Pat Beyhan Named WAC Men's Golfer Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Pat Beyhan has been named the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week for Mar. 23 – Mar. 29.

Beyhan, a senior from Albuquerque, N.M. (La Cueva HS), finished tied for seventh at the UTSA/Lone Star Invitational, shooting a six-under 210. His best round came in the second as he fired a four-under 68 as the Aggies finished eighth against a highly-competitive field. As a team, New Mexico State shot a one-under 863, including a six-under 285 in the first round.

Aggie Softball Sweeps Weekly WAC Awards

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Fiana Finau and Karysta Donisthorpe have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for March 23-29. This is the second honor of the season and fourth of her career for Finau, and the third honor of the season and fourth of her career for Donisthorpe.

Finau, a junior from Chula Vista, Calif., went 6-of-14 in four games last week with five extra-base hits for a .429 batting average. She hit a home run in each of the four games and posted 11 RBIs and a 1.357 slugging percentage. Finau began the week by hitting a long ball to cap off a four-run inning against instate rival New Mexico. She then continued her home run streak by hitting a long ball in each game of a three-game series versus WAC opponent Utah Valley, including a walk-off homer in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Finau now has hit a home run in five-straight games to tie a school record.

Donisthorpe, a redshirt junior from Farmington, N.M., went 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA and 17 strikeouts in just 9.2 innings of work last week. Against New Mexico, Donisthorpe used a couple of stints in relief to pitch three complete innings and pick up the win. She struck out six Lobos while only allowing two hits and no runs. As the starter in the first game of the WAC-opening series against Utah Valley, she pitched all but a third of an inning en route to the win to improve to 14-3 on the year. Donisthorpe allowed just four hits and tied a season high by striking out 11 batters. For the week, she limited opponents to a .167 batting average.

Aggie Softball Run Rules Utah Valley Twice To Complete Series Sweep

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team shut out Utah Valley in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday to sweep the three-game series and begin Western Athletic Conference play at 3-0.

Each game lasted only five innings as the Aggies (27-11, 3-0 WAC) dominated Utah Valley (12-25, 0-3 WAC) in all aspects, winning game one 9-0 and game two 10-0. It is the second time this season NM State has earned back-to-back shutouts as it also did it in Las Vegas, defeating UNLV and Wisconsin in consecutive games.

“Any time you get to start conference play at home you have to take advantage of that and capitalize on it,” Aggie head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “We knew we really had to come out and really start aggressively, and we feel like we still have some work to do, but we’re playing well and capitalizing in key areas and coming through when we need to.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Fall 1-0 At Sacramento State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SACRAMENTO, CA - Starting pitcher Riley Barr worked 7.0 innings throwing over 100 pitches but the New Mexico State baseball team fell 1-0 to Sacramento State at John Smith Field in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, March, 28.

The Aggies are now 4-19-1 overall and 1-3-1 in Western Athletic Conference play while Sacramento State moves to 15-10 on the season and remains unbeaten in conference play. Hornets’ starter Sam Long was credited with the win after working 8.0 innings and striking out seven NM State batters. Barr, a right-hander and native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was given the loss and is now 0-4 on the year with a 3.86 ERA.

The only run of the game crossed the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning on a fielder’s choice.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Open WAC Play With 7-2 Victory Over Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team began Western Athletic Conference play with a 7-2 win over Utah Valley on Friday night at the NM State Softball Complex.

The Aggies (25-11, 1-0 WAC) are now winners of seven of their last nine games, including two games this week. The Wolverines (12-23, 0-1 WAC) have lost three in a row after losing a doubleheader at No. 2 Oregon earlier this week.

NM State had home runs from Fiana Finau and Tatum Reedy in a four-run third inning that opened up a 2-2 game and also got a brilliant performance from redshirt junior Karysta Donisthorpe in the circle.

The Aggie right-hander pitched all but a third of an inning while only allowing a couple of runs on four hits to improve to 14-3 on the season. Donisthorpe tied a season high by striking out 11 Wolverines.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Comeback At Sacramento State Falls Short In 8-7 Loss

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SACRAMENTO, CA - The New Mexico State baseball team was down four runs heading into the ninth inning scoring three runs in its last at-bat but couldn’t get the tying run across the plate falling 8-7 to Sacramento State at Hornet Field, Friday, March 27.

The Aggies are now 4-18-1 overall while dropping to 1-2-1 in Western Athletic Conference play while Sac State moves to 14-10 on the season and 4-0 in league play.

NM State started the game on fire scoring three runs on two hits and two Hornet errors in the top of the first that included a two-RBI single to left-centerfield by sophomore leftfielder Daniel Johnson. Sac State responded in the bottom of the first scoring four runs on four hits and three costly walks. Johnson finished the afternoon going 3-of-4 at the plate with three RBI.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pascal Siakam, Daniel Mullings Earn NABC District 6 Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State freshman Pascal Siakam and senior Daniel Mullings received more honors on Friday as the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced the 2015 All-District 6 team.

Siakam, a 6-9 forward from Douala, Cameroon, was chosen to the first team. Mullings, a 6-2 guard from Toronto, Ontairo, was honored as a second team selection.

NABC District 6 is composed of the Western Athletic Conference and Big Sky Conference.

The pair are half of the four WAC players chosen to the All-District teams.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Mark Trakh Named WBCA Region 7 Coach Of The Year; Finals For National Coach Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced on Wednesday that New Mexico State women’s basketball head coach Mark Trakh is one of eight recipients of the 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division I Regional Coach of the Year award, and is now a finalist for the Pat Summitt Trophy to be presented to the 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year.

Trakh, who is the Region 7 Coach of the Year, joins a list that includes the likes of Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma, South Carolina’s Dawn Staley and Maryland’s Brenda Frese, whom Trakh faced off against in the NCAA Tournament, as candidates for the National Coach of the Year award, which will be announced during the Fifth Annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 6, in the Grand Ballroom of the Tampa Marriot Waterside as part of WBCA National Convention at the NCAA Final Four.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Shrivistava Adds Another WAC Athlete Of The Week Award

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The awards keep piling on for New Mexico State women’s tennis player Ashvarya Shrivistava.

The Western Athletic Conference announced on Tuesday the WAC women’s tennis Athlete of the Week with Shrivistava garnering the award.

Shrivistava, a junior from Pune, India and NM State’s No. 1 individual, won all three singles and doubles matches last weekend. Shrivistava also helped the Aggies begin WAC play 3-0. Against Missour1-Kansas City, she defeated Dimitra Stravrianakou, 6-4, 6-0. On Saturday, Shrivistava claimed a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Chicago State’s Hanna Pangestu. She concluded the opening WAC weekend by defeating Michelle Lui of Seattle U, 6-2, 6-7, 10-5. In doubles play, Shrivistava and partner Denise Van Der Ben also picked-up three victories in the opening WAC weekend.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Malena Padilla Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball outfielder Malena Padilla has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for the week of Mar. 16-22, the conference announced Monday.

This is the first-ever hitter of the week award for the senior from Oakley, Calif. and the second-consecutive week the Aggies have won the award as Fiana Finua took the honor last week. It is also the fourth for NM State this season. Emma Adams picked up the first WAC Hitter of the Week award for the Aggies earlier this season and freshman Corrin Green followed a short time later.

“Malena has come through with clutch RBIs all season,” NM State head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “I’m happy she has been recognized for her performance last week because it was pivotal for us.”  Continue Reading This Post >>