MESA, Ariz. - After finishing the regular season with a share of the Western Athletic Conference title and the number one seed in the WAC Tournament, the NM State baseball team received its most selections ever with seven on the All-WAC teams.
The Aggies had five first team selections, the most of any team in the WAC. Leading the Aggie selections was junior catcher Zac Fisher. Fisher was named first team all-conference after leading the league in batting average (.360) and RBI (57) throughout the entire season. Senior Tanner Waite earned a first team honor as an outfielder. Waite showed off his patience in the batters box all season long by leading the nation in walks with 67 heading into the week. Senior shortstop Zach Voight was named to the first team after recording a batting average of .302 and eight homeruns.
On the mound, NM State was represented by junior starter Adam Mott and senior closer Scott Coffman. Mott recorded six wins this season posting an ERA of 4.48. Coffman, set the record for most saves by a closer in school history with 22.
Representing the Aggies on the second team was junior second baseman Parker Hipp and sophomore first baseman Tanner Rust. Hipp was fourth in the WAC in batting average with .345. Rust, who broke out late in the season, had a batting average of .328 and 42 hits on the season.
The NM State baseball team will play their first game of the WAC Tournament held in Mesa, Ariz. on Thursday, May 22 at 8 p.m. (MT) against the lowest seed to advance.
The 2012 all-WAC baseball teams and postseason awards were selected by the league's head coaches. Sacramento State junior second baseman Andrew Ayers was named the Player of the Year and Nevada sophomore Bradey Shipley earned Pitcher of the Year honors. The Freshman of the Year award went to Sacramento State outfielder Rhys Hoskins. Sacramento State's Reggie Christiansen was named WAC Coach of the Year.
FIRST TEAM ALL-WAC
OF-Aaron Judge, So., Fresno State
OF-Brooks Klein, Jr., Nevada
OF-Tanner Waite, Sr., New Mexico State
OF-Justin Higley, So., Sacramento State
2B-Andrew Ayers, Jr., Sacramento State
SS-Pi'ikea Kitamura, Jr., Hawai'i
SS-Ryan Gebhardt, So., Louisiana Tech
SS-Zack Voight, Sr., New Mexico State
C-Carlos Escobar Jr., Jr., Nevada
C-Zac Fisher, Jr., New Mexico State
C-Derrick Chung, Sr., Sacramento State
DH-Kenny Wise, Sr., Fresno State
SP-Bradey Shipley, So., Nevada
SP-Tom Jameson, Jr., Nevada
SP-Adam Mott, Jr., New Mexico State
RP-Scott Coffman, Sr., New Mexico State
SECOND TEAM ALL-WAC
OF-Zack Swasey, Sr., Hawai'i
OF-Rhys Hoskins, Fr., Sacramento State
1B-Trent Garrison, Jr., Fresno State
1B-Alex Williams, Sr., Louisiana Tech
1B-Kewby Meyer, Fr., Nevada
1B-Tanner Rust, So., New Mexico State
2B-Pat Hutcheson, Sr., Fresno State
2B-Parker Hipp, Jr., New Mexico State
3B-Jake Alvarez, So., Fresno State
3B-Collin Bennett, Sr., Hawai'i
DH-Trevor Paine, Sr., Sacramento State
SP-Justin Haley, Jr., Fresno State
SP-Tom Harlan, Sr., Fresno State
SP-Matt Sisto, Sr., Hawai'i
SP-Dallas Chadwick, So., Sacramento State
RP-Jamie Gilley, Jr., Louisiana Tech