Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS VEGAS, NV - Kelsey Horton hit a go-ahead home run to lift the Aggies to victory as the NM State softball team topped Drake 3-1 on Friday afternoon in their second game of the UNLV Classic at Eller Media Stadium.
With the score knotted at 1-1 in the fifth inning, Horton hit a solo home run over left center to give the Aggies (15-6) the lead. Horton leads the team with eight home runs this season.
The Aggies scored three runs and amassed two RBIs on nine hits. Rachel Rodriguez and Kelsey Horton both had two hits. Karysta Donisthorpe pitched 7.0 innings and allowed just four hits and one run in 25 batters faced.
Drake (6-4) scored one run and had one RBI on four hits. Nicole Newman pitched 6.0 innings and had seven strikeouts in 30 batters faced.
The Aggies jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Haley Nakamura hit a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error by the pitcher. Kelsey Horton then hit a single to straightaway center and H. Nakamura scored on the play after an error by the center fielder.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Aggies loaded the bases. Tatum Reedy hit a single down the left field line, Amy Bergeson hit singled to third base and Rodriguez singled to left field, but the runners were left stranded.
The NM State defense held the Bulldogs scoreless through the first three innings of the game, but Drake evened the score in the top of the fourth inning. Taryn Pena hit a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Megan Sowa then grounded out to second base to score Pena.
Following Horton’s home run in the fifth inning, NM State extended their advantage in the sixth inning. Castro walked and stole second, Bergeson walked and Rodriguez hit a single to second base to load the bases. Corrin Green was then walked to score Castro as the Aggies captured a 3-1 victory.
The Aggies take the field again tomorrow as they face Florida Atlantic at 10:00 a.m. MT at Eller Media Stadium.