bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview

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bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview :: 02/24/09

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly interviews with Aggie women's softball head coach Kathy Rodolph throughout the 2009 season as the Aggies take aim at the WAC title. In this week's interview Coach Rodolph talks about this past weekend's performance at the UTEP Invitational, Tiare Jennings and the upcoming showdown against Arizona State.

bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on this past weekend.
Kathy Rodolph: I felt like overall we did a good job. I felt like it was another good growing weekend for us. We played pretty strong most of the time.

bc.net: You played Cal State-Northridge in the first game and last week you talked about keeping them from getting any momentum and you certainly did that scoring three runs in the first, two in the second and five in the third and Kim allowed just two hits for the 10-0 victory.
KR: I felt like we kind of surprised Cal State-Northridge and were really able to get the momentum on our side early in the first inning and they really struggled to slow down our offense and so it was a very explosive game for us.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview :: 02/17/09

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly interviews with Aggie women's softball head coach Kathy Rodolph throughout the 2009 season as the Aggies take aim at the WAC title. In this week's interview Coach Rodolph talks about this past weekend's Troy Cox Classic, the upcoming UTEP Invitational and Hoku Nohara.

bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the weekend overall?
Kathy Rodolph: It was another good weekend for us. Very disappointing to lose Brittany [Clifton] to a broken arm. She had surgery this morning and pinned her ulner bone. Hopefully in two weeks we'll get it out of the splint, start doing rehab and hopefully have her back in four [weeks]. So she should be back for the start of conference. Obviously that was a tough blow this weekend. All in all I feel like the girls are continuing to just be tough and really grow together as a team.
 
She got hit by a pitch in the St. Mary's game on Saturday and it broke her throwing arm. Obviously Ali [Baumhover] and Danie [Davidson] are going to have to step up and carry the load and I expect they'll come in extra and work hard and take care of that.
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bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview :: 02/09/09

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly interviews with Aggie women's softball head coach Kathy Rodolph throughout the 2009 season as the Aggies take aim at the WAC title. In this week's interview Coach Rodolph talks about this past weekend's 6-0 start, the Troy Cox Classic and parity in college softball.

bleedCrimson.net: Your overall thoughts from this weekend's game?
Kathy Rodolph: I was really pleased with the contributions by so many different players on our team throughout the weekend. I was real happy for them that they had worked so hard and were able to reap the benefits. It was a great start.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview :: 02/03/09

bleedCrimson.net: The season starts on Thursday, give us a little insight into who you've got coming back, who needs to have a good season for you?
Kathy Rodolph: We've got 14 players returning, it's the most since we've been here. We have eight returning starters and so really Stephanie Herrera was really the only starter we lost from last year's group. We do have high expectations. Kids that really need to do well, first and foremost is keeping Kim Watson healthy in the circle. As a senior with all the experience she's gotten we're really going to rely on her heavily. And also Vanessa Fitzgerald as a junior left-handed pitcher. We need Vanessa to be able to start some games but also to be able to close some games for us. I think she's more mature and I'm hoping that she's going to really be able to solidify the pitching staff.

As far as position players, Kristi Randall and Stacy Lien were both picked to the preseason All-WAC team and as seniors with a ton of experience we're definitely going to need their leadership offensively. Along with them we're looking for a lot of power from Hoku Nohara and Ashley Maroda, Brittany Clifton and Angie Ortega. We're looking for some speed from Kylie Randall and Kandis Jones and we have a new freshman Shaleese Javillo that's going to bring some speed to us. And then a real exciting young lady to watch is the new freshman Tiare Jennings. She can hit to all fields with power, she's got great speed and she's definitely an outstanding athlete.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview :: 10/09/08

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly interviews with Aggie women's softball head coach Kathy Rodolph throughout the 2009 season as the Aggies take aim at the WAC title. In this week's interview Coach Rodolph talks about this past weekend's Crimson/White game, the depth that she has on this year's team and previews this weekend's finale of games for the fall schedule.

bleedCrimson.net: Last weekend you held the Crimson/White game and the Crimson squad, which had some of your younger players, surprised the White squad winning 14-4.
Kathy Rodolph: The White team, Kelsey Schueler is a freshman pitcher from the Fresno area and she wasn't able to quite get the movement that she normally does on her pitches and so the Crimson team hopped all over that in the beginning and then it was kinda hard for the White team to regain the momentum. But I saw a lot of positives in both sides continuing to battle and a couple of kids I got an opportunity to evaluate them since they didn't play in the Odessa series. All in all I think that the big thing about the fall is we're so condensed in the amount of playing time. I wish we had a few more weeks to play but it's a very short three week abbreviated fall season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview :: 10/02/08

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly interviews with Aggie women's softball head coach Kathy Rodolph throughout the 2009 season as the Aggies take aim at the WAC title. In this week's interview Coach Rodolph talks about this past weekend's fall series against Odessa Junior College, the class of super sophomores that return from last season, a sneak peek at next season's schedule and Friday's Crimson/White game.

bleedCrimson.net: Talk a little bit about this past weekend's games against Odessa Junior College.
Kathy Rodolph: Odessa Junior College is one of the top JC's going to the World Series intermittently. Either Odessa or Midland College usually go to the World Series out of the Texas Region. They had a pitcher Madi Machac that was one of the pitchers for UNM who decided to transfer to Odessa and go a different route. She was able to beat us with UNM last year and she was pitching for Odessa in the first game. I want to say that the first 10 runs scored were against her. What I really liked was that we were able to stay poised and not swing at pitches out of the zone and attack pitches in the zone.

I feel like we have a very strong offensive attack this year with some new additions plus the experience we have back. We have 14 returners back. This is the most mature team that we've had since Coach Heifner and I took over five years ago.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 07/13/08

Check out today's installment of the 2008 Blue Ribbon Yearbook Aggie Football Preview. Today we're taking a look at the Wide Receivers and Tight Ends.

Our look back at the Best Wins of '07/'08 will resume tomorrow. In the mean time here's some more from our interview with Aggie softball coach Kathy Rodolph after the season.

bleedCrimson..net: Talk about the season that you had, you faced three of the final eight teams in the College World Series (Virginia Tech, Arizona and national runner up Texas A&M ) and four WAC teams (Fresno State, Louisiana Tech, Nevada and Hawai'i) also got into the NCAA tournament.
Kathy Rodolph: We fell short against Fresno losing to the five times in six days. We raised the bar in every game and I was really happy about that. We lost to them by one in seven [innings], by one in nine and then by one in ten. Fresno was definitely a Top 25 team but I think those games alone gave us the confidence to know that we can come back and do something special next year.

All four WAC teams made it to the championship game of their regional. What I was excited about that is it showed how much our conference improved this year. It wasn't like they just got in and got shellacked at regionals. They all fell in the championship game.

I feel like La. Tech going into the conference tournament, winning it and then knocking off Auburn in their regional. I think it really shows the improvement overall in the WAC.

bc.net: Coming into the season you talked about the goal of your non-conference schedule being to put your kids in the situation of playing against the types of teams that you want your program to be like. Looking back on it can you talk about what your assessment is of your non-conference season?
KR: We lost so many games close that it did affect our confidence and our psyche a little bit and maybe the schedule was a little bit overzealous. But saying that had we not lost Ashley Roszkos to pregnancy and she would have been anchoring the four hole in those games and I believe we lost 16 or 17 games by three runs or less, I believe that if Ashley could have been there in the four hole in those games the outcome could have easily swung our way.

This coming year we've already started scheduling. We are going to go to Arizona State's tournament, we are going to a tournament at Louisiana-Lafayette. We're still trying to work a home and away with Arizona. Our kids know that the challenege is going to be high and that they're going to really have to play well and stay calm under pressure but I don't think that we're afraid of that competition.

bc.net: Talk about the experience that your team gained from playing against all those top ranked teams and how that will help you for next season.
KR: I feel like really where experience helps you is when you have the time in the fall that you're really building to get better as a team when you've had kids that have really experienced that top competition that gives them something everyday to work for instead of just this theme that out there that they may face somebody that's really good. We started five freshmen every game and they absolutely know that if we want a chance to win the WAC and go to regional we're going to have to come through on some of those tough games that we lost. That means one more key hit, one more critical stop, one more strikeout in the circle. I think they all realize what they have to do personally for the whole of the team.

bc.net: Does a performance like Louisiana-Lafayette had being in the College World Series and knocking off couple of the teams there give the smaller schools a little extra motivation to say "Hey we can do this too"?
KR: Absolutely. The reason we're going to Lafayette is we're very good friends with the Lafayette coaches and got to be great friends with them while we were in the Sun Belt and I have tremendous respect for what they've done and they absolutely give a ton of hope and confidence to the mid-major.

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview :: 05/06/08

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly interviews with Aggie women's softball head coach Kathy Rodolph throughout the 2008 season as the Aggies take aim at the WAC title. In this week's interview Coach Rodolph talks about this past weekend's series against Fresno State, what her team can take into the next meeting with the Bulldogs and playing under pressure.

bleedCrimson.net: Talk about this past weekend's series against Fresno State.
Kathy Rodolph: All in all they were pretty good games. I was disappointed, I felt like Friday night we played well enough to win when we lost 3-2 in nine innings. Fresno is #9 in the nation and a 40 game winner and they're absolutely swinging like 40 game winners. We definitely had our hands full and for our young kids it was the first time for them to play in that atmosphere where there were over 1,000 fans. It was a good crowd and good atmosphere and so I think all in all it was a good experience for us, I was just disappointed that we came up on the losing end in all three games.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview :: 04/23/08

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly interviews with Aggie women's softball head coach Kathy Rodolph throughout the 2008 season as the Aggies take aim at the WAC title. In this week's interview Coach Rodolph talks about this past weekend's series win over Cal State-Bakersfield and talks about her seniors as this weekend is their final home games of their careers.

bleedCrimson.net: Talk a little bit about this past weekend's games against Cal State-Bakersfield.
Kathy Rodolph: I felt like we started kind of getting our feet back under us against Bakersfield. They're a quality, solid ballclub. I felt like we did the little things to help us come out on top of Bakersfield. I was very pleased with last weekend.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview :: 04/16/08

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly interviews with Aggie women's softball head coach Kathy Rodolph throughout the 2008 season as the Aggies take aim at the WAC title. In this week's interview Coach Rodolph talks about this past weekend's sweep against Utah State, Ashley Maroda's Hitter of the Week honor and looks ahead to this weekend's series against CS-Bakersfield.

bleedCrimson.net: Can you talk about Ashey Maroda getting WAC Hitter of the Week?
Kathy Rodolph: I was very excited for Ashley because Ashley is doing a terrific job and just continues to get stronger and stronger. She really stepped up and helped in the middle of the lineup against UNM and the Utah State series. I definitely think it's the first of more to come.

bc.net: Ashley is the team's second WAC Hitter of the Week and both have been freshman (Hoku Nohara for the week of Feb. 18th - 24th). Can you talk about your freshmen and the contribution that they're making this season?
KR: I think our freshman group is by far the most talented group that we've brought in since I've been at NMSU. I'm very pleased with how all of them have continued to grow throughout the season and step up in pressure situations and really have come through in the clutch many times this season. I think they're definitely something to look forward to over the next four years.  Continue Reading This Post >>