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NM State Baseball Ready For WAC Tournament
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  05/26/2010

FIRST PITCH: The New Mexico State baseball team heads into the Western Athletic Conference as the No. 2 seed in this week's Western Athletic Conference Tournament after finishing with a 14-9-1 record in league play.  The Aggies ended their regular season with a 36-21-1 overall record and open up the tournament at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., Thursday, May 27 at 4:00 p.m. (MT).

The Aggies reached the tournament for the first time in 2008 when they dropped their first two games in Ruston, La.  Last year, NM State made it to the championship round of the tournament and this year it looks to win it all and move on the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

The Aggies have a first-round bye in the tournament, which starts Wednesday, May 26 at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., and will take on the highest-seeded winner from Wednesday's games.  Fresno State, who is the No. 1 seed and the 2010 WAC Regular Season Champion, also has a first round bye and will take on the lower seed of the winners from Wednesday.

MEDIA COVERAGE: NM State first game is set for Thursday, May 27 at 4:00 p.m. (MT) and will air on the radio waves in Las Cruces at KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews and Kyle Doperalski giving the play-by-play action.  All other games NM State plays in the tournament will also be aired on the radio, while fans can also access the live broadcast on the Internet at www.NMStateSports.com for a fee.

The 2010 WAC Baseball Tournament will also be streamed live on the Internet.  In conjunction with its Web site partner JumpTV Sports, the WAC has announced that it will stream this week's tournament live from Mesa, Ariz.  Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv.

The first game of the tournament begins at 5:00 p.m. (MT), Wednesday, May 26 and every game of the tournament can be viewed for a single subscription price of $17.95 which includes on-demand viewing of any of the games following that day.  More information and how to subscribe to any of these video stream events can be found at www.WAC.tv

About NM State:  The Aggies were ranked in the College Baseball Newspaper poll twice this season but struggled in the final weeks of the regular season, winning only one game out of the last 10.

The Aggies are now 36-21-1 overall while they head into the Western Athletic Conference Tournament as the No. 2 seed with a 14-9-1 record in league play. NM State hit .351 this season, which is eighth best nationally, while hitting .331 in WAC play.

NM State had two extended winning streaks this season with the first winning streak, which was the longest of the season, began March 20 and lasted 12 games before it ended on April 10 when the Aggies fell to Nevada 17-2 at Presley Askew Field. .  During that time NM State took two of three from UC-Santa Barbara, a game from Texas Tech and Nevada, while sweeping Wofford and Houston Baptist.  The second winning streak lasted 10 games and went from April 18-May 2.  The Aggies picked up 10 conference wins in that time.

The Aggies started the season 0-3 after losing to Washington, Gonzaga and Missouri in the Cactus Classic, which was held in Tucson, Ariz. from Feb. 19-21.  NM State is now well above .500 at 36-19-1.  The 10-10 tie came Sunday, April 11, in the series finale against Nevada.   NM State won 11-consecutive games before jumping into the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN) Top-30 NCAA Division I baseball poll at No. 20, Monday, April 5. 

The Aggies took two of three games from UC-Santa Barbara before sweeping Wofford in a four-game series.  NM State then went to Texas beating Texas Tech in Midland, Texas, March 30, before sweeping Houston Baptist in Houston.  Other than losing the three games in the season opening tournament the Aggies have only lost one series in 2010, falling to offensive powerhouse Georgia State 2-1, which included a loss where NM State scored 24 runs.

The Aggies have posted a nation-leading 565 RBI and have already blasted 103 home runs, which is third nationwide. The Aggies have tallied at least 100 home runs in a season four times under head coach Rocky Ward.

Looking Back: NM State finished its regular falling to the University of Southern California in a two-game series at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles, Calif.  The Aggies dropped game one of the series in heartbreak fashion as USC won the game on a walk-off home run in the 11th inning before falling in game two 5-3. 

In game one with the game tied at 8-8 in the 11th inning, the Trojans leading hitter Ricky Orpesa hit a walk-off home run to secure the win.  Starting pitcher Justin Cooper worked five complete innings giving up seven runs, four of them earned, but was given a no-decision.  The Aggies struggled in the bottom of the sixth tallying three errors with no outs while five runs crossed the plate.

After game two the Aggies finished the season with a 36-21-1 overall record. Leading the way offensively for NM State was senior Ben Harty who went 3-of-4, while junior Chace Perkins had a two run homer.  On the mound, freshman Ryan Beck picked up his first loss of the year as he was in the game when USC took the lead.  Starting pitcher DJ Simon worked six complete innings striking out three of the 23 batters faced, while giving up only one walk and two runs.

NM State Versus Fresno State: NM State dropped all four games to the Bulldogs at Presley Askew Field this season losing 21-11, 16-10, 12-4, and 8-6.  The Aggies are now 8-22 all-time against Fresno State. The first meeting between the two teams came in 1991 with NM State losing 4-0.

Aggie shortstop Ryan Aguayo hit .450 (9-of-20) in this season's four-game set, while freshman catcher Zac Fisher tallied three home runs and six RBI against the Bulldogs. 

NM State Versus Hawai'i: The Aggies went 1-3 against Hawai'i winning the series finale 10-7 at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, Hawai'i.  NM State now carries a 9-14 all-time record against the Rainbows.  The first meeting between the Aggies and Hawai'i came in 2006 with NM State falling 6-0.

Freshman Parker Hipp led the way offensively against a tough Hawai'i pitching staff this year posting a .357 batting average (5-of-14) and walking twice.  Fellow freshman Ryan Beck earned a win against the Rainbows as he worked 5.1 innings on the mound and striking out four batters.

NM State Versus Louisiana Tech:  NM State swept the Bulldogs at Presley Askew Field this season winning 11-10, 16-13, 10-6 and 22-8.  Senior Leo Aguirre led the way hitting four home runs and 13 RBI.  That week he posted a .588 batting average (10-for-17).  That week senior right-hander DJ Simon earned a win, throwing five innings and striking out seven batters, while giving up only two runs.

NM State Versus Nevada: The Aggies finished with the same 14-9-1 record as the Nevada.  The Aggies took the four-game series over Nevada winning two games, losing one and tying the final game 10-10.  Senior outfielder Nate Shaver went 10-for-17 (.714).  Senior Mike Sodders also chipped in with a .615 batting average while he also blasted three home runs.

The Aggies are 15-34-1 all-time against Nevada.  The first meeting between the two teams came in 1993 where the Aggies won three straight games in Reno, Nev.

NM State Versus San Jose State: The Aggies dropped game one of the four-game series with San Jose State but won the next three games, which were part of a 10-game winning streak.  Junior centerfielder Wes Starkes led the offense that week going 8-of-11 at the plate for a .727 batting average.  Both Chace Perkins and Chris Auten tallied two home runs that week.  Perkins, Starkes and Auten each had six RBI.

The Aggies are 18-18 all-time against SJSU.  The first meeting between the two teams came in 1992.  NM State dropped the three-game series to the Spartans in San Jose, Calif.

In the Conference: The Aggies finished the 2010 WAC regular season with a 14-9-1 record. The 14 league wins is the most for NM State since joining the WAC in 2006.  The Aggies are the No. 2 seed in the 2010 WAC Tournament and have a bye in the first day of play.

The Aggies have to best batting average in the WAC at .351 on the season, while shortstop Ryan Aguayo leads the league in hits with 90 in 2010.  Senior Leo Aguirre isn't far behind with 86 hits on the season. Junior Chace Perkins is second the conference with 69 RBI on the season, while Aguayo has crossed the plate 75 times, which is tops in the WAC.  Aguirre's .400 batting average on the year is tops in the league, while Perkins' 16 bombs is in the top-five.

Streaking: The Aggies posted winning streaks of 10 and 12 this season, however they also had a seven game losing streak.  As far as hit streaks go, Leo Aguirre is currently on a season-high 14-game hitting streak.  The longest hitting steak of the year came from Mike Sodders, who posted a 17-game hitting streak (Feb. 19-March 20), while Ben Harty's 16-game hitting streak (Feb. 27-March 27) is second best this season. 

National Leaders:  According to Boydsworld.com, a website dedicated to showing national baseball statistics for the NCAA, the Aggies lead the nation in at-bats (2,150), runs (602), RBI (565), and walks (373). Heading into the conference tournament, NM State is second in on-base percentage (.452), fifth in slugging percentage (.577), eighth in batting average (.351), second in hits (755), and third in home runs (103).

Hitting the Long Ball:  The Aggies lead the WAC and are third in the nation in home runs so far this season with 103. They were the first team in the nation to get to 100 on the year.  They are averaging just under two home runs per game while five different Aggies have posted double-digit home runs figures this season. Chace Perkins leads the way with 16 on the year, while Mike Sodders has 15.  Sodders picked up his 15 bombs in only 36 games played.  Perkins also has the most home runs in a game this year.  He blasted three home runs against Saint Joseph's, March 6 at Presley Askew Field.

The Aggie record for home runs in a season 119 (2009) while the most home runs hit in a game was 10, which happened against Chicago State, Feb. 27, 2009.

The NCAA record for most home runs in a season is 188, which was done by LSU in 1997.

Starting Sophomore Justin Cooper:  Sophomore right-hand pitcher Justin Cooper has a season-high eight strikeouts versus Akron (Feb. 28) and a season-high 7.1 innings pitched versus San Jose State (April 16).  He has made 16 appearances this season and is second in the WAC in batters faced a game with 46.47 per and eighth in the conference in strikeouts a game with 6.68 per outing.  Cooper has 47 strikeouts in 63.1 innings of work this year.

Multiple Hits and RBI: Junior Ryan Aguayo has posted 29 multiple-games this season, which is tops for NM State.  He has one 5-plus hit game, which came against Georgia State in Las Cruces, N.M., March 14.  That day he marked six hits and seven RBI.  Aguayo also has the most multiple-RBI games with 22 on the year.

Senior Leo Aguirre has two games with five or more hits and he has posted four hits in a game four times this season, which is more than any other Aggie.  He has also tallied at least five RBI in three different games.  Junior Chace Perkins has the second-most multiple-RBI games with 21, while senior Ben Harty is the only other NM State player to post at least five RBI in three games this season.  Harty and Aguirre have the most RBI in one game this year.  Harty posted eight RBI against Georgia State on March 14 and Aguirre had eight RBI against Wofford College on March 28.

Starkes in Centerfield: Junior Wesley Starkes has played in 55 games this season with 52 starts in centerfield. He enters the conference tournament hitting .371 while driving in 37 runs and scoring 45. Starkes went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBI versus Wofford College (March 26) for his best non-conference showing. Starkes went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI against San Jose State (April 16) for one of his best conference showings.  He is tied for the WAC lead in triples with five and is tied for sixth in stole bases with nine.

Wallace Watch List: The College Baseball Foundation recently named New Mexico State shortstop Ryan Aguayo one of 25 finalists for the 2010 Brooks Wallace Award.

The Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, goes to the nation's top shortstop and will be presented on July 2, 2010, in Lubbock, Texas as a part of the College Baseball Awards show.

Aguayo is currently holds a .367 batting average with 12 home runs and 63 RBI.  His play on defense is just as good as he has come up with a team-high 205 assists while committing just 17 errors to come up with a fielding percentage of .946. He has played in all 56 games this season and has started 54 of those games and has been in on 42 double-plays, more than any other Aggie.

Perkins Picking Up His Game in 2010:  Junior Chace Perkins is batting .370 this season with 16 home runs and 69 RBI. He didn't hit a single home run in 2009 while tallying only seven RBI last year. This season, Perkins' 69 RBI rank him second in the WAC, while his 16 homers are good enough for fourth in the conference. Perkins also ranks in the top ten in the WAC in slugging percentage (.755 - tied 1st), on-base percentage (.466 - 7th), and total bases (139 - 6th). Perkins went 3-of-5 with four runs scored and three RBIs with all three hits as home runs against Saint Joseph's (March 6). He went 3-of-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs versus LA Tech (May 2), which could be argued as one of his best showings in league play.

Walk This Way:  The Aggies not only lead the WAC, but also lead the nation in walks with 373 on the season.  Senior Nate Shaver is second in the WAC with 44 walks this season, while senior Chris Auten in third in the league with 41 and junior Ryan Aguayo is fifth in the conference with 38 walks this season.  The Aggies finished the 2009 season as the NCAA leader in walks with 416.  The school-record for walks in a season at NM State is 426, which was set in 2002.

Right-hander Dan Reid on the Mound: Junior Dan Reid has 13 appearances this season with a season-high seven innings pitched versus Sacramento State (April 23) and season-high seven strikeouts, which came against Missouri (Feb. 21). Reid ranks in the top ten in the WAC in innings pitched with 70 (6th), batters struck out with 49 (10th), and wins with six (tied 3rd). Reid is also tied for the conference lead in walks allowed with only 12 and tied for fourth in games started with 13.

Lead-Off Hitter Nate Shaver: Senior Nate Shaver has led-off for NM State 47 times this year, more than any other Aggie.  He is ranked in the top ten in the WAC in runs scored with 62 (tied 3rd), on-base percentage .472 (6th), doubles with 18 (5th), and walks with 44 (2nd). Shaver also ranks in total plate appearances with 269 (3rd), runs scored a game with 1.15 per (4th), doubles a game with 0.33 per (tied 5th), walks a game with 0.81 per (3rd) and plate appearances a game with 4.98 per (3rd).  Shaver went 4-of-5 with four runs scored, four RBI and a home run versus Houston Baptist (April 2). That was possibly his best non-conference showing. Shaver also went 4-of-6 with three runs scored in the second game of a double header against Nevada (4/10).

DJ Simon Can Still Strike 'Em Out:  Senior DJ Simon has made 15 appearances this season and pitched a season-high six innings twice; versus Wofford College (March 26) and against the University of Southern California (May 19). Simon also has a season-high of seven strikeouts in a game, which he has done twice. The first came against Saint Joseph's (March 7) and the other come against conference foe Louisiana Tech (April 30). Simon has pitched 52.1 innings, striking out 44.

Beck Proved To Be A Huge Help:  Freshman Ryan Beck has made an impact on the Aggie pitching staff as he is tied for third in the WAC in appearances with 25. Beck has pitched 53.1 innings with 48 strikeouts. He has pitched a season-high six innings twice; once versus the University of the Southwest (Feb. 24) and the other against conference opponent Sacramento State (April 25). Beck also picked a season-high seven strikeouts versus the University of the Southwest (Feb. 24).

Ward Owns All-Time Win Record: New Mexico State head baseball coach Rocky Ward recently became the all-time winningest coach at NM State surpassing Jim Kwasny who tallied 300 wins from 1969-82.  Ward, who is in his 12th season as Aggie head coach, picked up win No. 301 when his team defeated Akron 8-3 in game one of a doubleheader, Saturday, Feb. 27 at Presley Askew Field.  NM State was victorious in game two as well and blasted the Zips 17-5 in the series finale to take Ward's win total to 307.  He currently has 334 wins on his career.

Coach Ward continues to push his student-athletes year-in and year-out while also overcoming adversity and changing conference three times during his time at NM State.  His 2003 team posted 43 wins, setting the school record for wins in a season; although, that Ward's 2009 team broke the record when it won 44 games.  NM State did, however, earn its first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and won the school's first ever NCAA Tournament game as the Aggies defeated UNLV 14-12 in the regional round.  That win came during a five-year span when NM State posted a record of 174-120 (2001-06), the most wins in a five-year span in the history of Aggie baseball.

Senior Wade Reynoso at the Hot Corner: Senior Wade Reynoso has played in 51 games this season with 43 starts at third base. Reynoso went 4-of-6 with six RBI and three runs scored against in-state rival New Mexico (March 3) and 2-for-2 with three RBI and four runs scored versus Saint Joseph's (March 7). Reynoso has a season-high eight game hit streak and has tallied seven doubles, seven home runs and 40 on the year.

Anderson, A Big Relief: Steven Anderson is a 6'3, right-handed senior from Markham, Ontario. Anderson has 20 appearances with 22.2 innings pitched and 19 strikeouts.  Anderson is in the top ten in the WAC in saves with three (tied 7th), appearances with 20 (tied 8th), and games finished with 12 (tied 6th). Although his main duty is being a relief pitcher, Anderson is also called upon for pinch hitting in certain situations with two at-bats this season. It was very different for Anderson in 209 as he posted 86 at-bats last season, hitting .314 with 23 RBI and eight home runs.

Auten in the Line-Up:  Senior Chris Auten has eight home runs, 32 RBI, and has scored 50 runs in 50 games played this season. Auten is third in the WAC in walks with 41 and second in walks per game with 0.82 per. Auten had five hits with a double and a home run to go along with five RBI and two runs scored in a win against conference foe San Jose State (April 18) and went 3-of-4 with three RBI and four runs scored versus another WAC rival in Sacramento State (April 22).

Auten sat out for the majority of the 2009 season because of injuries. 

Another Freshman on the Mound:  Freshman Tyler Mack has six wins this season, which is tied for third in the WAC. He has pitched 54 innings with 47 strikeouts in 16 appearances. Mack has season-highs of innings pitched with 6.1 versus San Jose State (April 19) and strikeouts with eight against Wofford College (March 28). His first win of his Aggie career came against Saint Joseph's (March 6) as the Aggies won 12-10.  That day he threw one inning but was in the game when NM State took the lead.

Freshman Fisher Behind the Plate:  Freshman Zac Fisher has made 25 starts behind the plate and that is most of any Aggie this season.  He is batting .361 as a freshman this year with eight home runs, 33 RBI and 33 runs scored. Fisher is on a hot streak of late batting .370 with ten hits, four of them home runs in the last ten games. He has also tallied 10 RBI and a slugging percentage of .815 in the last ten games. Fisher went 4-of-5 with three RBI and four runs scored against Louisiana Tech (May 2). He went 2-of-5, both hits being home runs with three RBI and three runs scored versus Fresno State (May 8).

Coffman Closing It Out: Sophomore Scott Coffman has made 27 appearances this season which is tied for the WAC lead and has four saves which is tied for fifth in the conference. Coffman also leads the conference in games in relief with 27 and is tied for sixth in games finished with 12. Coffman has a season-high of 3.1 innings pitched and five strikeouts versus New Mexico (March 9). Coffman made 26 appearances last season for the Aggies as a relief pitcher, which is a school record for a freshman.

Cardinal Stepping in When Needed:  Junior Joel Cardinal has played in 32 games this season with five multiple-hit games and a season-high five-game hit streak. Cardinal went 2-of-4 with two RBI and a double versus Wofford College (March 28) and 2-of-3 with two runs scored and a double versus conference foe Lousiana Tech in the first game of a double header (May 1). Cardinal is batting .353 in conference play.

Another Freshman Making a Difference: Parker Hipp is a true freshmen who has started 40 games and has appeared in 49 this year for NM State. Hipp is batting .354 in 158 at-bats to go along with 37 RBI. Hipp has a season-high of four hits at UC-Santa Barbara (March 21) and against Nevada (April 11) while his season-high of four RBI came against Louisiana Tech (May 1). Hipp has also been nominated for freshmen All-American this season. He has 56 hits and 43 runs scored heading into the conference tournament.

Two Aggies Earn All-WAC Honors: Two New Mexico State baseball players earned 2010 All-Western Athletic Conference honors as announced at the WAC Baseball Tournament Banquet in Mesa, Ariz., Tuesday, May 25. Senior first baseman Leo Aguirre was named to the first team and junior shortstop Ryan Aguayo was named to the second team.

Aguirre finished the regular season with a .400 batting average, which is tops in the league and hit .354 in WAC play.  He tallied 86 hits on the year with 19 doubles and 11 home runs. In conference play, Aguirre finished with 34 hits and 26 RBI.  Aguirre led the Aggie offense going 4-of-6 with seven RBI and two home runs against Louisiana Tech as NM State won its 10th straight conference game, May 2.  One of his homers was a grand slam in the third inning, which was the big inning that deflated the Louisiana Tech hopes of a comeback.  In that inning, NM State posted 11 runs on 11 hits while 15 Aggie batters came to the plate.

Aguayo, who is a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award (nation's top shortstop) was a second-team selection after hitting .354 on the year and tallying a conference-high 90 hits on the year.  In league play, Aguayo posted a team-leading 87 assists while also marking 40 putouts.  He had 33 hits against conference opponents, with four doubles, one triple, three homers and 26 RBI. Aguayo was the third Aggie to tally an RBI blasting his 11th home run of the season as the Aggies hammered out nine runs on 12 hits defeating Sacramento State 9-3 at Hornet Field in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, April 24.

WAC Hitter of the Week (May 3): The league office named senior Leo Aguirre of the New Mexico State baseball team the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for the week April 26-May 2.  Aguirre, hit .588 (10-of-17) as the Aggies swept Louisiana Tech to sit in first place in league play.  He powered the Aggie offense with a 1.294 slugging percentage, a .600 on-base percentage and four home runs, one of them a grand slam.

The four home runs hit that weekend takes him to 11 on the year, which is the most for Aguirre in a season.  He hit two his freshman year, four his sophomore season and eight in 2009.  In an 11-10 series opening come-from-behind win Aguirre chipped in going 1-for-3 two RBI and a sacrifice fly.  In game one of the doubleheader, Saturday, Aguirre played first base and wend 3-for-5 with three RBI, three runs scored and two home runs. The home run he hit in the bottom of the fifth gave NM State a 6-5 lead, a lead the Aggies wouldn't lose.  Aguirre chipped in again in game two of the doubleheader, as he was 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI.  With the Aggies hammering Louisiana Tech 22-8 in the series finale, Aguirre posted a 4-of-6 day with two home runs, seven RBI and a grand slam.

Aguirre was also named a "Louisville Slugger" National Player of the Week.

CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Players of the Week: CollegeBaseballInsider.com named Leo Aguirre one of two National Players of the Week after went 10-for-17 (.588) in a four-game sweep of Louisiana Tech with four home runs, including a grand slam. Aguirre scored seven and drove in 13. He had an on-base percentage of .600 and slugging percentage of 1.294. Aguirre went 4 for 6 in the finale against the Bulldogs with two homers and seven RBI.

Shaver Named WAC Hitter of the Week: Senior Nate Shaver was named Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week by the WAC office, Monday, April 12, for his play during the week of April 5-11.  Shaver, a native of The Dalles, Ore., was errorless in the outfield for NM State, while he led the team at the plate with a consistent bat as he was 10-for-14 at the plate without striking out for a .714 batting average.  Shaver posted two doubles, a triple and three RBI to help the Aggies to a 2-1-1 record against the Wolf Pack.  Shaver helped his on-base percentage with a .765 on-base percentage against Nevada that week.  He added two walks and was hit by a pitch once.

Aguirre Named WAC Hitter of the Week: Senior Leo Aguirre team was named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for the week of March 29-April 4 as announced by the WAC office, Monday, April 5.

Aguirre, a senior from Austin, Texas earned his first WAC Hitter of the Week honor as he led the Aggies to a 5-0 record last week as the team extended its winning streak to 11 games.  Aguirre hit .565 going 13-of-23 at the plate to help record wins over Texas Tech and Houston Baptist.  He did not strike out once in his 23 at-bats going 3-for-3 against the Red Raiders and 10-for-20 against HBU. After a great week with the bat, Aguirre leads the WAC with a .444 batting average.  He posted six doubles, seven RBI, and seven runs scored to go along with a .826 slugging percentage and a .630 on-base percentage.  Playing first base for most of the week, Aguirre was able to stay error free in helping the Aggies commit only five errors in five games played that week.

CollegeBaseballInsider.com Regional Player of the Week:  Senior Leo Aguirre was named West Region Player of the Week by CollgeBaseballInsider.com for his play during the week of March 29-April 4. Aguirre batted .565 (13 for 23) as the Aggies put together a 5-0 week. Aguirre had six doubles, seven runs and seven RBI. He did not strike out during the week and posted an on-base percentage of .630 and slugging percentage of .826. Aguirre went 3 for 3 against Texas Tech and 10 for 20 in a four-game series at Houston Baptist.

Big Win For Aggies; Biggest Loss for Hawks:  The 33-1 win over Saint Joseph's was the biggest loss for the Hawks in the program's history.  Thirty runs was the most runs SJU had ever given up, which it did to Vanderbilt back in 1986.  The Aggies are in the top-10 in the NCAA record books for the largest winning margin.  They defeated Western New Mexico 35-0, April 7, 1981.

It Was A Long One:  Everyone in attendance at the 35-16 loss got to experience game that lasted 4:40.  It was nine innings long but the base runners continued to cross the plate extending the time of the game.  No records are kept in the Official NCAA record book for the longest amount of time for a game, but the most innings played in a game is 22.  Baylor played 22 innings against Houston on Feb. 21, 1999 and Colorado defeated Nebraska in 22 innings, April 26, 1974.

WAC Hitter of the Week (March 23): The Western Athletic Conference announced designated hitter/catcher Ben Harty of the New Mexico State baseball team as the Verizon Wireless WAC Baseball Hitter of the week for the week of March 15-22.

After hitting .480 from March 15-22, Harty bettered his average by hitting .500 that week, going 7-for-14 against the best pitching staff in the Big West Conference.  Harty blasted a team-high three home runs and slugged 1.214 as the Aggies scored 33 runs in three games.  Harty hit his first homer of the week in a 10-9 loss to the Gouchos, where the Aggies lost the game in the final inning.  Harty homered to right-centerfield starting the Aggies' four-run ninth inning that temporarily gave them the lead.  In game two of the doubleheader with the Gouchos where the Aggies had to come-from-behind to win 12-7, Harty went 3-of-5 with three runs scored and three RBI.  He also added two home runs in that game and was robbed of another at the fence in centerfield. 

WAC Hitter of the Week (March 8): New Mexico State senior third baseman Wade Reynoso was named Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for the week of March 1-7, as announced by the league office, Monday, March, 8.  Reynoso helped NM State to a 4-2 record that week as his team took one of two games from then No. 20 New Mexico and three out of four games from Saint Joseph's.  He batted .522 and registered a 1.000 slugging percentage over the six games.

Reynoso recorded a season-high six at-bats, a season-high four hits and a season-high six RBI against UNM to lead the Aggies to a 17-8 victory.  Although he didn't get the start in the opening game of the series against Saint Joseph's, Reynoso had a good day at the plate 2-for-3 with three RBI, a double and two runs scored.  In game one of Saturday's doubleheader, he was 3-of-5 at the dish with another double.  The second game of the doubleheader saw Reynoso come up with three RBI, which came when he blasted a home run to right field.  Reynoso ended the week with a 2-for-2 day at the plate, which included another home run to take his total to five on the year

Reid Named WAC Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 22): The Western Athletic Conference announced its first Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week honors, Monday, Feb. 22 and junior Dan Reid has been selected as WAC Pitcher of the Week for the week of Feb. 15-21. Reid, threw 6.0 innings against Missouri in his debut as an Aggie. Reid struck out seven batters and walked one while giving up only one run which was unearned. Reid gave up just five hits in six innings of work.

Preseason All-WAC: NM State was selected to finish second in the 2010 Western Athletic Conference regular season in a vote by the league's head coaches.  The coaches also voted senior Jared Jordan and sophomore Scott Coffman to the preseason all-WAC team.  The Aggies received 27 points and one first place vote after finishing the 2009 season with a 44-17 overall record and a 12-12 conference record.  NM State finished the season losing in the championship game of the WAC Tournament to Fresno State, which was picked to win the league once again this year. 

Jordan was selected as the preseason all-WAC utility player after he was 7-3 on the mound with 53 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings pitched.  He also hit .365 in 2009 with six doubles, five home runs and 20 RBI.  Coffman was selected by the league's coaches as one of two relief pitchers on the preseason all-WAC team.  As a freshman, Coffman made 26 appearances and posted a 3-0 record with a 2.14 ERA.  He picked up 29 strikeouts in 21 innings and also earned one save.

Sodders on 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate List: After being named to three Preseason All-American teams, senior Mike Sodders was named one of 30 NCAA student-athletes from across the country to be named as a candidate for the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as announced, Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Sodders, who led the Western Athletic Conference with a .422 batting average on an injured knee, carries a 3.0 grade point average and is on track to graduate in December of 2010 with a degree in business management and marketing.

To be eligible for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community and competition.  An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Sodders Earns All-American: Mike Sodders earned a spot on the 2010 PING!Baseball Preseason All-American team, which was released Monday, Jan. 11.  Sodders, a second team selection by PING!Basebball, now has three preseason honors after he also earned spots on the NCBWA All-American team and after he was named to the 2010 Louisville Slugger All-American team by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN).  He is the first Aggie to ever be named to multiple preseason All-American teams.

Sodders is the first Aggie to be named to the PING!Baseball Preseason All-American team and the second to make an PING!Baseball All-American team as former Aggie slugger Joseph Scaperotta earned second-team honors after a good season in 2008.



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