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Softball News

Six Earn All-WAC Honors; Rodriguez Named Player Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

RUSTON, LA - Six New Mexico State softball players were selected as part of the All-WAC teams for the 2013 season. Staci Rodriguez was named WAC Player of the Year and first team All-WAC. Amber Olive and Alex Newman also received first team All-WAC honors, while Kristi Covarrubia, Emma Adams and Malena Padilla were selected as part of the second team all-conference.

Rodriguez, a sophomore from Paramount, Calif., earns Player of the Year accolades after leading the WAC in home runs (9), RBI (26), total bases (56) and slugging percentage (.903) through league play. She ranks second in the conference for runs scored (16), fourth in batting average (.403) and on-base percentage (.507) and is sixth in hits (25). She was named WAC Hitter of the Week three times during the season and ranked as high as sixth in the nation for home runs. Sitting with 20 this year, the sophomore is currently tied for sixth in the nation.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Amber Olive Named Academic All-District

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CURCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball player Amber Olive earned Capitol One CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. Olive is one of just three players from the Western Athletic Conference to receive the prestigious honor.

Joined by Louisiana Tech’s Erin Kipp and Seattle’s Allegra Wilde, Olive now advances to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.

The communications major from Simi Valley, Calif., earned a spot on the All-District 6 team for her success during her senior year. Olive carries a 3.88 grade point average and has started each of the Aggies 50 games this season. She leads the WAC in hits (71) and runs (39) and ranks second in batting average (.403). Her 71 hits this season puts Olive third on the all-time records list for hits in a single season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Staci Rodriguez Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO New Mexico State’s Staci Rodriguez has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter for April 22-28. This is the third honor of the season and of her career for Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, a sophomore outfielder from Paramount, Calif., led New Mexico State to a 3-0 record against Seattle U last week to remain atop the WAC standings. She posted a .750 batting average, a .800 on-base percentage and an astounding 2.000 slugging percentage with a double, three home runs and eight RBI over the three games. In Friday night’s series opener, she was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. In the come-from-behind win over the Redhawks in the series finale, Rodriguez hit two three-run home runs. With 20 bombs this season, Rodriguez ranks second at New Mexico State and seventh in the WAC in single-season home runs. With the eight RBI last week, she is now tied for second place at NM State and tied for 10th in the WAC in single-season RBI with 62.

Amber Olive Named NSCA Strength And Conditioning All-American

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Colorado Springs, CO- New Mexico State softball player Amber Olive was recently awarded with the annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award, The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) announced earlier this month.

The award, in its 34th year of existence, recognizes a student-athlete’s dedication to strength training and conditioning.

Olive was selected by NM State strength coach Tony McClure and was among 229 collegiate and high school athletes from 98 schools with the award.

“Entering her senior season, Amber Olive has been a catalyst and leader to NM State softball success,” McClure said. “From her very first day as a freshman to the present, Amber has led by example.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Staci Rodriguez Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Staci Rodriguez has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter for April 8-14. This is the second honor of the season and her career for Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, a sophomore outfielder from Paramount, Calif., led New Mexico State to a 4-1 record last week, including a sweep of UTSA and a win over No. 17 Arizona. She hit .615 (8-for-13) with a double, three home runs and seven RBI on the week. She posted a 1.385 slugging percentage and a .688 on-base percentage. Rodriguez had a hit in each conference game and went 3-for-3 in game two of the Aggies’ mid-week series against the Wildcats. Her three home runs last week extended her season total to 16, which ties for third in the NM State single-season record books..

Alex Newman Named WAC Pitcher Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Alex Newman has been named the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for April 1-7. This is the first of the season and second of her career for Newman.

Newman, a senior from Rio Linda, Calif., went 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA last week as the Aggies moved into first place in the WAC standings with a series sweep of UT Arlington. She opened the week with a complete-game victory, allowing one unearned run on three hits. Newman then threw eight innings of relief in a 12-inning victory over the Mavericks in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, striking out six. In the series finale, she entered in the sixth inning and threw 2.2 innings in an eight-inning 6-5 Aggie victory.

Staci Rodriguez Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Staci Rodriguez has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for Feb. 11-17. This is the first-ever honor for Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, a sophomore outfielder from Paramount, Calif., led the Aggies at the plate last week with a .400 batting average, a .840 slugging percentage and a .429 on-base percentage. She was 10-for-25 with two doubles, three home runs, a sacrifice fly, two walks and an astounding 13 RBI. Rodriguez posted three multi-hit games and had a hit in six of the team’s seven games last week. In a win over UTEP, she finished with two hits, including a home run, and four RBI. She had her best game against Colorado State on Sunday, when she went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a stand-up double.

Aggie Softball Picked Third In Preseason Coaches Poll; Conrad And Olive Named Preseason All-WAC

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO – In a preseason vote of the Western Athletic Conference softball coaches, league newcomer Texas State edged out San Jose State by one point to win the 2013 WAC regular-season crown.

The Bobcats took the top spot in the preseason poll with 43 points and five first-place votes, just ahead of San Jose State in second place with 42 points and two first-place votes. New Mexico State was third with 39 points and one first-place vote. UTSA came in fourth place with 30 points, followed by Louisiana Tech in fifth with 22 points and Utah State in sixth with 20 points. UT Arlington and Seattle U rounded out the poll with 15 and 13 points, respectively.

The preseason All-WAC team, as selected by the coaches, was also announced.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Rodolph Adds Nakamura For 2013 Softball Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head softball coach Kathy Rodolph announced the signing of Brennalyn Nakamura to a financial aid agreement to join the Aggies for the spring 2013 season.

Nakamura comes to NM State after one semester at College of Southern Nevada - Henderson. Prior to CSN, Nakamura played four years at the second base position for Lahainaluna High School in Lahaina, Hawai'i. Nakamura helped the Lunas to claim the league championship during her junior and senior seasons. The Lunas finished 18th in the state of Hawai'i each of those years. She was named League All-Star second baseman in 2009-12 and Player of the Year as a junior in 2011. Nakamura played a key roll in her team placing second in the MIL league as a sophomore and third during her freshman season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Seven Aggies Earn NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete Accolades

Brittany Clifton, Teresa Conrad, Kristi Covarrubia, Karysta Donisthorpe, Shaleese Javillo, Amber Olive and Alyssa Vargas from the New Mexico State softball team earned 2011-12 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete Accolades for their performance in the classroom. The award is bestowed upon any player submitted by a member coach who achieved a 3.50 grade point average or higher during the 2011-12 academic year. The honor marks the second component of the Association’s academic award program. Back in late October the squads with the highest GPAs in each membership category were recognized as 2012 NFCA Top Ten All-Academic Teams.