Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS VEGAS, NV - New Mexico State defeated DePaul 4-1 on Thursday to open the UNLV Rebel Classic. It was the second time the Aggies defeated the Blue Demons this season.
Kayla Green pitched her second complete game in victory. She struck out five batters and allowed only one hit and one run. NM State moves to 5-10 this season with Green earning her third win.
How it happened
The Aggies opened the game scoring two runs in the first. Rachel Rodriguez hit a single through the left side to start the inning. Kelsey Horton reached base for her 15-straight game as sophomore hit a double to center field. Fahren Glackin drove in the first run of the inning with a single to left field.
With two outs in the first, Haley Nakamura singled through the left side to score a run and give the Aggies the 2-0 advantage.
Green started in the circle for New Mexico State. The sophomore threw 2.1 innings before allowing the lone Blue Demon run.
NM State and DePaul went back-and-fourth with neither team allowing a run until the seventh inning.
In the top of the seventh, the bats were hot for NM State once again. With Destiny Blueford on third, Victoria Castro hit a single to bring the freshman home. With runners on the corners, Nakamura came to the plate once again. The senior reached on an error and scored Castro from third.
Green closed out the seventh, taking the Blue Demons down in-order, to secure the New Mexico State 4-1 victory.
With a stolen base in the fourth inning, Rachel Rodriguez recorded her 55th stolen base to move into a tie for fifth place with Cyndi Malone for career stolen bases.
New Mexico State continues its run at the Rebel Classic as the Aggies take on SIU at 12:15 p.m. (MT) and Portland State at 4:45 p.m. (MT) on Friday, March 10.