LAS CRUCES , N.M. (Dec. 6, 2012) - New Mexico State head baseball coach recently announced the signing of eight student-athletes to national letters of intent to attend and play baseball at NM State starting next fall.
The list of players includes Las Cruces native and Oñate High School student-athlete, Julian Herdia. Joining Heredia as a part of the early-signing class are Kyle Rutherford, William Conrad, Kyle Sachrison, Chadwick Ramsey, Ben Slater, Austin Von Blasingame and Joshua Belch.
"I am very pleased with our signing class. We were able to fill several spots from players who will be graduating after this season with very talented athletes who are also very good students," head coach Rocky Ward said. "This group of players will all be ready to impact our team as soon as they set foot on campus. "
The Aggies open the 2013 season with the Annual Alumni game, Feb. 9 at Presley Askew Field before opening the regular-season against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Feb. 15 at home.
2012 Early Signing Recruits
Julian Heredia - Heredia is the cousin of former Aggie pitcher Adam Heredia (2010) and is a Las Cruces native who has played various positions throughout his high school career. The NM State coaching staff was impressed with Heredia's defensive skill level, especially behind the plate.
Kyle Rutherford - Rutherford is heading into his senior year at Frenship High School in Wolfforth, Texas. He is a three-year letter winner and was named a District 3-4A first team selection as a starting pitcher after the 2012 season. He finished the year with 47 strikeouts, and a 5-2 record. Rutherford threw a no-hitter against Hereford High School last season as well.
William Conrad - Conrad is a 6-5, 225 pound pitcher from Royal High School in Simi Valley, Calif. He was on the 2012 Oxnard College baseball roster after he left Moorpark College in 2011. While in high school, Conrad posted a .350 career batting average with three home runs and 55 RBIs. He led his team to a 2010 league championship and a CIF semifinal appearance.
Kyle Sachrison - Kyle Sachrison is a 6-7, 235 pound right-hand pitcher out of San Diego, Calif. He lettered in baseball at La Costa Canyon High School in 2012 and led his team to a league championship and a CIF Division II championship. Sachrison also played basketball from 2010-12 and played in every game as a sophomore and junior.
Chadwick Ramsey - Chadwick Ramsey is an infielder/pitcher out of Needville High School in Needville, Texas. He has played baseball at Needville since 2009 and has earned four tournament MVP honors heading into this season. Ramsey was named the team MVP in 2012 and was named an all-district member twice.
Ben Slater - Slater is a 6-1, 215 pound first baseman who played at Gateway Community College from 2011-12. After taking a red shirt in 2011 he was named the 2012 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) Offensive Player of the Week once while earning a NJCAA Academic All-American honor. He played in 35 games during the 2012 season posting 29 hits, one home run and 19 RBIs to go along with a .274 batting average. Before entering junior college, Slater played at Glencoe-Sliver Lake High School in Glencoe, Minn. from 2009-10. He tallied 35 hits in each of those seasons and finished his career with eight home runs and 58 RBIs.
Austin Von Blasingame - Blasingame is a 6-3 pitcher/outfielder out of Santa Margarita High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
Joshua Belch - Belch is a 6-0, 205 pound catcher who played under coach Matt Covey at Watertown High School in Watertown, N.Y. In 2011, Belch led his team to a 16-5 record and a second place Frontier League finish before leading his team to a 16-6 record and a league championship in 2012. Belch marked a .464 batting average to go along with 26 RBIs in 2011 and hit .492 with 28 RBIs in 2012. He also stole 18 bases on 24 attempts last year.Keep up with NM State baseball and Aggie athletics at www.NMStateSports.com