Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview :: 04/14/14 A big weekend for the team you were able to get a sweep against Bakersfield and after you got down 4-0 early in the first game of the doubleheader you really turned it on and were very dominant over the final two and a half games.
Kathy Rodolph: Because all of the teams in the WAC are new we’ve been kind of coming out to take a look at what the other team has instead of coming out and being as aggressive and assertive from the beginning. After game one we tried to make sure we corrected that and no matter who it was that was in the other dugout that we come out and be us. We play best when we’re aggressive and assertive and it makes our lineup very hard to pitch to. I was very pleased with our response and the girls did a great job of just attacking Bakersfield’s pitchers. What did you tell your team after you had gotten down 4-0? Was it just to start attacking?
KR: Statistically, on paper, I didn’t feel like Bakersfield could keep us off base and we had a lot of game left to play and that the defense was going to come and we were going to settle down and chip away. Lacey was just on fire. She went 5-for-5 and they walked her five times and they weren’t able to get her out and that definitely helped. And Staci Rodriguez got back on track. She had been a little bit out of sync since we moved her to the leadoff spot and her batting average came up about 150 points over the three games and she was a real tough out. I feel like hitting is contagious and when they started seeing each other be successful. We went through all of their pitchers and we were able to be aggressive enough to get all their pitchers on their heels.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Orita Named WAC Women's Golfer of The Week

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DENVER, CO – New Mexico State’s Camille Orito has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week for April 7-13.

Orito, a freshman from Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West HS) finished in a three-way tie for first place at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic in Maricopa, Ariz. Her 1-under par 215 three-round score led New Mexico State its first tournament team title since October of 2010. Orito shot a career-best 1-under par 71 in the first round and followed it up with a career-best 2-under par 70 in the second round. The 1-under 215 is a career-best for Orito, who was playing in only her sixth tournament for NM State. Orito’s finish is the best Aggie finish since former Aggie golfer Demi Mak won the BYU at Entrada Classic in March of 2011.

Alcaraz Named WAC Women's Tennis Athlete Of The Week

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State junior women’s tennis player Susana Alcaraz was named Athlete of the Week by the Western Athletic Conference for the week of April 7-13. The honor is the first for the team and for Alcaraz this season.

Alcaraz, a junior from Aguascalientes, Mexico, won both of her singles matches at the No. 2 spot, and along with doubles partner Marie-Pier Thiffault, went 1-1 in doubles. She earned a two-set win (7-6, 7-5) against Arkansas State’s Janie Nowland to help NM State to its 6-1 win, while she and Thiffault defeated an ASU duo 8-3 at the third court. Alcaraz also earned a three-set victory (6-7, 6-4, 6-4) in singles at the second court over Idaho’s Almudena Sanz as NM State defeated the Vandals 4-3.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Lacey Rother Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Lacey Rother has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for April 7-13. This is the second honor of the season and her career for Rother.

Rother, a junior outfielder/catcher from Long Beach, Calif., went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with two home runs, six RBI and six walks last week. She reached base in each of her 11 plate appearances and drew her fist career intentional walk in a 17-2 win over Bakersfield on Saturday. Rother had a home run in each of Friday’s doubleheader games. In the series finale on Saturday, she tied the WAC and New Mexico State records for walks in a single game with four. Rother posted a 2.200 slugging percentage and a 1.000 on-base percentage in her three games last week.

Aggies Shatter WAC Records With 17-2 Win Over Bakersfield

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team scored a record-breaking 17 runs in the first inning on Saturday, April 12 against the Bakersfield Roadrunners to complete the sweep and improve to a 26-16 record this season and stay atop the Western Athletic Conference with an 8-1 record.

Each run was plated in the first inning of the five-inning game with the Runners scoring first. The Aggies’ defense held CSUB to six hits but no earned runs on the day and senior Celisha Walker made the start and pitched five complete for the Aggies. The right-hand pitcher tossed one strikeout and allowed just one walk in the game, while the NM State offense rattled off 12 hits and 15 RBI on the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Sweeps Doubleheader With Bakersfield

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team went 2-0 on the Friday, April 11 with a 7-5 win in game one over CSU Bakersfield and then came back for an 8-1 win in game two. The Aggies combined for 27 hits on the day with four home runs and 15 RBI. The team improves to 25-16 on the year and 7-1 in Western Athletic Conference play.

Leading the day was junior Lacey Rother as she went 5-for-5 with two runs and five RBI. She had a home run in each game and came up with a couple of stellar plays on defense. She also picked up the first intentional walk of the season.

The Aggie pitching staff held things together with sophomore Makayla McAdams and redshirt sophomore Karysta Donisthorpe each earning a win, while senior reliever Celisha Walker earned a save in game one. The trio allowed just three earned runs between the two games.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Rodolph Interview :: 04/09/14 Your thoughts on the UMKC series, you were able to pick up a series victory bouncing back from a loss in the first game to win the next two.
Kathy Rodolph: It was our first time to Kansas City, that was interesting. We had great barbecue. It was really, really cold when we got there. It was 40 degrees with about 75 percent humidity and so from leaving Las Cruces at 80 to that, we didn’t play as well as I would have liked in game one and I think the weather affected us. I liked our response in game two in whatever mother nature is going to bring just get after it when we’re playing . It was just kind of different. They play at a city park and rec field and it was having to make quite a few adjustments. There weren’t batting cages or true bullpens so I think in hindsight in looking back over it it was good for us to have to be uncomfortable and make adjustments. The second game of the doubleheader on Friday you come back after the loss and run rule them 13-4. Obviously your team must have gotten comfortable pretty quickly because you lose and you have to turn right around and play again.
KR: What we talked to them about after the game, we were all disappointed in the way that we played in game one. We gave up nine runs and only one was earned. That tells you how many errors there were. What we talked to the kids about was you can either lick your wounds and focus on that game or understand that that game is gone and there’s nothing you can do about it but your response to it shows whether you’re a championship team or not. We really dug in and got after it in game two and I really did like our response.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Earns 29 Academic All-WAC Honors

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DENVER, CO - The 2013-14 Academic All-WAC men and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field and men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have been announced. New Mexico State placed 29 winter student-athletes on to the list. The Aggies now have 50 academic all-conference honorees this season after 21 from the fall semester.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.

“We are very proud of our student-athletes as they continue to be at the forefront of the Academic All-WAC honorees,” athletics director Dr. McKinley Boston said. “We’re proud of the work they did this winter both in competition and in the classroom.”  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Ward Interview :: 04/07/14 You won the Friday night game which has been elusive this season and that was a game that seemed like your players got all their frustrations out in one game.
Rocky Ward: For the first time this year we got momentum and kept it. We trailed that game 2-0 in the second and some of the same feelings start to creep back in because we’d played from behind so much. But we put together a five run third and a three run fourth up to take control of the game and then from that point forward, as is typical of Friday games, once you get behind 8-2 it’s almost impossible to use any pitching. They just tried to finish it out without wasting any arms. Unfortunately we’ve been on the other side of that so it was nice to take advantage of that. The Saturday game was 0-0 through the first five innings and then you were able to get control of the game and get the 7-4 victory.
RW: Yeah, their kid did a good job. I thought the Hammer kid was their best arm. I thought he had the best idea how to pitch. He was throwing what I thought looked like a splitter but what the guys were telling me is it looked like a slider. It had that type of action. I thought we did a pretty good job, we got him into a little bit of a pitch count and finally got the breakthrough in the sixth and got him out and got to their bullpen. The disappointment was once we got the two runs in the sixth we turned right around and gave them right back which we’ve done on several occasions this year. We’ve gotten the lead and then couldn’t pitch back to it. Then once again we were able to score back-to-back innings and put us up 5-2 and then we got the zeroes we needed. It was Riley Barr’s first win and so I was happy for him. They [UNC] actually swung the bats well. He gave up 12 hits in the game, only one of them was an extra base hit. But he pitched around stuff pretty well. The three walks in the game was okay. You try to stay at three or under in the game and we’ve had trouble with that this year. It was a well played game. They scored two in the bottom of the ninth on Trey coming in on a 7-2 game. He came in the game in the eighth and faced the winning run which made it a save situation. We scored two in the ninth to extend the lead and made it easier to win. They really battled at us. They competed very well with the bats. It was a good baseball game. It was one of those types of games you’d like to play a lot of. We got pretty good hitting, a 7-3, 7-4, I can go with that. If we average seven or eight runs a game and we’re giving up three or four. You’re going to win a lot of games with that formula. This type of baseball we’re pretty comfortable with traditionally.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Falls At Air Force 9-6

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The New Mexico State baseball team held the lead for five innings but lost 9-6 to Air Force Academy, Tuesday, April 8 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Aggies fall to 13-19 on the season and the Falcons move to 7-24 overall.

NM State took 6-1 lead after scoring twice in the top of the first, once more in the second and three times in the top of the third, but the Aggie offense was slowed down being shut out in the final six innings of the game.

Falcon pitcher Trent Monaghan held NM State to just two hits in the six scoreless innings to earn the win and Aggie left-hand pitcher Trey Higginbotham took the loss falling to 0-3 on the year after working 0.2 innings and allowing four runs to score. NM State left hander Robert Kraft was the Aggie starter and went 2.1 innings, allowing three runs.  Continue Reading This Post >>