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Softball Picked First in WAC Preseason Poll
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  01/28/2014

DENVER – The Western Athletic conference announced that the New Mexico State softball team is the preseason favorite to win the 2014 league title. The preseason All-WAC team was also announced with junior Staci Rodriguez and sophomore Emma Adams named to the preseason team. The preseason poll is a vote of the conference’s six head coaches, who could not vote for their own team. The coaches also select the preseason all-WAC team.

“We are honored that the coaches in the conference have selected us to finish first,” head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “Now, in order to make that dream a reality, we have a lot of work ahead of us and have a lot to prove with this new and very talented conference.”

NM State earned 25 points and five first-place votes with Seattle U receiving one vote and 19 points. Utah Valley received 14 points and was picked to finish third in the league, while Bakersfield had 13 points was picked one place behind the Wolverines. Rounding out the league was Kansas City with 10 points and Grand Canyon with nine.

Rodriguez and Adams were selected as part of the preseason All-WAC team, along with 10 other student-athletes from around the conference. Rodriguez was named first team All-WAC and WAC Player of the Year after a successful 2013 season where she finished with 20 home runs and 63 RBI. Adams, a second team All-WAC selection in 2013, was impressive in her freshman season, starting 48 games at third base and leading the team with 129 assists, while hitting .286 with nine doubles and 15 RBI.

“Staci and Emma are both significant pieces to our hunt for the WAC title and they are going to be counted upon day in and day out to perform for us,” Rodolph said.


The 2014 season begins Friday, Feb. 7, with the Aggie-hosted Hotel Encanto Invitational. The 2014 WAC Softball Tournament, hosted by Seattle U, will be held May 8-10, at Logan Field in Seattle, and will include all five eligible teams.



2014 WAC Preseason Softball Coaches Poll

 Rank

 Teams (1st-Place Votes)

 Points

 1

 New Mexico State (5)

 25

 2

 Seattle U (1)

 19

 3

 Utah Valley

 14

 4

 Bakersfield

 13

 5

 Kansas City

 10

 6

 Grand Canyon

 9


2014 Preseason Softball All-WAC Team

 Player

 School

 Yr.

 Pos.

 Emma Adams

 New Mexico State

 So.

 3B

 Kelly Barak

 Grand Canyon

 Jr.

 SS

 Caitlin Christopher

 Kansas City

 Jr.

 C

 Shay Fryer

 Bakersfield

 Sr.

 SS

 Izzy Geronimo

 Seattle U

 So.

 OF

 Katie Kelley

 Kansas City

 So.

 1B/RHP

 Bubba Morrow

 Seattle U

 Jr.

 C

 Amanda Robinson

 Utah Valley

 Sr.

 1B

 Staci Rodriguez

 New Mexico State

 Jr.

 OF

 Josi Summers

 Utah Valley

 Jr.

 RHP

 Karissa Veiga

 Bakersfield

 Sr.

 OF

 Claire Zampini

 Grand Canyon

 Sr.

 OF



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