The New Mexico State softball team dropped a 3-2 decision to in-state rival New Mexico on Monday afternoon at the NM State Softball Complex. The Aggies fell behind 2-0 after a pair of solo home runs in the second inning from Stefanie Carramusa and Shenise Cox off of Aggie starting pitcher Alex Newman.
The Aggies would get a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning from Teresa Conrad. After a one out single from Vanessa Valles put runners at first and second, Valerie Swedberg would single to load the bases. After a Brittany Clifton strikeout, Tehani Kaaihue would single to drive in Conrad. Valles would attempt to score on the single but would be thrown out at the plate as the Aggies would trail 2-1 heading to the third inning.
The Aggies would send freshman Celisha Walker to the circle in the top of the third replacing Newman but the Lobos would respond to the Aggie run with a run in the top of the third after getting a one out double from Kaity Ingram. Jessica Garcia would single scoring Ingram.
The Aggies would once again cut the Lobos lead to one getting a two out solo home run from Tiare Jennings to make the score 3-2.
Walker would settle in and send the Lobos down in order in the fourth and fifth innings but the Aggie offense would be unable to capitalize on the solid pitching. The Lobos would change pitchers in the fourth inning sending Kaela DeBroeck to the circle for starter Kari Gutierrez. The Aggies would get a leadoff double from Vanessa Valles. Shaleese Javillo would pinch run for Valles but the Aggies would pop up and strike out on their next two at bats. Tehani Kaaihue would draw a two out walk but the inning would end on a ground out from Kylie Randall to end the threat.
The Aggies would put together their best threat in the bottom of the sixth inning as Vanessa Valles would draw a leadoff walk and Amber Olive would pinch run for Valles. Valerie Swedbeg would lay down a bunt down the third base line and the Lobos would be unable to throw out Swedberg who would reach on a throwing error to put runners at first and third with nobody out. Swedberg would steal second with Tiffany Autry at bat pinch hitting for Brittany Clifton. Autry would reach on a fielder's choice as Olive was thrown out at home for the first out. Kristi Covarrubia would pinch run for Autry. Tehani Kaaihue would hit a grounder and appeared to be safe at first but was called out. Covarrubia would attempt to get the Lobos to play into a rundown while Swedberg would try to score the tying run but the Lobos would throw Swedberg out at home to end the inning.
The Aggies would hold UNM scoreless in the top of the seventh but would be unable to get anything going in the bottom of the seventh as they would draw a two out walk from Tiare Jennings but Teresa Conrad would ground out to end the game.