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Softball News

NMSU Softball's Diaz And Butler Earn NFCA All-Region Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LOUISVILLE, KY - New Mexico State softball's Samaria Diaz and Nikki Butler were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Pacific Region Third Team on Thursday. This is the first honor from the NFCA for both Diaz and Butler.

After a stellar season in the circle, Diaz was named the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, She led the league in strikeouts (100), batters struck out looking (24) wins (7) and saves (3) during conference games. The junior's 228 strikeouts paced the WAC this season and currently puts Diaz in 21stnationally. The pitcher broke NM State's single-season record for saves with seven and her 11 career saves tied Celisha Walker's record at New Mexico State. Diaz closed out the season with a 16-9 record and a 2.10 ERA.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Sweeps WAC Awards

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX – The Western Athletic Conference announced its 2019 All-WAC softball teams and major award winners, as voted on by the leagues head coaches, on Tuesday night. Five players from New Mexico State were named to the first team. Additionally, NM State swept the major awards including Kathy Rodolph taking home WAC Coach of the Year honors.

Nikki Butler was named the WAC Player of the Year for the first time in her career and the junior also received her third-straight first team bid. The catcher led the conference with four home runs against league opponents while also placing fifth for hits (22) and on-base percentage (.453). She ranked sixth in total bases (36), seventh in slugging percentage (.632) and eighth in batting average (.386). Butler posted six multi-hit games during WAC play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Felder Earns WAC Softball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State softball’s Mya Felder was named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, the league announced on Monday. This is the second-straight honor for the freshman and the third of her career as an Aggie.

Felder hit .706 with a 1.235 slugging percentage and a .700 on-base percentage when NM State went 4-1 last week, including a win over No. 17 Texas Tech in the team's final home game of the season. The freshman posted multiple hits in four of the last five games and recorded a hit every contest last week. Felder was 12-of-17 with three doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs. In the win over the ranked Red Raiders, she went 3-for-4 with a solo homer. During the series opener at CSU Bakersfield, Felder recorded six of her 11 RBIs for the week when she went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a home run.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Sweeps Weekly WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State softball’s Mya Felder and Samaria Diaz were named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, the league announced on Monday. This is Felder’s second honor during her freshman campaign and the third honor of the season and career for Diaz.

Felder hit .636 with a 1.727 slugging percentage and a .714 on-base percentage as the Aggies went 4-0 last week. She was 7-of-11 with six extra-base hits – three doubles and three home runs – and 19 total bases. The freshman scored seven runs, had seven RBI while also recording three walks. She posted hit in each of the Aggies' four games, including three multi-hit contests. Felder opened the week with a pair of homers at New Mexico and also posted a long ball in the series opener against Kansas City. During Saturday's doubleheader against the Roos, she tallied three doubles.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Sweeps Weekly WAC Awards

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State's Mya Felder and Samaria Diaz have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 1-7. This is the first-ever honor for Felder and the second honor of the season and of her career for Diaz.

Felder, a freshman third baseman from Fresno, Calif., hit .571 with a 1.571 slugging percentage and a .625 on-base percentage in five games last week. She was 8-of-14 on the week with six extra-base hits as she tallied two doubles and four home runs. Felder scored six runs and had nine RBIs as the Aggies went 4-1 on the week. Felder hit a home run in each of NM State's run-rule victories over in-state rival New Mexico. She also had a pair of homers in the series finale against Utah Valley as she went 3-for-3 with two RBIs to clinch the series for the Aggies.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Diaz Named WAC Pitcher Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State softball’s Samaria Diaz was named the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league announced on Monday. This is the first weekly accolade for the junior.

Diaz began her 2019 campaign with a pair of wins and a save, helping the Aggies to a 4-0 opening weekend. She posted a 0.88 ERA and 12 strikeouts, allowing just one run on four hits over 8.0 innings. The pitcher opened the season by striking out three out of the four batters she faced against New Mexico on her way to a save. Against UTEP, she pitched 3.1 innings in relief, allowing just two hits while striking out five. She allowed two hits and surrendered her only earned run against Creighton, when she also had four strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched. Diaz also held opponents to a .133 batting average over her three appearances.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Picked As Preseason Favorites; Horton And Green Named Preseason Hitter And Pitcher Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - In a poll voted on by the Western Athletic Conference head coaches, New Mexico State softball was picked as the favorites to finish first in the league, the conference announced on Wednesday. Kelsey Horton was selected as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year while Kayla Green was named the Preseason Pitcher of the Year. Additionally, teammates Nikki Butler and Victoria Castro were named to the Preseason All-WAC Team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Releases 2019 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball announced its 2019 schedule on Thursday. For the upcoming season, head coach Kathy Rodolph looks to challenge her squad as the team seeks its fifth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship and fourth WAC Tournament title in the past five years.

The 2019 slate features 26 home contests including a pair of tournaments at the NM State Softball Complex. The schedule features nine opponents from Power-5 conferences and New Mexico State also plays 10 contests against teams that went on to play in last season's NCAA Tournament including Oregon and Arizona State, who made appearances at the Women's College World Series.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Earns NFCA Academic Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LOUISVILLE, KY - The New Mexico State softball team was named a Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Academic Team the organization announced on Wednesday. Additionally, four Aggies received Easton/NFCA Scholar Athlete recognition.

Victoria Castro, Stefani Duran, Rachel Rodriguez and Caity Szczesny earned the academic accolade after posting impressive grade-point averages during the 2017-18 season. Not only were Castro and Rodriguez recognized for their academic accomplishments following the banner season in 2018, the duo received All-WAC honors and Rodriguez was named to the Western Athletic Conference All-Tournament team.

The four Aggies were among 1.311 individual NCAA Division I honorees who earned a 3.5 GPA or higher. The New Mexico State squad was among 107 NCAA Division I programs recognized for its accomplishments in the classroom.

NMSU Softball Adds Pam Stone As Assistant Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head softball coach Kathy Rodolph announced the promotion of Pam Stone to assistant coach on Tuesday. Stone served as a volunteer coach during the Aggies' 2018 campaign.

"We are excited to add Pam to the staff." Rodolph said. "Her knowledge, experience and passion for the game makes her the ideal candidate for Aggie Softball."

During NM State's banner season in 2018, Stone served as a volunteer coach, primarily working with the Aggie pitchers. She helped mentor Kayla Green last year and the pitcher was named to the First Team All-WAC after an impressive season in the circle. Green posted a squad-best 2.42 ERA during league play, tallying a 5-1 record against Western Athletic Conference opponents.  Continue Reading This Post >>