LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State softball fell to No. 3 Arizona in a doubleheader on Tuesday as the Wildcats defeated the Aggies 8-0 and 11-1.
Kayla Green started in the circle for the Aggies (20-19, 8-1). The sophomore fell behind early as she gave up a home run to Dejah Mulipola for the first run of the game. The homer started a rally for Arizona (43-3, 13-2) as Katiyana Mauga followed Mulipola's homer with a single. After Arizona singled and drew a walk to load the bases, Tamara Statman hit the third Wildcat single of the inning to put Arizona ahead 2-0 in the first.
Green settled in the circle as she threw back-to-back scoreless innings. The Aggies were unable to help their pitcher as the team went down swinging against Danielle O'Toole..
Green gave up a leadoff single to Reyna Carranco in the fourth inning. After advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt, she was brought home on a double by Mandie Perez. Mo Mercado followed with the second double of the inning to score another run, giving Arizona a 4-0 advantage.
The Aggies had their chance in the bottom of the fourth as Nikki Butler broke up O'Toole's no hitter with an infield single. Fahren Glackin hit a single of her own, putting runners on first and second with two outs. New Mexico State was unable to score as Victoria Castro flied out to center field for the final out of the inning.
After a scoreless fifth inning, the bats came alive once more for the Wildcats as they posted four runs in the sixth. After back-to-back singles led off the inning, Mulipola doubled to right center field, scoring a run. Mercado followed Mulipola's at-bat with a sacrifice fly, bringing home the runner from third. A two-run homer by Mauga ended the scoring run for Arizona as the Wildcats shutout NM State 8-0 in six innings.
Samaria Diaz started the second game of the doubleheader for New Mexico State. The freshman battled with Arizona's pitcher Taylor McQuillin for three-straight innings as neither pitcher allowed a run.
Diaz hit trouble in the fourth as she gave up three home runs, which resulted in five runs for the Wildcats. She settled down in fifth but Arizona took control again in the sixth.
Alyssa Palomino was hit by a pitch to put a runner on first for Arizona. After Palmino advanced on a pair of passed balls and Hilary Edior walked, Reyna Carranco hit a sacrifice fly to score Palomino from third. The second run of the inning came as Tamara Statman doubled down the left field, giving Arizona the 7-0 advantage.
The Wildcats scored their last runs in the seventh. After Mo Mercado doubled to right center field, the Wildcats hit three-straight homers to take an 11-0 lead.
The Aggies lone run of the day came in the bottom of the seventh as Kelsey Horton broke up McQuillin's no-hitter with a home run. The sophomore hit her 10th homer of the season over the center field fence for New Mexico State's first run of the game. It was the Aggies only run as the team fell 11-1 to close out the doubleheader.
New Mexico State resumes conference play as the Aggies travel to CSU Bakersfield for their next series. NM State takes on the Runners in a three-game series beginning on Friday at 3 p.m. (MT).