Aggie Softball Tops BYU 2-1 In Extra Innings

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - Fiana Finau drove in Rachel Rodriguez with a walk-off single to give the NM State softball team a 2-1, eight inning victory over BYU on Thursday at the Big League Dreams Softball Park. This was the first win over BYU in more than 40 years for the Aggies.

NM State (10-2) garnered two runs and two RBIs on four hits. Karysta Donisthorpe amassed nine strikeouts in an eight inning complete game. The senior allowed just three hits and one run in 30 batters faced. Donisthorpe now holds a 5-1 record.

BYU's (7-3) McKenna Bull pitched 7.1 innings and allowed four hits and two runs with one error. She also racked up seven walks in 31 batters faced.

After seven scoreless innings, BYU scored first in extra innings. With the international tiebreak rule in place for the tournament, BYU began the eighth inning with a runner on second base. The Cougars then hit a single to first base and took a 1-0 advantage.

Haley Nakamura began the bottom of the inning on second base. After Rodriguez hit a single to straightaway center, Emma Adams singled to left field to knot the game at 1-1. With Rodriguez on third, Finau hit the game-winning single and collected her 15th RBI of the season to give the Aggies a 2-1 victory over the Cougars.

NM State takes the field again tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. MT as they face Boise State on day two of the Mary Nutter Classic. The Aggies will later take on Northwestern at 4:30 p.m.