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Western New Mexico University Head Football Coach Frank Tristan is pleased to announce Ivan Cordova as the new Defensive Coordinator.

"Coach Cordova is an outstanding teacher of the game and understands what it is to mentor young man,” Tristan said. “The Mustang Family is fortunate to have such a great coach leading our defense for the future."

The Western New Mexico University tennis teams played five total matches over spring break, with the men playing three and the women two. Both teams faced Hawaii Hilo as the Vulcans won both matches, 9-0. They then faced Indianapolis and the Greyhounds took both matches, 9-0. In the final match of the trip, the men’s team went against UC San Diego and the Tritons pulled out the 8-1 victory. 

The Lady Mustangs (2-8) opened against Hawaii Hilo as WNMU came close at the top flight with Jeanna Kolb/Klara Smolikova won six games before a 6-8 setback. At No. 2 doubles, Nadia Justiniano/Karina Diaz fell 1-8. Hawaii Hilo then claimed the No. 3 doubles by default.

It was a big game two for junior Carolyn Castillo as she launched not one, but two homers, with the last one being a walk-off grand slam to help the Western New Mexico University softball team split with Embry Riddle (AZ) Saturday. The Eagles won the first game in eight innings, 6-5, before WNMU came back for the run-rule six-inning 12-3 game two victory.

It was a game to remember for Castillo during game two. She went 2-3 with both hits being long balls and she drove in seven runs. Castillo got it started right away in the first inning. After freshman Grisdey Paredes-Alvarez and redshirt sophomore Clarissa Moreno drove in runs, Castillo launched a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence for a 5-0 WNMU lead after one.

Playing against several top regional teams, the Western New Mexico University women's golf team tied for 16th after the first and then claimed 16th all to themselves after the second and final round of the Midwestern State Invitational concluded Tuesday at the Wichita Falls Country Club.

With a field that featured nine teams ranked in the top-45 in the latest GolfStat rankings, it presented a tough challenge for the Western New Mexico University men's golf team. Up to the task, the Mustangs continued to state their case as being one of the top teams in the region as they tied for ninth at the West/South Central Regional Preview that wrapped-up Tuesday at the par 71, 6,805 yard La Paloma Golf Club.

Playing against several top regional teams, the Western New Mexico University women's golf team tied for 16th after the first and then claimed 16th all to themselves after the second and final round of the Midwestern State Invitational concluded Tuesday at the Wichita Falls Country Club.

Trailing 14-4 entering the bottom of the fifth, the Western New Mexico University softball team unleashed an eight-run rally to not only fend off the possible run-rule, but nearly came all the way back to tie. No. 15 West Texas A&M held on for a wild 17-14 game one win that counted as a Lone Star Conference game. In the nightcap, the Lady Buffs used the pitching and bat of Stevie McLemore to pull out the 3-1 victorySaturday.

The teams combined for 35 hits in the first game, with WT (19-3, 5-1 LSC) holding the 20-15 edge. The 15 hits and 14 runs by WNMU (1-24, 0-12 LSC) ties for the most allowed by the Lady Buffs this season in both categories as Tarleton State went for 14 runs and 15 hits on Mar. 3.

The offense was piling up hits for the Western New Mexico University softball team, as the Lady Mustangs put up 10 hits alone in the second game. No. 15 West Texas A&M showed why they're one of the top teams in the nation as they answered with 26 runs to take the doubleheader by scores of 12-2 and 14-3 in five innings in Lone Star Conference action Friday afternoon.

The long ball powered West Texas A&M (17-3, 4-1 LSC) as they hit 10 on the day, with six coming in game two. Junior Ariana Maldonado launched her own home run in the second game, her second round tripper of the year.

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