NM State Softball Falls 3-0 At Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - For the first time this season the New Mexico State softball team lost a Western Athletic Conference game as CSU Bakersfield upended the Aggies 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Roadrunner Softball Complex.

The loss drops NM State to 37-13 in 50 games this season and 11-1 in WAC play. The ‘Runners improve to 17-22 overall and 5-7 in the conference. The Aggies do leave Bakersfield, however, with a 2-1 series win.

“I thought we had another solid outing from our pitchers, but CSUB showed a tough competitive spirit today,” NM State head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “We played like we had a target on our back. We need to adjust our mindset and instead put the target on any opponent we face.”

The Aggies still remain in first place in the conference with a three-game home series versus second-place Grand Canyon remaining in the WAC regular season. NM State only needs to win one of the three games against the ‘Lopes to secure their second WAC regular-season championship.

NM State used three pitchers to hold the ‘Runners to only three runs on nine hits, starting with Makayla McAdams who was saddled with the loss after allowing the three runs, only two of them earned, to fall to 7-4.

But CSUB starter Kelsie Monroe silenced the Aggie bats for the second time in as many days. NM State escaped with a 1-0 win on Friday, but could not get any runs on Monroe on Saturday as the Aggies were held to four singles all game.

The ‘Runners jumped on NM State early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first off of McAdams. The Aggies immediately attempted to get the runs back in the second as a Corrin Green single with Malena Padilla at first quickly turned into a runners on second and third situation after Padilla hustled around second and dived onto the third-base bag while Green herself hustled to second on the throw.

With two outs, however, catcher Tatum Reedy hit a harmless infield pop up to end the threat. It would be two of eight runners NM State would leave on base. The visitors also left two runners on base in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.

The two first-inning runs is all Monroe would need as the Aggies never reached third base again after the Padilla hustle play. CSUB added a run in the fourth off of a Madison Bundy solo home run.

NM State and the ‘Lopes begin their series for the regular-season title on Friday, Apr. 24, with a single game slated to begin at 6 p.m. at the NM State Softball Complex. The game will be the final one this season that will be produced for television by the AggieVision production team. The series concludes with a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.

The Aggies then close out the regular season with a short trip to El Paso, Texas, to face UTEP in a doubleheader on Tuesday, Apr. 28, before hosting the WAC Tournament, May 7-9.