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NMSU softball opens today

The NMSU softball team is looking for its third Western Athletic Conference title in four seasons after falling to Seattle last year in the tournament final.

The team has posted seven consecutive winning seasons and garnered numerous All-WAC team honors last year including WAC Player of the Year (Nikki Butler) and WAC Coach of the Year (Kathy Rodolph).

Aggie catcher Nikki Butler makes a play at home plate Feb. 9, 2019, in a game against UNM at the NM State Softball Complex. Butler was named the 2019 WAC Player of the Year and was picked by league coaches to receive the honor again in 2020. (Photo by Chris Hook)

Although the Aggies have lost two key players from last season in Kelsey Horton and Victoria Castro, head coach Kathy Rodolph indicated in a Round Up interview last fall that she is optimistic about the new players.

“We’re trying to teach (the incoming players) what Aggie softball is about. Whether it’s in the weight room, conditioning, out on the field, in the bullpen as a pitcher — we’re just trying to become a team. We believe that experience is the biggest difference between a senior and a freshman, and so we try to get as much experience in the fall as we can,” Rodolph said.

NMSU will host the University of Nebraska in the Aggies’ 25th anniversary season opener this afternoon at 4 p.m. at the NMSU Softball Complex.


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