Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
TUCSON, AZ - The Aggies scored a run in game one and two in game two, but it was not enough as the NM State softball team dropped both games of the double header against No. 17 Arizona on Wednesday night at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium. The Aggies fell 6-1 in game one and 10-2 in game two.
The Aggies (23-18) scored one run and had one RBI on six hits. Haley Nakamura went 2-for-3 and had one RBI. Karysta Donisthorpe pitched 3.0 innings and had four strikeouts in 14 batters faced.
Arizona (25-12) scored six runs and had six RBIs on nine hits. Danielle O’Toole pitched 7.0 innings and had four strikeouts in 28 batters faced.
After a scoreless first inning, Arizona scored first in the bottom of the second inning. Tamara Statman hit a single to right side and scored as Lauren Young doubled to left field to give the Wildcats a 1-0 advantage. The Aggies then used a double play to end the inning as Arizona left a runner stranded.
NM State tied the game in the top of the third inning. Tatum Reedy hit a single to left field and Jovanni Felix entered as a pinch runner. Felix advanced to second as Victoria Castro grounded out. Nakamura then hit a triple to right center to score Felix as the Aggies knotted the game at 1-1.
Arizona put a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the third, but the Aggies held the home team scoreless in the inning. Mandie Perez hit a single up the middle, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and moved to third on a ground out. Perez was left stranded as Adams made a nice throw to Horton at first base for the final out of the inning to keep the game tied.
The Wildcats regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Alexis Dotson hit a single up the middle, advanced to second on a passed ball and moved to third as Statman singled to left field. Dotson scored as Joelle Krist reached on a fielder’s choice to give Arizona a 2-1 lead. The Aggies then retired the next three batters as the home team left two batters stranded.
Arizona extended their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ashleigh Hughes hit a solo home run over right field to give the Wildcats a 3-1 advantage. NM State retired the next three batters to hold the home team to just one run in the inning.
The Aggies put two runners in scoring position in the top of the sixth. Rodriguez singled to right field, but was thrown out as Amy Bergeson reached on a fielder’s choice. Kelsey Horton then hit a single to left center and advanced to second on the throw as Bergeson moved to third. Both runners were left stranded.
Arizona scored three more in the bottom of the sixth inning. Krist reached first on an error and Watson entered as a pinch runner. Watson advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Hillary Edior was hit by a pitch before Perez hit a three-RBI home run to give the home team the victory.
The Aggies scored two runs and amassed two RBIs on five hits. Castro went 2-for-2 with a home run. Makayla McAdams pitched 4.1 innings and faced 22 batters.
Arizona scored 10 runs and had nine RBIs on eight hits. Taylor McQuillin pitched 5.0 innings, allowed five hits and had nine strikeouts in 21 batters faced.
With the team trailing in the top of the fifth, Castro hit a solo home run over left center. The 250-yard hit was Castro’s fifth home run of the season. Nue Sivia entered as a pinch hitter for Rodriguez. After she hit a double, Rodriguez re-entered the game. Rodriguez advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored as Bergeson grounded out to cut Arizona’s lead to 8-2.
The Wildcats took an early lead as they scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning. In the bottom of the inning, the Aggies put a runner in scoring position as Finau hit a single to left field and stole second base. She advanced to third as Adams grounded out, but was left stranded as the home team maintained the lead.
Arizona increased their advantage in the bottom of the second inning. Perez singled up the middle before she advanced to second and then stole home as Hughes reached on an Aggie error. Katiyana Mauga hit a two-RBI home run to give the Wildcats an 8-0 advantage.
NM State put runners on base in the top of the third and fourth innings. Castro hit a single up the middle and advanced to second as Rodriguez singled up the middle, but the runners were left stranded in the third. Corrin Green was walked and Felix entered as a pinch runner in the top of the fourth, but she was left stranded as the score remained the same.
With Arizona leading 8-2, the Wildcats added two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Statman doubled to left center and Bowling was walked to put runners on first and second. Miller entered as a pinch runner for Bowling and the runners advanced on a wild pitch. Young then hit a single to left center as the home team secured the victory.
The Aggies return to conference play this weekend as they face Utah Valley on Friday with the first game of the series at 12:00 p.m. MT at Wolverine Softball Field.