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Softball News 2012 Aggie Softball Season Preview

The New Mexico State softball team opens the 2012 season coming off the best season in school history, a season which saw them win both the regular season and conference tournament titles in the WAC. The Aggies graduated seven seniors from that team but return plenty of experience in their 13 returnees as well as adding a big freshman class, nine players, who head coach Kathy Rodolph believes is the most talented class the program has ever brought in.

"I honestly think it's safe to say that the freshman class this year is the most talented group we've ever recruited and I think part of the reason that we were able to attract the caliber of athletes we got in this class was because of the senior class and how far they had advanced us in all offensive categories and really getting New Mexico State out in the forefront," said Rodolph.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Picked To Finish Third By WAC Coaches; Three Aggies Earn Preseason Honors

Coming off a 2011 season that saw them sweep the WAC regular season and conference tournament titles, the New Mexico State softball team has been tabbed to finish third by the league's coaches. The Aggies lost seven seniors off last year's championship team but return key starters including three preseason All-WAC selections in senior Tiare Jennings, junior Teresa Conrad and sophomore Valerie Swedberg.

Fresno State took the top spot in the preseason poll with 44 points and three first-place votes. Hawai‘i came in second, picking up two first-place votes and 42 points, followed by New Mexico State in third place with 37 points and two first-place votes. Brigham Young received the other first-place vote and came in fourth place with 35 points. Nevada was picked to finish fifth with 20 points, followed by San Jose State and Louisiana Tech tied for sixth with 17 points apiece. Utah State rounded out the poll in eighth place with 12 points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Releases Demanding 2012 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Less than six months after completing the program's best season in school history, New Mexico State softball head coach Kathy Rodolph announced a demanding 2012 schedule Friday that features 19 games against 2011 NCAA Tournament teams, including defending national champion Arizona State.

The Aggies maneuvered through a difficult schedule last season en route to a program record 44 wins and their first NCAA Tournament victory. NM State also claimed its first outright regular season Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championship as well as its first WAC Tournament title. Rodolph took home her first WAC Coach of the Year honor as a result of the successful season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Announces Fall Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After advancing to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history and claiming its first conference championship last spring, the New Mexico State softball team begins its fall season this weekend at the NM State Softball Complex.

Head coach Kathy Rodolph's squad returns 13 players from the 2011 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championship team that set a school record for wins last season with a 44-17 ledger. The Aggies also welcome a large number of freshmen to the team this fall, totaling nine new players in all.

The Aggies start their fall schedule this Saturday, Sept. 24 against El Paso Community College beginning at 2 p.m. at the NM State Softball Complex. Admission is free.

The Crimson and White entertains EPCC again the following weekend with a 1 p.m. matchup on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Complex.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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Kandis Jones Named 2010-11 WAC Stan Bates Award Winner

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State University softball student-athlete Kandis Jones and University of Idaho Track and Field student-athlete Eugenio Mannucci have been named the 2010-11 Western Athletic Conference Stan Bates Award winners. Named in honor of former WAC Commissioner Stan Bates, the annual award is given to the WAC's top male and female scholar-athletes and recognizes the recipients' athletic, academic and community accomplishments. The awards include a $2,000 postgraduate scholarship.

Jones, a native of La Mirada, California, earned a degree in Community Health in May and graduated with the highest GPA for the major with a 3.894. She is a four-time Academic All-WAC honoree and also a 2011 first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American. The Faculty Athletic Council at New Mexico State University recognized Jones as the outstanding female scholar-athlete for 2011.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Recruit Karysta Donisthorpe Earns Second Team High School All-American Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

STARKVILLE, MS - Coming off of her fifth straight New Mexico high school softball state championship, future New Mexico State freshman pitcher Karysta Donisthorpe earned 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA High School All-American Second Team honors, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced Tuesday.

Donisthorpe earned NFCA All-West Region First Team honors earlier this month for the second straight season. As a result, she became eligible to be named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA First Team, Second Team or Honorable Mention High School All-American squads.

The incoming Aggie freshman hurler set the state of New Mexico high school record for strikeouts in a season with 346 in 2010. Donisthorpe followed that up with 307 K's during her senior campaign in 2011. As a junior she set the state record for strikeouts in a game with 19.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kandis Jones Earns NCAA Woman Of The Year Nomination

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Former New Mexico State softball centerfielder Kandis Jones earned recognition as one of a record 473 college and university nominees for the 21st annual NCAA Woman of the Year award, the organization recently announced.

The award that will be presented in October, honors senior female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.

"Any coach would love to have Kandis in their lineup, because every day the team could count on engaged, enthusiastic effort and clutch performance," said head coach Kathy Rodolph. "She is the complete embodiment of what coaches want their student-athletes to be, so this honor is well-deserved."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Nohara Tops NCAA in Home Runs, Slugging Percentage

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Former New Mexico State softball player Hoku Nohara led the nation in 2011 as the statistical champion for home runs per game and slugging percentage the NCAA announced Thursday.

A departing senior, Nohara blasted the Aggie single-season record of 24 home runs this season, averaging 0.43 per game to lead the country. She also led the nation in slugging percentage at 1.007.

The Aggie all-time home run leader also ranked third nationally in three stat categories including 1.3 RBI per game, 1.13 walks per contest and an on-base percentage of 0.61.

"Hoku put up amazing offensive numbers against some of the best teams in the nation this season," said Aggie associate head coach Cat Heifner.

Nohara recently signed a professional contract with the Akron Racers of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league, participating in six of eight games so far this season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Hoku Nohara Named 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

STARKVILLE, MS - Former New Mexico State softball player Hoku Nohara earned 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-American Second Team honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, the organization announced Wednesday.

A departing senior, Nohara is the only player from a non-BCS conference to attain first or second team honors from the NFCA this season. She also stands as the lone All-American selection from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in 2011. Fifty-four student-athletes from 29 different institutions representing 11 conferences earned the honor of being named to one of the three Division I All-American teams this year.

Nohara is the second Aggie in program history to earn NFCA All-American honors. Former NM State third baseman Stephanie Bonillas claimed third team recognition in 1997.  Continue Reading This Post >>