Two New Mexico State softball players, senior Shaleese Javillo and freshman Briana Tovio-Asato, earned All-WAC second team honors at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference softball awards banquet hosted by the Aggies Wednesday morning.
Javillo earned her first All-WAC honor as a member of the second team. Javillo transitioned from primarily a pinch runner and outfielder over the past two seasons to a middle infield starter midway through her senior year. She only committed one error on defense despite not playing infield since her high school career.
The Kohala, Hawai'i, native's game blossomed this season as she started 19 games and led the Aggies with a .343 batting average in WAC play. Her on-base percentage of .423 is second on the team in WAC games this season.
She finished the year as the active leader in the WAC with 35 career stolen bases. In four seasons, Javillo boasts a career on-base percentage over .300, 15 RBI, 24 hits with five going for extra bases including two home runs.
"We are happy that the league recognized Shaleese and Briana for their hard work in WAC play," head coach Kathy Rodolph said. "Shaleese really stepped up and excelled for us when we really needed her this season. She showed a lot of heart by playing out of position in her senior year."
Tovio-Asato joined Javillo as a member of the All-WAC second team. She led the Aggies in several offensive categories in conference play including doubles (5), total bases (26), walks (11) as well as slugging percentage (.481) and on-base percentage (.455). Tovio-Asato was second on the team with a .333 average behind only Javillo in WAC games. The third baseman led the Aggies with 35 assists on defense in league action.
For the year Tovio-Asato started 51 games and played in 52 contests. She led NM State with 11 doubles and 74 assists on defense. The Kapolei, Hawai'i, native ranked second on the team with a .336 batting average, 45 hits, 25 walks and a .458 on-base percentage.
The freshman ended the year on a 13-game streak in which she reached base. Tovio-Asato led the Aggies with a 21-game streak earlier in the season in which she became a base runner in each contest. She also ranked second on the team with 13 multiple-hit games this season.
Tovio-Asato is the third NM State freshman in four seasons to earn All-WAC honors, joining teammates sophomore Valerie Swedberg and senior Tiare Jennings.
"Briana was solid for us all year both at the plate and in the field," Rodolph said. "She had a great campaign on defense at third base. I am confident she will only continue to get better in her Aggie career."
New Mexico State is hosting the WAC Softball Tournament this week for the second time in three years after last hosting in 2010. The tournament begins Wednesday, May 9 with the first game slated to start at 4:30 p.m. MT at the NM State Softball Complex.
Although the Aggies will not participate in this year's tournament, fans can come out to the Complex to enjoy games over four days ending with the WAC Championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
Fans may purchase tickets at the gate or call the NM State Ticket Office at (575) 646-1420. Ticket office hours are: Monday to Friday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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