Kelsey Horton Named WAC Softball Player Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Western Athletic Conference announced the All-WAC honors on Wednesday. The Aggies earned seven accolades, including Kelsey Horton as the WAC Player of the Year. This is the fifth-straight year NM State has taken home the Player of the Year award.

Horton headlined the player awards, earning WAC Player of the Year for the first time in her career. She broke the conference records for batting average (.558) and slugging percentage (1.258) and tied the record for home runs per game (0.60) in league play. Horton led the WAC this season in on-base percentage (.678), runs (20), hits (24), RBIs (22), homers (9), total bases (54), and walks (13) during conference play.

The infielder tied the conference and program record for home runs in a game when she hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the Aggies 14-6 victory over Seattle U. This is the second-straight year she earns First Team honors. In 2016, she was also named to the team and was announced as the WAC Freshman of the Year.

Joining Horton on the First Team is freshman catcher Nikki Butler, who batted .389 in conference play and hit three doubles in her 13 games played. She posted a .472 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage. Butler scored two runs and amassed nine runs batted in. She was hit by a pitch a league-leading seven times this season including getting hit in three-straight at-bats at CSU Bakersfield.

Rounding out the First Team for the Aggies was junior shortstop Rachel Rodriguez, who started all 15 conference games and posted a .426 batting average. She had six doubles in conference play and hit her first collegiate home run against Utah Valley. Rodriguez recorded five stolen bases against WAC opponents including her 64th career stolen base, which moved her into second all-time in the New Mexico State record books. Rodriguez was a Pre-Season All-WAC selection and was on the All-WAC Second Team last season.

Victoria Castro earned Second Team All-WAC honors for the second-straight year. The sophomore outfielder batted .341 and posted an impressive .732 slugging percentage. She started 14 games in league play and hit five home runs against conference opponents. Castro played every game in center field for NM State and recorded a perfect fielding percentage in league play.

Fahren Glackin joined Castro on the All-WAC Second Team. The junior started every game in conference play, primarily playing first base. She drew 12 walks and hit three home runs in league play while batting .308 against conference opponents. Glackin posted an impressive .564 slugging percentage and a .509 on-base percentage. She hit a career-high two homers in the Aggies 14-6 win at SU. Glackin was solid on defense for New Mexico State, posting a perfect fielding percentage in conference play.

Rounding out the second team for New Mexico State was pitcher Kayla Green, who went 4-4 in conference play, posting a 3.75 earned run average. The sophomore pitched five complete games and recorded two saves in league play. In New Mexico State's 8-0 victory over UMKC, Green threw a complete game allowing only two hits in the shutout.

NM State takes the field on Thursday, May 11, at 4 p.m. (MT) in the third game of the 2017 WAC Tournament. The Aggies face the winner of the UMKC versus CSU Bakersfield game.