Aggie Softball Wins Two, Improves To 3-0 In Las Vegas

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State softball team continued participation at the Alexis Park Resort Classic on Friday by picking up a couple more victories to improve to 3-0 in the UNLV-hosted tournament.

The Aggies (11-7) began the day by defeating Wisconsin 5-0, their second-straight shutout in as many days, after freshman Dallas McBride held the Badgers to just one hit. NM State then won a tight contest versus Louisiana-Monroe 7-6 after another Arizona freshman, Corrin Green, hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to lift the Aggies to victory.

Game one saw McBride dominate the Wisconsin lineup, allowing only one hit while striking out four Badgers in seven innings of work to improve to 2-4 on the season. McBride’s performance came a day after Karysta Donisthorpe allowed only two hits to UNLV to also pick up a complete-game shutout.

Junior catcher Tatum Reedy finished 2-for-3 versus Wisconsin, including a two-run shot to open the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. It was Reedy’s first four-bagger of the season.

NM State got an unearned run in the fourth after an error by Badger shortstop Ashley Van Zeeland allowed Brennalyn Nakamura to score. Nakamura led off the inning with a bunt single.

An inning later the Aggies would add their final two runs as Emma Adams, who finished 2-for-4 for the second-straight game, and Staci Rodriguez would both score after leading off the bottom of the fifth with a single and walk respectively.

McBride took care of the rest, eliminating six of the final eight Wisconsin batters.

The second game of the day got off to an explosive start as each team marked five runs in the first two innings. NM State, which was tabbed as the visitors, struck first after logging two runs in the top of the first.

As in the first game, Adams and Rodriguez both got on base and both came in to score, Adams on an error by Warhawk left fielder Rochelle Roberts and Rodriguez on a single by Malena Padilla.

The Aggie lead didn’t last long however, as NM Starter Makayla McAdams was rocked for five runs in the UL-Monroe half of the first. McAdams allowed four hits and wasn’t helped by her defense which committed three errors in the inning.

Trailing 5-2 after an inning, it wouldn’t take long for the Aggies to strike back as NM State marked three runs in the next half inning to tie the game up at 5-5. Green, who went 3-for-3 in the game with two RBIs and two runs scored, began the second with a double to right-center.

Shortstop Haley Nakamura followed with a single up the middle and leadoff hitter Rachel Rodriguez followed her with an RBI single that scored Green. After two sacrifice flies by Adams and Staci Rodriguez, the game was knotted up at 5-5 after two innings of play.

After the fiery start to the game, the pace seemed to slow down as neither team would score again over the next two and a half innings. McAdams seemed to find her rhythm and after allowing the four hits in the first would only allow one hit over the next three innings as she pitched into the fifth.

But after allowing a single to start the bottom of the fifth, McAdams was pulled for Thursday’s winner Donisthorpe. The Aggie right-hander would proceed to walk and allow a double to first two batters she faced as the Warhawks picked up a run to take a 6-5 lead heading to the final two innings.

Yet, as earlier in the game, NM State did not panic and after a Nue Sivia single to start the top of the seventh, Green came up and slammed her fourth long ball of the season to give the Aggies a 7-6 lead. The shot to left field tied Green with Padilla and Staci Rodriguez for the team lead in home runs this season.

After Donisthorpe walked the first batter in the bottom of the seventh, she would take out the next three batters to secure the third-straight win for NM State and pick up her second win in as many days to improve to 7-2 on the season.

The Aggies conclude their stay in Las Vegas with another doubleheader on Saturday. NM State will begin the day with a rematch against Wisconsin beginning at 10 a.m. (MT) before facing the DePaul Blue Demons immediately following the first game to finish off participation in the tournament.