NM State Set For Rematch with Fresno State
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  05/05/2010

First Pitch: The New Mexico State baseball team, No. 25 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN) poll this week, hosts Fresno State in a rematch of last year's Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. Game one of the four-game series with the Bulldogs is set for Friday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. (MT).  The doubleheader, Saturday, May 8, is scheduled for a 3:05 p.m. start, while the series finale, Sunday, May 9, is set for 1:00 p.m. (MT).

Media Coverage:  The games on Friday, May 7 and Sunday, May 9 are scheduled to air as a part of the AggieVision Productions, and Saturday's doubleheader is available on KSNM 570 AM with Jeff Matthews.  The games can also be seen and heard on the Internet for a fee at www.NMStateSports.com.  Fans should go www.AggieVision.tv for a complete listing of show times.  Comcast around the state of New Mexico is scheduled to carry Sunday's telecast in Albuquerque (Ch. 77), Las Cruces (Ch. 48), Gallup (Ch. 66), and Santa Fe (Ch. 21).  Friday's game will air only in Las Cruces on Comcast, while FSN Arizona will show a replay of Friday's game, Saturday, May 8 at 1:30 p.m. (MT).  Access to Friday's game in Albuquerque, Gallup and Santa Fe will not be available due to scheduling conflicts. Fans and media can also access live stats at the Official NM State Athletics website by clicking on the live events link found at the top of the webpage. Altitude Sports will be carrying both games live.

About NM State:  The Aggies enter week 13 of the 2010 NCAA baseball season sitting atop of the WAC standings with a 13-2-1 league record, while they are now ranked No. 25 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN) Poll , while receiving votes in the USA Today/Coaches poll and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) poll.  This is the second time this season that the Aggies have been in a national poll.

The Aggies have won 10 straight games heading into the Fresno State series and the longest streak of the year is 12 wins that lasted from March 20-April 9.  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 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 35-12-1.  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 500 RBI and have already blasted 96 home runs, which is also tops nationwide.  They could very well break the school of 119 homers in a season, which was set in 2009.  The Aggies have tallied at least 100 home runs in a season four times under head coach Rocky Ward.

The Aggies are 20-6-1 at home this season after they were 29-9 at home in 2009.  After going 7-1 from April 16-25, NM State is 14-3 on the road and 1-3 at neutral sites.

It was a spectacular season last year posting one of the most successful seasons in NM State baseball history, breaking the school record for most wins in a season at 44. The 44 games the Aggies won in 2009 broke the record that was held by the 2003 NM State baseball team the won 43 games while a part of the Sun Belt Conference.  The Aggie won 16 more games than they did in 2008 and finished with 29 wins at home.  With its winning ways, NM State went into the WAC tournament as the No. 4 seed and eventually ousted No. 1 seed San Jose State and No. 2 seed Louisiana Tech before falling to Fresno State on Championship Day losing 9-7 and 5-3.  The Aggies did place three players on the all-tournament team including outfielder Richard Stout, infielder Mike Sodders and right hand pitcher DJ Simon.

Looking Back: NM State opened the 2010 season 0-3 after falling 4-2 to Washington, 9-3 to Gonzaga and 2-1 in 10 innings to Missouri in the first week of play at the Cactus Classic in Tucson, Ariz.  NM State is now well above .500 on the season after taking a series from Akron as well as a series from St. Joseph's.  The Aggies took two of three games from UC-Santa Barbara (March 20-21), which started a 12-game winning streak that ended April 10 with a 17-2 loss to Nevada.  NM State fell two out of three games to Georgia State (March 12-13), who has one of the nation's leading offenses.  NM State fell 36-16 to Georgia State, March 14, which was the largest deficit for the Aggies this season.   The Aggies swept Wofford in a four-game series at home March 26-28 and swept Houston Baptist three weeks ago in Houston, Texas.  After taking two out of three games from San Jose State and sweeping both Sacramento State and Louisiana Tech NM State is back in the CBN Poll at No. 25 and receiving votes in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and the NCBWA Poll.

NM State was down 8-4 heading into the fourth inning but got good pitching from the bullpen and came back to defeat Louisiana Tech 11-10 in the series opener last week.  The Aggies took a doubleheader from Louisiana Tech winning game one 16-13 and game two 10-6 at Presley Askew Field, Saturday, May 1. The pitching was just as good as the offense on Saturday as freshman Tyler Mack took his record to 6-0 after getting the start in game one and throwing 5.0 innings while picking up five strikeouts.  Game two saw junior right-hander Dan Reid go to 6-1 on the year.  Reid threw 6.0 innings and struck out six Bulldog batters, giving up only one walk. The New Mexico State baseball team won 10 straight games for the second time this season after hammering Louisiana Tech 22-8 at Presley Askew Field, Sunday, May 2. Senior Leo Aguirre led the Aggie offense going 4-of-6 with seven RBI and two home runs. 

NM State Versus Fresno State: The Aggies are 8-18 all-time against Fresno State.  The first meeting came in 1991 with NM State falling 4-0.  The Aggies and Bulldogs wouldn't have another series until 2006 when NM State entered the WAC.  The Aggies took the final game of the three-game series 9-8 that year.  Last year, the Aggies split the four-game series in Fresno, Calif.  The Aggies lost game one 5-4 in 10 innings, took game two, 2-0, lost game three, 6-5 and won the series finale 10-6.

Fresno State is 26-20 overall and 7-5 in WAC play, four games and a half behind NM State in the league standings.  The Bulldogs took two of three from Dallas Baptist last week, as they were the only team not in league play last week.  Fresno State was picked to win the WAC in the preseason coaches' poll this year.

Leading the way offensively for Fresno State is Jordan Ribera who leads the nation in home runs.  He is hitting .359 (65-of-181) with 55 RBI.  On the mound, Greg Gonzalez leads the team in strikeouts with 50 in 38.2 innings pitched and Gene Escat has the lowest ERA at 3.04 in 17 appearances this season.

Looking Ahead: NM State continues Western Athletic Conference play heading back out on the road to wrap up the regular season.  The Aggies face Hawai'i Thursday-Sunday, May 13-16 in Honolulu, Hawai'i.  The series opener is set for a 10:00 p.m. (MT) start, while Friday's doubleheader starts at 7:00 p.m. (MT).  NM State has a day off Saturday, May 15 and with the series final set for Sunday at 5:00 p.m. (MT).  The first three games of the series can be heard over the radio waves at KSNM AM 570. Fans can also listen to the radio broadcasts and watch webcasts and see live stats through the Internet at www.NMStateSports.com.

National Leaders:  According to Boydsworld.com, a website dedicated to showing national baseball statistics for the NCAA, the Aggies lead the nation in hits (646), home runs (96), at-bats (1,783), RBI (500), total bases (1,088), on-base percentage (.464), slugging percentage (.610) and walks (326).  Heading into week 13 of play, NM State is fourth in batting average (.362) and eighth in doubles (126).

Hitting the Long Ball:  The Aggies lead the WAC and the nation in home runs so far this season with 96.  They are averaging 1.5 home runs per game while five different Aggies have posted double-digit home runs figures this season.  Mike Sodders and Chace Perkins lead the team with 15 home runs each.  Perkins 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.

On the Road: According to WarrenNolan.com, a website dedicated to keeping track of win-loss records and streaks, the NM State baseball team has the second best road record in the country at 14-3.  Coastal Carolina is tops at 13-2, while UCLA is just behind NM State at 9-2.

NM State is hitting .325 on the road and has posted 27 home runs on the opponents home turf.  NM State is 1-3 when playing at a neutral site, defeating Texas Tech 6-2 in Midland, Texas, March 30.

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 333 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.

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 this past 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: Leo Aguirre was also name one of two National Players of the Week by CollegeBaseballInsider.com. Aguirre 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.

Streaking: The Aggies head into the weekend series with Fresno State carrying a 10-game win streak.  The longest win streak of the year for NM State is 12 games.  That streak lasted from lasted from March 20-April 9.  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. 

Mike Sodders holds the longest hitting streak this season with 17, which went from Feb. 19-March 20. Ben Harty trails Sodders with a 16-game hit streak. Harty is currently on the bench due to a wrist injury he suffered this season. Junior Chace Perkins has had an impressive past few games with a current hitting streak of eight. On May 2 against Louisiana Tech, Perkins was able to gain three hits, two runs and two RBI. 

National Attention: The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN) released its weekly NCAA Division I Top-30 Baseball Poll and New Mexico State came in at No. 25, Monday, May 3.  NM State has won 10 straight games and has won 24 of its last 27 with a tie coming against Nevada, April 11.  The Aggies are sitting in first place in the Western Athletic Conference at 13-2-1, while they are 35-12-1 overall this season.

Ryan Aguayo Filling in for All-American Nicely:  Shortstop Ryan Aguayo is leading the team and the WAC in hits with 74, runs scored with 68, total plate appearances with 241 and at-bats with 197. Aguayo also ranks in the top 10 in the WAC in slugging percentage (.655 - 7th), on-base percentage (.462 - 8th) and walks (34 - 4th). Aguayo is tied for second in the WAC in RBI with 53 and total bases with 129. He is also tied for fifth in home runs with 12. Aguayo is batting .376 this season, which is good enough for ninth in the WAC. Aguayo is also leading the WAC in runs scored per game at 1.42 to along with being fourth in the conference in hits per game at 1.54, sixth in RBIs per game at 1.10 and second in plate appearances per game at 5.02.  He currently leads the nation in runs scored.

He has the most multiple hit games on the team this year with 23 and the most multiple RBI games with 19.

Auten in the Lineup:  Senior first baseman Chris Auten posted season highs in at-bats with six, hits with five, RBIs with five and total bases with nine all against San Jose State on (4/18). Auten is batting .368 against teams from California this year with 14 hits, four of which are home runs and has a slugging percentage of .711 against teams from the Golden State. Auten ranks in the top ten in the WAC in on-base percentage at .465 (7th), runs scored at 45 (10th) and walks at 35 (2nd). Auten also leads the conference in walks a game at 0.85 per and is seventh in runs scored a game with 1.10 per outing.

Auten started all four games against San Jose State three weeks ago and hit .421 (8-of-19) with six RBI, two home runs and a double.  On the year, he is hitting .325 with 11 doubles and six home runs.  In conference play, Auten's batting average is slightly up at .354. 

He entered the top 10 for doubles in a career.  He hit his 10th double of the season and his 35th double of his career in game two of a doubleheader against Wofford, Saturday, March 27.  He is now tied with for former All-American and Aggie great Joseph Scaperotta in No. 9 spot on the career list with 36 doubles.  Scaperotta accomplished the feat from 2007-08.  Chris Fanning, who played for NM State from 1988-91, posted 51 doubles in his career.

Justin Cooper Still Starting: Sophomore Justin Cooper has a team and season-high 7.1 innings pitched in a win against San Jose State on (4/16) and a season-high eight strikeouts with a win against Akron on (2/28). Cooper has two wins in three appearances this year against teams from California with 15.1 innings pitched and nine strikeouts.  Cooper is in the top ten in the WAC in batters faced a game with 44.83 per outing.

Coffman Closing It Out: Sophomore Scott Coffman is tied for the team and WAC lead in appearances with teammate Ryan Beck with 22.  Coffman has four saves this season which is third in the WAC and tied for eighth all time in NM State history. Coffman also leads the WAC in relief appearances with 22 and is tied for seventh in games finished with nine. Coffman has pitched 24 innings this season with 31 strikeouts and has kept his opponents batting average to a team low .260.  Coffman is a right-handed pitcher from Albuquerque, NM.

Freshman Gaining Experience: Freshman Tyler Mack has season highs of 6.1 innings pitched vs. San Jose State (4/19) and eight strikeouts against Wofford College (3/28). Mack is tied for the WAC lead in wins with fellow teammate Dan Reid with six. Mack is 2-0 in three appearances with a 3.78 era against California teams this year pitching 16.2 innings with 12 strikeouts and an opponent's batting average of only .277. His first start as an Aggie came March 21 against UC-Santa Barbara.  That day NM State won 12-5 with Mack going 5.0 innings on the mound.  He struck out two batters and allowed only one walk against the Gauchos.

Dan Reid Making an Impact on the Mound: Reid ranks in the top 10 of the WAC in many categories including being tied for the league lead in wins with fellow teammate Tyler Mack. Each have six on the season. Reid is tied for fourth in innings pitched 59.1, and is second in games started with 11.  Reid is also third in the league with the least walks given up at 12, fourth in innings a game at 5.39 per and tenth in strikeouts a game with 6.22 per. Reid also ranks fifth in the WAC in batters faced a game at 42.78 per.  Reid has season highs of seven innings pitched at Sacramento State (4/23) and seven strikeouts vs. Missouri on (2/21).

Another Freshman Making a Difference: Freshman Parker Hipp has started 30 games this year for NM State and made 39 appearances this season. He is batting .368 this season on 117 at-bats and tallied 32 RBI. Hipp posted a season-high of four hits in a game twice, while his season-high of four RBI came against LA Tech on May 1. Hipp has also been nominated for freshmen All-American this season.

Leading Off:  Senior Nate Shaver has made 37 starts in the lead-off position and NM State is 28-8 when he is the lead-off hitter. Shaver ranks in the top ten in the WAC in on-base percentage (.481 - 4th), runs scored (53 - 2nd), and walks where he leads the conference with 37.  Shaver also ranks in the WAC with total plate appearances with 217 (2nd), runs scored a game at 1.20 per (3rd), walks a game at 0.84 per (2nd), and plate appearances a game with 4.93 per (3rd).  He's tallied season-highs of four RBI in a game which he's done three times, four hits in a game which he's done twice, and six at bats in a game which he's done twice.

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 has been 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.

Wallace Watch List: New Mexico State shortstop Ryan Aguayo was named to the 2010 Brooks Wallace Award watch list, Tuesday, March 23, which was released by the College Baseball Foundation.

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 .376 batting average.  His play on defense is just as good as he has come up with a team-high 171 assists while committing just 13 errors to come up with a fielding percentage of .950. He has played in all 48 games this season and has started 46 of those games.

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.  Harty is currently out of the line-up with a wrist injury.  He could possibly be out for one more weeks.

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.

Record Breaking Season: NM State broke a total of 16 team records and five individual records during the 2009 season.  One of the most unusual records broken this season came on May 2 when senior Justin Lucero was hit by pitches four times.  On multiple occasions an Aggie had been hit by pitches three times in a game, but Lucero was the first to be hit four times as the Aggies won 19-9 with Lucero crossing the plate three times.  An unexpected record was also broken this season when the Aggies set the record for the number of strikeouts in a game.  Four Aggie pitchers combined for 20 K's in a 12-11, 13-inning win over Houston-Baptist at Presley Askew Field, May 1.  Right-hander Daniel Reyes led the way with six Ks in three innings, while starter DJ Simon had five.  Reliever Scott Coffman contributed with four, while freshman Justin Cooper helped the cause with three and Erik Nyquist added with two.  The previous record at NM State was 17 strikeouts against No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette, March 26, 2005.

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