Aggie Softball Splits On Opening Day Of Troy Cox Classic

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Softball Aggies split games on Friday as they opened play in their own Troy Cox Classic at the NM State Softball Complex.

The Aggies dropped a 6-0 decision in their first game to undefeated Kansas, then roared back in the nightcap to run-rule Weber State 8-0 in five innings.

“We got a good start against good competition tonight,” said NM State head coach Kathy Rodolph. “Our preseason is designed to really challenge us and make us better each time we step on the field. And I believe it’s doing that.”

The night was highlighted by the offensive play of Malena Padilla who went 3-for-6 in the two games and Emma Adams who went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

In the other games in the Classic on Friday, Bradley was run-ruled twice, as Kansas took an 8-0 victory, while Weber State downed BU 11-0.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Green Interview :: 02/11/15 :: Season Preview With such a new ball club who do you expect to fill out the lineup?
Brian Green: We’ll start on the mound. We could start six guys just in terms of guys who have the capability, the potential, the durability to start and give you five or potentially six innings. We feel like we have six guys. With the opening weekend having four games, we’re going to go with Riley Barr who was one of the top guys in appearances last year. He’s a senior right-hander and he’ll start the opening game. Robert Kraft is a senior left-handed pitcher, probably been our best guy over the fall and the spring in keeping our hitters off balance. He’ll start the second game. The third guy will be Matt Loeffler, he’s a senior right-handed pitcher. He’s got great movement. Then the fourth game will be Billy Connard who didn’t pitch last year He’s got a good arm and he’s got a chance to be a pro prospect just given his body and potential for velocity. So those will be our four starters entering this but that could change next week very easily with Trey Gonsalez, he’s right there, potential to be a starter. He’ll open up as a long reliever, a guy who has potential to give us substantial innings. Same thing with Trey Higginbotham. Trey’s a big key for us. When his command is on he’s very tough to hit. At some point in the year you’ll probably see him starting too. We really feel like we have six guys who we’ll hand the ball off to.

Early on in the season Matt Moriarty is a guy we think can be our closer. Matthew Stein is a senior right-hander, a great student, a great thinker, knows what he’s doing. He’s really competitive. He’ll get substantial appearances on the mound. Kyle Rutherford, Lincoln Herendeen, Alex Lownes, Tyler Aguirre, Quinten Mansfield, those are all guys that’ll come in in the middle innings and go short stint relief appearances.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Earn 12th Straight Win, 76-69 At Seattle

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - It was a sweet homecoming for Aggie junior guard Sasha Weber who returned to her native Washington state on Thursday night and helped the New Mexico State women’s basketball team to its 12-consecutive win, a 76-69 victory over Seattle U inside the Connolly Center.

Weber, who grew up about 40 minutes away from Seattle in Lacey, Wash., marked her 1,000th-career point as an Aggie after sinking her only 3-pointer of the night with 8:26 left in the game. She becomes only the 20th player in program history to reach 1,000 points. Weber finished with 14 points and now has 1,004 points in her career.

“We are all very proud of Sasha,” Aggie head coach Mark Trakh said. “She is a great student, person and basketball player. She will go down as one of the all-time great NM State players and she still has a long way to go to add to her impressive stats.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Defeats Seattle 73-47

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field to lead New Mexico State past Seattle U 73-48 Thursday evening at a boisterous Pan American Center.

“We played some pretty good basketball tonight and I’m pleased,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said. “This was a payback game for us and the guys were amped for that.”

The opening minutes were evenly matched and Seattle U led 11-10 at the 13:19 mark. From there, however, over the ensuing five minutes the Aggies went on a 11-0 run and led 21-11 with eight minutes remaining in the first stanza.

The Aggies’ defense was stellar in the first half and kept the Redhawks off-balance. NM State scored 11 points off 10 forced turnovers.

“Defense played inspired tonight,” added Menzies. “The guys are starting to understand what they are supposed to do on defense and it’s showing.”  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview :: 02/10/15 You probably learned as much about your team as you could possibly hope for in an opening weekend. Your thoughts?
Kathy Rodolph: I agree. It was a very interesting weekend. Lots of offense. I felt like collectively there was a great group of hitters on all the teams. I felt like it was great competition right out of the box. I tip my hat to Texas Tech. That game we came out a little nervous with opening game jitters and led the majority of the game but let it slip away from us. But then I really liked how we responded against Nebraska. That was one of the craziest offensive games I’ve seen in my entire life. That Nebraska game was unique for a few different reasons but this was also a game that I’m not sure some of your other teams in the past would have won, particularly in an opening weekend.
KR: I totally agree. Our response, when we gave up seven runs in the top of the sixth, it was the most unbelievable display of offensive power by two teams that I’ve ever seen. We punched them, they punched us, we punched them, they punched us. It was a great game. Not a great game in the circle in the sense that both of us struggled trying to slow down the other ones’ offense but the hitters were unbelievable.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Susana Alcaraz Named WAC Women's Tennis Athlete Of The Week

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women’s tennis player Susana Alcaraz has been named Western Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday.

This is the second-consecutive week that a NM State player has been awarded WAC women’s tennis Athlete of the Week, as junior Ashvarya Shrivistava garnered the award last week.

The senior from Aguascalientes, Mexico, was the key for the Aggies weekend in Las Vegas, Nev.

“She (Alcaraz) had a great weekend in singles and doubles last weekend,” NM State head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “She is an extremely hard worker and is a great senior an on leader on our team.”

Alcaraz won her first match of the weekend by defeating Pacific’s Iveta Masarova in a three-set thriller (6-4, 1-6, 7-5).

Against Kansas, Alcaraz and doubles’ partener Erika Castillo Lopez battled the Jayhawk’s No. 1 doubles’ pairing in a match that ended unfinished (4-4).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tshilidzi Nephawe Named WAC Player Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - New Mexico State senior center Tshilidzi Nephawe has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 2-8. This is his first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.

The Johannesburg, South Africa, native averaged a double-double of 14.0 points and 11.5 rebounds to go along with 1.0 assist and 1.0 block per game last week as the Aggies went 2-0 on the week to take a two-game lead atop the WAC standings. He shot a blazing 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the field over the two games. Nephawe opened the week with eight points and 11 rebounds in a win at Chicago State. In a road win over second place Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday, he posted season highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Karysta Donisthorpe Named WAC Pitcher Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - New Mexico State's Karysta Donisthorpe has been named the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 2-8. This is the first honor of the season and second of her career for Donisthorpe.

Donisthorpe, a redshirt junior from Farmington, N.M., went 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in four appearances last week, leading the Aggies to all three of their wins during the Hotel Encanto Invitational. She pitched 16.1 innings, allowing only three earned runs while striking out 15. In 16.1 innings of work, she limited opponents to a .262 batting average.

NM State Softball Drops Close Game To UTSA, 8-7

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team dropped to 2-2 on the year after a tough 8-7 loss to UTSA, in the third day of the Hotel Encanto Invitational, Saturday, Feb. 7 at the NM State Softball Complex.

The Aggies went into the seventh inning with a 7-6 lead but UTSA scored two runs in the top of the seventh to move to 3-0 in the tournament and on the year. The Aggies hammered out eight hits with first baseman Kelsey Dodd leading the offensive charge going 2-of-3 at the plate. Dodd also got on with a lead-off walk in the bottom of the fifth, which led to one of two runs scored in the inning giving the Aggies a 5-4 lead after falling behind 4-3 in the third.

CSU’s Kelsi Ott was the winning pitcher working 2.1 innings and striking out two Aggie batters, while the Aggies’ Dallas McBride fell to 0-1 on the season as she gave up the go-ahead run but stuck out three batters.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Pulls Away From UMKC For 77-63 Road Victory

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - New Mexico State used a powerful inside game, attacking the basket and the glass to pull away from Missouri-Kansas City 77-63 Saturday night at Municipal Auditorium.

The Aggies (15-10, 7-1) opened up a two-game lead in the Western Athletic Conference race with the win. UMKC (10-15, 5-3) remained in second in the league.

NM State got a DK Eldridge layup with 11:02 to play that ignited a 10-2 run midway through the second half to break open a tight game and the Aggies never trailed again.

But it was what the Aggies did inside that gave NM State it’s fifth straight win and 10th victory in the last 11 games.

Senior center Tshilidzi Nephawe collected his third double-double of the season as he led all scorers and rebounders with 20 points and 12 boards. Nephawe nearly had as many boards as the Roos, with NM State outboarding UMKC 38-13.  Continue Reading This Post >>