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'Aggies don't quit': NM State baseball qualifies for WAC tournament

Aggies take two out of three against Utah Valley to secure spot in postseason field

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In the words of New Mexico State University baseball pitcher Lyle Hibbitts, “Aggies don’t quit.”

The Aggies won two out of three games against Utah Valley in their final road trip of the year and clinched a spot in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, which will be held May 25-28 in Mesa, Arizona.

NM State finished an up-and-down, often frustrating regular season with a 20-32 overall record and 10-20 in the WAC.

The Aggies scored seven runs in the ninth inning to beat Utah Valley 15-14 Thursday, May 19 and then clinched a spot in the conference tournament with a 17-6 win over the Wolverines on Friday, May 20. The Aggies finished their regular season with a 10-8 loss to Utah Valley Saturday, May 21.

The Aggies will face Sam Houston, the top seed from the Southwest Division, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa. That game is past our deadline.

“It is huge (if we make the WAC tournament),” Hibbetts said May 15 after losing 5-4 to No. 25 Grand Canyon in the team’s final home game of the year.

“We always talk about the WAC tournament, getting there and competing,” said Hibbitts, who is from Farmersville, Texas.

“We are grinding; everyone is working hard,” Hibbitts added.