The New Mexico State Aggie softball team stepped outside of conference play to take on UT-Arlington on Monday afternoon and fell 4-1 to the Mavericks. The Aggies drop to 19-19 on the season with the loss.
New Mexico State fell behind early as starting pitcher Torrey Schroeder gave up a leadoff double to UTA's Rebecca Collom. Schroeder then hit the next batter and then gave up a single to the third batter of the inning, Heather Fortenberry which brought Collom around to score putting the Aggies down 1-0. Schroeder hit the very next batter to load the bases with nobody out. Schroeder got help from her defense on the next at bat as Teri Lyles singled down the left field line but the Aggie defense was able to turn a double play as the Aggies forced out the runners at second and third allowing Hulme to score which put the Aggies down 2-0. Lyles then stole second and Schroeder walked the next batter, Erica LeFlore to put runners and first and second with two outs. Schroeder was able to get out of the inning getting the next batter to fly out to the shortstop Teresa Conrad.
Angie Ortega led off the inning for the Aggies with a walk and then was pinch run for by Shaleese Javillo. Javillo advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Tehani Kaaihue however, the Aggies were unable to score Javillo from second as Brittany Clifton struck out swinging and Conrad flied out to right field.
Schroeder started off the second inning getting UTA's Kelsey Kaiser to ground out to Ashley Maroda at third base. The next Mav batter reached on a fielding error and then stole second. Schroeder then walked the next two batters to load the bases with one out. The Aggies then made a pitching change bringing in freshman Alex Newman. The first batter she faced singled to bring home a run putting the Aggies down 3-0. The next batter, Samantha Chumchal, flied out to center field to rbing home another run putting the Aggies behind 4-0. Newman then got Teri Lyles to ground out to the shortstop to end the inning. Both runs were charged to starting pitcher Torrey Schroeder.
The Aggies would start off the inning with a bunt single by freshman Amber Olive. Kylie Randall then reached on a fielder's choice as Olive was put out on a force at second. Randall then stole second and Kadnis Jones reached on an error by UTA's third baseman. Tiare Jennings then reached on an erro by the UTA shortstop and advanced to second on the throw which advanced Kandis Jones to third and scored Kylie Randall. With runners and second and third and just one out the Aggies' Hoku Nohara and Angie Ortega were unable to drive in any more Aggie runs as the teams would head to the bottom of the third inning with the Aggies trailing 4-1.
The Aggies would put runners and second and third with two out but were unable to score in the fourth inning. Alex Newman would send the Mavs down in order in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings and the Aggies would once again threaten in the top of the sixth inning as Angie Ortega led off the inning with a single. After Tehani Kaaihue popped out to second, Brittany Clifton doubled down the left field line but then the Aggies were doubled up to end the inning.
Newman would pitch her third consecutive 1-2-3 inning giv ing the Aggies one final chance for a comeback. However, the Aggies themselves would go down in order in the top of the seventh inning to end the game.
Torrey Schroeder picked up the loss for the Aggies as she went just 1.1 inning giving up all four runs and dropping her record to 7-7 on the season. Alex Newman pitched 4.2 innings giving up two hits and retired the final 10 batters she faced.
The Aggies had five hits on the day as Brittany Clifton went 2-for-3 to lead the way. UT-Arlington's Cara Hulme went the distance for the Mavericks giving up five hits but allowing just one run and one walk while striking out four Aggies. The Mavericks also collected five hits but none after the third inning.
The Aggies return to action on Friday as they host WAC rival Nevada in a crucial conference series for both squads.