Aggies battle for regular aeason WAC title in San Jose
May 3 at San Jose State* 4:00 p.m.
May 4 at San Jose State* (DH) 1:00 p.m.
• NM State (35-15, 16-2 WAC) now sits two games ahead of second-place San Jose State going into the final weekend of the regular season. The Aggies and the Spartans have secured the top-two spots in the WAC Tournament and will battle for the regular-season title on May 3-4, in San Jose, Calif. A battle for the regular-season WAC title is up for grabs in San Jose with game one is set for 4 p.m. on Friday, May 3, and the doubleheader on Saturday is set for 1 p.m.
• NM State and the Spartans have each earned a bye in the first round of the 2013 WAC Championship. The teams are battling for the regular season title and a No. 1 or 2 seed in the tournament. The No. 1 seed will play the winner of game one (No. 4 vs. No. 5) and the No. 2 seed is set to meet the winner of game two (No. 3 vs. No. 6). Both first round games are set for Wednesday, May 8.
• The Aggies must win one game to claim the regular season title and a No. 1 seed in the tournament. In 2011, the Aggies won the regular-season title and the tournament title to advance to the 2011 NCAA Regional in Tucson, Ariz.
• Each game is also available to follow along live on live stats at NMStateSports.com or on Twitter @NMStateAggies.
• Tickets for the 2013 WAC Softball Tournament, which will be held May 8-11 at the Lady Techster Softball Complex on the campus of Louisiana Tech, are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631, emailing email@example.com 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 SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT FROM LOUISIANA TECH
• 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 (32-15, 13-2 WAC) head into the final home conference series of the season against Seattle. NM State has swept four of its last five conference series and is 16-2 in WAC play.
• NM State boasts a .296 batting average as a team and is led by senior Amber Olive (.403). 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.
• Five Aggies hit above .300 this season and four of those have a slugging percentage at or above .500.
• The Aggies are just 9-3 in road games this season, but SJSU boasts a home record of 15-2.
• The Aggie pitching staff combines for a 2.66 ERA through 345 innings. Eleven individual shutouts and three combined have helped the Aggies to 35 wins in 2013.
• The Aggie offense averages 4.66 earned runs a game
About San Jose State
• The Spartans (36-15, 14-4 WAC) are coming off a 2-1 series win over Texas State with a run-rule loss in game three. Just SJSU’s fourth loss in WAC play, the team is second in the conference and sits two games behind the WAC-leading Aggies.
• Michelle Cox leads at the plate with a .369 batting average and 58 hits. She is second in the league behind Aggie standout Amber Olive in hits. She is slugging .465 and has a .441 on base percentage with 10 extra base hits this season.
• The team is hitting .286 this year with a .410 slugging percentage. Opponents against the Spartans are hitting just .235.
• Amanda Pridmore is the stud in the circle for the Spartans with a 1.66 ERA this season and a 23-9 overall record. She is second in the WAC for ERA and leads the conference with 219 strikeouts. The senior is hurling just 1.25 in WAC games with an opposing batting average of .199. She has won 10 of the Spartans 14 WAC game this year.
• A tight 26-25 all-time record is held by the Spartans going into the weekend. In 2012, NM State took the series 2-1 and has won the series the past four years as WAC opponents.
Aggies in the WAC
• NM State is currently leading the conference by two games. The Aggies have a .889 winning percentage in conference play, .700 overall. San Jose State is two back from the Aggies.
• The Aggies lead the WAC in nearly every offensive category through league play, including batting average (.317), slugging percentage (.508), on base percentage (.395), runs scored (108), hits (160), RBI (102), home runs (23) and total bases (256).
• NM State is batting .296 as a team in this season, tied for first in the WAC through all games.
• The Aggies have 228 RBI this year, which is 17 more than second place San Jose State
• The Aggies are averaging 6.00 runs per game on 8.89 hits in conference games, putting them at the top of the conference in those categories as well.
In the Lead
• Amber Olive has a .403 batting average in 176 at bats with 39 runs, 71 hits, four doubles, five triples, two home runs and 19 RBI this season with a .436 on base percentage. She is currently batting a .470 in league play, which is good for second in the conference through WAC games and leads the WAC in hits (31). 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 .373 in 150 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, 56 hits, 10 doubles and 62 RBI. She has a .840 slugging percentage and a .451 on base percentage.
Who Stepped Up?
• The Las Cruces, N.M., native went 7-for-8 against Seattle for a .875 batting average and matching slugging percentage. She reached base eight times during the weekend. She put herself on base early in the first inning of game one, helping the Aggies with the initial 8-0 win in six innings on Friday evening.
• She also had two sacrifice bunts during the series opener to mover her season total to eight. She had two multi-hit games over the weekend and went 4-for-4 in the Aggies comeback 9-7 win on Saturday night. She bunted her way on base in the first and the seventh, giving the next Aggie batter the opportunity to score the runners.
Power in the Circle
• Newman has a 1.85 ERA, a 22-9 record and has pitched 173.2 innings with 77 strikeouts. She has 13 complete games this season and five unassisted shutouts with two saves. Newman has a 1.03 ERA in league play, which is first in the WAC, an 11-2 record with just 11 earned runs in 74.2 innings of conference play.
• All of NM State’s pitchers having winning records so far this season with a team ERA of 2.66. The staff has pitched 345.0 innings and thrown 177 K’s this year.
Three and Out
• This season, NM State has worked for 113 innings where the Aggie defense and pitching staff has sent the opposing team away in order.
• Sophomore Staci Rodriguez leads the conference with 20 home runs and is tied for sixth in the nation. As a team, the Aggies boast 51 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 (3/15). 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 151 appearances for the Aggies in her 4-season career, which ties her for the most in program history with Kim Watson (2006-09).
• 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.
• 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 71 hits this season, good for third in the Aggie record books. She moved onto the list in commanding fashion with a three-spot jump during the Aggies’ 3-0 sweep over Seattle in late April. The single-season number to beat is 82 hits in a season, held by former Aggie
Kandis Jones (2011).
• Olive’s .368 career batting average is second all-time in the Aggie record books. She is only led by Stephanie Herrera (2006-08) with a .370.
Home Field Comfort
• NM State is 21-8 at home this season. The Aggies have lost just two of those games since Feb. 19. NM State has swept two conference series at home and took one from No. 17 Arizona during a mid-week doubleheader.
Rodriguez Named ESPNW Player of the Week
• Staci Rodriguez was recognized as one of the Players of the Week by ESPNW College Softball Notebook, the media outlet announced Tuesday, April 16. The sophomore was one of five players nationally recognized for the weekly honor.
WAC Recognition – Hitter/Pitcher of the Week
• 4/29/13 - Rodriguez led the Aggies to a three-game sweep over Seattle U to remain atop the WAC standings. She posted a .750 batting average, a .800 on-base percentage and a staggering 2.000 slugging percentage with one double, three home runs and eight RBI in her three games. In Friday night’s series opener, she was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. In the come-from-behind win over the Redhawks in the series finale, Rodriguez hit two three-run home runs. With 20 bombs this season, Rodriguez ranks second at NM State and seventh in the WAC in single-season home runs. With the eight RBI last week, she is now tied for second place at NM State and tied for 10th in the WAC in single-season RBI with 62.
• 4/15/13 - Rodriguez led the Aggies to a 4-1 record last week that included a win over No. 17 Arizona and a sweep over Western Athletic Conference opponent UTSA. She hit .615 on the week, while going 8-13 at the plate with a double, three home runs and seven RBI. She worked for a 1.385 slugging percentage through five games with an on base percentage of .688. Her three home runs in the weekend series against UTSA, extending her season total to 16, which ties Rodriguez for third in the NM State single-season record books. Rodriguez had a hit in each conference game and went 3-for-3 in game two of the Aggies’ mid-week series against No. 17 Arizona.
• 4/6/13 – Alex Newman worked for three wins in 17.2 innings over the week, helping NM State to sweep UT Arlington and claim first place in the conference. Newman finished her week with a perfect 3-0 record with a 0.40 ERA and holding her opponents to a .172 batting average. She boasted eight strikeouts and allowed just one earned run all weekend and two overall. She allowed just 11 hits in the circle, improving her conference ERA to 1.50 in a total of 124 innings. She worked her eighth complete game in Friday’s 5-1 win and came back for eight more innings in the 12-inning 3-2 win over the Mavs in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader. Newman is second in the conference in ERA overall and boasts a 14-8 overall pitching record.
• 2/25/13 – Conrad led the Aggies at the plate last week with a .600 batting average, an .800 slugging percentage and a .714 on-base percentage. She had a hit in each of the Aggies' four games last week, with two doubles, three runs of her own and one RBI and three walks. Conrad had two multi-hit games and reached base each of her four times at the plate against rival I-10 UTEP on Saturday, Feb. 23, helping NM State to a 5-4 win over the Miners in extra (8) innings.
• 2/18/13 - The Paramount, Calif. native led the Aggies at the plate over the week with a .400 batting average and a .840 slugging percentage. She worked for a .429 on-base percentage and was 10-for-25 at the plate for NM State with two double, a sacrifice fly and a career-high 13 RBI with three home runs. She helped lift the Aggies to a 7-1 win over I-10 rival UTEP with four RBI off two hits that included her first home run of the week. She finished the week with three multi-hit games and had her best game against Colorado State on Sunday, Feb. 17, when she went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a stand-up double.
• The Aggies powered past Seattle U on Senior Weekend in Las Cruces, N.M., for a 3-0 sweep. The Aggies run-ruled the Redhawks in the Friday series opener and then battled for a 2-0 win in game two. The series finale proved to be a nail-biter for NM State after being down 7-3 going into the bottom of the seventh and rallying back with two three-RBI home runs for a 9-7 win.
• Rodriguez hit three home runs with a double for eight RBI on the weekend, giving her 20 home runs this season, good for second on the single-season record list. Covarrubia hit .875 through the three games, going 7-for-8 with a walk and four runs scored. Conrad was the game-changer in the Saturday nightcap with a three-run walk-off home run to win the game and sweep the series. The sweep over the Redhawks marks the fourth sweep this season during conference play.
• The Aggies travel to Ruston. La., for the 2013 edition of the WAC Tournament, May 9-11. Guaranteed on of the top-two seeds, the Aggies have earned a bye on the first day. NM State has to win just one game to earn a share of the WAC regular season title, and must win the series to take the title outright.