Aggie Women's Golf Sixth, Macias Fourth After First Round Of NCAA Regionals

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SHOAL CREEK, AL - Paced by the strong play of senior Viviana Macias, the New Mexico State Aggies are sixth as a team after the opening round of the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional on Thursday at the Shoal Creek Country Club.

Macias fired a 1-over-par 73 to sit in a fourth place tie, just three strokes off the individual lead. She led the Aggies to a 303 first round, just seven strokes out of the lead held by No. 8 Northwestern at 296. No. 22 Florida State is second at 299, with No. 25 Tennessee third at 300, No. 9 Oklahoma State fourth at 301 and No. 41 Vanderbilt fifth at 302.

NM State played through the windy conditions that picked up midway through the round to hold a three stroke advantage over No. 1 Alabama who posted a 306 and holds a lead over seven Top 50 teams in the 18-team field.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Women’s Track And Field Signs Seven For 2016-17

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State track and field head coach Orin Richburg announced the signing of seven student-athletes for the 2016-17 season on Thursday. The signing class includes four student-athletes from the Las Cruces and El Paso area.

“We were really pleased to get some local kids that athletically and academically will help our program,” said Richburg. “We tried to concentrate on our areas of need which are the middle distance and distance events. Coach Rath has done a great job recruiting to fill those needs. Since we are graduating two seniors in these events, I think we have done a good job replacing them with the signees we have. Overall, I think all of our signees, including all of the local talent, will help move our program forward.”

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Joseph Koerper Named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District

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AUSTIN, TX - Senior Joseph Koerper has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America First Team Academic All-District team for District 7, the organization announced on Thursday. He is the sixth player in school history to receive this honor, and the first since 2009.

Koerper, a native of Las Cruces, N.M., is majoring in Genetics and Biotechnology and holds a 3.83 GPA. On the field, he is hitting .303 in 122 at-bats and has 11 extra base hits, a home run, 19 RBI and 14 runs scored this season.

Koerper now moves on to consideration for Academic All-America, which will be announced on Friday June 3.

Aggie Softball Rallies For 3-2 Win Over UNM

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Despite trailing by one entering the seventh inning, the NM State softball team defeated Rio Grande rival New Mexico in a 3-2, come-from-behind victory in eight innings.

The Aggies (36-19) scored three runs and amassed two RBIs on nine hits. Brennalyn Nakamura went 3-for-3 and had three stolen bases. Karysta Donisthorpe pitched 8.0 innings and had six strikeouts.

New Mexico (22-22) scored two runs and had one RBI on six hits. Lisa Rodrigues pitched 7.1 innings and had one strikeout.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Baseball Falls To Lobos 3-2

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State (25-19) was unable to get the clutch hits on Tuesday, falling to New Mexico (31-16) 3-2. With the win, the Lobos take the season series 3-1.

The Aggies looked like they would pick up where they left off this past weekend in the bottom of the first inning, as Daniel Johnson blasted a leadoff homer to straight away center. Two batters later, Dan Hetzel unleashed on his own solo round-tripper to right, putting the Aggies up 2-0 early.

Both Steven Butts and Chris Butcher combined to pitch three solid innings out of the gate. Butcher got in a little trouble in the fourth as UNM got back-to-back base hits to lead off the frame. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position. A ground out to second scored the run from third, and pulled the Lobos with one run.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Tennis To Face No. 8 Texas Tech In NCAA Tournament

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The two-time Western Athletic Conference champion New Mexico State men’s tennis team is headed to Lubbock, Texas, for the NCAA Tournament and slated to square off against Texas Tech on Saturday, May 14, at noon (MT).

The first and second round of the tournament is hosted by Texas Tech, who is the No. 8 overall seed. Washington out of the Pac-12 Conference and SMU out of the American Athletic Conference are the other two teams on Lubbock side of the bracket. All matches are set be played at the McLeod Tennis Center on the campus of Texas Tech University.

Should the Aggies advance, the second round match is scheduled for Sunday, May 15, at noon (MT).

This is the first time in program history that the Aggies have earned back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament and only the fourth time in NM State history (1997, 2000, 2015).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Golf Finishes Fourth At WAC Championship Tournament

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BLAINE, WA - The New Mexico State Aggies shot a final round 304 to finish fourth at the 2016 Western Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship at the Loomis Trail Golf Club at the Semiahmoo Resort.

The Aggies finished the tournament at 895 to place fourth, 13 strokes behind third place Utah Valley at 882. Missouri-Kansas City won its first WAC Championship with a final round 287 to finish at 12-under-par 852. Seattle U. was second at 4-over 868. UMKC snapped the Aggies string of three straight WAC titles.

The Aggies were paced by senior Kenneth Fadke II of Hobbs, N.M., who shot a 3-over 75 in the final round to tie for 13th at 6-over 222 on the par 72, 7,137-yard Loomis Trail Course.

NM State also got a 3-over 75 in the final round from sophomore Isaac Merry of Las Cruces, N.M./Onate, playing the back nine in 1-over. Merry finished the tournament at 230.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Daniel Johnson Earns Conference, National Hitter Of The Week Honors

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DENVER, CO - Junior Daniel Johnson has been named Western Athletic Hitter of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. This is the third time this season Johnson has received this honor. Johnson was also named Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week.

A native of Vallejo, Calif., Johnson went 12-for-20 on the week with two doubles, four home runs, eight runs scored and 14 RBI. In the series against Sacramento State, he went 10-for-15 at the plate with two two-run home runs and two three-run home runs. He also added two stolen bases for a league-leading 22 stolen bags on the season.

The Aggies are back in action on Tuesday, as they face off against New Mexico in the final game of the Rio Grande Rivalry Series at Presley Askew Field.

Aggie Men's Tennis Repeats As WAC Champions

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BROWNSVILLE, TX - The New Mexico State men's tennis team came out on top, 4-3, in a thrilling back-and-forth match against Missouri-Kansas City and captured its second-straight Western Athletic Conference Championship.

With the win, the Aggies (12-9) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second-consecutive season and fourth time in program history (1997, 2000, 2015).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Johnson Leads Aggie Baseball To Sweep Over Sacramento State

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After hitting a two-run and a three-run home run, Daniel Johnson showed out for the third-straight game, helping the Aggies to a 13-6 series sweep over Sacramento State. Johnson’s six RBI on Sunday set a new individual season high for NM State. On the weekend, Johnson went 10-for-15 at the plate totaling 13 RBI, four home runs and seven runs scored.

Sacramento State got on the board first in the top of the second. After taking the first pitch for a ball, Chris Lewis hit a solo homer to left field to lead off the inning.

NM State rallied back in the bottom of the third as Mason Fishback led off with a single to left field. On a full count, Trey Stine belted a ball over the left field fence putting the Aggies up 2-1.  Continue Reading This Post >>