Aggie Baseball Falls 4-3 At No. 13 Texas Tech In 12 Innings

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LUBBOCK, TX - The New Mexico State baseball team fell 4-3 to No. 13 Texas Tech in 12 innings of play at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock, Texas, Tuesday, March 10. The Aggies are now 1-13 this season and Texas Tech moves to 11-4 overall.

NM State held the Red Raiders scoreless through 8.2 innings but allowed four runs to score in the final four innings of play to drop another close game. The Aggies have now been in seven games that have been decided by two runs or less and have also played in three extra-inning games.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Marvin Menzies Named WAC Coach Of The Year, Pascal Siakam Named WAC Freshman Of The Year

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Western Athletic Conference regular season champion New Mexico State collected a lion’s share of the postseason honors as the WAC recognized its outstanding players on Tuesday.

NM State Coach Marvin Menzies was named the WAC’s Don Haskins Coach of the Year, while redshirt freshman Pascal Siakam was chosen Freshman of the Year and senior Daniel Mullings joined Siakam as a member of the All-WAC first team.

Seniors Tshilidzi Nephawe and Remi Barry were selected to the All-WAC second team.

The balloting was done by the head coaches of the conference, who could not vote for their own players.

“This shows the depth and the talent of our team to be able to have four players chosen to the all-conference team,” said Menzies. “This really is a reflection of the team.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Mark Trakh Named WAC Women's Basketball Coach Of The Year, Brianna Freeman Named Player Of The Year

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team’s magical season continued on Monday after the Western Athletic Conference announced the team has picked up the conference’s coach and player of the year awards as voted on by the eight WAC head coaches.

Head coach Mark Trakh is the 2014-15 WAC Coach of the Year while sophomore Brianna Freeman has been tabbed the 2014-15 WAC Player of the Year.

This is the first time the Aggies have received either a coach or player of the year by the WAC. The last NM State head coach to garner a conference coach of the year honor was Joe McKeown who was tabbed as the High Country Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1988, which was also the last season the Aggies, then Roadrunners, made the NCAA Tournament.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Karysta Donisthorpe Named WAC Pitcher Of The Week

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball right-hander Karysta Donisthorpe has been named the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season, the conference announced Monday.

The redshirt junior from Farmington, N.M., picks up her third career pitcher of the week award after going 2-0 and also picking up her first save of the season this past weekend in round robin play at the NM State Softball Complex.

“Karysta showed great composure and maturity this weekend,” Aggie head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “On Friday she didn’t feel like she had her best stuff, but she made the most of what she had. She was a calming force for us each time she went in. It’s very exciting to watch her evolve into a high level competitor.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Extend Win Streak To 10 With 9-4 Victory Over North Dakota

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball Aggies ran their winning streak to 10 straight as they wrapped up the NM State Round Robin Tournament with a 9-4 victory over North Dakota at the NM State Softball Complex.

The Aggies (18-7) took advantage of the long-ball, bashing a 3-run home run and a pair of 2-run shots.

Junior righthander Karysta Donisthorpe (10-2) collected nine strikeouts, while giving up two hits and one unearned run in pitching 6 1/3 innings.

North Dakota (3-15) dropped all five of its game in the tournament, with Hannah Bergh (3-6) going the distance allowing nine runs, seven earned, and striking out seven as the Aggies racked up 10 hits.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Closes Regular Season With Win At Home

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies got a double-double from redshirt freshman Pascal Siakam, but had to fight off a pesky Chicago State squad to close the regular season with a 61-57 Western Athletic Conference victory Saturday night at the Pan American Center.

Siakam racked up his sixth double-double of the season posting 11 points with 10 rebounds to go with a career-high tying five blocked shots against the Cougars (8-23, 4-10 WAC).

The WAC Regular Season Champion Aggies (21-10, 13-1) won their 11th straight, establishing the program’s 10th longest winning streak. The Aggies also picked up their 10th straight home win and their 28th WAC home victory.

The Aggies never trailed in the game, but saw their 16-point lead with 15:23 remaining get whittled down to two with 1:48 to play by turnovers forced by a tenacious Cougar defense.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie State Softball Extends Win Streak To Nine Straight

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team ran its winning streak to nine in a row with wins over Tulsa and North Dakota Saturday evening at the NMSU Softball Complex.

NM State upended Tulsa 12-10 and fought past North Dakota 19-13.

“Both wins were great team efforts,” NM State head coach Kathy Rodolph said following the win over North Dakota. “What I like about this team is our overall depth on offense. We can sub in a player and we don’t lose a lot at the plate. We were a little disappointed with our defense, but we’ll continue to get better in that area.”

In game one against the Golden Hurricanes, NM State used a fast start to gain early momentum. Tatum Reedy’s two RBI single highlighted a four-run first inning and the Aggies led 4-1 after one complete.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Picks Up 20th Win

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CHICAGO, IL - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team concluded its regular-season schedule by defeating Chicago State, 62-54, on Saturday afternoon inside the Jones Convocation Center.

The Aggies finish the regular season 20-7 overall and 13-1 in Western Athletic Conference play. They will head into the WAC Tournament next week winners of four in a row and 16 of their last 17 games.

NM State gets to 20 wins for the first time since the 2007-08 season when the team went 23-9. It is also the most wins and best record in conference play for the Aggies since joining the WAC.

The 13 WAC wins is the most conference wins since going 14-4 in the Big West in 1996. The 13-1 record is also the second-best record in conference play in program history, only outdone by the 10-0 High Country Athletic Conference finish in 1988.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Basketball Pulls Away Late For 69-48 Victory At UTPA

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EDINBURG, TX - The New Mexico State Aggies had to spend four extra days in south Texas before playing Texas-Pan American, but Tshilidzi Nephawe made it payoff as the Aggies beat the Broncs 69-48 Wednesday night at UTPA Fieldhouse.

Nephawe racked up his fourth double-double of the season in leading the Aggies with 19 points and 14 rebounds to go with two blocked shots, two assists and a steal.

The Aggies (20-10, 12-1 WAC) collected their fourth straight 20-win season under head coach Marvin Menzies, as well as the sixth time in Menzies eighth season. It was the 26th time to win 20 games for the NM State program.

UT-Pan American (9-20, 3-10) lost its third straight and the seventh time in the last eight games.

“We played fantastic defense,” said Menzies. “We forced them into some bad shots. Offensively we stepped up, especially Chili (Nephawe).”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Falls 10-0 At Arizona

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TUCSON, AZ - The New Mexico State baseball team was shutout for the first time this season falling 10-0 to Arizona at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Ariz., Wednesday, March 4. The Aggies are now 1-12 on the season while Arizona moves to 12-4.

Both pitching staffs picked up six strikeouts but the NM State offense was only able to put three hits up on the board with designated hitter Michael Barrientos, first baseman Michael Paulson and right fielder Phillip Clark each getting a hit. The Wildcats crossed the plate 10 times on 14 hits.

Starting left-handed pitcher Robert Kraft was credited with the loss after working 4.2 innings and striking out five Wildcat batters. Arizona reliever Rio Gomez picked up his first win of the year as he came into the game during the fifth inning and stayed in the game for 2.1 innings on the mound.  Continue Reading This Post >>