The New Mexico State softball team won the first conference title in program history completing a sweep of the Boise State Broncos winning game one 16-3 and rallying to win game two 7-6.
After falling behind 2-0 in the top half of the second inning, the Aggies answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 3-2 lead. Boise State would tie the game 3-3 in the top of the third but then the Aggie offense would explode for 13 runs over the final three innings to evoke the run-rule.
The Aggies would jump out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning but would see their lead turn into a 4-3 deficit after three innings. Boise State would add to the lead going up 5-3 but the Aggies would score a single run in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 5-4 and then behind a three run fifth inning the Aggies would forge ahead 7-5. Boise State would score once in the top of the sixth and the Aggies would work around a leadoff single in the seventh to hold on for a 7-6 victory and the outright regular season title.
The Aggies earn the number one seed in the conference tournament in Fresno, Calif. next week and will play at 12:30 p.m. (MT) on Thursday.
GAME ONE: NM STATE 16, BOISE STATE 3 (5)
Boise State scored the first two runs of the game taking advantage of a pair of Aggie errors as they would load the bases with one out after shortstop Kylie Randall was charged with a fielding error. Aggie starting pitcher Celisha Walker would hit Tazz Weatherly to score Christina Capobianco from third. Kelly Caplan would then reach on an error by first baseman Teresa Conrad as the ball slipped through the right side past Conrad. Kelly Sweeney would score on the play from third to give Boise State a 2-0 lead.
The Aggies would put the first two batters on base as Hoku Nohara would single and then advance to third on a double from Valerie Swedberg. After a pair of outs, Tehani Kaaihue would deliver a two RBI double to tie the game 2-2. Kylie Randall would deliver an RBI single to give the Aggies a 3-2 lead.
Boise State would tie the game in the top of the third taking advantage of another Aggie error as Mackenzie Whyte would score from second on a fielding error by Tiare Jennings in left field.
The Aggies would blow the game open in the bottom of the third as Hoku Nohara would walk to lead off the inning. Shaleese Javillo would pinch run for Nohara and advance to second on a sacrifice bunt by Valerie Swedberg. Ashley Maroda would single to left field scoring Javillo. Teresa Conrad would reach on a fielder's choice as Ashley Maroda would reach second safely on a fielding error by the Bronco second baseman. Alyssa Ruiz would battle starting pitcher Allie Crump and on the ninth pitch of the at bat, the freshman catcher would drill a double into right center scoring Javillo and Maroda.
The runs would end Crump's day in the circle as the Broncos would bring in Lela Work. Tehani Kaaihue would attack Work's first pitch and single to right field. After Kylie Randall popped out on a bunt attempt, Kandis Jones would send Work's first pitch back to right field scoring Ruiz giving the Aggies a 7-3 lead. Tiare Jennings would then step to the plate and belt a three run home run on the first pitch from Work to give the Aggies a 10-3 lead.
After holding Boise State scoreless in the top of the fourth, the Aggies would add to their lead in the bottom of the innings as Ashley Maroda would lead off the inning with a solo home run. The Aggies would then load then load the bases with one out prompting another pitching change from Boise State as they would bring in Ashley Collier to pitch. Collier seeing her first action of the season would throw a wild pitch allowing Teresa Conrad to score from third. Kandis Jones would walk to re-load the bases. Tiare Jennings would then draw a walk to score Tehani Kaaihue. After striking out Hoku Nohara, Valerie Swedberg would single scoring two more runs. Tiare Jennings would come around to score on a wild pitch to give the Aggies a 16-3 victory.
New Mexico State would hold the Broncos scoreless in the top of the fifth to clinch at least a share of the regular season title with a chance to win it outright with a win in the second game.
GAME TWO: NM STATE 7, BOISE STATE 6
The Aggies would work out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the first and use that momentum to score three runs in the bottom of the first as the first five Aggies would reach base safely giving the Aggies a 3-0 lead. The scoring threat would end after Ashley Maroda would hit into a double play with Valerie Swedberg grounding out to end the inning.
The Broncos would take the lead in the top of the third as they would get a two run home run from Devon Bridges to cut the Aggies' lead to 3-2. The homer would prompt a pitching change for the Aggies as Kelsey Schueler would replace Alex Newman in the circle. Christina Capobianco would take advantage of the pitching change and belt a solo shot to left tying the game. Kelly Sweeney would draw a walk and advance to second on a sacrifice bunt. Tazz Weatherly would single as Kelly Sweeney would come around to score form second as Brittany Clifton would drop the throw from Tiare Jennings as it appeared the Aggies would be able to throw Sweeney out at home.
Alex Villalobos would Alyssa Ruiz would replace Schueler and Clifton and Villalobos would get Kelly Caplan to ground out to end the inning.
The Broncos would add a single run in the top of the fifth scoring Holly Bourke on a sacrifice fly to give Boise State a 5-3 lead.
The Aggies would cut into the lead as Valerie Swedberg would single and come around to score later in the inning on a wild pitch to make the score 5-4.
The Aggies would go up 7-5 in the bottom of the fifth scoring three runs as Tiare Jennigns would double on a Vanessa Valles single, Ashley Maroda would single to score pinch runner Shaleese Javillo and Valerie Swedberg would record an infield single to score pinch runner Kristi Covarrubia.
Boise State would cut the Aggies' lead to one in the top of the sixth but the Aggies would work around a leadoff single from Ashley Collier in the top of the seventh to hold on for the 7-6 victory, the series sweep and the program's first conference championship.