The Aggie softball team has a little bit of its momentum back as they thumped New Mexico for the second time this season winning handily 12-3 and in the process sweeping the season series from the Lobos for the second consecutive season. The Aggies have outscored UNM 22-3 in those two games and outhit them 29-10.
Hoku Nohara tied two school records during last night's victory as she blasted two home runs in the game. She joined the list of Aggie players who have hit two home runs in a game (we're a little surprised that one of the current Aggies hasn't hit three in a game yet). Fellow teammates Tiare Jennings (three times), Ashley Maroda (twice) and Angie Ortega (once) are both on that list as well.
Hoku's 3-for-3 day included an RBI walk which gave her seven RBIs in the game, also tying a school record held by fellow teammate Ashley Maroda, former teammate Stacy Lien and Stephanie Bonillas as Aggies who have driven in seven runs in a game.
The Aggie pitching was a little shaky in the second inning as Carissa Theis gave up three runs and gave way to Alex Newman who has suddenly become the Aggie stopper and for at least this two week stretch, the Aggies' best pitcher. Starting with the Aggies' loss at UT-Arlington, Newman has pitched 15.0 innings and given up just two runs, nine hits, one walk and has struck out six and has a 1.20 ERA. This all coming as a true freshman and in the midst of some struggles by the Aggie pitching staff. Also combining her appearance against UTA and Nevada, she at one point retired 17 consecutive batters.
The Aggie offense will need to continue their hot swinging as they head to Fresno State this weekend to take on arguably the best 1-2-3 punch in the league the Bulldogs' pitching rotation of Morgan Melloh, Mackenzie Oakes and Michelle Moses. The scary thing for the rest of the league is that Melloh is a junior, Oakes and Moses are just sophomores.
Be sure to check out this week's interview with Aggie head baseball coach Rocky Ward. The Aggies are coming off of a 3-1 series victory over San Jose State that puts them at 5-2-1 in the league. They'll face Sacramento State who is 3-1 after knocking off Hawai'i this past weekend. The Aggies and Hornets were originally scheduled to play Friday, Saturday and Sunday but a change in scheduling has been approved and the two teams will square off beginning Thursday and play single games each day through Sunday.
Thursday and Friday's games will start at 3:30 p.m. MT and Saturday and Sunday's games are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. MT starts. We're still trying to confirm that all four games will be broadcast on the radio (we believe they are all going to be).
The Aggie women's golf team surged into fourth place at the WAC Championship Tournament in Mesa, AZ. The Aggies are just eight shots off the lead which is being held by San Jose State. Eight shots in team golf is not a particularly big margin and another strong day from the Aggies could put them at the top and a Top 3 finish is certainly well within reach.
On to today's links...
The NM State athletic website recaps the Aggies' victory.
The UNM athletic website recaps the Aggies' victory.
Isaac Avilucea of The Daily Lobo recaps the Aggies' win.
The WAC Softball Blog recaps the Aggies' (and Utah State's) win.
The WAC Softball Blog takes a look at the WAC's numbers in the national statistical rankings.
The WAC Softball Blog takes a look at what conference expansion/realignment could mean for the WAC.
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