The Aggie softball team dropped a 4-1 decision to UT-Arlington on Monday afternoon. The Aggies once again fell behind early and could not recover. Starting pitcher Torrey Schroeder once again had control issues as she gave up a double, then hit a batter, gave up a single hit another batter, gave up another single and gave up a walk. The Aggies were fortunate to only be down 2-0 after the first inning as they were able to double up UTA on a play. The Aggies gave up two more runs in the second, both runs charged to Schroeder. One bright spot for the Aggies in yesterday's game and really the entire road trip was the play of many of the Aggies' freshmen.
Yesterday the best performance came from relief pitcher Alex Newman who came in for the struggling Schroeder in the middle of the second inning. Newman allowed a hit that scored the two runs in the second inning (with both being charged to Schroeder) but then pitched 4.2 innings of scoreless softball and retired the final 10 batters she faced giving up a two out single in the bottom of the third inning otherwise she would have retired 14 straight batters.
As we mentioned earlier in the week, the Aggie freshmen, Teresa Conrad, Tehani Kaaihue and Lauren Morizi also had solid weekends overall for the Aggies.
New Mexico State returns home this weekend for an absolutely crucial three game set with Nevada. The Aggies and Wolf Pack are the two surprises in the league right now. Nevada was picked to finish second, the Aggies fourth and right now they are seventh and eighth with a combined league record of two wins and 15 losses.
Nevada was swept in the cruelest of fashions this weekend by San Jose State. You can read about the heartbreaking loss at The WAC Softball Blog, let's just say it's one of those stomach punch, kick to the groin type of losses and perhaps one of the worst losses (for a morale standpoint for sure) that we've ever heard about (it involves a seven run lead, a strikeout/passed ball and a walk-off home run).
With Nevada at 1-7 and the Aggies at 1-8, Utah State at 3-7 (6th) San Jose State and Boise State at 4-5 and tied for fifth place, Nevada and New Mexico State are just a three game series sweep up getting right back in the hunt for the WAC Tournament. However, on the flip side, both teams are a three game sweep of really being behind the eight ball, particularly New Mexico State who must face Fresno State on the road the following weekend.
As Coach Rodolph likes to say, every at bat, every play, every single pitch is important for the Aggies this weekend.
The Aggie baseball team will depart for an 11-day, eight game roadie this weekend as they face San Jose State and Sacramento State in back-to-back weekend series. The Aggies are coming off a 2-1-1 series victory over Nevada which puts the Aggies in second place after the first weekend.
We spoke with head coach Rocky Ward yesterday and we will have that interview posted a bit later today. One thing is for sure. Rocky HATES ties (as do most competitors, winners and losers only please).
On to today's links...
The WAC Softball Blog takes a look at last year's records versus this year's records.
The WAC Softball Blog shares news and notes from around the league.
The UT-Arlington athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss.
The NM State athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss to the Mavericks.
Joe Santoro of The Record-Courier details the damage done to the Wolf Pack pitching staff by the Aggie bats.
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