Aggie Softball Takes Home WAC Player, Freshman And Coach Of The Year Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO, - For the second year in a row, the NM State softball team dominated the Western Athletic Conference awards as Fiana Finau was named WAC Player of the Year, Kelsey Horton was selected as Freshman of the Year and head coach Kathy Rodolph was named Coach of the Year. In Addition, Karysta Donisthorpe, Makayla McAdams, Finau and Horton were chosen for the First Team, while Victoria Castro, Corrin Green, Tatum Reedy and Rachel Rodriguez rounded out the awards with Second Team Honors.

This is the fourth year in a row an Aggie has been named WAC Player of the Year. Additionally, this is the second year in a row and third overall that the team has had a Freshman of the Year and a Coach of the Year selection.

The Aggies went 14-1 in WAC play for the second year in a row. Overall, NM State outscored opponents 110-32 and held its opponents to a .210 batting average. In addition, the Aggies lead the league during conference play in batting average with a .357, slugging percentage with a .538, on-base percentage with a .456, runs scored with 110, RBIs with 97 and home runs with 16.

Finau, who was named Pre-Season WAC Player of the Year, started in right field in all 15 WAC games. The Chula Vista, Calif. native went 14-for-34 for a .412 batting average, which ranked third in the league.

In addition, Finau scored 16 runs to tie for the conference lead. Finau hit two doubles, had two home runs and collected a .647 slugging percentage. She had led the conference with a .571 on-base percentage and went 3-5 in stolen bases.

Horton started at first base in all 15 WAC games and tied for the league lead in runs scored with 16. Three of Horton’s 13 home runs were during conference play. Horton had 16 hits in 45 at-bats for a .356 batting average. The San Clemente, Calif. native amassed two doubles and had a team-high 11 RBIs.

Horton garnered a .600 slugging percentage and a .482 on-base percentage. Horton went 2-2 in stolen bases and had tied for third in the league with 105 putouts. Additionally, the freshman had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage through conference play.

Donisthorpe appeared in seven conference games and made five starts. She had one save against CSU Bakersfield and accumulated a 4-0 record. Donisthorpe, a Farmington, N.M. native, threw 28 strikeouts and allowed 16 hits in 111 batters faced during conference play. Opponents had just eight runs and seven multi-base hits when facing her.

The redshirt senior ranked second in league games with a 1.81 ERA and had the lowest opposing batting average with a .167. Donisthorpe pitched four complete games, with one being a 5-4 victory over UMKC that included 10 strikeouts. During that game, Donisthorpe garnered six strikeouts in a row in the first and second innings.

McAdams, a senior from Tucson, Ariz., had 10 appearances and made five starts during league play. She amassed a 6-1 record and threw two complete games. The first complete game was a 12-0 victory over Seattle U in the conference opener. McAdams also threw a one-hit, five-inning shutout against Utah Valley in that series opener.

McAdams allowed 31 hits and 15 runs in 158 batters faced. She collected 26 strikeouts, which included a league-high 14 batters struck out looking. Opponents had just eight multi-base hits and nine walks when facing her.

Castro started 15 WAC games in center field. The freshman had 15 hits in 42 at-bats for a .357 batting average through league play. Castro had two doubles, three triples and one home run for a .619 slugging percentage. Her three triples led the league in that category.

Castro, an Albuquerque, N.M. native, scored 13 runs during conference games. She was walked four times and had an on-base percentage of .388. Additionally, Castro was 2-3 in stolen bases.

Green played in 11 games and started 10 as the designated player. The sophomore racked up 10 hits in 26 at-bats for a .385 batting average. Green scored three runs with two home runs and had 10 RBIs. She collected seven walks for a .500 on-base percentage.

Green won WAC Player of the Week after she went 5-for-6 with a 1.333 slugging percentage against Grand Canyon. During game two of the series, Green went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs against WAC Pitcher of the Year Taylor Nowlin.

Reedy played in 15 games and started in 14 games during league play. She collected 11 hits in 37 at-bats for a .297 batting average. Reedy led the league in home runs with four, which included two home runs in the same inning against Seattle U during week one of conference play.

Reedy scored seven runs and amassed 10 RBIs. She was walked six times and had a .395 on-base percentage. As catcher, the Goodyear, Ariz. native amassed 69 putouts and three assists.

Rodriguez started in 14 games. The sophomore from Paramount, Calif. garnered 12 hits in 41 at-bats for a .293 batting average. Rodriguez, a slap hitter who bats in the No. 1 hole, leads the league in stolen bases with 31 through all games. 10 of those stolen bases have come during league play.

Rodriguez has scored 12 runs and has three RBIs during WAC play. She has hit two doubles and has a .341 slugging percentage. Rodriguez has been walked eight times and amassed a .408 on-base percentage. Moving back and forth between second base and shortstop, Rodriguez has 20 putouts and a team-high 42 assists.

The Aggies begin the WAC Tournament tomorrow as they take on the winner of the Seattle U vs. Utah Valley game at 4:30 p.m. MT at Logan Field. All WAC Tournament games will be live streamed on the WAC Digital Network.

First Team, School
Julea Cavazos, CSU Bakersfield
Karysta Donisthorpe, NM State
Fiana Finau, NM State
Isabella Geronimo, Seattle U
Kelsey Horton, NM State
Katie Kelley, Missouri-Kansas City
Makayla McAdams, NM State
Taylor Nowlin, Grand Canyon
Brooke Parker, Missouri-Kansas City
Sydney Raeber, CSU Bakersfield
Bri Sims, Missouri-Kansas City
Brittney Vansway, Utah Valley
Camree Wartman, Grand Canyon

Second Team, School
Paige Bouska, Seattle U
Briielle Breland, Grand Canyon
Morgan Byrn, Missouri-Kansas City
Victoria Castro, NM State
Kelsey Goodwin, Missouri-Kansas City
Corrin Green, NM State
Amber Grove, Missouri-Kansas City
Chris Hipa, CSU Bakersfield
Nicole Newbury, Grand Canyon
Tatum Reedy, NM State
Rachel Rodriguez, NM State
Breezy Roth, Utah Valley
Shea Smith, Grand Canyon

WAC Player of the Year: Fiana Finau, NM State
WAC Pitcher of the Year: Taylor Nowlin, Grand Canyon
WAC Freshman of the Year: Kelsey Horton, NM State
WAC Coach of the Year: Kathy Rodolph, NM State