Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
SEATTLE, WA - The NM State softball team fell to Seattle U 6-2 in their series opener on Friday. New Mexico State was unable to finish the second game of the doubleheader as play was suspended due to poor weather.
After a scoreless first inning, NM State (15-17, 3-1) went on the attack with Kelsey Horton hitting a double to center field to start the second inning. Horton advanced to third on a ground ball by Caity Szczesny and was brought home by Amy Bergeson. Bergeson hit a short single to third base to score the run, giving NM State the 1-0 advantage.
Neither team was able to score a run in third inning but the Redhawks (14-22, 3-1) tied the game in the fourth. Madison Cathcart started the inning with a single to center field. Maddy Kristjanson brought the runner home on a triple and tied the game 1-1.
In the fifth inning, Rachel Rodriguez drew a two-out walk to start an NM State rally. She stole her 14th base of the season and was able to advance to third on the play. Nakamura singled to drive in a run, giving the Aggies the 2-1 lead. Fahren Glackin followed Nakamura with a single of her own to put two runners on base. SU intentionally walked Horton to face Nikki Butler. The freshman grounded out to the second baseman to end the inning.
SU started the fifth inning with a single by Alyson Matriotti. A triple to center field by Nicole Bolasky brought the runner home to tie the game 2-2. Kaylee Ree singled to center to give SU the 3-2 lead. The Redhawks continued to score as they put up three more runs in the inning to take a commanding 6-2 lead.
After a short weather delay before the start of the sixth inning, play resumed with New Mexico State up to bat. The Aggies were unable to get the bats going in the sixth and seventh innings as NM State fell to Seattle U 6-2. Kayla Green recorded the loss and fell to 9-10 as she allowed nine hits and three earned runs.
The Aggies started the second game with a two-out rally in the first inning as Fahren Glackin started it all by reaching first on an infield hit. Kelsey Horton followed Glackin by hitting her fifth home run of the season to give NM State the 2-0 advantage.
The lead did not last for the Aggies as Madison Cathcart hit a two-run homer of her own in the bottom of the inning to tie the game 2-2.
Victoria Castro started the second inning by hitting a bunt single. Caity Szczesny followed by reaching on an error to put runners on the corners. Haley Nakamura put down a clean bunt to bring Castro home and give NM State the 3-2 lead. After Glackin walked, Horton hit her second homer of the game to put the Aggies ahead 6-2.
Samaria Diaz pitched a scoreless second inning before the Redhawks bats came alive in the bottom of the third. Diaz gave up a triple to Paige Bouska with one out in the inning. Bouska came home on a wild pitch to cut into the NM State lead. Kaylee Ree followed with a solo homer to put the Redhawks within two. With the Aggies leading 6-4 and Cathcart at-bat for SU, play was suspended due to rain.
The Aggies will resume the second game in the bottom of the third inning on Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m. (MT). Following the second game, the series finale between the teams that was previously slated for a 3 p,m. start will begin approximately 30 minutes after the previous game.