NMSU Women's Basketball Edges Seattle 64-61

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team faced off at the home of the Seattle University Redhawks on Saturday evening. Two nights after head coach Mark Trakh reached the century mark in total wins at NM State, Trakh then added win number 101 to his Aggie total with a 64-61 victory over Seattle U.

As the game opened with the Aggies winning the tip and knocking down the first basket, on a three from Zaire Williams, Seattle then went on a 7-0 run to put the team in a hole early. NM State was then able to battle back after the break and trade baskets with the Redhawks to close out the first quarter. Williams went 3-4 from downtown as the quarter closed with the score tied, 15-15.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Great Chase Holbrook To Return To NMSU As Assistant Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State football fans will have a pair of familiar faces on the sidelines this upcoming season as head football coach Doug Martin announced the additions of former Aggie standout QB Chase Holbrook and former graduate assistant Kai Brown.

Holbrook, who played for NM State from 2005-08, returns to his alma mater as the tight ends coach after spending the 2016 season working under Mike Leach at Washington State as a quality controls coach. Prior to his time in Pullman, Holbrook served as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Tarleton State. Other stops for the Hurst, Texas, native included New Mexico State Highlands (2014) and McMurry (2009-13).

During his time in Las Cruces, Holbrook rewrote the Aggie history books and still owns the single-season and career record in passing, passing attempts, completions, touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Routs Mount Saint Mary's 13-2

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The bats were white hot on a balmy Friday night at Presley Askew Field as the New Mexico State baseball team routed Mount St. Mary’s 13-2 behind 18 hits.

The Aggies (3-3) struck first in their bottom half of the first inning when LJ Hatch roped a double in the left-center gap that plated a pair of runs with two outs.

A sacrifice fly to center by Austin Botello scored another run in the second before NM State exploded for five runs in the fourth. The Aggies batted around the order that inning with Brent Sakurai making his second trip for the final out, but not before five Aggies crossed the dish.

Johnathan Groff (1-1, 5.40 ERA) settled in well after giving up a run in the third and pitched back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth frame. The Castroville, Texas, native gave up just two runs on six hits while walking two and fanned eight Mount St. Mary’s batters.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Equestrian Downs TCU 9-7

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State equestrian team squared off against the TCU Horned Frogs at home on Friday. The team came out strong early on and ended up taking down the Horned Frogs, 9-7.

The New Mexico State equestrian team fell to the SMU Mustangs at their meet today in Dallas, Texas. The squad was outscored in each of the four events as they ended up losing to a final score of 16-4.

The day began with the most dominant performance of the day by the Aggies, in equitation on the flat. This event saw the Aggies win with a 4-0 sweep as Madison Brayman, Grace McMurry, Karianna Knezevich and Remington Wilkie each earned a point for the squad. Brayman also took home Most Valuable Player honors after the event.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Unable To Hold Off No. 14 Michigan

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team played No. 14 Michigan close but came up short as the Aggies fell 5-4 on Friday.

NM State came out hot against the Wolverines to start the game. Rachel Rodriguez hit a leadoff single for the Aggies. After she stole second, Rodriguez was driven home by Kelsey Horton to give NM State the 1-0 advantage.

Michigan took the 2-1 lead in the third inning but the Aggies fought back. In the top of the fourth, NM State was able to load the bases with no outs in the inning, With Merina Ili at the plate, Michigan's pitcher hit the Aggies' designated player to score a run NM State. The Wolverines walked in two more batters to give New Mexico State the 4-2 advantage.

A three-run homer in the sixth inning spoiled the Aggies upset bid as the Wolverines took the 5-4 lead. NM State was unable to rally in the seventh and fell 5-4 to the ranked Wolverines.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls At Home To Utah Valley 84-72

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men's basketball team saw its 23-game home winning-streak snapped on Thursday night to Utah Valley, 84-72.

Despite the loss, the Aggies have secured the No. 2 seed in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament and will play the No. 7 seed on Thursday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. (MT)/4:30 p.m. (PT) in Orleans Arena.

After both teams exchanged baskets to start the game, an 11-1 run for the visiting Wolverines (12-15, 4-8 WAC) forced Aggie head coach Paul Weir to call a timeout.

From there the Aggies (23-5, 9-3 WAC) went a 12-4 run of their own to take the 18-17 lead over UVU. The back-and-forth scoring between the two teams continued for the remainder of the half. The first 20 minutes of action saw nine lead changes and five instances where the game was tied – including the halftime score 43-43.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Utah Valley 66-53, Clinches Share Of WAC Regular Season Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - The New Mexico State Aggies women's basketball team squared off with the Utah Valley Wolverines on Thursday evening in Orem, Utah at the Lockhart Arena. This contest saw the Aggies take a lead with their first basket of the game and never surrender it as they defeated the Wolverines, 66-53, and swept the season series.

The game opened to a very low-scoring opening as NM State led 9-0, 5:18 into the first quarter. Utah Valley then called a timeout to try and get their feet under them, but the call was to no avail, as the opponent was not able to score for another minute of play until they hit a pair of free throws.

Through the first ten minutes, NM State outscored UVU in the paint (10-2) with five Aggies knocking down a basket as the team led 17-6 after one quarter.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Falls To Texas Tech 16-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LUBBOCK, TX - The New Mexico State baseball team’s pitching staff couldn’t contain a hot-hitting Texas Tech team and fell to the 21st-ranked Red Raiders 16-1 Tuesday afternoon at Rip Griffin Park.

How It Happened
New Mexico State jumped out to a 1-0 lead to start the game after Dan Hetzel plated Greg Popylisen from third on a deep fly ball to center for the sacrifice RBI. However, Texas Tech answered with a run of its own in the bottom-half of the second.

The Red Raiders then scored the go-ahead run the very next inning on a throwing error from LJ Hatch that scored TTU’s Michael Davis from second. Austin Botello drew a four-pitch walk to lead off the top of the fourth, but the next three Aggie batters went down in order.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Falls To No. 15 Tennessee

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball fell to No. 15 Tennessee on Monday as the Vols defeated the Aggies 9-0 in five innings.

Kayla Green took the circle for the Aggies. The sophomore came into the game 2-2 for the year. Green fell behind early giving up three runs in the first inning.

NM State looked to tie the game in the bottom of the first. Rachel Rodriguez started the game with a single through the left side. Kelsey Horton doubled to left field to advance Rodriguez to third. With runners on second and third, the Aggies were unable to drive in a run, stranding both runners to end the inning.

Tennessee tacked on another run in the second and five in the third to give the Vols the 9-0 advantage.

Rodriguez was again able to reach third base in the third inning. NM State was unable to get the offense going as the Aggies stranded Rodriguez for the second time.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Merina Ili Named WAC Softball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Merina Ili has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for Feb. 13-19. This is the first-ever honor for both.

Ili, a sophomore designated player from Long Beach, Calif., hit .583 over four games last week with three doubles and her first collegiate home run. She had seven RBIs and posted a 1.083 slugging percentage and .615 on-base percentage. In a run-rule victory over Northern Colorado last Thursday, Ili doubled and homered, driving in four runs. The following day against DePaul, she had a pair of doubles.