Aggies Open 2022 Season with Weekend Series Against Texas State, Oregon State
Thursday, Feb. 11 | 4 p.m. (MT)
NM State vs. Texas State – Live Stats
Friday, Feb. 12 | 3:30 p.m. (MT)
NM State vs. Texas State – Live Stats
Saturday, Feb. 13 | 1 p.m. (MT)
NM State vs. Oregon State – Live Stats
NM State Softball Complex (1,050) | Las Cruces, N.M
Watch | NM State Game Notes
The NM State softball team is set to open the 2022 regular season this weekend with a trio of games set for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the NM State Softball Complex. The defending WAC regular-season champions will open the season with a game against Texas State on Friday at 4 p.m. They will play Bobcats again the following day (Sat. 2/12) with game time set for 3:30 p.m. The Aggies will then close out the weekend by playing Oregon State on Sunday (2/13), with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. All of this weekend’s games will be streamed live on WAC Digital Network.
The Aggies enter the season as the defending WAC regular-season champions after they had an impressive conference-best record of 14-4 (31-21 overall). The last time out, the Aggies were playing in the WAC Tournament Championship, where they lost to Seattle U by a final of 7-5. This season, the Aggies are predicted to finish second in the WAC West Division, according to a release put out by the WAC last week.
Where to Watch
The Aggies weekend series can be seen live on ESPN+. If watching from outside the country, the games can be seen on the WAC Digital Network. Greg Sexton (Play-by-Play) and Katie Favilla (Color) will be on the call for each game.
Aggies Win Sixth WAC Regular Season Title
NM State clinched its sixth WAC regular-season title last season, their fifth in the last six seasons after going 31-21 overall and 14-4 in conference play.
NM State returns three of their top five hitters from last season, including 2021 1st Team All-WAC member Ramsay Lopez, who last season hit .293 with 11 home runs and 22 RBI. The Aggies will still be looking to fill two huge voids in the lineup as 2021 WAC Player of the Year Nikki Butler and 2021 WAC Freshman of the Year Matalasi Fa’apito left the program following the 2021 season, taking with them a combined 30 home runs and 82 RBI.
Joining Lopez as returning starters are a trio of 2021 2nd Team All-WAC members Gabby Aragon, Kayla Bowen and Maya Martinez.
Redshirt Sophomore Gabby Aragon hit .248 on the year with two home runs and 15 RBI, excelling in conference play where she hit .375 with a home run and 11 RBI.
Senior first baseman Kayla Bowen emerged as a real threat in the Aggies lineup, hitting .305 on the season while finishing second on the team with 39 RBI to go along with eight home runs.
Redshirt Sophomore Maya Martinez became a go-to player in the clutch following a pair of walk-off home runs against Grand Canyon and Utah Valley.
On the pitching side, the Aggies return the dynamic Felicia De La Torre. De La Torre went 96.2 innings in 30 appearances (18 starts), putting together a 9-10 record with a 4.13 ERA while also leading the team in strikeouts. Also returning for the pitching staff is Laurali Patane, who went 8.0 innings in four appearances for the Aggies last season.
Legend in the Dugout
Kathy Rodolph has had a remarkable career as the head coach of the Aggies. In her 18th year at the helm, Randolph is the winningest coach in NM State with a 540-437 record. She’s led the team to four WAC Tournament Championships and six WAC Regular Season Championships, including last season when the team went 14-4 in conference play. She is a five-time WAC coach of the year. She has helped the Aggies capture the last eight WAC player of the year awards and back-to-back WAC Freshman of the year awards. Also has had 17 players named to the NFCA All-Regional Team.
Scouting the Bobcats
The Aggies begin the 2022 season with a two-game series against Texas State on Friday afternoon. The Bobcats are coming off a 39-14 season, returning six starters and three pitchers. The Bobcats are led by Ricci Woodard who has compiled a 724-443-1 record in her 21 seasons at Texas State. Texas State managed to make the NCAA Regionals last season, taking the first game agaist #10 Oregon. Sara Vanderford leads the way for the Bobcats, hitting .405 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI last season. In the circle, Jessica Mullins returns after compiling a 20-6 record and a 1.71 ERA. She also threw a no-hitter in her collegiate debut against Abilene Christian back on February 22, 2021, striking out 12 batters walking one.
History vs. Texas State
The Aggies are 6-4 all-time against the Bobcats. The last time the two teams met was back on February 15, 2019, when the Aggies came out on top 7-4. Their first match-up was on February 6, 2004, where the Bobcats took home the victory by a final score of 0-4. NM State is currently on a four-game win streak against Texas State, which dates back to April 19, 2013.
Scouting the Beavers
The Aggies end their weekend series with a game against Oregon State on Sunday afternoon. The Beavers posted a 20-26 record last season, with notable wins coming against #3 Oregon, #6 Washington and a pair of wins against #3 Arizona State. The Beavers are led by coach Laura Berg, in her ninth season at Oregon State, posting a 229-210-1 record. The Beavers will be led by junior Frankie Hammoude, who posted a .360 average to go along with 17 home runs and 41 RBI. Senior Mariah Mazon returns to the circle for the Beavers after 14-16 record and a 2.30 ERA in 204.0 innings pitched.
History vs. OSU
This will be the fourth time the Aggies and Beavers will cross paths. NM State is 1-2 all-time versus OSU. The last time these schools met was on March 7, 2020, right before the season was canceled due to COVID-19. The Aggies came out on top in that one by a final score of 4-2. The first time these schools met was on February 27, 2016, when the Aggies lost by a score of 10-2.