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Softball News

Aggie Softball Tops WAC Preseason Coaches Poll; Rodriguez Selected As Preseason Player Of The Year

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State is the preseason favorite to win the 2015 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 Staci Rodriguez 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 23 points and three first-place votes, edging out Grand Canyon in second place with 22 points and the other three first-place votes. Seattle U was third with 14 points, while Utah Valley and UMKC tied for fourth place with 13 points each. Bakersfield rounded out the poll with five points.

New Mexico State placed the most players on the Preseason All-WAC team with four, while Grand Canyon and Seattle U had three apiece and UMKC had two.

The 2015 season begins Thursday, Feb. 5. The 2015 WAC Softball Tournament will be held May 7-9, at the New Mexico State Softball Complex, and will include all five eligible teams.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Signs Six To Next Year’s Squad

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball team head coach Kathy Rodolph announced the signing of six high school players to National Letters of Intent to play softball for the Aggies beginning next season.

Among the players signing with NM State is a name local fans will recognize, Alexis Maynez who plays for Centennial High School in Las Cruces. Joining Maynez as part of this year’s signing class are Victoria Castro, Kayla Green, Kennedy Johnson, Emili Olague and Kelsey Horton.

“Our 2015 signing class can really be described in one word, ‘powerful,” Rodolph said. “These are all powerful student-athletes with tremendous drive and coachability. They have some big shoes to fill, but I believe they are excited and ready for the challenge.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Twelve Aggie Softball Players Earn NFCA Scholar Athlete Honors

Aggie softball players Haley Ann Nakamura, Morgan Lambert, Nicole Diaz, Devon Thomey, Misty Hoohuli, Tatum Reedy, Karysta Donisthorpe, Savannah Washington, Brennalyn Nakamura, Taylor Lewallen, Kristi Covarrubia and Chelsea Dohrwardt all earned 2014 NFCA Scholar Athlete honors for the 2013-14 academic year.

To receive the NFCA honor, the student-athlete must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Aggie Softball Signs Local Star And Hawai’i Standout

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head softball coach Kathy Rodolph announced Monday the signing of Lucy Mendoza and Nue Sivia to the Aggie softball squad. The pair begins their freshman campaign during the 2014-15 season.

One of the names might sound familiar to softball fans in the Las Cruces area as Mendoza was a key member of the Onate High School softball team that came within one inning of winning the New Mexico state championship in May.

Mendoza was an all-district and all-state shortstop for the Knights last season, helping Onate to a 30-4 record. Onate was ranked No. 2 in New Mexico throughout the season and lost to top-ranked Rio Rancho in the state championship game in extra innings.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Lacey Rother Named WAC Softball Player Of The Year; Eight Aggies Earn All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Eight New Mexico State softball players were selected as part of the All-WAC teams for the 2014 season. Lacey Rother was named WAC Player of the Year and first team All-WAC. Fiana Finau and Alyssa Ruiz also received first team All-WAC honors, while Emma Adams, Makayla McAdams, Brennalyn Nakamura, Staci Rodriguez and Celisha Walker were selected as part of the second team all-conference.
“I am proud of our team and all of the individual recognition we have received from the league this year,” head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “I am confident, though, that each student-athlete would trade that individual recognition for a team conference championship.”

This is the second year in a row that an Aggie player has earned the WAC Player of the Year award and the most All-WAC honorees for the program since joining the WAC.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Fiana Finau Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

DENVER, CO – New Mexico State’s Fiana Finau has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for April 28-May 4. This is the second honor of the season for Finau.

Finau, a sophomore utility player from Chula Vista, Calif., hit .750 with three RBI, two runs scored and her team-leading 13th home run of the season as the Aggies posted a 14-2 five-inning win over instate rival New Mexico in their only game last week. She posted a 1.500 slugging percentage and a .750 on-base percentage.

Rodolph Adds Stokes To 2015 Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball head coach Kathy Rodolph announced the signing of Jasmine Stokes for the 2015 season. Stokes (Torrance, Calif.) is the second player in as many days that Rodolph has announced as the newest Aggies to sign a National Letter of Intent.

"Jasmine is a quick and powerful outfielder," Rodolph said. "We anticipate her having a big upside at the college level. Jasmine is also a diligent student so she will fit right in with our team culture."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Rodolph Signs Romo For 2015

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball head coach Kathy Rodolph announced the signing of Jaelyn Romo for the 2015 season. Romo (Tucson, Ariz.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Rodolph’s Aggies beginning this fall.

Romo played varsity softball for Tucson High Magnet School where she was named to the AZ Starnet Watch List and was a first team All-Southern Region in 2013. She was a second team all-division in 2012 and honorable mention in 2011. She hit .533 during her senior season and plated six runs with 17 RBI and one home run. As a junior, she hit eight home runs and tallied 35 RBI off 25 season hits. She was named an All-American and was part of the Colorado Sparkler All-Star team in 2011 and 2009.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Lacey Rother Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Lacey Rother has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for April 7-13. This is the second honor of the season and her career for Rother.

Rother, a junior outfielder/catcher from Long Beach, Calif., went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with two home runs, six RBI and six walks last week. She reached base in each of her 11 plate appearances and drew her fist career intentional walk in a 17-2 win over Bakersfield on Saturday. Rother had a home run in each of Friday’s doubleheader games. In the series finale on Saturday, she tied the WAC and New Mexico State records for walks in a single game with four. Rother posted a 2.200 slugging percentage and a 1.000 on-base percentage in her three games last week.

Aggie Softball Sweeps Weekly WAC Awards, Ruiz And Donisthorpe Named Hitter And Pitcher Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Alyssa Ruiz and Karysta Donisthorpe have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for March 24-30. This is the first-ever honor for both.

Ruiz, a senior catcher from Temecula, Calif., finished the week with a .667 batting average, an astounding 1.667 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base percentage as the Aggies went 4-0 on the week. Five of her six hits on the week were extra base hits, as she posted three doubles, two home runs and six RBI, with two hits in each of her three games on the week.

Donisthorpe, a redshirt sophomore from Farmington, N.M., went 3-0 in her three appearances last week. She combined for 11 strikeouts in 11.1 innings of work and tossed a one-hitter in a 10-2 win over Seattle U to sweep the league-opening series. Donisthorpe had seven strikeouts in that game, one shy of her season best. She allowed just six runs on the week while facing 49 batters and holding her opposition to a .190 batting average.