Aggie Softball Picks Up A Pair Of Victories In Las Vegas

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - Junior Celisha Walker pitched the Aggies to a 4-0 win over the Weber State Wildcats on day two of the Eller Media Stadium Classic on Saturday, March 2. NM State is 11-7 on the season.

Walker worked her first complete game this season and picked up her first win in the circle with three strikeouts and no runs allowed off three hits. She had a stellar 48 strikes in 53 total pitches in the circle. The Aggies finished the game with four runs on six hits and three stolen bases.

“I thought that Celisha did a great job in the circle,” head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “Her poise and the defense behind her gave us an opportunity to make some great offensive plays. Amber Olive’s home run really set the tone for us and with every game we play, we are continuing to get better.”
Olive set that tone when she hit a lead-off home run off the second pitch of the game over the left field fence to put NM State on the board. Teresa Conrad got her first hit of the day in the same inning as she singled to short stop.

The second and third inning, the Aggies went down in order, but Kelsey Dodd and Malena Padilla each get base hits in the top of the fourth. Junior pitcher Celisha Walker and the Aggie defense put the Wildcats away in order in the third and fourth innings to put NM State back at the plate.
Senior Tehani Kaaihue reached base on a walk. She put herself in scoring position with her second stolen base this season before freshman Emma Adams brought Kaaihue across the plate with an RBI double to center field.

With the 2-0 lead through four and a half innings, the Aggie defense sat Weber State down in order in the bottom half of the fifth.

The Aggies increased their lead as Dodd reached base on a walk to bring in Chelsea Dohrwardt to pinch run. She picked up a stolen base at second and rounded the bases to score on a throwing error by the Wildcats.

In a similar situation seventh inning, freshman Tatum Reedy singled to center and fellow freshman Brennalyn Nakamura came in as a pinch runner. She stole second and advanced to third on a bad throw. Kaaihue brought Nakamura around the bases with an RBI that went down as a fielder’s choice to give the Aggies the 4-0 win over the Wildcats.

LAS VEGAS, NV - For the first time under head coach Kathy Rodolph, the New Mexico State softball team beat the UNLV Rebels 8-0 in five innings in the nightcap of the Eller Media Stadium Classic on Saturday, March 2. NM State moves to 12-7 on the season and 2-2 in the tournament.

The Aggies picked up their second win of the tournament with eight runs off 12 hits for eight RBI. Sophomore Kelsey Dodd went 2-for-2 with two RBI on the day while Karysta Donisthorpe went the distance in the circle with six strikeouts and just three hits. She picked up her fourth win of the season. It was the work of sophomore Lacey Rother as a pinch hitter that drove in the game-winning win with a single RBI to left in the bottom half of the fifth inning.

“Karysta was determined in the circle and she set the tempo,” Rodolph said. “We played great defense behind her and when we do that and our pitchers keep us in it, we get to focus on our offense and good things happen.”

The Aggies started with their third double-play of the day for two quick Rebel outs in the top of the first. Senior Amber Olive had a lead-off single to short and freshman Emma Adams reached on a catcher’s interference. The pair advanced on a wild pitch before a single to center by Staci Rodriguez plated the first run by Olive for NM State.

A sacrifice fly by Kelsey Dodd scored Adams to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead over the Rebels after one complete inning. That is Dodd’s second sacrifice fly of the season.

In the second, NM State sent the Rebels away in order before senior Tehani Kaaihue reached base on a walk to start the inning. With two outs on the board, Olive came back to the plate for an RBI triple that scored Kaaihue. Olive now has four extra base hits on the season and 10 RBI.

NM State continued on the power hitting track in the bottom of the fourth with a standing double by senior Teresa Conrad. Rodriguez and Dodd picked up RBI doubles of their own with Rodriguez’ out to center and Dodd hit hers up the right field line.

The Aggies grounded out for two outs, but Alyssa Ruiz hit a single up the left side to score Dodd and pick up her fifth RBI of the 2013 season.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Aggies drove in two runs off five hits with the highlight coming from Rother as she came in as a pinch hitter for a walk-off single to left field that plated the game-winning run.

“We are committed, for the next two weeks, to get where we need to be for conference, and when we play like we did today with a young team like this, it shows that we are getting better every day,” Rodolph said.

The Aggies continue with the final day of the Eller Media Stadium Classic on Sunday, March 3. NM State meets Weber State and UNLV one last time on the day.