LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Feb. 22) - The New Mexico State softball team begins its 19-game road swing with four games at the Helen of Troy Field in El Paso, Texas, as the Aggies face South Dakota and I-10 rival UTEP on Feb. 23-24.
After starting the season with 12 home games, the Aggies make their first road trip to UTEP for a weekend series versus South Dakota and UTEP. NM State worked to a 7-1 win over the Miners on Feb. 12, in Las Cruces, but now head south for the final two games of the three-game rivalry series.
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- After taking the early lead in the first inning, the Aggies fell 10-9 to the New Mexico Lobos in the second edition of the Battle of I-25 on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The Aggies woke up the board early with three runs in the first inning. Fielding mistakes from both teams and five illegal pitches by Lobo Lauren Soles resulted in the 10-9 final score.
- After the weekend close to home, the Aggies head to Las Vegas, Nevada for three days of play in the UNLV - Eller Media Stadium Classic, March 1-3. Over the weekend, NM State will face host UNLV, CSU Northridge, Weber State and DePaul.
- Sophomore Staci Rodriguez was named WAC Hitter of the Week for a .429 on-base percentage and going 10-for-25 at the plate for NM State with two double, a sacrifice fly and a career-high 13 RBI with three home runs through the Aggies seven games last week.
- Sophomore Kelsey Dodd is hitting .382 so far this season with 13 hits and eight runs with nine RBI. She has started every game this season for the Aggies
- NM State beat in-state rival UNM Sunday, Feb. 10, in a 3-0 victory in 7 innings. The Aggies fell in the second meeting between the teams 10-9 after a rain delay in Las Cruces. The Rio Grande Rivalry wraps up on March 19 in Albuquerque.
- The Aggies then defeated I-10 rival UTEP 7-1 on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Power in the Circle
- Senior Pitcher Alex Newman pitched 38.0 innings, has 21 strikeouts, and boasts a 2.39 ERA through her 10 appearances in the circle. She goes into the week with a 4-3 record.
- As a pitching staff, the Aggies have worked for a 3.11 ERA this season and combined for 53 strikeouts.
About South Dakota
- The Coyotes (6-4) have yet to play in the comfort of their home stadium in 2013. Having already faced and beat UTEP 6-1 in its season opener, USD has four players hitting above .300 with Allie Daly leading the way with a .343 average. She's had 12 hits this season with 13 RBI and nine runs of her own.
- Top hurler for the Coyotes is Erica Denney with a 2.29 ERA and 6-5 pitching record. She has pitched four complete games and has 13 strikeouts.
- Madison Frain (2-1) leads the way with 21 strikeouts in her 19.2 innings pitched. She has allowed seven earned runs, good for a 2.49 ERA.
- The Miners are 5-6 starting the season, with one of those losses coming at the hands of NM State just over a week ago.
- A company of pitchers loads the Miners' roster. Six hurlers see action in the circle, but it is freshman Danielle Pearson and senior Colleen Hohman that rule the round with a 3.04 and 4.48 ERA, respectively. Hohman has a 2-3 record in her 25 complete innings with 28 strikeouts. Pearson has 27.2 innings under her belt with 17 strikeouts and 104 batters faces.
- At the plate, junior transfer Erika Arcuri leads with a .382 batting average with 13 hits and seven runs.
- Freshman Kawehi Natane has the best slugging percentage (.529) and has tallied four extra-base hits in her 11 games.