Aggie Softball Splits Opening Day Games

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team lost game one 5-3 to Texas Tech and hammered out an 8-0 six-inning win in the second game of the day versus Montana, Thursday, Feb. 5 at the NM State Softball Complex during day one of the Hotel Encanto Invitational. The Aggies start the season 1-1.

Game One
The Aggies led 3-2 heading into the seventh inning but Texas Tech put up three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 5-3 lead and eventually win the game by the same score.

The Red Raiders scored the first run of the game on a triple to right field in the top of the fourth and NM State tied the game in the bottom of the inning off a Tech throwing error before taking the first of its two leads in the game an inning later off a solo home run from Staci Rodriguez, the preseason WAC Player of the Year.

After Texas Tech tied the game in the top half of the sixth off a RBI single up the middle, the Aggies retook the lead again in the bottom half of the frame off a leadoff home run from Malena Padilla, who scored a pair of runs for the Aggies after coming off the bench in the fourth inning.

The two of the three runs in the top of the seventh came in of a double to centerfield giving TTU a 5-3 lead. McBride allowed three runs off three hits but struggled with her command with seven walks. She was relieved by Makayla McAdams, who took the loss in just one inning of relief where she surrendered two runs off a pair of hits and a walk.

Game Two
NM State took on Montana in its first ever Division I softball game and defeated the Grizzlies 8-0. The Aggies started the game on fire hitting three home runs in the top of the first inning with Emma Adams hitting the first, a two run shot, Stacie Rodriguez hitting the second, a solo shot and Corrin Green bombing the third, a two-run homer.

Adams finished the game going 3-of-4 in the game after hitting a single in the second and another in the fifth.

Pitcher Karysta Donisthorpe pitched her first complete game of the season throwing six innings while picking up five strikeouts and giving up only one walk. She six hits on the on the afternoon with five of those hits being singles.

The Aggies continue play in the Hotel Encanto Classic taking on No. 18 Nebraska at 1:30 p.m. (MT).