Aggie Softball Tops WAC Preseason Coaches Poll; Rodriguez Selected As Preseason Player Of The Year

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State is the preseason favorite to win the 2015 Western Athletic Conference softball title in a vote of the league’s six head coaches, who could not vote for their own team.

The coaches also voted preseason award winners and Aggie Staci Rodriguez was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year and Missouri-Kansas City’s Katie Kelley was selected as the Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

The Aggies took the top spot in the preseason poll with 23 points and three first-place votes, edging out Grand Canyon in second place with 22 points and the other three first-place votes. Seattle U was third with 14 points, while Utah Valley and UMKC tied for fourth place with 13 points each. Bakersfield rounded out the poll with five points.

New Mexico State placed the most players on the Preseason All-WAC team with four, while Grand Canyon and Seattle U had three apiece and UMKC had two.

The 2015 season begins Thursday, Feb. 5. The 2015 WAC Softball Tournament will be held May 7-9, at the New Mexico State Softball Complex, and will include all five eligible teams.

2015 WAC Preseason Softball Coaches Poll
Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. New Mexico State (3) 23
2. Grand Canyon (3) 22
3. Seattle U 14
T-4. UMKC 13
T-4. Utah Valley 13
6. Bakersfield 5

2015 Preseason Softball All-WAC Team
Player School Yr. Pos.
Emma Adams New Mexico State Jr. 3B
Kelsey Barak Grand Canyon Sr. SS
Fiana Finau New Mexico State Jr. 1B/DP
Izzy Geronimo Seattle U Jr. OF
Kayla Henry Grand Canyon Sr. OF
Katie Kelley UMKC Jr. P/1B
Lisa Maulden Seattle U Sr. 1B
Bubba Morrow Seattle U Sr. C
Nicole Newbury Grand Canyon Jr. 3B
Cinda Ramos UMKC Sr. P/1B
Staci Rodriguez New Mexico State Sr. OF
Lacey Rother New Mexico State Sr. C/OF
Brittney Vansway Utah Valley So. IF

Preseason Player of the Year: Staci Rodriguez , New Mexico State
Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Katie Kelley, UMKC