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Las Cruces, NM — The Aggies (21-15) dig into conference play and head out to meet Kansas City April 4-5. NM State looks to extend on the four-game winning streak meet and the Roos meet for a doubleheader on Friday, April 4 beginning at 1 p.m. The series closes out at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
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NM State gets back to Las Cruces to conclude the home portion of the 2014 schedule with a three-game WAC series against Bakersfield. The Aggies host the Roadrunners for a single game at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 11. NM State concludes the home weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 12 beginning at 4 p.m. The three Aggie seniors, Alyssa Ruiz, Celisha Walker and Kristi Covarrubia, will be honored after the conclusion of the weekend’s final game on Saturday.
NM State went 4-0 over the past week with a three-game sweep to open WAC play against Seattle U. To start off the week, the Aggies run-ruled cross-border rival UTEP 14-3 in five innings. The team then opened league play with three wins over the WAC’s preseason No. 2 selection Seattle U. NM State won the first game 6-1 then came back to sweep the doubleheader and close out the weekend 9-3 and 10-2.
About the Aggies
NM State moved to 21-15 on the season after going 3-0 on the weekend against Seattle U to open WAC play. The Aggies finished the weekend after a 10-2 run-rule, which was the second time they forced a run-rule in the week the first being against I-10 rival UTEP. The team is led at the plate by junior Staci Rodriguez with a .432 batting average and 11 homeruns. She is tied in the top 10 for home runs this season with fellow hard hitter Fiana Finau who moved to 11 home runs during the second game against Seattle U. The duo combines for 65 RBI this year. Rodriguez is ninth in the nation with a .863 slugging percentage and Finau is slugging .733 so far this year. Rodriguez had reach base in her last 33 at-bats and has seen eight games with multiple RBI just under Finau who has seen 10.
In the circle, senior Celisha Walker leads the Aggies with a 3.67 ERA this season. The team is hurling 3.99 combined with redshirt Karysta Donisthorpe pitching 80.0 of the teams innings. She is leading the Aggies with 71 K’s this season and is holding her opponents to a .260 batting average. Walker has become the closer for the team, pitching 74.1 innings and striking out 47. She has tallied two saves and one shutout this year.
Aggies in the WAC
Leading the conference the highest record percentage at .583 this season, NM State is leading in a large majority of the hitting categories this season including batting average as the Aggies are hitting .311. The team has 462 total bases and is slugging .501 as a whole, which leads the league. The Aggies also have the best team ERA (3.99) but are just behind GCU in fielding percentage (.952). The Aggies surpassed the Lopes in hits however with 287 on the year.
Individually, the Aggies are seeing Staci Rodriguez lead in a slew of categories, including batting average (.432), on-base percentage (.549) and RBI (33). Rodriguez is tied with fellow hitter Fiana Finau at 11 homeruns. Finau is second on several of the hitting lists that Rodriguez leads. Senior Celisha Walker is fourth in the WAC with her 3.67 ERA followed by sophomore Makayla McAdams at a 3.72 ERA.
NM State in the Nation (as of 3/30/14)
Hitting duo Fiana Finau and Staci Rodriguez have made their way onto the nation’s leaderboard in four different categories this season. The pair is top 20 in homeruns both ranked at 15th in the nation. Rodriguez is top 50 for batting average (40th), runs per game (28th) and slugging percentage (9th).
As a team, the Aggies are sitting in the top 50 in more than three categories. They are currently ranked 19th nationally in home runs per game out of 289 ranked teams. NM State is also 20th in the nation with its .502 slugging percentage. The Aggies .312 batting average places them as 33rd in the ranks.
About Kansas City
The Kansas City Roos are currently sitting at 11-25 with a 3-5 home record. Junior Cinda Ramos leads the team with a .364 batting average and 16 RBI. She records a .509 slugging percentage with 56 total bases and 110 at bats. Ramos also contributes a 3.91 ERA after pitching 87.2 innings for Kansas City, just under sophomore Katie Kelley who puts up a 3.57 ERA. Kelley has pitch 102 innings for the Roos on the season, recording 69 strikeouts putting her opponents at a .275 batting average.
Kansas City in the WAC
Kansas City is currently 1-2 in Western Athletic Conference play. The Roos beat Grand Canyon in the last game of the three game series 4-2 on Saturday, March 28, to give them their first win in their conference season.
The team is led by junior Cinda Ramos with a .538 batting average with seven hits and one RBI so far. Katie Kelley leads with a 1.14 ERA pitching 12.1 innings for the Roos. In WAC play, Kelley has allowed two earned runs in 14 hits giving her opponents a .259 batting average.
NM State has met with Kansas City five times before beginning the 2014 season. With a 5-0 record, the last time the two teams met was in 2013 as the Aggies defeated the Roos 10-1 after forcing a run rule in the fifth inning on Feb. 15, 2013.
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