Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview :: 04/21/14 You had a bit of a tough series at Grand Canyon getting swept but you had mentioned before that Grand Canyon is playing with nothing to lose because they aren’t eligible for postseason and so they’re playing each weekend to prove that they belong.
Kathy Rodolph: It was one of those things that I knew they were going to play well because it was senior weekend and it was their last home event and they had also shown that they were going to go out and try to win every series because that was the best they could do. I felt like the big difference between us and them this weekend was that they just did not make errors and we made a few that cost us. When you’re the visiting team it’s hard to counteract that. Their pitchers handled our top three hitters and that was the first time that’s happened all year and we needed some other kids to step up and carry the load and we just weren’t able to get that fire going. You mentioned last week when we talked that you guys were going to have to play good, solid defense on the weekend to come out with wins. What were some of the struggles the team had in the series defensively?
KR: On Friday night when we ended up losing 2-0 we had a misplayed ball in left that allowed a triple and then I think frustration over the misread on the ball, we had a kid run right through the ball and the ball get to the fence. Not only did that run score then the next run was back on third and then you lose a 2-0 ballgame and you felt like it was more mental than it was physical.

Then on Saturday we were leading 2-1 in the fifth and then I made a change and I brought Celisha in because Makayla was struggling a little bit finding her changeup and then we had back-to-back errors in the middle infield that allowed them to score. Without that I think we would have been able to hold. In hindsight maybe I shouldn’t have changed Makayla because she had only given up four hits. It was a roll of the dice and maybe I guessed wrong.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Ward Interview :: 04/21/14 You take three out of four from Seattle, one of the games being a non-conference game. A really good weekend overall especially with some of the distractions.
Rocky Ward: Yeah. I came back to the club on Wednesday and we had a good practice and then we were able to Thursday. We got a good outing out of Bradley. It wasn’t great, it wasn’t great but it was gutsy. We didn’t have Kris Koerper in the lineup, he had a bad stomach flu and had to go the hospital and have some IV fluids and so he was out for the game. So you lose your four-hole guy and just a couple hours before the game really. The guys did a good job. We played a good, solid, clean regular baseball game. Not everything was perfect but we let the game come to us and played well and got a win and kind of moved from there. Friday you had the doubleheader scheduled. You lose the first game and it was a situation where it’s been the bugaboo all season where you have one bad inning.
Rocky Ward: Yeah really both ways. We had the game in hand and we had an opportunity to really blow them up a the plate offensively, bases loaded situation and we don’t come out with anything. We didn’t perform very well in that spot and an inning later we have one of those bad innings where we make some mistakes and they score a bunch and kind of take it away. It was a good baseball game that was all about an inning, not the same inning but the bottom of one inning and the top of the next where we had a chance to take control of the game and didn’t and then they turned around and did.

They were a good ball club, their four hole and their five or six, they moved him around based on whether it was against a right or left (hander). I think I looked at the WAC standings and they were one and two in the WAC in hitting. They moved the ball, a couple of pretty good RBI guys, they played solid defense, they pitched well. Overall a very well played weekend. Riley Barr is a reliever, he’s not really a starter. We started him at Northern Colorado and he did a good job but his value is in short and he wasn’t as good as what he’s been and we didn’t play very good defense behind him. But then we come back with Billy Conard who has a good outing, his third or fourth in a row. We swung the bats decently. We scored 21 runs on the weekend which for four games is below our average but we also faced three left-handed starters and we’re very left-handed as an offensive team. And a real good left-handed reliever that came in in the game they won and shut us out. He was really good.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Crimson Defeats White In Annual Spring Football Game

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team wrapped up its annual spring football game on Saturday, April 19, at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The crimson team won the contest outscoring the white team 53-46.

The offense for the Aggies wore crimson while the defense wore white jerseys for the game.

NM State’s defense got the first eight points on the board after forcing the Aggies to punt on their first three possessions and getting two tackles for a loss.

The remainder of the quarter was dominated by the defense who led 14-5 at the end of the first quarter. The Aggies offense had a strong drive that led to senior Maxwell Johnson hitting a field goal to earn the crimson team three points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Defeats Seattle 5-3 In Non-Conference Game

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A lead-off walk in the bottom of the seventh led to the go-ahead run boosting the New Mexico State baseball team to a 5-3 win over Seattle U, Saturday, April 19 at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies are now 16-20 on the season while Seattle falls to 17-18.

The game was tied 3-3 after the seventh inning stretch and junior outfielder Kyle Young led the bottom half of the inning off with a walk before he advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. The ninth batter in the Aggie lineup flied-out in foul territory. Junior outfielder Michael Medina was intentionally to put runners on first and second before freshman Chad Ramsey hit an RBI single to centerfield bringing in Young to give NM State a 4-3 lead. The Aggies scored again when junior outfielder Michael Paulson singled to center for an RBI to bring score Medina while giving his team a 5-3 advantage.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Loses Series Finale At Grand Canyon 3-2

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PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State softball team lost a tough matchup to the Grand Canyon Antelopes, 3-2, Saturday afternoon during the series finale at Stapleton-Pierson Field.

The Aggies lost the final two games of the series by a combined three runs to fall to 26-19 on the season and 8-4 in Western Athletic Conference play. The ‘Lopes are 25-17 overall and now lead the WAC by two games over NM State after improving to 10-2 in conference play.

NM State finished the game with five hits while the Aggie pitching tandem of Makayla McAdams and Celisha Walker only allowed four hits. McAdams started the game in the circle for NM State, only allowing two hits in 4.1 innings pitched. Walker also allowed two hits, but was saddled with the loss to fall to 7-6 on the season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Splits WAC Doubleheader, Takes Series With Seattle 2-1

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team split the doubleheader with Seattle, Friday. The Redhawks won the first game 9-3 but responded in game two with a 6-5 victory. NM State moves to 15-20 on the season and 7-5 in WAC play, while Seattle is now 17-17 overall and 7-5 in the WAC.

With the win in game two, the Aggies win the three-game series, 2-1.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Loses Two At Grand Canyon

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PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State softball team lost both games of a doubleheader Friday April 17 to the Grand Canyon University Antelopes at Stapleton-Pierson Field. The Aggies fell 7-1 in game one before losing a close matchup 2-0 in the nightcap.

NM State went into the doubleheader with a one-game lead over the ‘Lopes in the Western Athletic Conference standings. By nights end the Aggies see themselves at 26-18 overall and 8-3 in WAC play while GCU improves to 24-17 and 9-2 in conference matchups. It is the ‘Lopes that now hold a one-game lead atop the WAC.

The powerful Aggie offense was silenced on Friday as NM State could only muster a total of seven combined hits during both games, four in game one and three in game two. Five total errors, including four by the middle infield, also hampered the Aggie effort.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Rodolph Adds Stokes To 2015 Class

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball head coach Kathy Rodolph announced the signing of Jasmine Stokes for the 2015 season. Stokes (Torrance, Calif.) is the second player in as many days that Rodolph has announced as the newest Aggies to sign a National Letter of Intent.

"Jasmine is a quick and powerful outfielder," Rodolph said. "We anticipate her having a big upside at the college level. Jasmine is also a diligent student so she will fit right in with our team culture."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Rodolph Signs Romo For 2015

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball head coach Kathy Rodolph announced the signing of Jaelyn Romo for the 2015 season. Romo (Tucson, Ariz.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Rodolph’s Aggies beginning this fall.

Romo played varsity softball for Tucson High Magnet School where she was named to the AZ Starnet Watch List and was a first team All-Southern Region in 2013. She was a second team all-division in 2012 and honorable mention in 2011. She hit .533 during her senior season and plated six runs with 17 RBI and one home run. As a junior, she hit eight home runs and tallied 35 RBI off 25 season hits. She was named an All-American and was part of the Colorado Sparkler All-Star team in 2011 and 2009.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Bradley's Performance Leads To 7-4 Win

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team earned the opening win in its four-game series with Seattle U 7-4 on Thursday, April 17, at Presley Askew Field. The win brought the Aggies to 14-19 on the season and 6-4 in Western Athletic Conference Play.

Senior Christopher Bradley got the start for the Aggies on the pitching mound in game one. He found some momentum early on and put in 6.2 innings of work and struck out a season-high seven batters on his way to earning the win. This brings Bradley's record to 2-4 on the season.

The Aggies worked well offensively even though the home run eluded them and were able to put seven runs on the board. NM State worked off three doubles, five singles and eight walks in the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>