bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Ward Interview :: 05/19/14

bleedCrimson.net: You get Utah Valley on Wednesday, you catch a little bit of a break in that you play at 7:00 instead of the first game of the tournament at 3:00 in the heat of the day.
Rocky Ward: And that’s something we seem to have been drawing forever. Even when we were the two seed a couple years ago, we got the afternoon game. It’s a good draw. It’s an evening game, even though the weather isn’t going to be bad. It’s in the mid to upper-80s so we’re not dealing with the 100-degree heat and so it’s not going to be much different than what we’ve been dealing with at home.

The draw is good. Two reasons why. One we assume Bradley is going to be healthy and ready to go. He had a back issue that we had to skip him for the weekend. He got an injection in his back and he’s feeling a lot better. I was really worried about the fact that he just went on a six and a half hour bus ride. That’s not good for guy’s backs, anybody, healthy people’s backs. But when we stopped to eat about halfway he was feeling good. Hopefully that’ll hold out and he’ll be able to go on Wednesday and I think that Utah Valley has a weakness against left-handers. Their best players are their three, four and five-hole hitters and their three and five-hole hitters are switch hitters and they’re better left-handed hitters. Bradley had them no-hit through five in the Friday game and actually pitched well. It was a 1-0 game in the seventh and they scored three in the eighth and four in the ninth to beat us 8-1. It was a well-played baseball game. Riley Barr came in and made a mistake to their four-hole guy and he hit a two-run home run and then gave up another solo home run. He didn’t really pitch bad, it’s a Friday game and we threw the wrong pitch to the wrong guy before we knew it was the wrong pitch to the wrong guy. So, I think the matchup is good.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Falls To Chicago State 8-5

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team lost its second-straight game to Chicago State, 8-5, on Friday at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies fall to 19-29 on the season and 10-13 in Western Athletic Conference play while the Cougars are now 17-35 and 5-18 in WAC competition.

Even with the loss, NM State punched its ticket into the WAC Tournament next week after Sacramento State defeated North Dakota earlier in the day.

The Aggies were outhit 14-10 on Friday and committed three errors on the night. Catcher Kevin Carswell, right fielder Michael Paulson and left fielder Joe Koerper each had two hits on the night for NM State. One of Paulson’s hits was his first home run of the season.

Sophomore right-hander Zach Freeman was saddled with the loss after pitching into the sixth and allowing five runs on eight hits. Freeman falls to 3-6.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Podcast :: 05/16/14

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Aggies Fall To Chicago State 14-7 In Series Opener

Written By: NM State Athletics

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team fell 14-7 to Chicago State, Thursday, May 15 at Presley Askew Field to fall to 19-28 overall and 10-12 in Western Athletic Conference play while the Cougars move to 16-35 on the year and 4-18 in league play.

NM State posted its seven runs on 11 hits and Chicago State crossed the plate 14 times on 16 hits, while both teams committed four errors. Starting left-handed pitcher Bob Kraft was credited with the loss and is now 2-4 on the year and Chicago State starter Nick Kostalek got the win to move to 4-2 this season. The Aggies left 10 runners on base and ended the evening using five pitchers.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Season Ticket Plans Announced

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State athletic department released the season and single-game price’s for the 2014 football season and have announced an exciting new initiative for children. Season tickets go on sale on May 26.

In order to make NM State home football games better for the whole family, season tickets for kids 12 and under will be just $50 for virtually any seat in the stadium. Only seats in sections G and GG are excluded from this special price. In addition, game day tickets for kids 12 and under will be just $5 in general admission or east side seats.

“We want to make NM State home football games the place to be for the whole community,” said NM State athletic director McKinley Boston. “With our new kid pricing, family-oriented promotions, running on the field after the game and pre-game Kids Zone, we hope to create the most family-friendly entertainment option in the region.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Ward Interview :: 05/12/14

bleedCrimson.net: Coming off of the 13-inning game on Saturday, obviously a really tough way to lose with three different chances to win that game. Your guys came out and responded, particularly in a game that you didn’t know how much pitching you’d have available and it was a game that it feels like your team has been waiting put together for a long time.
Rocky Ward: Yeah we haven’t had too many of those types of games. The unique thing about it is that their left-handed started is considered a pretty good draft choice. They six scouts in the stands to watch him. That doesn’t help his draft status I’m sure. The second thing is that Kris Koerper actually swung with a wood bat in the game. He didn’t swing with an aluminum bat. He’s got a 35-inch bat that he likes, he asked me if he could use it, we got it approved by the umpire and he goes out and goes 6-for-7 with seven RBIs, with a wood bat and he hit a home run. I need to make sure that he’ll be allowed to continue to use it. It’s one of those things I threatened to do three years ago is swing with wood bats when they changed to the BBCOR but it wasn’t cost feasible to do it.

The guys got after it. We had a little inning later but that was well after the thing was over. The best thing about it, the 13 in the first three innings was pretty cool, but maybe the best thing is that we kept scoring. That’s been something that we’ve struggled with. We’ll have a couple big innings early in a game and then get shut out for five or six innings. It’s caused us some problems. It happened to us in the extra innings game. We put up a big inning and then couldn’t really put up another one to put them away and they just kept scoring single runs to get back into it. We had a chance early in the game to kind of put it away and couldn’t do it.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Avoid Sweep At Bakersfield With 19-7 Victory

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - The New Mexico State baseball team got a total team effort Sunday afternoon defeating Bakersfield 19-7 on a season-high 24 hits at Hardt Field in Bakersfield, Calif. The Aggies are now 19-27 overall and 10-11 in Western Athletic Conference play and CSUB falls to 23-28 on the year and 14-10 in conference action.

The NM State offense got a solid showing from senior first baseman Kristoffer Koerper, who finished the day going 6-of-7 from the dish with two doubles, three singles and a home run to go along with a season-high seven RBI using a wood bat. Koerper’s seven RBI is the most for any Aggie this season. Sophomore shortstop Kent Blackstone was 3-for-3 on the day with two runs scored and sophomore outfielder Joseph Koerper had a 3-of-6 day with a run scored and an RBI.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Ends Season At WAC Tournament

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State softball team fell to Utah Valley in the 2014 WAC Softball Tournament Championship game, 7-6, at Logan Field in Seattle, Wash., Saturday afternoon. The Aggies end their season at 31-23.

“I’m very proud of these kids and I feel like they have grown tremendously during the season,” head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “This team definitely does not have quit in them. These are quality women in all aspects of life, in the classroom, on the field and in the community. You never want it to end and it’s tough when it ends before you think it should but at the same time I appreciate the battle and heart that are team showed. We didn’t take a pitch off all tournament, we just got a little on our heels defensively, which is something we will need to work on for next year.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Struggle In WAC Series Opener At Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - The New Mexico State baseball team fell 13-1 in game one of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series, Friday, May 9 at Hardt Field in Bakersfield, Calif. The Aggies fall to 18-26 overall and 9-10 in WAC play while the Roadrunners move to 22-27 on the year and 13-9 in conference play.

NM State scored its one run on three hits and committed two errors while Bakersfield crossed the plate 13 times on 16 hits and did not commit an error. The Aggies used six pitchers in seven innings with starting left-handed pitcher Christopher Bradley getting the loss after working 3.1 innings and giving up seven runs. Bakersfield starter Taylor Aikenhead got the win after throwing a complete game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Advance To WAC Championship Game With 12-3 Rout Of UMKC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA – The New Mexico State softball team won its second game of the day at the 2014 WAC Softball Tournament, with an 12-3 win over Kansas City. The win pushed the Aggies to a 31-22 on the season and into the championship game tomorrow morning at noon (MT) against Utah Valley.  Continue Reading This Post >>