Las Cruces, N.M. – The Aggies wrap up the home portion of the 2013 schedule by welcoming the Seattle Redhawks on April 26-27, as part of Senior Weekend. The teams meet on Friday, April 26 at 6 p.m., and then finish the weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday at 4 p.m. After the conclusion of the final game on Saturday evening, the Aggies will recognize and honor the 2013 senior class.
· Friday evening’s game is available on the radio on KSNM AM 570 with Jay Sanderson making the call. Game one of Saturday’s doubleheader is televised on nmstatesports.com, Comcast New Mexico and Fox Sports Arizona (PLUS).
· Each game is also available to follow along live on live stats at NMStateSports.com or on Twitter @NMStateAggies.
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WAC Tournament Tickets on Sale Now
· Tickets for the 2013 WAC Softball Tournament, which will be held May 8-11 at the Lady Techster Softball Complex on the campus of Louisiana Tech, are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or logging onto www.LATechSports.com.
Ticket prices for the tournament are as follows:
All-Session – $25 for adults; $10 for youth (18 and under); $5 for WAC students with ID
Single-Day – $10 for adults; $5 for youth (18 and under)
General Admission (outfield hill) – $5 per day
· WAC student tickets can only be purchased in person at the Tech Ticket Office or at the softball stadium on game-days during the tournament as buyers have to present a valid student ID. All tickets purchased at the stadium during the tournament must be paid for with cash. Credit cards can only be used for pre-purchased tickets prior to the event.
WAC to Stream Tournament from La. Tech
· The WAC will stream the 2013 WAC Softball Tournament live from Ruston, La. 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. More information can be found at www.WACsports.tv.
About the Aggies
· The Aggies (32-15, 13-2 WAC) head into the final home conference series of the season against Seattle. NM State has swept three of its last four conference series and is 1302 in WAC play.
· NM State is leading the WAC with just two losses in conference play. After falling in game two of the three-game series at Texas State, the Aggies were able to maintain the first-place spot in the WAC and stay one game up on San Jose State.
About Seattle U
· The Redhawks are 20-25 this season overall, but sit third in the WAC with an 8-7 record.
· Seattle U is sitting five games behind the first-place Aggies, but have one two of its five conference series this season.
· SU most recently split a doubleheader with Portland State on Wednesday, April 24, after taking the road series 2-1 over UTSA last weekend.
· Isabella Geranimo leads the Redhawks at the plate with 24 RBI off 42 hits this season. Hitting .311 overall, Geranimo has 14 extra-base hits and 25 runs of her own.
· Sarah Petosa and Allegra Wilde are the base runners to look out for. Petosa has 12 stolen bases in 13 attempts to lead the team, while Wilde is 9-for-10 stealing.
· Pitching duties are split between Rochelle Ashburn and Mandie Sugita with a 2.75 and 3.84 ERA, respectively.
· Ashburn is 11-10 in the circle with four shutouts and 11 complete games. She holder her opponents to a .263 batting average in her 28 appearances.
· Sugita is 6-10 this season with 113.0 innings of work. She has started in 17 games in 2013 and has 50 strikeouts under her belt. She has come in for the Redhawks for two saves this season.
· This is the first meeting between the Aggies and the Redhawks.
· The Aggies went 2-1 on the week at Texas State with a 1-0 win in the series opener and a 3-2 win in game three. Game two marked the first loss for the Aggies in conference play since March 22. Sophomore Staci Rodriguez hit her second grand slam of the season on a full count and two outs in the top of the fifth in game two. The bomb is No. 17 for the sophomore, good enough to tie her in second place of the single-season record books at NM State.
· The Aggies conclude the 2013 regular season with a potential battle for the WAC title against San Jose State, May 3-4, in San Jose, Calif. NM State is currently one game up on the Spartans and the teams could battle for the regular season conference title during SJSU’s Senior Weekend.
· A single game on Friday, May 3, is set for 3 p.m. The double bill is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m.
Aggies in the WAC
· NM State is currently leading the conference by one game. The Aggies have a .867 winning percentage in conference play, .681 overall. San Jose State is one back from the Aggies.
· The Aggies lead the WAC in nearly every offensive category through league play, including batting average (.308), slugging percentage (.497), on base percentage (.384), runs scored (89), hits (132), RBI (83), home runs (19), total bases (213) and at bats (429).
· NM State is batting .292 as a team in this season, good for second in the WAC through all games.
· The Aggies have 209 RBI this year, which is eight more than second place San Jose State
· The Aggies are averaging 5.93 runs per game on 8.80 hits in conference games, putting them at the top of the conference in those categories as well.
In the Lead
· Amber Olive has a .405 batting average in 168 at bats with 35 runs, 68 hits, four doubles, five triples, two home runs and 19 RBI this season with a .429 on base percentage. She is currently batting a .483 in league play, which is good for third in the conference through WAC games and leads the WAC in hits (28). She hit her first home run of conference play in the Aggies 8-0 win over UTSA in five innings.
· Staci Rodriguez is hitting a .352 in 142 at bats and leads the team and the conference with 17 home runs this year, which is just six behind the nation-leader, Megan Baltzell, of Longwood. Rodriguez has 32 runs, 50 hits, nine doubles and 54 RBI. She has a .775 slugging percentage and a .430 on base percentage.
Who Stepped Up?
· The Oakley, Calif., native finished the week against Texas State with a .400 batting average with two runs and two RBI. She had a .700 slugging percentage and .400 on base percentage in the three-game road series against the Bobcats.
· The sophomore had an RBI single in the Aggies 1-0 win over the Bobcats in game one on Friday evening. She came back on Saturday to go 3-for-4 with a solo home run to lead off the second inning and help NM State to its 3-2 win to maintain its first place standing in the conference. The bomb was No. 4 for Padilla and her first in conference play.
Power in the Circle
· Newman has a 1.99 ERA, a 19-9 record and has pitched 158.2 innings with 71 strikeouts. She has 11 complete games this season and two unassisted shutouts with two saves. Newman has a 1.17 ERA in league play, which is first in the WAC, an 8-2 record with just 10 earned runs in 59.2 innings of conference play.
· All of NM State’s pitchers having winning records so far this season with a team ERA of 2.67. The staff has pitched 325.0 innings and thrown 171 K’s this year.
Three and Out
· This season, NM State has worked for 107 innings where the Aggie defense and pitching staff has sent the opposing team away in order.
· Sophomore Staci Rodriguez leads the conference with 17 home runs and is tied for ninth in the nation. As a team, the Aggies boast 47 home runs with three coming from freshman Emma Adams and seven from the bat of sophomore Kelsey Dodd. Adams hit two of her three against WAC opponents and her third in the Aggies’ 3-2 win over No. 17 Arizona to set the longest win streak in program history with 11.
Rodriguez Sets New Standard
· Staci Rodriguez set a new program record for number of total bases in a single game. The sophomore earned 12 total bases in the Aggies 10-5 win over Siena College (3/15). She went yard three times in the game, also breaking the record for most home runs in a single game to surpass former Aggie slugger, Hoku Nohara and teammate Kelsey Dodd.
Newman’s New Numbers
· Newman has made 148 appearances for the Aggies in her 4-season career, which is the second most in program history
· She currently holds the single-season record for most wins (23) from her sophomore campaign and this season is at 18, just two away from breaking into the top five once again.
· Her 53 career wins is good enough for a share of the third spot in the record books with Jo Kord (1980-83). The current career record is Kim Watson’s 65 from 2006-09.
· Newman’s seven career saves is tied for first in program history. Stacey Webster (1988-90) is the other shareholder.
· Rodriguez is just one home run away from claiming the second spot for the most in program history for a single season. Sitting at 17 right now, she shares the No. 2 record with Tiare Jennings’ 2009 total. Former standout Hoku Nohara holds the all-time record for a single season total of 24 home runs during the Aggies’ WAC Championship season in 2011.
· Senior Amber Olive is just one hit away from breaking into the single-season record book for hits. She currently has 68, and the fifth most in school history is 69, which is shared by two former Aggies.
· Olive’s .368 career batting average is second all-time in the Aggie record books. She is only led by Stephanie Herrera (2006-08) with a .370.
Home Field Comfort
· NM State is 18-8 at home this season. The Aggies have lost just two of those games since Feb. 19. NM State has swept two conference series at home and took one from No. 17 Arizona during a mid-week doubleheader.
Rodriguez Named ESPNW Player of the Week
· Staci Rodriguez was recognized as one of the Players of the Week by ESPNW College Softball Notebook, the media outlet announced Tuesday, April 16. The sophomore was one of five players nationally recognized for the weekly honor.