. Cat and I challenged the kids just that that’s not who we are. I can understand if we’re making routine plays and we’re just pitching as well as we can in the circle and we’re doing what we do offensively but I can’t handle when we get intimidated and get on our heels and don’t play. I think they understood it too and they had seen themselves play so much better and they knew they needed to rebound. I really feel like they did. They just started doing the little things. The little things add up. Defensively, I think we had more errors in the first weekend than we had all last year. It can make you nervous and make you cough up the ball and the speed of the game can seem so much faster and the team you’re playing so much better than you but it’s all perception. I was really proud of how we were able to play defense and how we were able to get our feet under us offensively, when we finished with Iowa State and Texas Tech, those were two really quality wins for us. That kind of led us into last weekend.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men Fall At Utah Valley 66-61

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OREM, UT - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team fell 66-61 to Utah Valley, Thursday, Feb. 27, in Orem, Utah as sophomore center Sim Bhullar and junior guard Daniel Mullings each posted a double-double. NM State falls to 21-9 overall and 10-4 in Western Athletic Conference play and the Wolverines move into first place in the league standings at 11-3, while moving to 17-10 on the season.

Bhullar posted 10 points while grabbing a season-high 14 rebounds and adding six blocks. Mullings scored a team-high 19 points as he added 10 rebounds to go along with five assists and two steals. Junior DK Eldridge also scored in double-figures with 10 points, while he had the best night of all Aggies from the charity stripe hitting 5-of-6 free throws. NM State struggled as a team from the free throw line hitting 15-of-30, which could have been the difference of the game as UVU hit 24-of-30 free shots.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Hoops Falls To Utah Valley 87-81

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After leading by as many as 11 in the second half, the New Mexico State women’s basketball team fell 87-81 to Utah Valley on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Pan American Center. The Aggies shot 43 percent from the floor, falling to a 7-7 record in Western Athletic Conference play.

NM State was led on the court by sophomore Abby Scott with 29 points, going 8-of-12 from range. Fellow sophomore Sasha Weber helped out with eight assists on her 15 points, while junior Danesia Williamson also hit 15 for the Aggies with three assists and two steals.

Redshirt sophomore Elena Holguin hit four buckets from beyond the arc, finishing with 12 points and helping out with five assists. Defensively, freshmen Brianna Freeman and Tyler Ellis each grabbed eight rebounds, helping the team to 29 on the night.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Ward Interview :: 02/24/14 You picked up another 3-1 series victory. You did it after losing the Friday night game which is something that’s sometimes difficult to do.
Rocky Ward: Yeah it is. That’s a fact. When you win on Friday that gives you command of the series and when you lose that you feel like you’re against the wall, especially when you’re at home. I believe that a team has to grow and teams have to be put in different situations and sometimes losing is good in the long run. We go into a conference series when games become more important and lose on Friday and feel like we can’t come back and win the series. Those are things that are important in particular in baseball. I’m proud of the kids, in particular the way it came out. You lose in a tough game, we should win that game at home, a 12 inning game. We had opportunities to win it in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th and can’t get it done. Extra innings games at home there is a pretty distinct advantage just because every time you get them out you have six outs to their three. We didn’t get it done but what did happen in that game is we got a good solid outing out of Bradley. He had one bad inning, they didn’t really early the lead, we walked to many people again. He kind of stabilized and we got a really great relief appearance from Zach Freeman. That in itself was good.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Cota Wins Pentathlon At WAC Indoor Track And Field Championships

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MOSCOW, ID - The New Mexico State track and field team wrapped up the first day of competition at the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Championships in Moscow, Idaho on Wednesday Feb. 26, with senior Deserae Cota winning the pentathlon.

The pentathlon was the only event held on the day and saw athletes compete in the 60-meter hurdles, the high jump, the shot put, the long jump and the 800-meter run.

“Deserae (Cota) was able to finish as the individual champion in the multi-event and earn us 10 points,” head coach Orin Richburg said. “Zoe (Meade) had a foot injury coming in and fell during the hurdles and wasn’t able to continue. But it was good that Deserae was able to wrap up the events and be the individual champion. Now we’re focused on getting our athletes to qualify tomorrow to compete on Friday.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Sweeps Weekly WAC Awards

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DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Fiana Finau and Celisha Walker have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for Feb. 17-23. The is the first-ever honor for both.

Finau, a sophomore utility player from Chula Vista, Calif., hit .545 with six RBI, four runs scored, two doubles and two home runs as the Aggies went 5-0 at the UTEP Invitational last week. She had a hit in all four games in which she played and posted a 1.273 slugging percentage for the week. In a win over Houston Baptist on Saturday, she led off the bottom half of the second with a solo homer, then hit the game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth. She closed out the weekend with a pair of doubles in a six-inning win over Incarnate Word.  Continue Reading This Post >>