Aggie Athletic Club Hits 1,000 Member Milestone

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Aggie Athletic Club has seen a tremendous increase in the last four years since the new athletic administration arrived to the tune of 1,000 members, up from the 671 members in 2014-15.

“Eclipsing the 1,000 member number in the Aggie Athletic Club is a very satisfying milestone to hit for NM State athletics,” Director of Athletics Mario Moccia said. “Four years ago we had significantly less members with a total dollar amount of only $168,000 generated.

The largest increase in AAC cash donations came between 2016-17 and 2017-18, checking in at $196,069. Meanwhile, the 224 member increase from last year brought the membership total to 783, which made the 1,000 member mark attainable for the athletic department.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Nick Gonzalez Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Nick Gonzales has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for Feb. 11 – Feb. 17.

Gonzales, a sophomore infielder from Vail, Ariz. (Cienega HS), was in midseason form on opening weekend, going 16-of-22 from the plate with four home runs and 16 RBIs in an Aggie sweep of defending SWAC champion Texas Southern. The 2018 WAC Freshman of the Year had a perfect 5-for-5 night on Friday, driving in six RBIs with a pair of home runs in a 20-2 win. On Saturday, he went 8-for-12 with seven runs scored and five RBIs in a doubleheader sweep that saw NM State outscore TSU, 62-14. He followed that up with a 3-for-5 day on Sunday, driving in five RBIs in a seven-inning 16-3 win to clinch the sweep.

NMSU Men's Basketball Rallies To Defeat Seattle 59-53

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team rallied back from a 13-point deficit Saturday night in front of 11,889 Aggie fans and defeated Seattle U 59-53 for its 11th-straight win.

The win mark head coach Chris Jans’ 50th at the helm since taking over the Aggie basketball program in April 17, 2017, making him the fastest head coach to 50 wins in program history. Saturday’s victory was also the program’s 15th-straight home conference victory.

With the house that Lou Henson built packed, NM State (22-4, 11-1 WAC) had a tough time finding the bottom of the net the first 12-plus minutes of action and shot just 14.3-percent (2-of-14) from the field at the 7:02 media break. To make matters worse, Seattle U (13-12, 1-9 WAC) converted on all six Aggie turnovers into 12 points for the 20-8 lead at that moment.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Rallies At Seattle For 83-72 Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team trailed for much of the first three quarters at the Redhawk Center Saturday afternoon before outscoring Seattle 29-12 in the fourth for an 83-72 win, its 10th in a row.

Seattle U (1-23, 1-10) started the scoring with a three just 18 seconds into the contest. Monique Mills then responded with a three of her own to tie it up before Gia Pack bullied her way to the basket to give the Aggies (19-6, 11-1) a 5-3 lead. The two sides traded baskets with the Redhawks leading 11-10 at the media timeout midway through the quarter. The two sides continued to go back-and-forth with NM State taking a 16-15 lead after one.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Splits A Pair Of Games On Opening Day Of Troy Cox Classic

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball opened the Troy Cox Classic on Friday with games against Texas State and Bradley at the NM State Softball Complex. The Aggies took down the Bobcats 7-4 but came up short against the Braves falling, 4-3.

GAME ONE

NM State (5-1) got off to a hot start against TXST (3-3) when Victoria Castro opened the game with a two-run homer. Nikki Butler followed with a solo blast of her own and Kayla Bowen tallied her first ever collegiate homer, scoring a pair, to give New Mexico State the 5-0 advantage after the opening frame.

Starting pitcher Kayla Green hit trouble in the top of the second, allowing three runs to come in for the opposing Bobcats. However, in the bottom of the inning, Texas State made a critical fielding error that allowed an Aggie run to score and putting the team ahead by three.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Opens Season With Win Over Texas Southern

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team opened its 2019 season against Texas Southern at Presley Askew Field on Friday night. An offensive outburst with the team recording five home runs and middle infielders Joey Ortiz and Nick Gonzales combining to go 10-for-10 with nine runs batted in led the Aggies to a 20-2 win over the Tigers.

On the mound to open the season for NM State (1-0) was 2019 Western Athletic Conference Preseason Pitcher of the Year Brock Whittlesey. The senior right-hander was countered by Texas Southern’s (0-1) Preseason Southwestern Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year Aron Solis.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Downs Utah Valley 84-77 For 10th Straight Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - It was a lovely night at the Pan American Center Thursday night as the New Mexico State men’s basketball team picked up its 10th-straight victory with an 84-77 win over Utah Valley on Valentine’s Day.

Utah Valley struck first to open the game thanks to Benjamin Nakwaasah before Terrell Brown scored NM State’s first bucket 10 seconds later. The Aggies (21-4, 10-1) only had a small 6-5 lead at the first media break 4:24 into the game before JoJo Zamora began to light it up.

The Wolverines (16-8, 5-4 WAC) took an 11-6 lead after Wyatt Lowell hit back-to-back shots before Nakwaasah made it 16-13 in favor of the bad guys. Zamora tied things up heading into the 11:16 media break with a big pull-up triple on the fastbreak.

The redshirt-junior wasn’t done and drilled back-to-back 3-pointers after the break to give NM State the 27-22 lead with 7:34 left in the first-half  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Hangs On Against Utah Valley 72-63

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - The New Mexico State Women’s basketball team built a 15-point lead going into the fourth quarter before withstanding a comeback attempt from UVU for a 72-63 road win, the team’s ninth-straight victory on Thursday afternoon.

After Brooke Salas got into foul trouble early, the Wolverines (12-11, 6-4) raced out to an early 6-0 lead. However, Monique Mills kicked off a 7-0 run, ended by a three from Gia Pack, as NM State (18-6, 10-1) took a 7-6 lead at 5:13 mark of the first quarter. Utah Valley was able to regain the lead at 12-6 before the Aggies closed the quarter on a 9-2 run for a 16-14 lead after the end of one.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Salas Named WAC Women's Basketball Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Brooke Salas was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week after averaging 23.0 points and 15.0 rebounds in two WAC wins over the weekend, the league announced Monday.

The senior guard from Placentia, Calif., earned her fourth weekly honor of the year and 10th of her career.

Salas recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds in a 61-48 win over CSU Bakersfield. She followed up that performance with her 15th double-double of the season when she scored 25 and pulled down 18 boards in an 81-52 win against Grand Canyon.

She is currently averaging a double-double with 18.9 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Her 18.9 points per game are good for second in the WAC while her 11.6 rebounds lead the conference.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Diaz Named WAC Pitcher Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State softball’s Samaria Diaz was named the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league announced on Monday. This is the first weekly accolade for the junior.

Diaz began her 2019 campaign with a pair of wins and a save, helping the Aggies to a 4-0 opening weekend. She posted a 0.88 ERA and 12 strikeouts, allowing just one run on four hits over 8.0 innings. The pitcher opened the season by striking out three out of the four batters she faced against New Mexico on her way to a save. Against UTEP, she pitched 3.1 innings in relief, allowing just two hits while striking out five. She allowed two hits and surrendered her only earned run against Creighton, when she also had four strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched. Diaz also held opponents to a .133 batting average over her three appearances.  Continue Reading This Post >>