New Mexico State softball travels to take on conference foe CSU Bakersfield in a three-game series beginning on Friday, April 21, at 3 p.m. (MT). The first two game of the series will be broadcast on the WAC Digital Network.
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Alexis Maynez, was named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, the league announced on Monday. Maynez hit .833 with three extra-base hits and two RBI last week. She recorded an exceptional 1.833 slugging percentage and a .833 on-base clip. She hit the game-ending home run in the fifth inning in the Aggies’ 8-0 shutout of UMKC. Maynez also hit a double and a triple in the series finale.
Rachel Rodriguez stole her 15th base of the season last weekend against UMKC. With the steal, Rodriguez is third all-time in the NM State record books for career stolen bases (62). She needs one stolen base to tie the second place record and needs two steals to take second place outright.
WHERE IN THE WAC-
NM State posts the best record in conference play (8-1) and holds a two game lead over Grand Canyon heading into the weekend. If the Aggies can secure a four-game lead over the Lopes, New Mexico State will secure the regular season title.
NM State leads the WAC with 35 home runs and 52 stolen bases as a team. Rachel Rodriguez is atop the league with 15 stolen bases. Kelsey Horton leads the conference in batting average (.435), slugging percentage (.782), on-base percentage (.496), total bases (97) and home runs (10).
In conference play alone, New Mexico State posts a league leading .353 batting average and a .621 slugging percentage. The team also leads the WAC with 15 home runs, 65 runs scored, 83 hits, and 58 runs batted in. Horton leads all players with a .615 batting average and a 1.269 slugging percentage in conference play.
LAST TIME OUT
The Aggies fell in a doubleheader against No. 3 Arizona on Tuesday. Kayla Green and Samaria Diaz each pitched a complete game as the Aggies fell 8-0 and 11-1 to the Wildcats. The lone run for New Mexico State was a home run by Kelsey Horton, her 10th of the season.
KNOW YOUR FOE: CSU BAKERSFIELD
The ‘Runners enter the series 8-28 overall and 1-8 in conference play. CSU Bakersfield ended a four-game losing streak on Wednesday as the team won both games of a doubleheader against UC Riverside 5-2 and 3-2 in ten innings.
Jo Larios posts a team high .290 batting average. Chris Hipa leads the team with four home runs and five doubles. In the circle, Summer Evans posts a 4.25 ERA and a 6-12 record this season. She has pitched 108.2 innings, 11 complete games and one shutout.
NM State enters the series with a 13-4 record against the ‘Runners. In the last meeting between the teams, the Aggies lost a heartbreaker as CSU Bakersfield defeated New Mexico State 1-0 in the WAC Championship, earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Following three-game series in Bakersfield, California, NM State returns home for the final conference series of the season. The Aggies close out conference play with a three-game series against Grand Canyon, beginning on Friday, April 28, at 6 p.m. (MT).