NMSU Softball heads to WAC Tournament as the #2 seed

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 6:18pm

Ruston, La. - 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.


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