Lou Henson Named Special Advisor To Men's Basketball

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Paul Weir announced the appointment of Hall of Fame coaching legend Lou Henson as Special Advisor to the Aggie program.

“I am ecstatic that Coach (Henson) will be joining our program,” said Weir. “To add a person of his competencies and experiences comes along once in a lifetime. To be able to lean on him is an opportunity I simply was not going to let slip away.”

Henson, inducted to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame last November, had a 41-year career as a collegiate head coach, all at the NCAA Division I level, posting a record of 779-412 with a 65.4 winning percentage.

He’s the all-time winningest coach at both New Mexico State and Illinois, and started his career at Hardin-Simmons.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Karysta Donisthorpe Named WAC Pitcher Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - After throwing six shutout innings and leading the Aggies to a 3-2 win over Rio Grande rival New Mexico, NM State softball’s Karysta Donisthorpe has been name the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, announced the league office Monday. This is Donisthorpe’s second honor of the season and seventh of her career.

The Farmington, N.M. native went 1-0 during the week and had a 0.88 ERA. After allowing a run in the bottom of the second inning, she threw five straight shutout innings to help the Aggies force overtime against New Mexico.

Donisthorpe allowed just one earned run and struck out six batters during the eight-inning game. This is the second complete, extra-inning game Donisthorpe has thrown this season. The first was a 2-1, eight-inning victory over BYU in the Mary Nutter Classic on Feb. 25. The redshirt senior has had eight complete games this season.

Aggie Baseball Claims Series Over Seattle With 7-5 Win

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State (27-20, 15-6) held off a late rally by Seattle U (29-18, 16-5) to clinch the series with a 7-5 win on Sunday. Juniors Dan Hetzel and L.J. Hatch helped the Aggies to victory with two RBIs apiece.

The Aggies got on the board first in the second inning, as L.J. Hatch hammered a solo home run to straight away center on a 1-0 pitch. Trey Stine double to left center. Brent Sakurai scored Stine with a base hit to right, putting NM State up 2-0.

Seattle U cut into the lead in the third, as they got a base runner on a single through the left side. A double to right scored the run, pulling the Redhawks with one run at 2-1.

The Aggies pushed the lead back out in the bottom half, as Austin Botello drew a 3-1 walk. Dan Hetzel moved him over with a base hit through the 5-6 hole. Mason Fishback scored Botello with a single to through the right side of the infield.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Golf Finishes In 9th Place At NCAA Regional

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SHOAL CREEK, AL - The New Mexico State Aggies improved one spot in the final round and finished ninth at the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Saturday at the Shoal Creek Country Club.

NM State posted a final round 310, the best of those not making the top six, and finished with a 931 for the tournament. The Aggies finished three strokes behind No. 47 Clemson who placed eighth at 929. No. 16 California was seventh at 924.

NM State finished the regional four strokes ahead No. 41 Vanderbilt who was 10th at 935. The Aggies, who concluded their season, beat a total of five Top 50 teams in the tournament and was the top non-Top 50 team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Rebounds With 8-5 Game Two Win Over Seattle

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After falling in extra inning on Friday, New Mexico State (26-20, 14-6) bounced back with an 8-5 win over Seattle U (29-17, 16-4) on Saturday. Junior Austin Botello’s 3-for-4 day at the plate with three RBI played a major role in the win, finishing just a double shy of the cycle.

The Aggies came out hot in the bottom of the first, as Daniel Johnson led off with a base hit to short. Johnson was caught stealing second during the next at-bat. Greg Popylisen drew a full count walk. On the first pitch he saw, Austin Botello belted a two-run moon shot to right, putting NM State up 2-0 early.

Seattle U cut the lead to one run in the second. Brock Carpenter, who hit the game tying home run on Friday, unloaded on a 2-2 pitch for a leadoff solo homer.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Falls To Seattle 10-9 In Extra Innings

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After being down 5-1 after the first inning, New Mexico State (25-20, 13-6) fought all the way back, but ultimately came up short 10-9 against Seattle U (29-16, 16-3) in an 10-inning thriller on Friday.

Seattle U came out white hot to start the game, leading off with a single to center field. Two back-to-back base hits led to both runs scoring on a single to left field. A double to left center scored another run. A single down the left field line scored the fourth and fifth runs of the inning for the Redhawks.

NM State looked to cut into the lead as they came to the plate for the first time in the bottom half of the inning. After watching a pitch for a ball, Daniel Johnson unloaded on the next pitch, sending it over the wall in right for his sixth home run in five games.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Golf Slips To 10th After Second Round Of NCAA Regional

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SHOAL CREEK, AL - The New Mexico State Aggies struggled during the second round of the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional Friday at the Shoal Creek Country Club, falling to 10th in the field.

NM State posted a 318 for the round for a two-round total of 621. The Aggies are still only seven strokes behind No. 16 California who is in sixth – the final qualifying spot for the NCAA national tournament.

The Aggies are two strokes in front of No. 40 Notre Dame in 11th at 623 and three strokes out of a tie for eighth between No. 41 Vanderbilt and No. 47 Clemson at 618. No. 50 Michigan is seventh at 616.

The Aggies are the highest non-ranked team through two rounds and hold an advantage over four Top 50 squads.

"We had a very up and down round for the team," said NM State head coach Jackie Booth. "We made lots of birdies, but we also gave them back with too many big numbers."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Golf Sixth, Macias Fourth After First Round Of NCAA Regionals

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SHOAL CREEK, AL - Paced by the strong play of senior Viviana Macias, the New Mexico State Aggies are sixth as a team after the opening round of the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional on Thursday at the Shoal Creek Country Club.

Macias fired a 1-over-par 73 to sit in a fourth place tie, just three strokes off the individual lead. She led the Aggies to a 303 first round, just seven strokes out of the lead held by No. 8 Northwestern at 296. No. 22 Florida State is second at 299, with No. 25 Tennessee third at 300, No. 9 Oklahoma State fourth at 301 and No. 41 Vanderbilt fifth at 302.

NM State played through the windy conditions that picked up midway through the round to hold a three stroke advantage over No. 1 Alabama who posted a 306 and holds a lead over seven Top 50 teams in the 18-team field.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Women’s Track And Field Signs Seven For 2016-17

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State track and field head coach Orin Richburg announced the signing of seven student-athletes for the 2016-17 season on Thursday. The signing class includes four student-athletes from the Las Cruces and El Paso area.

“We were really pleased to get some local kids that athletically and academically will help our program,” said Richburg. “We tried to concentrate on our areas of need which are the middle distance and distance events. Coach Rath has done a great job recruiting to fill those needs. Since we are graduating two seniors in these events, I think we have done a good job replacing them with the signees we have. Overall, I think all of our signees, including all of the local talent, will help move our program forward.”

Meghan Aguilera  Continue Reading This Post >>

Joseph Koerper Named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District

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AUSTIN, TX - Senior Joseph Koerper has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America First Team Academic All-District team for District 7, the organization announced on Thursday. He is the sixth player in school history to receive this honor, and the first since 2009.

Koerper, a native of Las Cruces, N.M., is majoring in Genetics and Biotechnology and holds a 3.83 GPA. On the field, he is hitting .303 in 122 at-bats and has 11 extra base hits, a home run, 19 RBI and 14 runs scored this season.

Koerper now moves on to consideration for Academic All-America, which will be announced on Friday June 3.