Daniel Johnson, Joe Galindo Drafted In 2016 MLB Draft

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior Daniel Johnson was selected by the Washington Nationals in the fifth round as the 154th overall pick in the 2016 MLB First Year Player Draft on Friday. He is the 38th player drafted in program history, and the highest since Luke Hopkins was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jay in the fifth round as the 150th overall pick. Friday also marked the second-straight season a NM State player has been drafted, the first time since the c 2012-2013 drafts.

“I am extremely excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Johnson said. “This not a chance everybody gets and I will not let it go to waste.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kyle Bradish Named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American

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TUCSON, AZ - Kyle Bradish has been named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team, Collegiate Baseball announced on Wednesday. He is the fifth freshman in school history to receive this honor and the first since Zac Fisher in 2010.

Bradish, a native of Goodyear, Ariz., finished his freshman campaign with an 8-2 record and a 4.67 ERA in 86.2 innings pitched. In his 15 starts, he led the team with 82 strikeouts, which was good for third best in the WAC. Against Northern Colorado on May 20, he struck out a career-high nine batters. His eight wins put him in a tie for second most wins in the conference. Against Bradish, opponents only hit .257.

The Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team is selected by the staff of Collegiate Baseball.

Daniel Johnson Named NCBWA Hitter Of The Month

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LEXINGTON, KY - Junior Daniel Johnson has been National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Hitter of the Month for May, the organization announced on Monday.

Johnson, a native of Vallejo, Calif., hit .437 (31-for-71) with three doubles, two triples, six home runs and 20 RBI in 15 games in May. While helping the Aggies win 11 out of the fifteen games, Johnson charted a .789 slugging percentage and a .468 on-base percentage, scoring 21 runs during the month.

Johnson finished the season hitting .382 (94-for-246) with 67 runs, 11 doubles, seven triples, 12 home runs, driving in 50 RBI and owning a .630 slugging percentage and a .434 on-base percentage. Johnson led the Western Athletic Conference with his 12 home runs, 94 hits and 29 stolen bases, and was named the conference’s Player of the Year.

Trakh Finalizes Women's Basketball Staff With Ford Hiring

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh completed his staff with the hiring of former Nebraska standout Ashley Ford.

Ford joins the NM State women’s basketball staff after spending the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach at Nebraska, her alma mater, where she was the starting point guard from 2005-07 under head coach Connie Yori.

“Ashley is an experienced coach, having been an assistant at USD for five years and at Nebraska for three years,” Trakh said. “She has coached and played at the highest levels. She has a reputation for being a great on-floor coach and a great recruiter. We are all very excited to have her become a part of the Aggie family.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State Wins Second Consecutive WAC Commissioner's Cup

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DENVER, CO - For the second consecutive year, the NM State athletics department won the Western Athletic Conference annual Commissioner's Cup with 90.25 points, which tops the 2014-15 total of 89.25 points. The Commissioner's Cup is awarded to the WAC school that performs the best in each of the conference's 19 men's and women's sports. The Aggies have 15 teams that compete in the league.

"Winning the Western Athletic Conference commissioners cup is an honor and reflects the hard work of all student-athletes, coaches and administrators," said Director of Athletics Mario Moccia. "One of our three core principals is competitive intensity, and winning this comprehensive athletic award is extremely rewarding. Congratulations to all involved and Aggie Nation should be proud of this accomplishment."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Trakh Adds Alverson To Women's Basketball Staff

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women's basketball coach Mark Trakh continues to assemble his coaching staff with the addition of former Auburn standout, Blanche Alverson on Tuesday.

"We're fortunate to have Blanche as a member of our staff," Trakh said. "She was a star player at Auburn and came highly recommended at Texas Tech. Blanche has great potential to become a great recruiter as well. She has a great future and I look forward to working with her."

Alverson comes to Las Cruces after spending the last two seasons at Texas Tech University under head coach Candi Whitaker where she served as a graduate assistant.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Falls To Seattle 12-10 In WAC Tournament; Botello, Popylisen, Johnson Named To All-Tournament Team

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MESA, AZ - After going down 11-5 after three innings, New Mexico State (34-23) had their comeback cut up short in the 12-10 loss to Seattle U (37-20) on Saturday. The Aggies finished the 2016 campaign with 23 wins more than the 2015 season, a turnaround of plus-19.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Popylisen’s Walk-Off Keeps the Aggies Baseball Alive At WAC Tournament

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MESA, AZ - Greg Popylisen’s walk-off single kept the Aggies alive as New Mexico State (34-22) defeated Sacramento State (30-28) 5-4 on Friday afternoon.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Adds Ohio State Transfer A.J. Harris

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Paul Weir announced the addition of A.J. Harris, a freshman transfer from Ohio State. Harris will sit out the 2016-17 due to the NCAA transfer rule.

“A.J. may be one of the more heralded guards we have ever signed here,” Weir said. “For him to choose New Mexico State says a lot about our program and his belief in where we are headed. His profile fits exactly where our model is headed on several levels. He will push Ian every single day to serve us this year and then next year potentially be a tremendous replacement.”

Harris, a 5-9 guard, was a four-star recruit coming out of high school according to ESPN, Rivals and 24/7Sports. He was also ranked No. 14 in his position, 16th in his region and fourth in the state of Ohio according to ESPN – as well the No. 80 recruit in the nation.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Falls To Utah Valley 3-2 In WAC Tournament Opener

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MESA, AZ – New Mexico State (32-22) fell to Utah Valley (35-21) in the Aggies first game of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday.  Continue Reading This Post >>