Tiare Jennings continued to wield a white-hot bat as New Mexico State out slugged the Nevada Wolf Pack on Friday afternoon to open the three game series with the Pack. The Aggies improve to 9-1 in conference play and now sit atop the standings alone as Boise State fell to Utah State in other action around the WAC on Friday.
Jennings and the Aggies jumped on the Wolf Pack early as the Aggies would put runners at first and third bringing Jennings to the plate with nobody out. She would single through the left side to bring around Kylie Randall. After the Wolf Pack retired the next two Aggie batters, Teresa Conrad would single through the middle to drive in Kandis Jones. Valerie Swedberg would single to load the bases and Brittany Clifton would double to drive in Jennings and Conrad. Amber Olive would follow with a double to right field scoring Swedberg and Clifton to put New Mexico State up 6-0 as the Aggies batted around in the first inning.
Aggie starting pitcher Alex Newman would work out of a jam in the first as the Wolf Pack would put runners at first and second with one out but Newman would get Britton Murdock to foul out to the catcher. Newman would walk the next Wolf Pack batter to load the bases but would get Megan Fincher to strike out swinging for the final out.
Neither team would score in the second but Nevada would get on the board in the bottom of the third inning as the Pack would put runners at first and second with one out. Erin Jones would double to drive in a pair of runs for Nevada to cut the Aggies' lead to 6-2. The runs would prompt a pitching change by the Aggies as Celisha Walker entered in relief of Newman. Walker would retire the next two batters via a ground out and a fly out to end the inning.
New Mexico State would answer the Nevada scoring with three runs in the top of the fourth. With one out in the inning Kandis Jones would reach after being hit by a pitch. Stepping to the plate Tiare Jennings would deliver a home run to left center to put the Aggies up 8-2. Ashley Maroda would single but was thrown out trying to advance to second for the second out. Vanessa Valles would get an infield single and Teresa Conrad would deliver a single to put runners at first and second. Valerie Swedberg would double to center to drive in Valles to give the Aggies a 9-2 lead.
Nevada would put a pair of runners on with two out in the bottom of the fourth but Walker would get Danielle Patrick to ground out to end the inning. Nevada would score a single run in the bottom of the fifth as Lauren Lastrapes would get an RBI single with two out scoring Erin Jones from second making the score 9-3.
The Aggie offense would tack on three more runs in the top of the seventh as Kandis Jones would get a two out single and Tiare Jennings would deliver her second home run of the game putting the Aggies up 11-3. Ashley Maroda would reach base after getting hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Vanessa Valles would draw a walk and Teresa Conrad would double down the left field line to bring Maroda home from second to put the Aggies up 12-3.
Nevada would put together a late rally scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh as they would load the bases with nobody out. Nevada get a sacrifice fly from pinch hitter Kortnee Wiley with one out and with two outs Chelsea Venable would deliver a three run home run to cut the Aggies' lead to 12-7.
Tiare Jennings led the way for the Aggies going 3-for-4 with two home runs, a walk and five RBIs. Kandis Jones also finished the game 3-for-4 and came around to score three times. Teresa Conrad and Valerie Swedberg each went 3-for-5 in the game.
Celisha Walker picked up the victory for the Aggies going 4.2 innings in relief. She allowed five runs but just one earned. Alex Newman pitched 2.1 innings to start the game and allowed two runs on four hits with three walks and a strikeout.
The Aggies and Wolf Pack finish up the series on Saturday with a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. (MT)