Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State softball first baseman Kelsey Dodd has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for the week of Apr. 20-26, the conference announced Monday.
The senior from Clovis, Calif., who was recognized this weekend as one of five seniors on the Aggie roster, picks up her first ever WAC Hitter of the Week honor after going 5-for-10 for a .500 average and belting two home runs in a three-game sweep over Grand Canyon that clinched the WAC regular-season championship for the Aggies.
Dodd also finished the weekend with a 1.100 slugging percentage, a .583 on-base percentage, three runs scored and four RBIs.
“Kelsey has been key to our success all year,” NM State head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “Her clutch performance this weekend was a huge part of our ability to clinch the regular-season title.”
Both of Dodd’s homers came in the series opener in which the Aggies came from behind to secure the WAC championship. It was home runs No. 30 and 31 of Dodd’s career as she became only the seventh player in program history to reach the 30-home run mark.
With the Aggies trailing 3-1 in the third, her first homer, a two-run shot, knotted the game at 3-3. Then, with NM State trailing 6-4 in its final at-bat, Dodd hit a solo shot that started a three-run rally which ultimately ended with a walk-off single by freshman Rachel Rodriguez and a WAC crown.
Dodd then went 1-for-3 in game two and capped off the week with a 2-for-4 performance in the finale that included two runs scored and an RBI in a NM State 15-5 blowout win in six innings.
With Dodd’s award this week, the Aggies have now taken seven WAC Hitter of the Week honors this season, tying the seven they brought home last season as well, the most in program history.
Although the WAC regular season is over, NM State still has a doubleheader on Tuesday in El Paso, Texas, with I-10 rival UTEP to conclude the regular season. The twin bill is slated for a 4 p.m. start.