The New Mexico State softball team split a pair of games on Sunday afternoon to finish the Troy Cox Classic with a 4-2 record. The Aggies fell 10-2 to No. 22 Nebraska in a run-rule shortened five-inning game but bounced back to defeat Colorado State 4-1.
In the first game of the day the Aggies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning thanks to a two-run blast from senior Tiare Jennings. Aggie freshman Karysta Donisthorpe started in the circle for the Aggies, her first career start, and held the Nebraska bats at bay through the first three innings. However, Nebraska's powerful lineup roughed up Donisthorpe in the bottom of the third scoring seven times to take a 7-2 lead.
The Huskers got a leadoff double from Mattie Fowler and then an error on Aggie third baseman Briana Tovio-Asato allowed the next batter to reach. After giving up an infield single, the fourth batter of the inning, Gabby Banda, singled to score Fowler from third. The Aggies would record their first out of the inning on a fielder's choice but the next batter, Ashley Guile, would double to drive in two more runs. After Donisthorpe struck out Tatum Edwards for the second out of the inning, Brooke Thomason would hit a three run shot to clear the bases and give Nebraska a 7-2 lead.
The Aggies would put the leadoff runner on in the fourth but she would be stranded at first. Amber Olive would hit a one out single in the fifth and advanced to second on a wild pitch and Kristi Covarrubia would reach on a fielder's choice giving the Aggies a pair of baserunners. However, Nebraska relief pitcher Ashley Hagemann would retire Tiare Jennings and Valerie Swedberg on one pitch each to end the Aggie threat.
Nebraska would end the game in the bottom of the inning as Mattie Fowler would deliver a two-run home run with one out to end the game.
In the second game the Aggies would jump out to a 1-0 lead on Colorado State as Amber Olive would get a leadoff single and come around to score on an error by CSU shortstop Ashlie Ortega. The Aggies would maintain their 1-0 lead until the top of the third as leadoff batter Danie Wikre would hit a solo home run for the Rams.
The Aggies would retake the lead in the bottom of the fourth as Valerie Swedberg would lead off with a double to left center and advance to third on a wild pitch. She would score two batters later on a Staci Rodriguez RBI single.
The Aggies would maintain a 2-1 advantage through six and a half innings and went into the bottom of the sixth looking for insurance runs. They would get the insurance by way of a solo home run from Valerie Swedberg who would hit a two-run blast following a Tiare Jennings walk.
With a 4-1 lead heading into the top of the seventh, Celisha Walker would retire the first two batters before allowing a 2-out single to Ortega. Walker would regroup and get Aly Greckel to ground out to end the game.