Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State softball team members Haley Nakamura and Karysta Donisthorpe garnered the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week awards, respectively, as the conference announced its final weekly honors this season on Monday.
This is the second time this season the Aggies have swept both awards in the same week, with the first time coming on Mar. 30 when Donisthorpe was the WAC’s top pitcher and Fiana Finau was tabbed the hitter of the week.
It is the first-ever honor for Nakamura and the fourth honor of the season and fifth of her career for Donisthorpe. The two honors brings NM State’s season total to eight hitter of the week awards and five pitcher of the week awards for a total of 13 honors, the most conference weekly awards in program history.
“Karysta continues to be rock solid in the circle for us,” Aggie head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “She did a great job in a rivalry game last week. Haley has been lights out recently for us. She works very diligently every day so it’s great to see her hard work pay off.”
Nakamura, a sophomore shortstop from Lahaina, Hawai’i, went 5-for-7 at the plate in a doubleheader sweep of UTEP last week. She posted a .714 batting average, a .714 slugging percentage and .750 on-base percentage with three runs scored.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Nakamura was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. In the nightcap, she was 2-for-3 with one run scored.
Donisthorpe, a redshirt junior from Farmington, N.M., pitched the second game of the doubleheader against the Miners, going the distance to collect her 20th win of the season.
She only allowed one run for a 1.00 ERA in the complete-game win over UTEP. She was perfect through the first three innings before giving up the Miners’ first hit in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Donisthorpe, who held the Miners to a .192 batting average in the game, allowed the one run on five hits while striking out eight and issuing just one walk. With the win, she improved to 20-4 on the season, tied for the fifth-most wins in a season in program history.
The WAC regular-season champion Aggies now prepare to host the 2015 WAC Tournament at the NM State Softball Complex beginning Thursday. NM State’s first game will be on Thursday at 4 p.m. versus the winner of the Seattle U-Utah Valley contest earlier in the day.
The tournament will run through Saturday when the championship game will be played. Tickets are now on sale online at www.ticketmaster.com, at the NM State Ticket Office in front of the Pan American Center, by phone at 575-646-1420 or at the softball complex during the tournament.
Tickets are sold as an all-session pass, which allows fans access to all three days of the tournament and all eight (or nine) games, or as single-day passes which allow fans access to that day’s games. All-session passes are $25 for adults and $10 for youth (18 & under) and WAC students. Single-day passes are $12 for adults and $5 for youth and WAC students.