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Softball News

Kelsey Horton Named One Of 25 Finalists For NFCA National Freshman Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LOUISVILLE, KY - NM State softball player Kelsey Horton has been selected to the 2016 Schutt Sport/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year Top 25 list, announced by the association Thursday.

Horton, who has started all 48 games at first base for the Aggies this season, leads the WAC in slugging percentage (.748), runs scored (47), home runs (13) and total bases (110), and ranks second in batting average (.395), hits (58) and RBIs (44). She ranks 23rd nationally in home runs, 27th in RBIs and 43rd in slugging percentage.

The list will be narrowed to 10 finalists on Thursday, May 12, and the top three finalists will be announced on Wednesday, May 25. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 31. The complete Top 25 list is below.

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Aggies Sweep Weekly WAC Softball Awards

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Corrin Green and Kayla Green have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 11-17. This is the first honor of the season and second of her career for Corrin Green and the first-ever honor for Kayla Green.

Corrin Green, a sophomore designated player from Glendale, Ariz., hit .833 with five hits, one home run, four RBIs and two walks in a road series at Grand Canyon. She posted a 1.333 slugging percentage and .875 on-base percentage over the three games. In the first game of the series as a pinch hitter, she walked in her only plate appearance. In the nightcap, Corrin Green went 2-for-2 with a home run, a walk and two RBIs. She closed out the series with a 3-for-4 performance, driving in two runs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Fiana Finau Named NFCA/Louisville Slugger Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LOUISVILLE, KY - After leading the Aggies to a 4-2 record and being selected as the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, NM State softball’s Fiana Finau has been named the Louisville Slugger NFCA Player of the Week, announced the association Tuesday. Finau is the first Aggie in program history to earn this honor.

“Fiana did a great job last week,” said head coach Kathy Rodolph. “She is a top-tier hitter and we are very proud that she has been acknowledged by the NFCA.”

Finau went 11-for-19 and scored five runs in the last six games. She racked up three doubles and three home runs, which included a game-winning two-RBI home run against Maine on Sunday. Finau posted a 1.211 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage as she racked up at least one hit in five of six games. She had four multi-hit games over the week.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Fiana Finau Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Fiana Finau has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for March 7-13. This is the first honor of the season and fifth of her career for Finau..

Finau, a senior outfielder from Chula Vista, Calif., hit .579 with 11 hits, three doubles, three home runs, five runs scored and 13 RBIs over six games last week. She posted a 1.211 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage with a hit in five of six games and four multi-hit games on the week. In a single game against rival New Mexico last Tuesday, Finau went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and four RBIs. She also went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs against East Carolina.

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 Feb. 15-21. This is the first-ever honor for Horton.

Horton, a freshman first baseman from San Clemente, Calif., hit .400 with a double, three home runs and seven RBIs over six games as the Aggies went 4-2 last week. She posted a 1.067 slugging percentage and .471 on-base percentage and had one stolen base. In the final game of the week, Horton was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, a double and a grand slam.

Aggie Softball Picked To Win WAC, Fiana Finau Selected Preseason Player Of The Year

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State is the preseason favorite to win the 2016 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 Aggie Fiana Finau was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year and Missouri-Kansas City’s Katie Kelley was selected as the Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

The Aggies took the top spot in the preseason poll with 25 points and five first-place votes. Grand Canyon was picked second with 20 points and the other first-place vote, edging out CSU Bakersfield in third place with 18 points. UMKC was fourth with 11 points, followed by Seattle U and Utah Valley with nine and seven points, respectively.

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

Aggie Softball Sights Seven For 2016

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Seven new players have signed their National Letters of Intent to play with the NM State softball team for the 2016 season, announced head coach Kathy Rodolph on Wednesday. Caity Szczesny, Kaitlyn Rubio, Samaria Diaz, Alexis Devers, Jeanelle Medina, Destiny Blueford and Shelby Shultes will join the team next fall.

Szczesny, from Woodcreek High School, had a batting average of .530 through 83 at bats in 2015. She amassed 44 hits, which included 10 doubles, three triples and six home runs. Szczesny racked up 32 runs and 26 RBIs. She was a perfect 15/15 in stolen bases, and she helped her team become undefeated league champions. Szczesny led the league in both home runs and slugging percentage. She was also second in batting average, runs and on base percentage and third in stolen bases.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Announces 2016 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Following a spectacular, record breaking season that featured a 14-1 conference record, the NM State softball program has set another challenging schedule for the 2016 season as announced by head coach Kathy Rodolph on Wednesday. The Western Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament champion team opens the season on Feb. 12 and will face 27 non-conference opponents prior to league play.

"This is by far our most aggressive schedule in the last 13 years at least," said Rodolph. "We will play 10 games against teams with a top 20 RPI. We will play six games with a top 50 RPI. One of the highlights is attending the Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. This is the most prestigious pre-playoff event for Division I softball. We are excited for the challenge."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Stefanie Ewing Named NM State Softball Assistant Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State head softball coach Kathy Rodolph has appointed Stefanie Ewing as assistant softball coach as announced on Friday.

Prior to NM State, Ewing was an assistant coach for the Arizona Firecrackers under 18 Gold team and the Arizona Hotshots Club team from 2011-15. While there, she coached over 30 players to be All-Region, All-Conference, All-Americans, Freshmen of the Year and Academic All-Americans at the Division I-III level.

In addition to coaching the Firecrackers and the Hotshots, Ewing was the varsity softball coach at Chaparral High School from 2012-15. The Scottsdale, Ariz. native guided Chaparral to the state finals in 2013 and the state semi-finals in 2014. Following her team’s run in the state tournament, Ewing was named Arizona Big School Coach of the Year in 2013.  Continue Reading This Post >>

WAC Announces All-Academic Honors for 2015 Spring Sports, Freshmen and Transfers, Sixty-Six Aggies Honored

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The 2015 Academic All-WAC baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track and field teams have been announced, in addition to the Academic All-WAC freshmen/transfer teams for all sports.

A total of 311 spring student-athletes were named to the list, while 400 freshmen and transfers were added for a total of 711 student-athletes. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests. The following is a list of the honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>