Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
SEATTLE, WA - New Mexico State softball took the series from Seattle U on Saturday. The Aggies defeated the Redhawks 14-6 before closing out the series with a 6-4 win.
Game Two Continued
Bad weather suspended the second game of the series on Friday night. The continuation of the game began in the bottom of the third inning with one out and Samaria Diaz in the circle. She struck out two-straight batters to complete the inning and maintained the Aggies' 6-2 lead.
NM State's (17-17, 5-1) Haley Nakamura singled to start a five-run rally in the fourth. Fahren Glackin followed Nakamura by hitting her second home run of the season to give the Aggies the 8-4 lead. After hitting two homers the night before, Kelsey Horton sent a long ball to left field for her third homer of the game.
The rally did not end there as Nikki Butler singled to right field to put a runner on first. After Jeanelle Medina came in to pinch run for Butler, Amy Bergeson reached on an error by the SU first baseman. Medina went to third on the play to put runners on the corners for Merina Ili. Ili singled to center field, bringing Medina home and advancing Bergeson to third. Misty Hoohuli came in to pinch run for Ili and stole second base with Victoria Castro at the plate. The throw was not in time and Bergeson was able to come home on the error, giving NM State the 11-4 lead.
In the fifth inning, Seattle U (14-24, 3-3) had a rally of its own as three-straight singles loaded the bases for the Redhawks. Kaylee Ree hit into a fielder's choice and scored Alyson Matriotti from third base for the lone run of the inning.
In the sixth, Glackin walked to start the inning and Destiny Blueford pinch ran for the junior. Nikki Butler was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second for Bergeson. Bergeson battled at the plate as she fouled off eight-straight pitches before drawing a walk on the 14th pitch of the at-bat. With the bases loaded, Ili hit a sacrifice fly to score Blueford and gave NM State the 12-5 advantage.
The final runs for the Aggies came in the seventh as Caity Szczesny and Glackin hit homers to put the NM State ahead, 14-5. SU was able to score a run in the seventh as the Redhawks hit a pair of infield singles to start the inning. Madison Cathcart grounded out to score a run, but it would not be enough for the Redhawks as NM State took the second game of the series, 14-6.
It was a pitcher's duel to the start the game as NM State's Kayla Green and SU's Andie Larkin each pitched two scoreless innings. Green hit trouble in the third as she he gave up three singles to the Redhawks. The third single by Paige Bouska scored the first run of the game and gave Seattle U the 1-0 advantage.
Larkin pitched four scoreless innings for SU before Amy Bergeson started the Aggies scoring rally. Bergeson singled to left field for the Aggies second hit of the game. Merina Ili walked to put runners on first and second with Victoria Castro at the plate. Castro singled to load the bases with no outs in the inning. Caity Szczesny hit into a ground out but was able to score Bergeson on the play to tie the game. Kaitlyn Rubio came in to pinch hit for Rachel Rodriguez and drew a walk to load the bases for the second time in the inning. Another ground out, this time by Haley Nakamura, scored a run for the Aggies giving New Mexico State the 2-1 advantage. Fahren Glackin brought the final runs of the inning home as she hit a single to left field to give NM State the 4-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, SU's Kayla Gonzales hit a solo home run off Samaria Diaz for the Redhawks second run of the game. Caity Szczesny hit solo homer of her own but in the seventh inning for the Aggies. She started a scoring rally as Rodriguez hit a double and advanced to third on an SU fielding error. Nakamura grounded out to the Seattle U pitcher but Rodriguez was able to score on the play, giving the Aggies the 6-2 lead.
SU rallied in the seventh as Nicole Bolasky singled to start the inning. Kaylee Ree drew a walk before Madison Cathcart doubled to center field to score the runners. The rally came up short for the Redhawks and New Mexico State took the final game of the series, 6-4.
In the Aggies 14-6 win over SU, Kelsey Horton tied Staci Rodriguez's record for most home runs hit in a single game as she hit three homers. She also became the fourth player in the history of the conference to hit three home runs in a Western Athletic Conference game. The last player to do so was Hawaii's Jessica Iwata in 2010.
Samaria Diaz recorded the win in both games on Saturday as she gave up eight hits, six earned runs and stuck out five. Kayla Green pitched 8.1 innings on Saturday. She gave up 12 hits, four earned runs and struck out two.
New Mexico State returns home to host UMKC in a three-game series. The Aggies open the series against the Roos on Friday, April 14, with the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. (MT).