NM State Softball heads to 2014 WAC Softball Tournament
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  05/05/2014


        The New Mexico State softball team will travel to Seattle, Wash., May 8-10, for the 2014 WAC Softball Tournament, hosted by Seattle U.

        The Aggies enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed after going 29-21 on the season and 10-4 in the WAC. NM State finished second in the WAC standings behind Grand Canyon, who is not eligible to compete in this year’s tournament.

        NM State will face the winner of the No.4 Utah Valley/No. 5 Bakersfield match-up on Thursday, May 8 at 5 p.m. (MT) The game can be held live on KGRT 570 AM, as Jay Sanderson brings fans all the action from the campus of Seattle University at Logan Field.

        The Western Athletic Conference, in conjunction with its website partner NeuLion, has announced it will stream the 2014 WAC Softball Tournament live. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WACSports.tv. Every game of the tournament can be viewed for a single subscription price of $9.95.

        Live stats will also be available at WACSports.com and NMStateSports.com.

A look at the Aggies

        The New Mexico State softball team finished the 2014 season with 29-21 overall record and 10-4 Western Athletic Conference record. Lead by 11th year head coach Kathy Rodolph, the Aggies won their final game of the season against in-state rival University of New Mexico with a 14-2 final score.

        During the 2014 season, NM State saw Rodolph to her 300th win with the Aggies and her 500th career win. NM State saw their largest winning margin against CSU Bakersfield on April 12, scoring 17 runs in the first inning with 15 RBI. The team forced an opponent run-rule four consecutive times during the 2014 season against UTEP (5), Seattle U (6), Kansas City (5) and Bakersfield (5).

        At the plate, the Aggies have a .318 batting average and 57 homeruns on the season. With a .511 slugging percentage, NM State totals 263 RBI, reaching base a total of 662 times. In the circle, the Aggies average a 3.99 ERA with four saves and 183 total strikeouts. The Aggies hold their opponents to a .288 batting average.

        NM State is led by junior outfielder, Staci Rodriguez, with her .404 batting average, .780 slugging percentage and .537 on base percentage. Rodriguez is also tied for second in homeruns with sophomore infielder Fiana Finau each contributing 13 to the season. Finau leads the Aggies totaling 44 RBI on the season and 57 hits.

        Pitcher Celisha Walker leads the team with a 3.33 ERA and has an 8-6 season record. On the season, Walker has been recognized with three saves in 101.0 innings pitched. She has 60 strikeouts and sees her opponents to a .312 batting average. Makayla McAdams just trails Walker totaling a 3.81 ERA and ending the season at an 11-5 record. McAdams pitched 99.1 innings and added 37 strikeouts on the season, holding her opponents to a .257 batting average.

Scouting Bakersfield

        Bakersfield currently sits a 15-38-1 record going 4-11 in the WAC. The team totals a .249 batting average with 348 hits on the 2014 season.

        The Runners are led by Karissa Viega with her .315 batting average. She has contributed 32 runs and has 16 RBI. With a slugging at a .418, Viega has 58 total hits on the season. In the circle, Kelsie Monroe leads the team averaging 3.21 earned runs. She has a 9-19 record and has made 38 appearances for Bakersfield. Out of 183.1 innings pitched, Monroe has struck out 114 batters and holds her opponents to a .276 batting average.

NM State Series against Bakersfield

        NM State has faced off against Bakersfield five total times since 2008 where they went 2-1 in the first three game series against the Roadrunners. The last time the teams played against each other was during the 2010 season as the Aggies went 1-1 on April 26.

        After a four-year break, NM State met Bakersfield during the current 2014 season on April 11-12 ending 3-0 in the three game series. The series ended in a forced run rule after the Aggies scored 17 runs in the first inning to break school and WAC records.

Scouting Utah Valley

        Going 14-38 overall and 5-9 in WAC play, Utah Valley is a power hitting team that has recorded 42 home runs during the season, compared to their opponents 25.  Led from the plate by Brianna Gatlin, she has recorded 38 hits in 134 at bats, scoring 26 RBI and hitting two home runs for a .284 batting average and a .400 slugging percentage.

        Leading the team in home runs with 10, Amanda Robinson has recorded 14 multiple base hits in 103 at bats for a slugging percentage of .621. 

        From the circle Utah Valley is led by Josi Summers.  Summers posted a 7-17 record on the season with a team leading ERA of 4.38.  In a team high 156.2 innings pitched, Summers has given up 184 hits for 98 earned runs, 94 walks and recorded a team high 106 strikeouts.   

NM State Series against Utah Valley

        Meeting for the first time in 2005, the Aggies have gone 3-0 against Utah Valley.  On Feb. 11, 2005 the Aggies won 4-0.  The following year the two teams met again on Feb. 19, with NM State taking that game 9-0 in the largest victory of the series.

        The Aggies would meet the Wolverines for the last time on Feb. 23, 2008, where NM State won by a score of 12-8. 

NM State in the WAC Tournament

        NM State has made seven total appearances in the WAC tournament and was crowned champion during the 2011 season. NM State has an all-time record of 10-11 in the WAC tournament.          

        The Aggies suffered a loss in their first ever WAC tournament game in Fresno, Calif. on Thursday, May 11, 2006, against the Nevada Wolf Pack.  In their debut tournament, the Aggies pulled off a their first tournament victory against San Jose State, on Friday, May 12, but lost two games to Nevada that ultimately ended their run.

The 2011 season was the best for NM State as the Aggies went into Fresno. with the No. 1 seed. NM State was able to shut out Fresno State 5-0 and clinched their first ever WAC championship, along with their first birth to the NCAA Softball Tournament.

        Since joining the WAC in 2006, NM State has had 12 players that have been named to the All-Tournament Team, including MVP of the tournament Valerie Swedberg in 2011. 

        NM State has two players that are tied for a WAC tournament record. Kristi Randall (2007) is tied for the most doubles in a game in WAC tournament history with 2. Kylie Randall (2009) is also tied for most stolen bases in a WAC tournament game with 2.

        The Aggies have faced San Jose State University more than any other schools in the WAC tournament and have posted a 2-4 record against the Spartans.

WAC Tournament Game-by-Game

Year       Opponent                            Score     Result

2006       Nevada                                  2-0          L

                San Jose State                       5-0          W

                Nevada                                  1-0          L

2007       Nevada                                  4-0          W

                Fresno State                          3-2          L

                San Jose State                       3-1          L

2008       Fresno State                          1-0          L

                Utah State                              4-0          W
                Fresno State                          6-5 (10) L

2009       Nevada                                  4-1          L

                San Jose State                       6-1          W

                Nevada                                  5-4          W

2010       Boise State                            9-8          L

                San Jose State                       9-8          L

2011       Hawai’i                                  5-4          W

                Boise State                            7-0          W

                Fresno State                          5-0          W

2012       Did Not Qualify

2013       Louisiana Tech                    3-0          W

                San Jose State                       3-1          L

                Texas State                            3-1          W

                San Jose State                       4-0          L

Last Year at the WAC Tournament

        NM State went 2-2 during the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Tournament facing opponents Louisiana Tech, San Jose State and Texas State on May 8-11, 2013. The Aggies beat No. 3 Louisiana Tech on May 8, 3-0 and No. 4 Texas State on May 10, 3-1. NM State lost both games against No. 1 San Jose State on May 10 (3-1) and the last game of their tournament time on May 11 (4-0).

        Kelsey Dodd led the team batting a .500 average and slugging at .900. Dodd brought in two RBI and had one homerun during the tournament.  She contributed the most catches for the Aggies (43) with 41 putouts and one assist, fielding at .977 percent. Alex Newman pitched a majority of the games for the Aggies totaling 17.0 innings. She finished at a 1.65 ERA with five strikeouts and a .238 opponent batting average. She finished with a 2-1 overall record for the WAC tournament.

NM State’s Last Five Games

        In the last five games, the Aggies have an overall 3-2 record, going 2-0 in Western Athletic Conference play. Kelsey Dodd leads the team with a .500 batting average after 14 at bats and two RBI. Dodd has been slugging at .857 percent in the past five games and has recorded one homerun. Dodd also leads the team with 31 catches, 29 putouts and two assists bringing her to a 1.000 fielding percentage.

        In the circle, leader Celisha Walker recorded a 3.97 ERA in 12.1 innings pitched. With nine strikeouts, Walker has held her opponents to a .364 batting average in the past five games. Makayla McAdams and Karysta Donisthorpe have struggled pitching for the past five games as they both have a 10.92 ERA.

Aggies in the Last 10 Contests

        In the last ten games, NM State has gone 5-5 overall and 4-3 in Western Athletic Conference play. The team has a combined .324 batting average led by Malena Padilla at .500 in 20 at bats. Padilla has brought in 10 RBI in the past 10 games and records a .900 slugging percentage. Kelsey Dodd leads the Aggies with 70 catches, 67 putouts and three assists in the past ten games.

        Celisha Walker leads the team totaling a 2.67 ERA in 21.0 innings pitched. Walker added 12 strikeouts and gave up 33 hits in the past ten games and holds her opponents to a .355 batting average. Makayla McAdams follows Walker with a 5.62 ERA and four strikeouts.

Rodriguez Leads Aggies at the Plate

        With a .333 batting average, Aggie outfielder Staci Rodriguez recorded 14 hits and six RBIs in 42 at bats in the WAC.  With three doubles and one home run during conference play, Rodriguez recorded a slugging percentage of .476.  With no errors during conference play, Rodriguez is the only regular starter with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

        Rodriguez led the WAC in runs scored with 18 as well as runs scored per game with 1.08.  She was also tied for seventh in plate appearances per game with 3.75.

        Rodriguez led the Aggies in batting overall, with a .402 batting average and a .780 slugging percentage.  In 132 at bats Rodriguez recorded 53 hits, 41 RBIs and a team-high 13 home runs.  Rodriguez also recorded a team high 37 walks. 

Rother hot with the Stick

        Leading the team from the plate in WAC play, the outfielder posted a team leading .462 batting average and a .872 slugging percentage.  In 39 at bats, Rother recorded 18 hits, 17 RBI and eight multiple base hits, four of which were home runs.  She also earned 11 walks and had an on base percentage of .588.

        Rother leads the WAC in several categories including batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, walks, and walks per game (0.83).  She is second place in WAC play in RBIs and RBIs per game (1.21), as well as sixth place in hits per game (1.29), seventh in doubles per game (0.33), third in homers per game (0.29), third total home runs and fifth in total hits.

        Overall Rother had a .391 batting average throughout the season, recording 45 hits and 36 RBIs in 115 at bats.  With a season slugging percentage of .678, she recorded eight home runs and nine doubles for 78 total bases.  With only one error on the season, Rother recorded a fielding percentage of .971.

Finau Goes Long

        Finau recorded a batting average of .455 in 14 games started during WAC play.  Playing as the designated player and first bate, Finau recorded a team high 20 hits in 44 at bats.  With three doubles and two home runs, she earned 29 total bases for a slugging percentage of .659. 

        With only one error in WAC play, Finau recorded a fielding percentage of .938.  She had 16 catches and 14 put outs on the season.

        Finau ranked in the top 10 in 10 categories.  Leading the WAC hits per game (1.50), Finau ranked second in batting average, on base percentage (.519), and third in RBI (13), RBI per game (.93) and total hits.  She also ranked in runs scored per game (0.86), total bases, runs scored (12), and slugging percentage.

        Overall, Finau had a .393 batting average, recording a team leading 57 hits and 44 RBI in 145 at bats.  With 103 total bases, Finau hit a team leading 13 home runs and seven doubles for a slugging percentage of .710. 

Aggies’ Ace Walker

        Senior pitcher Celisha Walker has pitched 27.2 total innings for the Aggies in nine appearances. She has a 3-1 record and throws a 1.52 earned run average during conference play. Holding her opponents to a .294 batting average, Walker sits at No. 9 against WAC opponents. She has struck out 16 total batters and is credited with one save in WAC play.

        In all games, Walker contributed three saves to the season and has seen the second most strikeouts in the circle with 60 and an ERA of 3.33. Walker has an 8-6 record holding her opponents to a .312 average.

Ruiz Solid behind the Plate

        Playing catcher for the Aggies, Ruiz recorded a .423 batting average and a .615 slugging percentage in WAC play.  In 26 at bats Ruiz recorded 11 hits and eight RBI, with 16 total bases earned and an on base percentage of .423.

        With only one error, Ruiz earned a .971 fielding percentage, recording 30 put outs and four assists. 

        Ruiz ranked fourth in the WAC in batting average and tenth in slugging percentage.  She also ranked fourth in RBI per game (0.89).

        During the season, Ruiz had an overall batting average of .324, recording 23 hits and 17 RBI in 71 at bats.  With a slugging percentage of .563, Ruiz earned 40 total bases, walking four times as well.

Reedy Ready at Catcher

        Reedy posted a .429 batting average at catcher for the Aggies, recording nine hits and seven RBI in 21 at bats during WAC play.  She also recorded a team high five doubles and earned 14 total bases for a slugging percentage of .667. 

        Reedy ranked fifth in slugging percentage and third in batting average in the WAC, She also ranked third in doubles, first in doubles per game (0.56), and eighth in RBI per game (.78).

        Reedy only had one error in WAC play and recorded 14 put outs for a fielding percentage of .964.

        Reedy recorded a .346 batting average overall during the season, recording 18 hits and 15 RBI.  She also had six doubles and three home runs for 33 total bases and a slugging percentage of .635.

Brennalyn Nakamura Solid at the Utility Spot

        Utility player Brennalyn Nakamura has started in all 14 of the WAC competitions that Aggies have seen during the 2014 season. She hits a .333 average and is slugging at .667 percent placing her fifth against WAC opponents for WAC games only. Nakamura has a total of 11 RBI and 15 hits in conference play. With three homeruns in WAC games, Nakamura ranks fifth against WAC opponents. Nakamura is tied for fourth averaging .93 runs per game and sits tied for fifth averaging .21 homers per game.

        In overall games, Nakamura has a .320 batting average, in 45 at bats during the season. Nakamura has recorded 20 RBI with 40 total hits and is slugging at .488 percent.

Adams a Well Rounded Player

        Utility player Emma Adams has started in all of the 14 WAC games NM State has played during the 2014 season.  Mainly seen as the Aggies third baseman, Adams has a .357 batting average and is slugging at .500 percent. Adams has added nine RBI to the Aggies conference play and 15 total hits in her 42 at bats. With 14 runs scored during WAC games only, Adams is tied for second against WAC opponents.

        For the Aggies overall season, Adams has started in all 50 competitions for NM State. Adams records a .344 batting average placing her in the top 5 for the team. She has added 29 runs and 45 hits to the overall season and is slugging at .427 percent. Adams has recorded 61 putouts placing her at a .917 fielding percentage.

McAdams Throwin’ Strikes

        Right-handed pitcher Makayla McAdams has seen three wins in WAC play placing her tied for fourth against WAC opponents. With a 1.95 earned run average, McAdams is seventh on the boards out of 32.1 innings pitched. During conference play, McAdams has recorded nine strikeouts holding her opponents to a .220 batting average, which is second against WAC opponents. She records a .857 stolen base attempt for fielding percentage contributing 11 assists to conference play.

        Overall, McAdams has an 11-5 record with 37 strikeouts on the season, with a 3.81 ERA. In 99.1 innings pitched, McAdams has given up 70 runs holding her opponents to a .259 batting average. She has one putout on the season and has added 31 assists to the Aggies overall season.

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