NMSU Softball Splits Doubleheader With CSU Bakersfield, Secure No. 1 Seed In WAC Tournament

BAKERSFIELD, CA - New Mexico State softball split a doubleheader with CSU Bakersfield on Saturday as the Aggies lost 7-4 but bounced back against the Roadrunners to take the series finale 13-3.

Game One

After two scoreless innings of play for both teams, Kayla Green hit trouble against CSU Bakersfield (9-30, 2-10) in the third as she gave up a leadoff single to Cydney Curran. A sacrifice bunt and a passed ball advanced Curran to third. Selena Gonzalez hit into a fielder's choice and brought the runner home for the first run of the game. After Jo Larios was hit by a pitch, Chris Hipa hit a single up the middle, scoring the second run of the inning.

NM State (22-20, 10-2) took the lead in the fifth as Caity Szczesny and Rachel Rodriguez started the inning with back-to-back singles Kelsey Horton was hit by a pitch, which loaded the bases. Nikki Butler followed Horton by also getting hit by a pitch, which scored the Aggies first run of the game. Fahren Glackin hit a single up the middle, scoring two, which gave NM State a 3-2 advantage.

Green hit trouble again in the bottom of the inning as she hit the first batter she faced. Gonzalez hit a booming double to center field, scoring Kaylynn Burt from first. NM State made a change in the circle before the next at-bat as Glackin came in to relieve Green. Larios hit a single off Glackin. A passed ball on Hipa's at-bat scored another run for CSU Bakersfield. The final two runs of the inning came as Chris Hipa hit a two-run home run over the left field fence, giving the 'Runners a 6-3 lead.

Kaitlyn Rubio started the sixth inning by hitting a home run, cutting into the CSU Bakersfield lead, but the 'Runners fired back as Karah Wiseman hit a homer to start the bottom of the inning.

The Aggies had one last chance to rally in the seventh, but ultimately failed to get a hit in the inning and fell 7-4 in the first game of the doubleheader.

Game Two

Rachel Rodriguez started the series finale by reaching second on a pair of CSU Bakersfield errors. Haley Nakamura put down a sacrifice bunt, advancing the junior to third. Kelsey Horton hit a single to bring Rodriguez home for the first run of the game. Kaitlyn Rubio walked and Szczesny singled, loading the bases for Fahren Glackin. Glackin walked which scored Horton from third. Destiny Blueford followed by hitting into a fielder's choice which scored the final run of the inning.

In the second inning, Amy Bergeson and Rodriguez hit back-to-back singles with one out in the inning. Nakamura walked which loaded the bases. Horton hit the team's first grand slam of the season, giving the Aggies a 7-0 lead.

The 'Runners scored a run of their own in the bottom of the second as Chris Hipa hit a double down the left field line. She advanced to third on a passed ball and came home on a sacrifice fly by Nicole Curry.

Alexis Maynez walked with one out in the third and advanced to second on a wild pitch during Bergeson's at-bat. Bergeson singled advancing Maynez to third base. During Rodriguez's at-bat, Bergeson stole her 10th base of the season to put both runners in scoring position. Rodriguez singled through the right side, which scored the lone run of the inning.

In the fourth inning, Horton hit her second home run of the game. After fouling off seven-straight pitches, she hit a long ball over the left field fence, giving the Aggies the 9-1 advantage. Szczesny followed Horton's homer with a single. Glackin was hit by a pitch and Misty Hoohuli walked, loading the bases with Shelby Shultes coming to the plate. The freshman scored two runs on a single to center field. Rodriguez singled to right field, which gave NM State the 12-1 advantage. Rodriguez stole second before Nakamura grounded out to second base to end the inning. The steal was Rodriguez's the 64th career stolen base, which moved her into sole possession of second place all-time at NM State.

Horton started the fifth with a double to left field. After advancing to third on a CSU Bakersfield error, she was brought home as Merina Ili singled through the left side.

In the bottom of the inning, the 'Runners rallied late as Karah Wiseman and Cyndey Curran hit back-to-back singles. Jo Larios doubled scoring two runs for the 'Runner. The comeback fell short as NM State defeated CSU Bakersfield 13-3.

Green pitched a complete game to start the doubleheader and fell to 10-11 with the loss. Samaria Diaz recorded her 11th win in the circle as the freshman gave up one run on three hits and struck out two in the series finale.

NM State returns home to close conference play as New Mexico State hosts Grand Canyon beginning on Friday, April 28. First pitch of the series opener is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MT).