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Kelsey Horton Named Preseason WAC Player Of The Year, Aggies Picked To Finish 2nd

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO – Grand Canyon is the preseason favorite to win the 2018 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 NM State’s Kelsey Horton was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year and Seattle U’s Andie Larkins was selected as the Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

The Lopes took the top spot in the preseason poll with 24 points and four first-place votes, while NM State was just behind in second with 22 points and the other two first-place votes. Seattle U was selected to finish in third place with 16 points, just ahead of Utah Valley in fourth place with 14 points. Kansas City (8) and CSU Bakersfield (6) round out the poll.

Grand Canyon placed the most players on the Preseason All-WAC team with four, while NM State had three.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Releases 2018 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball head coach Kathy Rodolph unveiled the 2018 softball schedule on Monday. This season Rodolph looks to challenge her squad with a demanding schedule as the team looks to claim its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship and third WAC Tournament title in the past four years.

The 2018 slate features 51 regular-season contests with 17 games against Power-5 opponents. The Aggies are also set to take on seven teams that went on to play in last year’s NCAA Tournament including Women’s College World Series semifinalists Washington and the two-time defending national champions Oklahoma.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Rodolph Adds Ramos And Stone To Coaching Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State's head softball coach Kathy Rodolph announced the additions of associate head coach Thomas Ramos and volunteer coach Pam Stone to her staff for the upcoming season.

"I'm excited to introduce two new coaches to the NM State softball staff. Tommy Ramos is a seasoned veteran coach with over 19 years of head coaching experience. He comes to us from Midland College. I hired him to replace Cat Heifner and to lead our powerful offense," Rodolph said. "He has plenty of experience in developing hitters as he led the nation in batting average while at Midland College. I'm super excited to have Tommy join the Aggie staff."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball's Cat Heifner Takes Batting Coach Position At Minnesota

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball's associate head coach Catherine Heifner is headed to the University of Minnesota to become the Gophers' hitting coach the school announced on Tuesday. Heifner takes the position after spending 14 seasons at NM State.

During her time with the Aggies, Heifner helped New Mexico State to four Western Athletic Conference regular season titles and three WAC tournament titles. She coached three WAC Freshman of the Year honorees including Kelsey Horton, who was also a Top-10 finalist for the Schutt Sports / NFCA National Freshman of the Year award. Under Heifner's guidance, the Aggies have won five-straight WAC Player of the Year honors.

"Cat Heifner has worked tirelessly over the past 14 seasons to establish the New Mexico State offense as one of the top offenses in the country," head coach Kathy Rodolph said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Heads To Tucson For NCAA Regional

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team will play in the Tucson, Arizona Regional of the NCAA Softball Championship beginning Friday, the NCAA announced on Sunday. The Western Athletic Conference tournament champions take on the Arizona Wildcats on Friday, May 19, at 7:30 MT. Fans will be able to watch NM State on ESPNU.

The double-elimination format regional will be played from Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21. Joining the Aggies (46-14) in Tucson as part of the four-team regional will be host and second-seeded Arizona (48-7) Saint Francis (Pa.) (48-9) and South Carolina (32-23).

The Aggies have faced Arizona twice before this season when the Wildcats came to the NM State Softball Complex for a doubleheader. 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 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.  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 for April 17-23. This is the third honor of the season and fourth of her career for Horton and the third of the season and ninth of her career for Nowlin.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Alexis Maynez Named WAC Softball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State's Alexis Maynez was named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, the league announced on Monday. This is her first weekly honor this season and the first of her career at NM State.

Maynez, a sophomore catcher from Las Cruces, N.M., hit .833 with three extra-base hits and two RBI last week. Maynez recorded an exceptional 1.833 slugging percentage and a .833 on-base clip. She hit the game-ending home run in the fifth inning in the Aggies' 8-0 shutout of UMKC on Saturday. Maynez also hit a double and a triple in the second game of the doubleheader against the Roos. She entered the week batting .125 with a .313 slugging percentage and .263 on-base percentage; she now posts a .318 batting average, .333 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage.

The Aggies take on No. 1 Arizona at home on Tuesday with the first pitch of the doubleheader scheduled for 4 p.m. (MT).

Kelsey Horton Named WAC 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 for April 3-9. This is the second honor of the season and third of her career for Horton.

Horton, a sophomore second baseman from San Clemente, Calif., hit .600 with four extra-base hits and six RBIs last week. She hit three home runs and a double with two walks and four runs scored over in three games. Horton recorded an impressive 1.600 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base clip. She opened the week with a 2-for-2 performance with a double and one run scored in the series opener at Seattle U. In the second game of the series, Horton tied the program and WAC records by hitting three home runs in the Aggies’ 14-6 victory over the Redhawks. She hit homers in three straight at-bats, becoming the first WAC player to do so in a conference game since 2010. In WAC games, Horton leads the league with a .632 batting average.