NM State Heads to 2013 WAC Tournament as No. 2 Seed
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  05/06/2013

This Week

·         NM State (heads into the 2013 WAC Tournament as the No. 2 seed with a bye in the Wednesday, May 8, first round of the tournament. The Aggies’ first pitch is set for Thursday, May 9 at 2 p.m. against the winner of Wednesday’s La Tech and UT Arlington game.

·         San Jose State, the No. 1 seed, will face the winner of Texas State and UTSA at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday with a bye in round one as well.

·         NM State took the series’ from both UTA and La Tech by sweeping the Mavericks and going 2-1 for the series win against the Lady Techsters. La Tech handed the Aggies their first loss in conference play to start the WAC season.

Media Coverage

·         The WAC is set to stream each of the tournament games live from Ruston, La. All games can be found on WACSpots.tv for a fee

·         All of the Aggies’ games are also going to be broadcast live on KSNM AM570 with Jay Sanderson. Not in the Las Cruces area? You can also listen to that stream live on NMStateSports.com

·         Each game is available to follow along live on live stats at NMStateSports.com or on Twitter @NMStateAggies.

Staying Social

·         Get all the updates of Aggie Athletics on Twitter and Facebook. Get in-game statistics and in-game updates on Twitter @NMStateAggies and @NMSUSoftball. Find out about all Aggie Athletics promotions and events on Facebook (NMSU Athletics and The Aggie Student-Athlete).

WAC Tournament Tickets

·         Tickets can be purchased by calling the Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631, emailing techtickets@latech.edu 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

·         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.


Aggies by Numbers

·         The Aggies (35-18, 16-5 WAC) head into the 2013 edition of the WAC Tournament after being swept by the San Jose State Spartans in the final series of the regular season

·         NM State swept four conference series this season and won six of the seven.

·         NM State boasts a .292 batting average as a team and is led by senior Amber Olive (.404). Leading the WAC in home runs with 20, sophomore Staci Rodriguez has knocked nine out of the park in conference play. She has 11 more home runs this season than the second best hitter in the WAC.

·         Four Aggies hit above .300 this season and slugging at or above .500.

·         The Aggie pitching staff combines for a 2.64 ERA through 365.1 innings. Eleven individual shutouts and three combined have helped the Aggies to 35 wins in 2013.

·         The Aggie offense averages 4.45 earned runs a game

Aggies in the WAC

·         NM State is second in the conference with a 16-5 record, behind San Jose State. The Aggies have a .762 winning percentage in conference play, .660 overall.

·         The Aggies lead the WAC in nearly every offensive category through league play, including batting average (.304), slugging percentage (.485), on base percentage (.377), runs scored (112), hits (178), RBI (106), home runs (25) and total bases (284).

·         NM State is batting .292 as a team in this season, which is second in the WAC through all games.

·         The Aggies have 232 RBI this year, which is 12 more than second place San Jose State

·         The Aggies are averaging 5.33 runs per game on 8.48 hits in conference games, putting them at the top of the conference in those categories as well.

Aggies Postseason History

·         NM State made its first and only NCAA Regional appearance in 2011.

·         In 2011, the Aggies won the WAC regular season title and the tournament title. Each of those historical victories was a first in program history for the Aggies.

In the Lead

·         Amber Olive has a .404 batting average in 188 at bats with 39 runs, 76 hits, four doubles, five triples, two home runs and 19 RBI this season with a .435 on base percentage. She is currently batting a .462 in league play, which is good for second in the conference through WAC games and leads the WAC in hits (36). 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 .365 in 159 at bats and leads the team and the conference with 20 home runs this year, which is just four behind the nation-leader, Megan Baltzell, of Longwood. Rodriguez has 36 runs, 58 hits, 11 doubles and 62 RBI. She has a .811 slugging percentage and a .443 on base percentage.

Power in the Circle

·         Newman has a 1.90 ERA, a 22-12 record and has pitched 188.1 innings with 82 strikeouts. She has 15 complete games this season and five unassisted shutouts with two saves. Newman has a 1.25 ERA in league play, which is tied for first in the WAC, an 11-5 record with just 16 earned runs in 89.1 innings of conference play.

·         All of NM State’s pitchers having winning records so far this season with a team ERA of 2.64. The staff has pitched 365.1 innings and thrown 186 K’s this year.

Three and Out

·         This season, NM State has worked for 121 innings where the Aggie defense and pitching staff has sent the opposing team away in order. 

Power Sticks

·         Sophomore Staci Rodriguez leads the conference with 20 home runs and is tied for sixth in the nation (as of 4/30). As a team, the Aggies boast 53 home runs with four coming off the bat of sophomore Malena Padilla and seven from Kelsey Dodd. The trio of sophomores lead the team in home runs and make up nearly two thirds of the teams total this season.

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 (3/25). 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 154 appearances for the Aggies in her 4-season career, which tops the career records list.

·         She currently holds the single-season record for most wins (23) from her sophomore campaign and this season is at 22, just one away tying her career and the Aggie all-time record.

·         Her 56 career wins is good enough for the third spot in the record books. She is just two wins away from matching Danny Dunn’s second-place number of 58. 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. Junior Celisha Walker also have seven saves under her belt for NM State

Record Watch

·         Rodriguez is just four home runs away from matching the all-time record for bombs in a single season. With 20 right now, the sophomore is chasing the 24 mark that is held by former standout Hoku Nohara. Nohara’s record was set during the Aggies’ historical run for the WAC Championship in 2011.

·          Senior Amber Olive has 76 hits this season, good for second in the Aggie record books. She moved onto the list in commanding fashion with a four-spot jump during the Aggies’ final two weeks of the regular season. The single-season number to beat is 82 hits in a season, held by former Aggie Kandis Jones (2011).

·         Olive’s .369 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 21-8 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.

WAC Recognition – Hitter/Pitcher of the Week

·         4/29/13 - Rodriguez led the Aggies to a three-game sweep over Seattle U to remain atop the WAC standings. She posted a .750 batting average, a .800 on-base percentage and a staggering 2.000 slugging percentage with one double, three home runs and eight RBI in her three games. In Friday night’s series opener, she was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. In the come-from-behind win over the Redhawks in the series finale, Rodriguez hit two three-run home runs. With 20 bombs this season, Rodriguez ranks second at NM State and seventh in the WAC in single-season home runs. With the eight RBI last week, she is now tied for second place at NM State and tied for 10th in the WAC in single-season RBI with 62.

·         4/15/13 - Rodriguez led the Aggies to a 4-1 record last week that included a win over No. 17 Arizona and a sweep over Western Athletic Conference opponent UTSA. She hit .615 on the week, while going 8-13 at the plate with a double, three home runs and seven RBI. She worked for a 1.385 slugging percentage through five games with an on base percentage of .688. Her three home runs in the weekend series against UTSA, extending her season total to 16, which ties Rodriguez for third in the NM State single-season record books. Rodriguez had a hit in each conference game and went 3-for-3 in game two of the Aggies’ mid-week series against No. 17 Arizona.

·         4/6/13 – Alex Newman worked for three wins in 17.2 innings over the week, helping NM State to sweep UT Arlington and claim first place in the conference. Newman finished her week with a perfect 3-0 record with a 0.40 ERA and holding her opponents to a .172 batting average. She boasted eight strikeouts and allowed just one earned run all weekend and two overall. She allowed just 11 hits in the circle, improving her conference ERA to 1.50 in a total of 124 innings. She worked her eighth complete game in Friday’s 5-1 win and came back for eight more innings in the 12-inning 3-2 win over the Mavs in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader. Newman is second in the conference in ERA overall and boasts a 14-8 overall pitching record.

·         2/25/13 – Conrad led the Aggies at the plate last week with a .600 batting average, an .800 slugging percentage and a .714 on-base percentage. She had a hit in each of the Aggies' four games last week, with two doubles, three runs of her own and one RBI and three walks. Conrad had two multi-hit games and reached base each of her four times at the plate against rival I-10 UTEP on Saturday, Feb. 23, helping NM State to a 5-4 win over the Miners in extra (8) innings.

·         2/18/13 - The Paramount, Calif. native led the Aggies at the plate over the week with a .400 batting average and a .840 slugging percentage. She worked for a .429 on-base percentage and was 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. She helped lift the Aggies to a 7-1 win over I-10 rival UTEP with four RBI off two hits that included her first home run of the week. She finished the week with three multi-hit games and had her best game against Colorado State on Sunday, Feb. 17, when she went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a stand-up double.

Looking Back

Louisiana Tech (March 22-23)

·         Won the series 2-1 against the Lady Techsters

·         Lost game one 8-4 but won both games of the doubleheader 11-3 in five innings and 9-7 in the final game

·         The Aggies hit five home runs in the two games of the doubleheader

·         Teresa Conrad hit her second home run of the season to run-rule La Tech

·         Celisha Walker pitched her second complete game and earned her second win of the season

UTA (April 5-6)

·         Swept UTA 5-1, 3-2 in 12 innings and 6-5 in eight innings

·         Increased their winning streak to 10 consecutive games

·         Alex Newman was named the WAC Pitcher of the Week by earning all three wins in 17.2 innings of work, holding a 0.40 ERA and striking out eight batters

·         Newman pitched a complete game in the first game of the series

·         The 12 inning game was the longest game of the season

·         Kelsey Dodd hit a home run in game one, which was her sixth of the season

UTSA (April 12-13)

·         Swept UTSA in three games

·         Won by scores of 8-0 in five innings, 7-1 and 3-2 in the three games

·         Staci Rodriguez moved to third for home runs in a season by an Aggie with three home runs in the series, 16 total

·         Rodriguez earned WAC Hitter of the Week honors for the second time by hitting .615 and collecting seven RBI

·         Alex Newman pitched 12 complete innings in the series and allowed one earned run

Texas State (April 19-10)

·         Won the series 2-1 against the Bobcats

·         Defeated Bobcats 1-0 in nine innings in game one, and won 3-2 in eight innings in game three

·         Lost 5-4 in game two snapping their 11-game winning streak

·         Staci Rodriguez hit a grand slam and her 17th home run of the season

·         Alex Newman allowed one earned run in two starts

San Jose State (May 3-4)

·         Suffered their first sweep of the conference season during the final weekend of the regular season with a 2-1 loss in game one and an extra-inning 2-1 loss in the second game.

·         The rubber match ended in a 5-2 loss for the regular-season title on Saturday afternoon. Senior Amber Olive still managed to lead all hitters on the weekend with a .417 batting average (5-for-12) with three base hits in the weekend finale.

·         Fellow senior Alex Newman worked 14.2 innings in the circle with two complete games and a 2.39 ERA for her three appearances.

·         Freshman Emma Adams had the Aggies’ lone home run with a two-run shot over the left side in game two of the weekend, ending in an extra-inning, bottom of the eighth loss to the Spartans.

Olive Named All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year

·         Amber Olive was recently awarded with the annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award, The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) announced earlier this month. 

·         The award, in its 34th year of existence, recognizes a student-athlete’s dedication to strength training and conditioning.

·         Olive was selected by NM State strength coach Tony McClure and was among 229 collegiate and high school athletes from 98 schools with the award.

·         Olive ranked in the top-5 all-time in each of the physical test markers set by the NM State strength and conditioning department. She helped the Aggies capture their first NCAA tournament berth in 2011 after winning the Western Athletic Conference tournament title the same season.

Olive Named CoSIDA All-District

·         Amber Olive earned Capitol One CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. Olive is one of just three players from the Western Athletic Conference to receive the prestigious honor.

·         Joined by Louisiana Tech’s Erin Kipp and Seattle’s Allegra Wilde, Olive now advances to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.

·         The communications and psychology major earned a spot on the All-District 6 team for her success during her senior year. Olive carries a 3.88 grade point average and has started every game for NM State this season. She leads the WAC in hits (76) and runs (39) and ranks second in batting average (.404). Her 6hits this season puts Olive second on the all-time records list for hits in a single season.

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