Sam Wasson, College Baseball Daily correspondent and editor at bleedCrimson.net, interviewed newly named head coach at New Mexico State, Brian Green on Thursday after the school’s announcement. This is Green’s first head coaching position as he returns to his alma mater where he played in 1994 and was an assistant in 1995. Below is an excerpt from the interview. You can also read the interview in its entirety at bleedCrimson.net.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State University Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston announced on Friday, July 25 that Brian Green will be the 10th head coach in NM State baseball program history.
Green, a graduate of the 1995 class at New Mexico State, comes back to his alma mater after coaching for six seasons as an assistant at Kentucky. In 2014, he directed the best offense in college baseball and in Kentucky history. Green was UK’s offensive coordinator and infield defensive coach.
Sam Wasson of Bleedcrimson.net recently caught up with New Mexico State head coach Rocky Ward to get his thoughts on the win over UNM, the Bakersfield series this past weekend and the upcoming conference series against Dallas Baptist. Continue reading
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DENVER – Dallas Baptist has been selected as the favorite to win the 2013 Western Athletic Conference regular season baseball crown in a vote by the league’s 10 head coaches.
The Patriots received 80 points and eight first place votes after a 41-19 season last year as an independent. DBU advanced to its second-straight NCAA Tournament last season. DBU joins the WAC this season after playing as a Division I independent the past nine seasons. As an independent, the Patriots have made three trips to the NCAA tournament, including an NCAA Super Regional appearance in 2011. Continue reading
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Sept. 17, 2012) – New Mexico State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston has recently announced that head baseball coach Rocky Ward has signed a contract extension with NM State.
The contract is a three-year extension and goes thru 2015. Ward has led the program for 16 seasons and has tallied 403 wins during his time with the Aggies. Continue reading
With day two in Tucson in the books the regional is down to the final three teams as Missouri came from behind with a five run eighth inning to knock off two-seed New Mexico State 6-2. The Aggies plated two runs in the first off a triple from Zach Voight but could not capitalize on opportunities in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings leaving runners seven runners on base during the stretch. The Tigers capitalized in the eighth claiming the lead with five runs including a pair of triples in the inning.
In the second game of the day the Arizona Wildcats continued their assault on the baseball posting 16 runs to defeat Louisville 16-4. Arizona led 8-3 after six innings but blew the game open with a seven-run seventh inning to take a 15-3 lead. Arizona pinch hitter Brandon Dixon hit the regional’s first home run belting a three-run blast in the seventh.
The Wildcats pounded out 20-plus hits for the second consecutive game and did so for the first time since the 2007 season. Arizona will face the winner of Sunday’s elimination game between Louisville and Missouri.
Day one at the NCAA Regional in Tucson saw a 3-2 pitchers’ duel in game one between two-seed New Mexico State and three-seed Louisville and a one-sided 15-3 slugfest in game two between top seed and host Arizona and four-seed Missouri.
Friday, June 1 (Games televised on ESPNU)
Game 1 (4 p.m. MST): No. 3 Louisville vs. No. 2 New Mexico State
Game 2 (8 p.m. MST): No. 4 Missouri vs. No. 1 Arizona
The Tucson Regional figures to be one of the more competitive and difficult regionals in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The regional features four conference champions in host and top seed Arizona (Pac 12), two-seed New Mexico State (WAC regular season), three-seed Louisville (Big East regular season) and four-seed Missouri (Big 12 tournament).
The regional kicks off on Friday night with New Mexico State (35-22) taking on Louisville (39-20) at 4:00 p.m. (MST) and Arizona (38-17) taking on Missouri (32-26) in the nightcap at 8:00 p.m. (MST). With the weekend’s games being televised on ESPNU it also one of the featured regionals nationally.
Two more teams were eliminated on day three both at the hands of Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs knocked off two of the three regular season tri-champions and did so in rather convincing fashion. Louisiana Tech defeated top seed New Mexico State 15-12, surviving a late comeback by the Aggies who after trailing 15-6 scored six in the top of the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate with two outs. The Bulldogs then trounced 3-seed Nevada 18-5 in a seven inning run-rule shortened game to advance to Saturday’s final losers bracket elimination game. They’ll face Fresno State who was defeated in the WAC tournament for just the fourth time since 2006. The Bulldogs lost 8-3 to 2-seed Sacramento State who continued their impressive play. The win puts the Hornets, picked to finish last in the league, in the tournament’s championship game on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. (PDT) and they’ll have two shots at winning the league’s automatic bid.
Day Two of the WAC Tournament in Mesa, Ariz. saw one team eliminated (Hawai’i), one team run-ruled (Nevada) and one team give up a 10-run inning (New Mexico State). The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs bounced back from a crushing 4-3 walk-off loss at the hands of Nevada to eliminated Hawai’i 9-6 sending the 4-seeded Rainbow Warriors packing their bags for Honolulu. The second game of the day saw 2-seed Sacramento State crush 3-seed Nevada 15-5 after the Wolf Pack had jumped out on top 3-2. The third game of the day also saw the winning team post 15 runs as perennial tournament bully Fresno State overpowered New Mexico State behind the strength of a 10-run second inning en route to a 15-8 victory.