Aggie Softball Wins Two, Improves To 3-0 In Las Vegas

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State softball team continued participation at the Alexis Park Resort Classic on Friday by picking up a couple more victories to improve to 3-0 in the UNLV-hosted tournament.

The Aggies (11-7) began the day by defeating Wisconsin 5-0, their second-straight shutout in as many days, after freshman Dallas McBride held the Badgers to just one hit. NM State then won a tight contest versus Louisiana-Monroe 7-6 after another Arizona freshman, Corrin Green, hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to lift the Aggies to victory.

Game one saw McBride dominate the Wisconsin lineup, allowing only one hit while striking out four Badgers in seven innings of work to improve to 2-4 on the season. McBride’s performance came a day after Karysta Donisthorpe allowed only two hits to UNLV to also pick up a complete-game shutout.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Falls 6-4; Sets New Attendance Record

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball fell 6-4 in the season opener to Incarnate Word in front of a record-breaking crowd (1,615) at the newly renovated Presley Askew Field, Friday, Feb. 27.

The Aggies fell behind 5-0 after two innings of play but made it a one-run ball game when the posted four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Designated hitter Jake Hasbrouck started the fifth with a lead-off single through the right side and shortstop Dan Kennon kept the momentum going when the UIW short stop committed an error. After two consecutive walks, centerfielder Quinton Mack hit a single up the middle for two RBI. Right fielder Joseph Koerper hit another single in the inning for an RBI to make it a 5-4 game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State 2015 Football Schedule Released

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University and the Sun Belt Conference announced the 2015 football schedule on Friday, Feb. 27, with five home games, two games versus the Southeastern Conference teams, two rivalry games and eight Sun Belt Conference games on slate.

Coach Doug Martin's Aggies open up with the first of two SEC teams taking on Florida in Gainesville, Fla., Sept. 5.

NM State then opens the 2015 SBC season at home versus Georgia State. The Aggies defeated GSU 34-31 last season in Atlanta.

“We are very excited about this schedule for our players and fans,” Coach Martin said. “The non-conference schedule is a great opportunity to move our program forward and to get exposure with two SEC teams and the two rival games.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Donisthorpe Shuts Down Rebels; Aggies Win 1-0

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State softball team kicked off play at the Alexis Park Resort Classic on Thursday night by defeating host UNLV 1-0 at Eller Media Stadium to improve to 9-7 on the season.

Redshirt junior Karysta Donisthorpe continues her torrid start to the season after shutting down the Rebels to move her record to 6-2. The Aggie right-hander only allowed a single in the second inning and another single in the sixth en route to her third complete-game shutout of the season.

“Karysta was outstanding tonight and really used her whole arsenal,” Aggie head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “We stranded a lot of runners tonight, which is unusual for us, but Karysta held down a good hitting team. We needed every bit of her composure.”

Donisthorpe, who finished with seven strikeouts, picks up her first seven-inning shutout. Her first complete-game shutout was in a six-inning game and her second in a five-inning game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Three Selected For 2015 NM State Hall Of Fame Class

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Athletics Department, in conjunction with US Bank, is proud to announce this year’s inductees into the US Bank/NM State Athletics Hall of Fame.

The class of 2015 includes former women’s basketball star Connie Vau-Limon, former men’s basketball great Johnny Roberson and former Aggie basketball player and benefactor Stuart Meerscheidt.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at halftime on March 7 when the Aggies close the regular season against Chicago State at the Pan American Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

CONNIE VAU LIMON

Women’s Basketball 1991-95

One of the foundation blocks of the outstanding New Mexico State women’s basketball teams of the early 1990s, Connie Vau was a highly sought after player from Cibola High School in Albuquerque, who signed early with the Roadrunners in November 1990.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Adds New O-Line Coach

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With the departure of former offensive line coach Walt Wells, who took an assistant head coaching job with Eastern Kentucky University, New Mexico State football head coach Doug Martin announced the hiring of a new offensive-line coach on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Martin hired Andy Richman, who spent the last four seasons at Valdosta State as the offensive line coach. He helped guide the Blazers to a 10-3 overall record, and a quarterfinals appearance in the 2014 NCAA Division II Football Tournament. Richman was also the offensive coordinator in 2014 for a VSU offense that was ranked 39th in NCAA Division II in rushing offense.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview :: 02/24/15

bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on your team’s play at the Diamond Devil Invitational in Tempe?
Cat Heifner: I thought we played well. I thought we gave ourselves chances in each ballgame and we came out a little bit on our heels in the Minnesota game and even though it didn’t show up in the stats, you could see our confidence build within that game and we were really attacking our plan and doing some things that maybe didn’t show up in the box score. That gave us confidence for the rest of the weekend.

Frankly I thought we played ASU as well as you could without winning. I thought it was a good weekend. Every weekend with this group we’re seeing lots of growth. It’s fun to see and fun to coach because we can sit them down and say, “Okay we’re here, let’s try this and this and this,” and they get after it and the next week we see improvement. It’s really been a fun ride so far.

bc.net: As the offensive coach, what have you seen from your team through the first three weekends in terms of growth?
CH: What I think we’ve seen is that we have depth. We’re playing some pretty good opponents and so the first two weekends we saw a bunch of offense, we were at home, I think we were in our own element, very comfortable. This weekend we went on the road and I think your first weekend on the road, it’s an adjustment period and I still think we did well offensively. What I really liked in Tempe was that we were clutch. Any coach would trade a lot of offense for clutch offense. That really played out in each of our games and so we may not have scored double-digit runs in every game but we did great situationally and we had some really clutch offense come through.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Green Interview :: 02/24/15

bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the Oregon series.
Brian Green: We got two good starting performances again out of [Riley] Barr and [Matt] Loeffler. That gives us a lot of reason to hope especially as we move into a three game series. Any time you play a four-game series that can stretch you a little thin. I know we’re looking forward to that. I was really happy to see [Quinnton] Mack and the way he swung the bat. It looks like he may be coming. He had a 4-for-4 day at Oregon and any time you can raise your average that much in that type of ballpark and that type of pitching. [Brent] Hermanussen is playing well, [Derek] Umphres is playing outstanding defense. Those were certainly the bright spots. This week with the three games and practice that we have, it’s really important that we get back to going after the identity of the team we want to be and that’s a team that loves to compete. I think we’ve faced some stiff competition and our guys have handled it okay but I know that we’re certainly ready to come home and come into the new ballpark and play a three game set at home. I think all the guys are anxious and ready to do that.

bc.net: You had three pretty competitive games against Oregon with the exception of the third game. What kind of progress and growth are you seeing from your team?
BG: We’ve been in a lot of games. It’s very cyclical. The hitting right now is feeding a little off of the bullpen and vice-versa and the competitive spirit has been pretty good. It hasn’t been great but it’s been pretty good. We played good defense and for the most part we’ve gotten pretty good starting pitching. We just haven’t had that belief that we’re absolutely going to do this, that we’re going to go on the road and beat a Top 20 team. There’s a lot of reason to be optimistic with our guys. We’re facing that type of competition, we expect to play with those guys, we expect to go in and compete for wins. At least when you look at it if we can put together two more innings or one more inning a game, a pitch here, a pitch there, an execution here or an execution there you’re looking at a completely different start to your season. I think that gives them some reason for optimism.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Martin Interview :: 02/19/15 :: Offseason Update

bleedCrimson.net: With signing day wrapped up who are some of the guys who you are the most excited about and think can have the most impact?
Doug Martin: I think we did a great job of signing offensive and defensive linemen in this class. I think we got a lot more size, height, length. Those guys are all 6-4 or bigger. I feel really good about that. I also think that we helped ourselves speed-wise again. A couple guys I think can make an immediate impact; OJ Clark, a wide receiver out of Wichita Falls, he’s an impact player. All three of the tight ends we signed I think are going to be really good. We got the one junior college tight end, Clayton Granch, the other two high school tight ends (Montrice Johns, Jackson Solbeck) can really be special here and they’re going to play early. We need tight ends in the program. Then the one defensive guy I think will be really fun to watch is Terrill Hanks, a linebacker from Florida. I think he can be a special player.

bc.net: One of the things that really stood out about the stood out about the recruiting class is the geographic diversity of the class.
DM: We had a couple of coaches who had some ties with people, the linebacker from Florida, Coach Littlejohn had a tie there. We really don’t recruit that area but we had an in with the high school coach. The same thing with Montrice Johns, the tight end from California, we had a tie-in there. Other than that we’re trying to stay in our Texas, Arizona, New Mexico areas.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Softball Loses Heartbreaker To No. 19 Sun Devils

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TEMPE, AZ - The New Mexico State softball team concluded play at the Diamond Devil Invitational on Sunday by falling to host and 19th-ranked Arizona State, 11-7, in a game that saw the Aggies come back from a three-run deficit in the final inning just to see the home team win on a walk-off grand slam.

Senior first baseman Kelsey Dodd went 2-for-2 on the day while freshmen Rachel Rodriguez and Corrin Green each went 2-for-3 against the Sun Devils. Green, a native of nearby Glendale, returned home and belted her third home run of the season while finishing with a team-high three RBIs.

Also returning home was NM State freshman Dallas McBride. The Scottsdale native pitched a complete game in front of her hometown fans but unfortunately picked up the loss to move to 1-4 on the season. McBride did, however, hit a big RBI triple and had two RBIs on the day.  Continue Reading This Post >>