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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.

Rodolph Adds Six To 2013 Recruiting Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Head coach Kathy Rodolph and the NM State softball team announces the signing of six players to National Letters of Intent to play with the Aggies in the fall of 2013.

Rodolph coached the Aggies to a 24-29 overall record after earning the Western Athletic Conference title in 2011 and getting a bid to the NCAA Regionals.

The Aggies welcome Taylor Lewallen, Haley Nakamura, Devon Thomey, Savannah Washington, Susie Chandler and Misty Ho'ohuli to NM State.

"This group of Aggies is very quick, powerful and versatile," Rodolph said. "I love that they are all athletic enough to play multiple positions. They each embody all of the attributes we seek to represent: academic excellence, commitment to their communities and competitive drive. We are very proud to bring them into the Aggie Softball organization."

Taylor Lewallen (First Base || Surprise, Az. || Willow Canyon HS)  Continue Reading This Post >>

South Carolina Transfer Signs With Aggie Softball For 2013

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball head coach Kathy Rodolph announced that Lacey Rother, a transfer from the University of South Carolina, signed a Financial Aid Agreement on Monday to play for the Aggies beginning in the 2012-13 season.

Rother recently completed her freshman season last spring for the Gamecocks. She started 10 games and played in 31 contests. The 6-0 catcher bats right-handed and throws right-handed.

She hit .200 and belted her first career home run last season at South Carolina. Rother also drew 10 walks to compile a .404 on-base percentage that ranked third overall on the squad.

"We are excited to add Lacey Rother to our Aggie family for 2013," said Rodolph. "She has the potential to be an offensive force in our lineup."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball And Women’s Golf Honored For Perfect APR Score

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team and women’s golf team were honored by the NCAA along with more than 950 other Division I teams for their achievement in the classroom with the Public Recognition Awards announced Wednesday morning. This is the second year in a row that the women’s golf team received the honor and the first for the softball program.

“We have always tried to have a perfect score,” head women’s golf coach Paul Brilliant said. “We are just keeping the same tradition. Our philosophy is that they are student-athletes. I have told my players that they have little chance of getting on the professional tour without a degree, but with a college degree, the chances raise by 100%.”  Continue Reading This Post >>