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Matalasi Faapito Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - That’s one way to start your career. Freshman Matalasi Faapito was named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week after dominating the Troy Cox Classic to open her collegiate career.

The native of Temecula, Calif., went 8-11 (.727) at the plate to start her career and bashed four home runs. Faapito is slugging a jaw-dropping 1.909 and is reaching base safely at a .750 clip. The 5-11 slugger only struck out once and drove in eight runs. In a 13-4 run-rule win over Bradley, Faapito went 3-3 with two home runs, a double and four RBI.

Faapito also made two solid appearances in the circle for the Aggies. She started NM State’s season-opener against Nebraska and worked 3.1 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on four hits. She also started against nationally-ranked Arkansas and threw 6 innings, striking out five.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Nikki Butler Selected WAC Preseason Softball Player Of The Year, Aggies Picked To Finish Third

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Senior catcher Nikki Butler was picked to repeat as Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year by the league’s coaches, the WAC announced on Wednesday.

Butler is the only Aggie picked to the All-WAC preseason team after winning WAC Player of the Year a season ago. Last season, the La Habra, Calif., native batted .299 with nine home runs, 34 RBI and a .392 on-base percentage. During WAC play, she hit .386, slugged .632, hit six dingers and had an on-base percentage of .453.

For her career, Butler is hitting .340 with a .600 slugging percentage, a .421 on-base percentage and 114 RBI.

The league’s coaches also picked the Aggies to finish third in the league with 28 points. Last year’s champion Seattle U was picked to repeat with 53 points and five first-place votes while GCU was picked second with 30 points and two first-place votes.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tobin Echo-Hawk Joins Aggie Softball As Volunteer Assistant

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Tobin Echo-Hawk, the longtime Division I softball head coach with stints at Portland State and UTEP, is joining NM State as a volunteer assistant coach.

Aggie softball head coach Kathy Rodolph announced her addition to the coaching staff Wednesday. Echo-Hawk joins associate head coach Cat Heifner and assistant coach Karysta Donisthorpe on staff.

Echo-Hawk has 11 seasons of head coaching experience, including 250 career victories, under her belt. She was most recently head coach of the UTEP softball program, leading the Miners for six seasons (2014-19) and advancing to the Conference USA Tournament twice.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Unveils 2020 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The road to the Women's College World Series begins at the NM State Softball Complex.

The Aggies will open the 2020 campaign in the comfort of their own home, head coach Kathy Rodolph revealed when she announced the teams' schedule Wednesday. The upcoming season's slate features 21 home contests, starting with the Troy Cox Classic on Feb. 6-9.

NM State hosts Nebraska, Arkansas, Bradley and rival UTEP over the four-day season-opening tournament. The Aggies take on the Huskers in the first game of the year, with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. MT Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Softball Complex.

The Aggies have won four consecutive season openers at home, most recently downing Creighton, 11-4, one year ago.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Earns NFCA Academic Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball was named an Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Academic Team for the 2019 season, the organization announced on Tuesday. Additionally, the Aggies had nine individuals honored as Easton/NFCA Scholar-Athletes.

A record-breaking 8,161 student athletes received honors from the organization with 1,769 players coming from NCAA Division I programs. NM State was among four teams in the Western Athletic Conference to receive recognition and 49 players from WAC schools earned individual accolades.

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NM State NFCA Scholar-Athletes

Kayla Bowen
Keala Brown
Victoria Castro
Mya Felder
Kayla Green
Kelsey Horton
Melika Ofoia
Kennedi Sorensen

NMSU Softball's Diaz And Butler Earn NFCA All-Region Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LOUISVILLE, KY - New Mexico State softball's Samaria Diaz and Nikki Butler were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Pacific Region Third Team on Thursday. This is the first honor from the NFCA for both Diaz and Butler.

After a stellar season in the circle, Diaz was named the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, She led the league in strikeouts (100), batters struck out looking (24) wins (7) and saves (3) during conference games. The junior's 228 strikeouts paced the WAC this season and currently puts Diaz in 21stnationally. The pitcher broke NM State's single-season record for saves with seven and her 11 career saves tied Celisha Walker's record at New Mexico State. Diaz closed out the season with a 16-9 record and a 2.10 ERA.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Sweeps WAC Awards

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX – The Western Athletic Conference announced its 2019 All-WAC softball teams and major award winners, as voted on by the leagues head coaches, on Tuesday night. Five players from New Mexico State were named to the first team. Additionally, NM State swept the major awards including Kathy Rodolph taking home WAC Coach of the Year honors.

Nikki Butler was named the WAC Player of the Year for the first time in her career and the junior also received her third-straight first team bid. The catcher led the conference with four home runs against league opponents while also placing fifth for hits (22) and on-base percentage (.453). She ranked sixth in total bases (36), seventh in slugging percentage (.632) and eighth in batting average (.386). Butler posted six multi-hit games during WAC play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Felder Earns WAC Softball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State softball’s Mya Felder was named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, the league announced on Monday. This is the second-straight honor for the freshman and the third of her career as an Aggie.

Felder hit .706 with a 1.235 slugging percentage and a .700 on-base percentage when NM State went 4-1 last week, including a win over No. 17 Texas Tech in the team's final home game of the season. The freshman posted multiple hits in four of the last five games and recorded a hit every contest last week. Felder was 12-of-17 with three doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs. In the win over the ranked Red Raiders, she went 3-for-4 with a solo homer. During the series opener at CSU Bakersfield, Felder recorded six of her 11 RBIs for the week when she went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a home run.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Sweeps Weekly WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State softball’s Mya Felder and Samaria Diaz were named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, the league announced on Monday. This is Felder’s second honor during her freshman campaign and the third honor of the season and career for Diaz.

Felder hit .636 with a 1.727 slugging percentage and a .714 on-base percentage as the Aggies went 4-0 last week. She was 7-of-11 with six extra-base hits – three doubles and three home runs – and 19 total bases. The freshman scored seven runs, had seven RBI while also recording three walks. She posted hit in each of the Aggies' four games, including three multi-hit contests. Felder opened the week with a pair of homers at New Mexico and also posted a long ball in the series opener against Kansas City. During Saturday's doubleheader against the Roos, she tallied three doubles.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Sweeps Weekly WAC Awards

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State's Mya Felder and Samaria Diaz have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 1-7. This is the first-ever honor for Felder and the second honor of the season and of her career for Diaz.

Felder, a freshman third baseman from Fresno, Calif., hit .571 with a 1.571 slugging percentage and a .625 on-base percentage in five games last week. She was 8-of-14 on the week with six extra-base hits as she tallied two doubles and four home runs. Felder scored six runs and had nine RBIs as the Aggies went 4-1 on the week. Felder hit a home run in each of NM State's run-rule victories over in-state rival New Mexico. She also had a pair of homers in the series finale against Utah Valley as she went 3-for-3 with two RBIs to clinch the series for the Aggies.  Continue Reading This Post >>