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

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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 >>

NMSU Softball Rolls To 9-1 Victory Over Creighton In Tournament Finale

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball closed out the NM State Invitational with a game against Creighton on Sunday. The Aggies picked up its second-straight run rule victory when the team dominated Creighton 9-1 in five innings at the NM State Softball Complex.

How It Happened

NM State (4-0) got off to a hot start offensively, beginning with a two-run home run by Victoria Castro, her third so far this season. After Nikki Butler drew a walk, freshman Mya Felder cranked a long ball out to left field, giving the team the 4-0 lead over Creighton (1-4).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Takes Down GCU 67-64

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PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team battled Grand Canyon in a much anticipated heavy-weight bout Saturday night at GCU Arena and came out victorious by score of 67-64 to secure a two-game lead in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

The win pushes NM State’s win total to 20-4 on the year and 9-1 in conference play and made it eight-straight seasons with 20-plus wins. The win was also NM State’s ninth-straight victory after opening league-play with a loss.

After a couple exchange of blows, New Mexico State got hot from the field and went on a 10-0 run that was capped off by a smooth 3-pointer from C.J. Bobbitt to put the Aggies on top 18-12 with 14:08 left in the first-half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Sweeps Rivals At NM State Invitational

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball remained undefeated on Saturday when the team battled New Mexico and UTEP as a part of the NM State Invitational. The Aggies took down the Lobos 9-8 and run-ruled the Miners 12-3 at the NM State Softball Complex.

GAME ONE

Analise De La Roca got the start in the circle and the sophomore struggled early, allowing back-to-back doubles as well as a single to start the contest. Head coach Kathy Rodolph quickly made a change, bringing in senior Kayla Green to manage the damage. Green recorded three-straight outs but the Aggies (3-0) were behind 2-0 before their first at-bat.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Routs Grand Canyon 81-52

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team took down Grand Canyon 81-52 at the Pan American Center Thursday afternoon for its 20th-consecutive home Western athletic Conference win and eight-straight overall.

Neither side was able to get any offense going until Gia Pack scored back-to-back buckets to give the Aggies (17-6, 9-1) a 4-0 lead at the 8:20 mark of the first quarter. Grand Canyon (5-15, 3-7) then responded with an 8-2 run to take an 8-6 lead before Brooke Salas put NM state back in the lead, 9-8, with a three right before the media timeout. From there, New Mexico State finished the first on a 10-4 run to lead 19-12 after one.  Continue Reading This Post >>