Aggie Baseball Ends Season With 11-9 Loss To North Dakota

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball Aggies scored four runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth but fell two runs short Saturday as they lost their season finale 11-9 to North Dakota.

The Aggies (11-38-1, 7-19-1 WAC) ended the season scoring nine runs on 15 hits and didn’t commit an error, while North Dakota (23-25, 16-11 WAC) crossed the plate 11 times on 17 hits and tallied one error on the day.

NM State senior starting pitcher Matt Loeffler suffered the loss falling to 2-5 on the year. UND relief pitcher Brett DeGagne earned the win working three innings, allowing one run. North Dakota closer Jeff Campbell picked up his 11th save of the season closing out the game without giving up a run.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Drops Opening Game At NCAA Regional

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - The New Mexico State softball team began play at the NCAA Championship Tucson Regional by losing to top-20 Minnesota 10-2 in six innings on Friday at Hillenbrand Stadium.

It is the second time this season the Aggies (46-15) have fallen at the hands of the Golden Gophers (47-9) and their superstar pitcher Sara Groenewegen.

The lone highlight of the day for NM State was a two-run home run by senior Staci Rodriguez in the top half of the first. Unfortunately, the long ball was one of only three hits mustered by the Aggies versus Groenewegen. Rodriguez, sister Rachel Rodriguez and shortstop Haley Nakamura, who was celebrating her 20th birthday, all went 1-for-2 on the day for NM State’s only hits.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall To North Dakota 10-8

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team jumped out to 3-0 lead to start the game but North Dakota answered five-runs in the top of the second inning and never looked back to beat the Aggies 10-8 at Presley Askew Field Friday night.

NM State got a lead-off walk by left fielder Jay Sheely and a double from first baseman Cameron Haskins to set the table for the first of two runs of the game as senior centerfielder Quinnton Mack smacked a two-RBI single up the middle. Senior designated hitter Michael Paulson followed that up with an RBI single up the middle of his own giving the Aggies (11-37-1, 7-18-1 WAC) 3-0 lead.

Senior starting pitcher Bob Kraft struggled in the top of the second giving up five runs on five hits, including a three-run homer from left fielder Dalton Parrott that UND a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall 6-5 To North Dakota In WAC Series Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - North Dakota first baseman Ryan Reece’s RBI single in the sixth inning proved to be the game winner as the New Mexico State Aggies dropped a heart-breaking 6-5 Western Athletic Conference decision to UND Thursday night at Presley Askew Field.

In the opener of the season’s final three-game series that was delayed an hour and a half by rain and lightning, the Aggies (11-36-1) posted five runs on nine hits but suffered four errors that allowed North Dakota (21-25) four unearned runs.

UND plated six runs on 11 hits and committed three errors as both teams were struggling to get a good handle on the ball in the wet conditions..

NM State senior starter Riley Barr took the loss while working 7.2 innings, throwing 139 pitches and striking out a career-best 10 batters to fall to 4-7 on the year. He sat down at least one batter in every inning he worked except the first.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Finau And Rodriguez Named To NFCA All-Region Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball players Staci Rodriguez and Fiana Finau have been selected as part of the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) All-Region teams, the association announced Thursday.

The Aggies belong to the Pacific Region, where Finau was placed on the all-region second team while Rodriguez was placed on the all-region third team. The Pacific Region is one of the toughest regions in the country, a region that includes powerhouse Oregon, Cal, Washington and Fresno State among others.

“Fiana and Staci have had stellar seasons so far and certainly have earned the all-region nod,” NM State head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “We are very proud of their body of work and glad it was recognized in our tough region.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kyle Graf Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Kyle Graf has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for May 4 – May 10.

Graf, a senior from Pomerene, Ariz. (Benson HS), went 12-for-19 on the week with 11 RBIs, posting consistent numbers to help the Aggies beat rival New Mexico and take two-of-three from Texas-Pan American. Against UNM, he went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the 22-8 victory. He followed that up with three hits in each of NM State’s wins over UTPA and a 2-for-5 day with three RBIs in the lone loss on the weekend.

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Aggie Softball To Face Minnesota At NCAA Regional In Tucson

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Western Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament champion New Mexico State softball team will play in Tucson, Arizona during the Tucson Regional of the NCAA Softball Championship beginning Friday, the NCAA announced Sunday.

The double-elimination format regional will be played from Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17. Joining the Aggies (46-14) in Tucson as part of the four-team regional will be host and 12th-seeded Arizona (38-17), St. John’s (28-17) and NM State’s first opponent, Minnesota (46-9).

The Aggies and Golden Gophers will meet on Friday at a time to be determined later. The winner will play the winner of the Arizona-St. John’s matchup while the two losing teams will meet in an elimination game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Uses Eight Run Inning To Fuel Come-From-Behind Victory Over UTPA

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball Aggies came back from a 7-run deficit to beat the Texas-Pan American Broncs 13-12 in Saturday’s Western Athletic Conference game at Presley Askew Field.

The Aggies (11-34-1) picked up their third consecutive win using an 8-run seventh inning capped by Joseph Koerper’s 3-run home run to left field giving NM State its first lead since the end of the first.

Aggie right hander Matt Loeffler finished the night facing six batters and striking out three to earn his first win of the year.

UTPA (18-29-1, 3-19-1 WAC) opened a 12-5 lead early scoring two runs in the second, four in the third, another in the fourth and four more in the fifth before its offense came to a complete stop.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Claims 2015 WAC Tournament Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team took two games from Bakersfield on Saturday, 7-4 and 18-10 in six innings, to add the 2015 Western Athletic Conference Tournament title to its WAC regular-season championship.

After losing to the ‘Runners (21-25) on Friday, the Aggies (45-14) had to win three-straight games to take their second WAC Tournament crown in program history. NM State easily handled Utah Valley 18-3 in five innings during Friday’s nightcap to reach the championship series on Saturday where they came from behind in game one to stave off elimination before winning a barnburner in the final game of the tournament.

The Aggies now automatically qualify for the NCAA Tournament next week, their second appearance to the NCAA Regionals.  Continue Reading This Post >>