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Softball News

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 >>

Javillo And Tovio-Asato Earn All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Two New Mexico State softball players, senior Shaleese Javillo and freshman Briana Tovio-Asato, earned All-WAC second team honors at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference softball awards banquet hosted by the Aggies Wednesday morning.

Javillo earned her first All-WAC honor as a member of the second team. Javillo transitioned from primarily a pinch runner and outfielder over the past two seasons to a middle infield starter midway through her senior year. She only committed one error on defense despite not playing infield since her high school career.

The Kohala, Hawai'i, native's game blossomed this season as she started 19 games and led the Aggies with a .343 batting average in WAC play. Her on-base percentage of .423 is second on the team in WAC games this season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Signs Talented Catcher For 2012-13

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball head coach Kathy Rodolph announced that Tatum Reedy, a talented catcher from Goodyear, Ariz., signed a National Letter of Intent this week to play at NM State beginning the 2012-13 season.

Reedy is a four-year starter from Estrella Foothills High School in Goodyear. Primarily playing behind the plate on defense, she has also seen time at third base. Reedy is both a right-handed thrower and batter.

This spring Reedy has served as team captain and helped lead Estrella Foothills to a No. 2 seed in Class 3A heading into the state of Arizona high school softball playoffs this weekend, after the Wolves finished the season undefeated. Reedy and her teammates never lost a game at home over a four-year span. As a senior Reedy also earned Most Valuable Player honors at the Wickenburg Classic as a member of the all-tournament team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tiare Jennings Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Tiare JenningsNew Mexico State’s Tiare Jennings has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for Feb. 13-19. This is the first honor of the season and fourth of her career for Jennings.

Jennings, a senior utility player from Turlock, Calif. (Pitman HS), led the Aggies to a 5-2 record last week. She hit .600 with 12 hits, two doubles, four home runs, five walks, 10 runs scored and an amazing 18 RBI over the seven games. She posted a 1.300 slugging percentage and a .654 on-base percentage for the week.

Jennings set the New Mexico State single-game record with eight RBI in a win over UTEP, including a walk-off grand slam to end the game. She went 3-for-3 at the plate and reached base in all five of her at-bats with two walks, a single and a double to go along with the game-ending slam. She also hit two home runs in the same inning against Weber State and hit a homer against No. 24 Nebraska to account for both Aggie runs. With grand slam against UTEP, Jennings moved into second place all-time on the Aggie home run list (44).  Continue Reading This Post >>