NMSU Softball hosts Seattle on Senior weekend

NMSU Softball hosts Seattle on Senior weekend
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 12:36pm

The Aggies wrap up the home portion of the 2013 schedule by welcoming the Seattle Redhawks on April 26-27, as part of Senior Weekend. The teams meet on Friday, April 26 at 6 p.m., and then finish the weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday at 4 p.m. After the conclusion of the final game on Saturday evening, the Aggies will recognize and honor the 2013 senior class.

Media Coverage
• Friday evening’s game is available on the radio on KSNM AM 570 with Jay Sanderson making the call. Game one of Saturday’s doubleheader is televised on nmstatesports.com, Comcast New Mexico and Fox Sports Arizona (PLUS).
• Each game is also 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).

About the Aggies
• The Aggies (32-15, 13-2 WAC) head into the final home conference series of the season against Seattle. NM State has swept three of its last four conference series and is 1302 in WAC play.
• NM State is leading the WAC with just two losses in conference play. After falling in game two of the three-game series at Texas State, the Aggies were able to maintain the first-place spot in the WAC and stay one game up on San Jose State.

About Seattle U
• The Redhawks are 20-25 this season overall, but sit third in the WAC with an 8-7 record.
• Seattle U is sitting five games behind the first-place Aggies, but have one two of its five conference series this season.
• SU most recently split a doubleheader with Portland State on Wednesday, April 24, after taking the road series 2-1 over UTSA last weekend.
• Isabella Geranimo leads the Redhawks at the plate with 24 RBI off 42 hits this season. Hitting .311 overall, Geranimo has 14 extra-base hits and 25 runs of her own.
• Sarah Petosa and Allegra Wilde are the base runners to look out for. Petosa has 12 stolen bases in 13 attempts to lead the team, while Wilde is 9-for-10 stealing.
• Pitching duties are split between Rochelle Ashburn and Mandie Sugita with a 2.75 and 3.84 ERA, respectively.
• Ashburn is 11-10 in the circle with four shutouts and 11 complete games. She holder her opponents to a .263 batting average in her 28 appearances.
• Sugita is 6-10 this season with 113.0 innings of work. She has started in 17 games in 2013 and has 50 strikeouts under her belt. She has come in for the Redhawks for two saves this season.

Series Notes
• This is the first meeting between the Aggies and the Redhawks.

Looking Back
• The Aggies went 2-1 on the week at Texas State with a 1-0 win in the series opener and a 3-2 win in game three. Game two marked the first loss for the Aggies in conference play since March 22. Sophomore Staci Rodriguez hit her second grand slam of the season on a full count and two outs in the top of the fifth in game two. The bomb is No. 17 for the sophomore, good enough to tie her in second place of the single-season record books at NM State.

Up Next
• The Aggies conclude the 2013 regular season with a potential battle for the WAC title against San Jose State, May 3-4, in San Jose, Calif. NM State is currently one game up on the Spartans and the teams could battle for the regular season conference title during SJSU’s Senior Weekend.
• A single game on Friday, May 3, is set for 3 p.m. The double bill is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m.

Aggies in the WAC
• NM State is currently leading the conference by one game. The Aggies have a .867 winning percentage in conference play, .681 overall. San Jose State is one back from the Aggies.
• The Aggies lead the WAC in nearly every offensive category through league play, including batting average (.308), slugging percentage (.497), on base percentage (.384), runs scored (89), hits (132), RBI (83), home runs (19), total bases (213) and at bats (429).
• NM State is batting .292 as a team in this season, good for second in the WAC through all games.
• The Aggies have 209 RBI this year, which is eight more than second place San Jose State
• The Aggies are averaging 5.93 runs per game on 8.80 hits in conference games, putting them at the top of the conference in those categories as well.

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