bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Ward Interview :: 04/07/14

bleedCrimson.net: You won the Friday night game which has been elusive this season and that was a game that seemed like your players got all their frustrations out in one game.
Rocky Ward: For the first time this year we got momentum and kept it. We trailed that game 2-0 in the second and some of the same feelings start to creep back in because we’d played from behind so much. But we put together a five run third and a three run fourth up to take control of the game and then from that point forward, as is typical of Friday games, once you get behind 8-2 it’s almost impossible to use any pitching. They just tried to finish it out without wasting any arms. Unfortunately we’ve been on the other side of that so it was nice to take advantage of that.

bc.net: The Saturday game was 0-0 through the first five innings and then you were able to get control of the game and get the 7-4 victory.
RW: Yeah, their kid did a good job. I thought the Hammer kid was their best arm. I thought he had the best idea how to pitch. He was throwing what I thought looked like a splitter but what the guys were telling me is it looked like a slider. It had that type of action. I thought we did a pretty good job, we got him into a little bit of a pitch count and finally got the breakthrough in the sixth and got him out and got to their bullpen. The disappointment was once we got the two runs in the sixth we turned right around and gave them right back which we’ve done on several occasions this year. We’ve gotten the lead and then couldn’t pitch back to it. Then once again we were able to score back-to-back innings and put us up 5-2 and then we got the zeroes we needed. It was Riley Barr’s first win and so I was happy for him. They [UNC] actually swung the bats well. He gave up 12 hits in the game, only one of them was an extra base hit. But he pitched around stuff pretty well. The three walks in the game was okay. You try to stay at three or under in the game and we’ve had trouble with that this year. It was a well played game. They scored two in the bottom of the ninth on Trey coming in on a 7-2 game. He came in the game in the eighth and faced the winning run which made it a save situation. We scored two in the ninth to extend the lead and made it easier to win. They really battled at us. They competed very well with the bats. It was a good baseball game. It was one of those types of games you’d like to play a lot of. We got pretty good hitting, a 7-3, 7-4, I can go with that. If we average seven or eight runs a game and we’re giving up three or four. You’re going to win a lot of games with that formula. This type of baseball we’re pretty comfortable with traditionally.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Falls At Air Force 9-6

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The New Mexico State baseball team held the lead for five innings but lost 9-6 to Air Force Academy, Tuesday, April 8 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Aggies fall to 13-19 on the season and the Falcons move to 7-24 overall.

NM State took 6-1 lead after scoring twice in the top of the first, once more in the second and three times in the top of the third, but the Aggie offense was slowed down being shut out in the final six innings of the game.

Falcon pitcher Trent Monaghan held NM State to just two hits in the six scoreless innings to earn the win and Aggie left-hand pitcher Trey Higginbotham took the loss falling to 0-3 on the year after working 0.2 innings and allowing four runs to score. NM State left hander Robert Kraft was the Aggie starter and went 2.1 innings, allowing three runs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Podcast :: 04/07/14

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Derek Umphres Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO – New Mexico State third baseman Derek Umphres has been named the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for March 31-April 6.

Umphres, a sophomore from Safford, Ariz. (Safford HS), hit .500 (8-for-16), striking out only one time in four games last week. The Aggies went 3-1 on the week, while sweeping WAC opponent Northern Colorado and falling to in-state rival New Mexico. Umphres picked up seven singles and a home run while finishing the week with nine RBI and a .688 slugging percentage. Umphres also tallied two walks and two sacrifice flies while not allowing a single error on defense. He did what he could in a loss to the Lobos on April 2 as he was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. In a series-opening win over Northern Colorado, Umphres went 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored. He is currently hitting a team-high .345 on the year with 39 hits and 24 RBI.

Aggie Baseball Uses Comeback To Sweep Series With Northern Colorado

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

GREELEY, CO - The New Mexico State baseball team used a four-run ninth inning to pick up a 12-9 win over Northern Colorado, Sunday, April 6 in Greely, Colo. The Aggies swept UNCO and are now 13-18 overall and 5-4 in Western Athletic Conference play. The Bears fall to 5-26 and 0-9 in WAC play.

The Aggies took a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth but UNCO crossed the plate eight times on four hits. The Bears started the inning with two consecutive walks and a hit batter to load the bases. UNCO used a single and a wild pitch to gain momentum while taking an 8-4 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Wins Second Straight Over Northern Colorado

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

GREELEY, CO - Right hand pitcher Riley Barr worked 7.1 innings on the mound for the New Mexico State baseball team picking up a season-high eight strikeouts as the Aggies held off Northern Colorado to win 7-4, Saturday, April 5 in Greeley, Colo. NM State is now back to .500 in Western Athletic Conference play at 4-4 and 12-18 overall on the year.

Barr allowed only two runs and walked just three of the 35 batters he faced and dropped his ERA to 2.60 on the year. Closer Trey Gonzales entered the game in the eighth and, although he allowed two runs to cross the plate, earned his fifth save of the year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Earns Series Victory With 8-5 Victory Over UMKC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Kansas City, MO -The New Mexico State softball team wrapped up its road series with the University of Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday, April 5, in Kansas City, Mo., with an 8-5 victory that won the series 2-1. This brings the Aggies’ overall record to 23-16 and 5-1 in Western Athletic Conference play.

Redshirt sophomore Karysta Donisthorpe got the start for the Aggies in the pitcher’s circle for the finale against UMKC, where she pitched three solid innings surrendering just one earned run and striking out four batters. Sophomore Makayla McAdams entered the game to pitch in the fourth inning but only pitched one inning as she gave up three hits to the six batters she faced. Senior Celisha Walker came in to pitch for the Aggies in the fifth and closed out the game, pitching three full innings and striking out one batter and allowing one run.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Baseball Snaps Losing Streaks With 16-4 Run-Rule Win Over Northern Colorado

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

GREELEY, CO - The New Mexico State baseball team snapped five game losing streak by defeating Northern Colorado 16-4 in a Western Athletic Conference game, Friday, April 4 in Greeley, Colo. The Aggies move to 11-18 overall and 3-4 in WAC play, while UNCO falls to 5-24 on the year and 0-7 in league action.

The Aggies used a season-high 23 hits to score 16 runs with left-fielder Michael Paulson leading the offensive surge going 4-of-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Third baseman Derek Umphres also had a 4-of-5 day at the dish with two RBI and three runs scored.

Starting left-hand pitcher Christopher Bradley earned the win working 6.0 innings while striking out six of the 26 batters he faced. He also gave up four walks and three runs but had the Aggie offense to help him get his second win of the year. Bradley is now 2-4 on the season in nine starts.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Ward Interview :: 03/31/14

bleedCrimson.net: A very rough weekend for the Aggies, the toughest weekend I can remember in a very long time.
Rocky Ward: It the worst in a long time. Sacramento was good. They have almost an entire team returning, they were a good club last year. They’re one of the best pitching teams. The only disappointment was their number one has a bad back and didn’t throw. They threw a freshman reliever on Sunday, trying to piece it all together but we couldn’t do much with it. We scored a few runs but we couldn’t stop them. It was one of those weekends that you have no choice but to forget it.

I still feel like Sacramento is not that much better than us, people think I’m nuts. They were hot. Sacramento is a team that struggled mightily to score in the first part of the season and all of the sudden woke up against Northern Colorado and they’ve been wide awake since. They’re averaging eight or ten runs a game over the last six or eight games. They’ve won eight or nine in a row. It wasn’t a good time to catch a hot-hot team. I don’t think that if we play again in the conference tournament that we’ll see the same type of results. I’m not telling you that we’re going to beat their butts but I can’t imagine that they can play again that good compared to us playing that bad at the same time. We’ll see.

We still have a lot of issues we have to work. We still need some kids to step forward and start playing the game with some confidence. It’s not been a very good run.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Equestrian Earns 24 NCEA Academic Awards

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

WACO, TX - The National Collegiate Equestrian Association on Tuesday announced its annual academic awards, including the Academic Team and the Academic Honor Roll.

The Aggies landed 24 riders on this year’s list, including nine first team honorees, one second team selection, two honorable mention picks and 12 student-athletes on the honor roll.

To qualify for the Academic first team, a rider must have competed in 70 percent of her team’s meets and must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5. To qualify for the Academic second team, a rider must have competed in 60 percent of her team’s meets, while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.25. To earn honorable mention Academic honors, a rider must have participated in 50 percent of her team’s meets and must have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The NCEA Academic Honor Roll recognizes the top academic student-athletes who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.25.  Continue Reading This Post >>