LAS CRUCES, N.M.--
The final batch of the 2009 NCAA softball statistics were recently
released and the New Mexico State softball team capped off the season ranked
No. 1 in the nation in batting average (.341).
The Aggie bats paced perennial powerhouses such as Arizona (.339), who ranked second in the nation, Florida (.323) who was third, Mississippi Valley (.322) who was fourth and Arizona State (.322) who rounded out the top five.
Head coach Kathy Rodolph and associate head coach Cat Heifner said that they are extremely proud of the team and believe that the accomplishment was a result of hard work.
“I am thrilled that our kids' and coaches' hard work paid
off in the 2009 season,” Rodolph said. “It's a tremendous accomplishment for our program. Anytime a
team can be number one in the nation at anything, its time to celebrate. It’s a significant stepping stone which
should show our kids and our community how good we could really be in 2010.”
Batting average is not the only category
NM State holds rank. The Aggies were
also ranked seventh in scoring (6.09), seventh in slugging percentage (.543)
and 10th in home runs per game (1.26) throughout the country.
NM State also saw a pair of
individuals hold top-20 spots in various offensive categories throughout the
Freshman sensation Tiare Jennings ranked
sixth in RBIs (61), 11th in home runs (17), 13th in home runs per game (.131)
and 20th in slugging percentage.
Sophomore cleanup hitter Hoku Nohara
ended the season ranked 17th in the nation in batting average (.429) and 19th
in on-base percentage (.527).
“Our kids love what they do,”
Heifner added. “They love to hit
and they love to be successful. This year they learned that success can be
achieved with a good work ethic, a good mentality and a lot of swings.”