Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State softball center fielder Staci Rodriguez is this week’s College Sports Madness Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the entity announced Tuesday.
The senior from Paramount, Calif., was also named the WAC Hitter of the Week by the conference on Monday and celebrated by hitting two home runs versus No. 19 Arizona State later that day. This is the fourth-straight week CSM has chosen a NM State softball player as its WAC Player of the Week.
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. With her two home runs on Monday against the Sun Devils, Rodriguez now sits at 52 home runs in her career.
NM State continues its homestand with three WAC games versus Missouri-Kansas City this weekend. The Aggies and ‘Roos play one game on Friday beginning at 6 p.m. and conclude the series with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 4 p.m.