Donisthorpe Shuts Down Rebels; Aggies Win 1-0

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State softball team kicked off play at the Alexis Park Resort Classic on Thursday night by defeating host UNLV 1-0 at Eller Media Stadium to improve to 9-7 on the season.

Redshirt junior Karysta Donisthorpe continues her torrid start to the season after shutting down the Rebels to move her record to 6-2. The Aggie right-hander only allowed a single in the second inning and another single in the sixth en route to her third complete-game shutout of the season.

“Karysta was outstanding tonight and really used her whole arsenal,” Aggie head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “We stranded a lot of runners tonight, which is unusual for us, but Karysta held down a good hitting team. We needed every bit of her composure.”

Donisthorpe, who finished with seven strikeouts, picks up her first seven-inning shutout. Her first complete-game shutout was in a six-inning game and her second in a five-inning game.

NM State was happy to have Donisthorpe’s brilliant performance in the circle, as the Aggies could only muster one run on an RBI single by senior Staci Rodriguez in the first inning. Rodriguez’s single scored third baseman Emma Adams, who finished the game 2-for-4 including a double and a triple. There would be no more scoring after the top half of the first.

NM State had many opportunities to break the game wide open, but could not capitalize on scoring chances. The Aggies left a total of 14 runners on base, including leaving the bases loaded in each of the first three innings.

After Rodriguez’s single scored Adams, who had doubled earlier, NM State designated player Fiana Finau hit a double of her own to put runners on second and third for the Aggies with only one out. A walk later in the inning loaded the bases with two outs, but senior Malena Padilla hit a grounder to third to end the inning.

NM State once again left the bases loaded in the second and third before Adams began the fourth with a triple to right center that gave the Aggies another scoring opportunity. But Adams would be stranded at third after two strikeouts and a line drive to the UNLV shortstop.

Donisthorpe, however, made sure that her team’s first-inning run held up. She put the Rebels down in order in the first, fifth and final innings. In two other innings she only faced four batters, only allowing runners on walks.

NM State continues play at the UNLV tournament with doubleheaders on both Friday and Saturday. Friday will see the Aggies play Wisconsin at 2:30 p.m. (MT) and Louisiana-Monroe at 4:45 p.m. NM State meets Wisconsin for a second time on Saturday at 10 a.m. before concluding the tournament by facing DePaul at 12:15 p.m.