Kelsey Dodd Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Kelsey Dodd has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for April 20-26. This is the first-ever honor for Dodd.

Dodd, a senior first baseman from Clovis, Calif., went 5-for-10 at the plate in a three-game sweep of Grand Canyon that clinched the WAC regular-season title for the Aggies. She finished the week with a 1.100 slugging percentage and .583 on-base percentage with two home runs, three runs scored and four RBIs. Both of Dodd’s homers came in the series opener in which New Mexico State came from behind to secure the WAC title. They were home runs No. 30 and 31 of Dodd’s career as she became only the seventh player in program history to reach the 30-home run mark. With the Aggies trailing 3-1 in the third, her first homer, a two-run shot, knotted the game at 3-3. Then, with NM State trailing 6-4 in its final at-bat, Dodd hit a solo shot that started a three-run rally which ultimately ended with a walk-off single and a WAC crown.

Goncalves Win Gives NM State Men's Tennis First WAC Title; Earns Freshman Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - The New Mexico men’s tennis team won its first Western Athletic Conference tournament championship with a thrilling 4-3 comeback victory over UT-Pan American in Sunday’s championship match.

The top-seeded Aggies trailed after doubles’ play, but won four singles’ matches including a three-set battle on court No. 3 between NM State freshman Christofer Goncalves and Koby Jansen. Goncalves dropped the first set, 3-6, but came back in the second set to win 7-5, then won the third set 7-5, to clinch the Aggies first conference tournament championship.

With the win, NM State also guaranteed a spot in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, it will be its first tournament appearance since 2000.

The Aggies also earned several WAC postseason accolades. Head coach Carlos Vargas was named WAC Coach of the Year, while Goncalves was named WAC Freshman of the Year, and was selected to the All-WAC First Team in singles.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Women’s Tennis Win First WAC Championship

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - The New Mexico State women’s tennis team won its first Western Athletic Conference Championship in program history after handling UT-Pan American, 4-0, in Sunday’s championship match.

The top-seeded Aggies also earned their first berth to the NCAA Tournament in program history and went through the WAC Championships with dropping a point.

“This is a great day for NM State women’s tennis,” NM State head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “It has been a year since we lost in the finals last year and we’ve been waiting to redeem ourselves ever since.”

In addition to Sunday’s historic win, NM State also garnered several WAC postseason accolades.

Senior Susana Alcaraz and junior Ashvarya Shrivistava were named to the first team All-WAC in singles, while in doubles, Shrivistava and senior Denise Van Der Ben earned first team All-WAC honors.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Sweeps Grand Canyon On Senior Day

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A day after clinching the Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship, the New Mexico State softball team wrapped up conference play by taking two games against Grand Canyon on Saturday, completing the three-game sweep over the ‘Lopes.

The Aggies (40-13, 14-1 WAC) won game one 6-3 before taking game two 15-5 in five innings on what was Senior Day where NM State’s five seniors, Nikki Diaz, Malena Padilla, Kelsey Dodd, Lacey Rother and Staci Rodriguez were recognized at the conclusion of the second game.

With the two wins the Aggies get to 40 wins for the first time since 2011 when they also won the WAC regular-season title and also took home the WAC Tournament crown to advance to their only NCAA Regional appearance. NM State also finished the WAC regular season with a 14-1 record, its best record in conference play in program history.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Wrap Up Spring Football

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team held its Spring Game at Aggie Memorial Stadium, Saturday, April 25 with the White (offense) defeating the Crimson (defense) 42-40.

The Aggie offense scored six touchdowns with six PAT’s for 42 points while the NM State defense played well scoring 40 points using the suggested scoring system. The defense had chances to score six points on a turnover, three points while holding the offense to a 3-and-out, and one point for every tackle for loss of yardage. The defense tallied 15 points for five 3-and-out situations, 18 points via three turnovers and seven points on tackles for loss.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Clinches WAC Regular Season Title With 7th Inning Rally

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team won its second Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship after defeating Grand Canyon 7-6 on Friday off of a Rachel Rodriguez walk-off single to that concluded a three-run final inning for the Aggies.

The only other time NM State (38-13, 12-1 WAC) has won a conference championship was in 2011 when it brought home its first-ever title. Grand Canyon (28-20, 9-4 WAC) still had a shot at the title coming in, but had to sweep the three games from the Aggies this weekend.

“(I’m) very proud of the team’s battle tonight,” NM State head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “It took everyone battling every pitch on both sides of the ball. As long as we continue to do that we will be where we want to be.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Drops Series Opener At Chicago State, 9-2

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL - The New Mexico State baseball team (6-31-1, 3-12-1 WAC) fell 9-2 to Chicago State (3-11-1 WAC) on Cougar Field in Chicago, Ill., Friday, April 24.

The Aggies were held to two runs on nine hits while Chicago State scored nine runs on 10 hits. Both teams left seven base runners on and each team committed one error. NM State starting pitcher Billy Conard fell to 3-5 after giving up eight runs in 5.2 innings of work. Chicago State starter Eric Hall went the distance to pick up a win and move to 3-4 on the year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Golf Wins Third Consecutive WAC Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LITCHFIELD, AZ - The New Mexico State men’s golf team held on to the lead winning its third consecutive Western Athletic Conference title and its eighth in 10 years after marking a combined-team score of 2-under-par 861 (287-288-286) on the Heritage Course at the Wigwam Golf Club (7,161 yards, par 72).

Four out of the five participating Aggies placed in the top 10 with senior Brett Walker pacing his team with a 3-under-par 213 (70-73-70) to finish in a tie for second. Walker played very well on par 4 holes and ended the tournament with 13 birdies over 54 holes of play. He was named a second team All-WAC selection.

“We came into this week with a lot of expectations and sometimes it is hard to overcome those expectations and be successful,” head coach Mike Dirks said. The guys played steady golf and made pars and putts when we had to. Again, that was expected but it’s not easy to accomplish.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Golf Wins Second Consecutive WAC Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LITCHFIELD, AZ - Juniors Viviana Macias and Kacey Dalpes placed first and second respectively in the 2015 Western Athletic Conference Championship to guide the New Mexico State women’s golf team to its second consecutive conference title with a combined-team score of 869 (292-285-292) on the 6,291 yard, par 72 Heritage Course at the Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield, Ariz.

Macias takes home the individual title marking a 1-under-par 215 (71-72-72) winning her first tournament of the 2014-15 season and of her career. She finished second in the 2014 WAC Tournament and Dalpes finished in a tie for third last year.  Continue Reading This Post >>