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NMSU Baseball Headed To Lubbock For NCAA Regional

Written By: WAC Media Relations

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - After winning their first ever WAC Baseball Tournament, the NM State Aggies found out on Monday morning where they will start their road to Omaha. The Aggies are headed to Lubbock, Texas and will take on host Texxas Tech on Friday.

The Aggies (40-20) overcame a 15-inning loss late Saturday into Sunday morning to hold off Sacramento State on Sunday in a winner-take-all championship game. Tristen Carranza was named tournament MVP after going 10-for-21 from the plate with three doubles, three runs scored and seven RBIs. He was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Kyle Bradish, Jonathan Groff, Marcus Still and Brock Whittlesey.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Jonathan Groff Named WAC Pitcher Of The Year, Nick Gonzales Named Freshman Of The Year

Written By: WAC Media Relations

MESA, AZ - The Western Athletic Conference has announced its All-WAC baseball teams and major awards as selected by the league’s nine head coaches. Grand Canyon’s Quin Cotton was named WAC Player of the Year while NM State’s Jonathan Groff was named WAC Pitcher of the Year. NM State’s Nick Gonzales was named WAC Freshman of the Year and GCU’s Andy Stankiewicz repeated as WAC Coach of the Year.

Cotton, a sophomore outfielder from Parker, Colo., posted a .417 batting average in league play to help lead the Lopes to their third WAC regular season title in the past four seasons. He led the WAC with 32 runs and 45 hits in league play and was tied for the lead in triples with three. He also tied for second in doubles with 10 and was second in the WAC with 70 total bases.  Continue Reading This Post >>

2018 WAC Baseball Tournament Bracket Announced

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - For the third time in the last four seasons, Grand Canyon won the WAC baseball regular season title but for the first time in that period, the Lopes will be the number one seed in the WAC Baseball Tournament, earning the top seed in their first year of eligibility.

Grand Canyon won the regular season title with a 19-5 record in conference play. The Lopes are led by sophomore Quin Cotton, who is hitting .393 with 19 doubles, five triples, five home runs and 43 RBIs. Friday starter Jake Wong will bring a 9-2 record into the WAC tournament, having struck out 77 and walked 27 in 81.2 innings on the hill.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Joey Ortiz Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced it’s players of the week on Monday. Following a stellar weekend at the dish, NM State’s Joey Ortiz earned his second conference hitter of the week nod.

Ortiz led the WAC with a .500 batting average on the week and helped lead the Aggies to a 2-1 road series win over conference foe Northern Colorado. The series opener saw the sophomore go 3-for-3 from the dish with a pair of RBI and scoring one run himself.

This play was followed up in a 12-9 NM State victory in game two where the Garden Grove, Calif. native had a pair of base knocks with two RBI and three runs scored. Then in the series finale, Ortiz added another hit and run scored to help the Aggies to a 6-3 win and series victory.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Caleb Henderson Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Following league opening play, the Western Athletic Conference announced players of the week on Monday. A strong weekend at the dish that proved pivotal in a series win over Seattle U, NM State’s Caleb Henderson earned the nod for hitter of the week.

Henderson came up big in the series opener against the Redhawks on Friday. The junior hit the go-ahead three-run home run to give the Aggies a three-run lead and an eventual 12-6 victory. The Conifer, Colo. natives bat stayed hot in the series finale as he crushed a two-run homer in an explosive third inning and added a three-run bomb in the fourth as NM State won in seven innings on Sunday, 12-2.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Joey Ortiz Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Joey Ortiz has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter for Feb. 26 – March 4.

Ortiz, a sophomore shortstop from Garden Grove, Calif. (Pacific HS), totaled three home runs and 12 RBIs on the week. He started the week against Arizona, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a close 5-4 loss. Against Harvard, he was 5-for-14 from the plate, with three home runs, four walks, eight runs scored and 12 RBIs. Five of those RBIs came in the series finale, including a grand slam in the sixth inning. On the season, he leads the WAC with 24 runs scored and 12 walks and is among the leaders in several other categories.

NMSU Baseball Sweeps Weekly WAC Awards

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Noah Haupt and Kyle Bradish have been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for Feb. 19 – Feb. 25.

Haupt, a freshman designated hitter from Clovis, Calif. (Clovis North HS), was instrumental in the Aggies’ record-setting weekend, totaling 11 runs and 15 RBIs on the week. Haupt was 11-for-15 from the plate with six extra-base hits, posting a .611 batting average to go along with a 1.222 slugging percentage and .625 on-base percentage. His biggest game came in NM State’s 39-0 win over Mississippi Valley State on Friday night, going 6-for-7 with a double, two home runs, six runs scored and 10 RBIs. He finished the week with three doubles, a triple and two home runs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Marcus Still Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Marcus Still has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter for Feb. 12 – Feb. 18.

Still, a senior outfielder from New Orleans (Queen Creek HS), was nearly perfect from the play, going 8-for-9 with four walks as the Aggies took two of three from Towson. In the season opener, Still was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and a pair of RBIs in a 24-2 win. His only falter came in game two, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored in an 11-6 loss. The Aggies and Still bounced back on Sunday as the outfielder was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in a 13-3 win. His .889 average leads the WAC after the opening weekend of play.

NMSU Baseball Picked To Finish Second In WAC, Fishback And Bradish Named Preseason Player And Pitcher Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO – The Western Athletic Conference announced the 2018 baseball preseason honors on Wednesday morning. New Mexico State’s Mason Fishback and Kyle Bradish were selected as WAC Preseason Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. In total four Aggies were selected for the 2018 Preseason All-WAC Team, which led the conference.

Fishback was named a Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Second Team All-American and earned First Team All-WAC honors in 2017. The catcher became just the second player in program history to earn Collegiate Baseball Newspaper All-American honors. In 53 starts the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native boasted a .365 batting average to go along with 16 doubles, eight home runs and 52 runs batted in.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Releases 2018 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head baseball coach Brian Green announced a competitive 2018 schedule for the Aggies on Wednesday afternoon.

The 2018 slate features 56 regular-season games with 11 contests against power-5 opponents and four squads that went on to play in last year’s NCAA Tournament.  Continue Reading This Post >>