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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 >>

Rodolph Signs New Contract

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia announced softball head coach Kathy Rodolph has signed a new contract. The 3-year contract keeps Rodolph in the City of Crosses through the 2021 season with the hopes of continued success for the softball program.

“Kathy has done a phenomenal job building a nationally recognized program with limited resources at NM State,” Moccia said. “Her teams do outstanding work in the classroom, community and on the field. I am confident the program will continue in an upward trajectory under her guidance over the next three seasons.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jemerrio Jones And Kelsey Horton Named 2018 Joe Kearney Award Recipients

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State junior softball player Kelsey Horton and senior men’s basketball player Jemerrio Jones are the 2017-18 Western Athletic Conference Joe Kearney Award winners. Named in honor of former WAC commissioner Joe Kearney, the awards are given annually to the top male and female student-athletes in the WAC.

Horton, the 2018 WAC Player of the Year and Tournament MVP, led the Aggies to both the WAC regular-season and tournament titles this season. She was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) first team All-Pacific Region honoree and broke the all-time WAC record for home runs per game in WAC play at 0.67. A two-time WAC Hitter of the Week this season, Horton set the NM State single-season records for home runs (25) and total bases (154). Her 25 homers rank second all-time in WAC history (first in the bat testing era).   Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball To Face Arizona State In NCAA Regionals

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team is set play in the Tempe Regional of the NCAA Softball Championship, the NCAA announced on Sunday. The Western Athletic Conference champions take on the Arizona State Sun Devils on Friday, May 18, at 7:30 MT. Fans can follow along with the contest on WatchESPN.

The regional is set to take place Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20 and is a double-elimination format. The four-team regional includes NM State (29-22), host and eighth-seeded ASU (43-11), Long Beach State (42-12) and Ole Miss (30-23).

The Aggies face Arizona State for the third time this season. New Mexico State fell 3-0 at Farrington Stadium and 5-1 in the regular-season finale at the NM State Softball Complex. Fans can purchase tickets for the regional on site.

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 2018 All-WAC softball teams and major awards as selected by the league's head coaches on Tuesday night. New Mexico State had four members on the All-WAC First Team and two players on the All-WAC Second Team. Kelsey Horton took home the coveted WAC Player of the Year award for the second-straight season.

Horton dominated the diamond during her junior campaign as she led the league in batting average (.458) and slugging percentage (1.146) during conference play. The Aggies second baseman also slugged her way to the top of the WAC leaderboards for home runs (10) runs scored (20), hits (22), RBI (21), and total bases (55).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kelsey Horton Named WAC Softball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Kelsey Horton has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, respectively, for April 23-29. This is the second honor of the season and sixth of her career for Horton.

Horton, a junior second baseman from San Clemente, Calif., hit .545 with one double, four home runs, six runs scored and 10 RBIs over three games played last week to lead the Aggies to their fourth-straight WAC regular-season title. She posted a 1.727 slugging percentage as she had a home run in all three games and multiple RBIs in each game. In the series finale, Horton hit a pair of long balls including a walk-off grand slam to give the Aggies the five-inning victory. She now has 22 home runs this season, just away from tying the NM State single-season record.