Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – For the fourth-straight week a member of the New Mexico State softball team has won the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week award as center fielder Staci Rodriguez is the winner for the week of March 30-April 5, the conference announced Monday.
Rodriguez, a senior from Paramount, Calif., picks up her first hitter of the week honor of the season and sixth of her storied Aggie career. The Aggies as a team have won six of the nine WAC Hitter of the Week awards this season.
“Staci has been the rock of our offense, she is an excellent mentor for other hitters whether she is fighting to get back on track or on a roll,” said NM State head coach Kathy Rodolph. “Her work ethic is great and her biggest strength is that she has built the rare combination of high level zone awareness and power. We are all very proud to call her an Aggie and love what she does day in and day out.”
Rodriguez led the Aggies to a sweep of Seattle U this past weekend as NM State got to 30 wins for the third-straight season and improved to 6-0 in WAC games. She finished the three-game series with a .667 batting average (6-for-9), a 1.333 slugging percentage, six RBIs and seven runs scored.
Her batting average included going 2-for-2 in the second game of the series and 3-for-3 in the final game. Part of her six hits were three doubles and a home run, the 50th long ball in her Aggie career. Rodriguez reached the 50 home run club in grand fashion, literally, as she belted a grand slam in the second inning of game two to break open a tight game.
Rodriguez becomes only the second NM State softball player in program history to reach the 50 home run mark. She joins former Aggie and all-time home run leader Hoku Nohara who finished her career with 64 home runs.
Rodriguez and the rest of the NM State squad have little time to celebrate their recent success as the Aggies prepare to meet No. 19/20 Arizona State Monday for a doubleheader at the NM State Softball Complex.
The twin bill is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start. Tickets are only $5 and as always students and kids under 12 years of age are free. If you can’t make it to the ballpark, the first game of the doubleheader will be televised live by the AggieVision production team on Comcast Cable channel 77 in New Mexico and on Altitude, FOX Sports Arizona Plus, Southwest Plus and College Sports Pacific for satellite subscribers.
Game one will also be streamed live for free over the Internet on both ESPN3 and the WAC Digital Network.