Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Ags, Thy Name Is Optimism.(Final)

Byline: Dennis Latta Journal Staff Writer

NMSU To Tackle 15th-Ranked UNLV

Rocky Ward sounds confident and even casual as he talks about his New Mexico State baseball team.

The Aggies (42-16) play UNLV (45-15) today at Tempe-Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Ward likes his team's chances, though NMSU is seeded No. 3 in its four-team field. The Rebels are ranked No. 15 in NCAA Division I and seeded second.

''They're about the same as us statistically,'' Ward says of UNLV. ''It's about as even a match as you could come up with.''

One big difference exists. The Rebels are coming out of the Mountain West Conference as the tournament champions, winning the title at Isotopes Park last weekend. …

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