Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team started the season off on a high note as the Aggies defeated UTSA 9-1 and 4-1 on Saturday.

"It's always great to start the season with two wins," head coach Kathy Rodolph said. "We saw a lot of promise in a lot of areas."

First Game

UTSA jumped out to an early lead in the first inning. Pitcher Kayla Green gave up an early run to the Roadrunners designated player to give UTSA the 1-0 lead.

The Aggies found their groove in the 4th inning. With runners on second and third, Amy Bergeson came to the plate. The junior reached on a dropped ball by the first baseman to score the first run of the inning. After Horton was intentionally walked, Victoria Castro singled to score a run and give the Aggies a 2-1 lead.

Fahren Glackin came to the plate with the bases loaded. The junior hit into a fielder's choice. As the runners advanced, Bergeson slid into home, beating the throw to score another run for NM State. Haley Nakamura joined in with a single to score two runs. Misty Hoohuli, who led off the inning, singled to score the sixth and final run of the inning

In the 5th inning, Kelsey Horton scored the lone run of the inning. The Preseason WAC Player of the Year hit a long ball to for her first home run of the season to give New Mexico State the 7-1 lead.
NM State scored two more runs in the sixth inning to finish the game in the sixth with a final score of 9-1. Green earned her first win of the season. The sophomore gave up three hits and only one run in the game.

Second Game

The Aggies kept their momentum going as they entered the second game of the double header. NM State mixed up their lineup, starting four of the teams nine freshmen in the game.

New Mexico State jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first. Caity Szczesny hit at triple in her first collegiate at bat to score Castro and Glackin. Szczesny was brought home by a single by fellow freshmen Jeanelle Medina to give NM State the 3-0 lead,

After cutting the lead to 3-1 in the third, Horton doubled to score Hoohuli from second to score the final run of the game.

Samaria Diaz earned a win in her first collegiate start. The freshman pitched a complete game giving up seven hits and only one run.

"Kayla Green, Samaria Diaz, and Fahren Glackin were very composed for our team and did a nice job staying pitch to pitch," Rodolph said. "Our defense was consistent in both games as well. Offensively, we need to own our moments in RBI situations."

"I am looking forward to seeing how we respond tomorrow," Rodolph said.

The Aggies look to continue their winning streak on Sunday as they conclude the three-game series against UTSA. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.