NMSU Softball Beats Boston 2-1 To Close Out Troy Cox Classic

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball closed the Troy Cox Classic with a win over Boston University at the NM State Softball Complex on Sunday. Kelsey Horton hit her second home run of the season in the team's 2-1 victory

"It was a great win for us today. It was a good rebound from a very short night and we had multiple contributions by multiple people, which strengthens us as a team," head coach Kathy Rodolph said. "We had strong performances in the circle by both pitchers. I liked that Kelsey led off the game with a home run followed by a double by Rachel. Rachel is our energy ambassador and we definitely feed off of that. Overall, I'm very pleased with our performance."

Horton opened the day with a solo homer to right center field. The junior's long ball was her second of the season and the Aggies' (3-3) first of the tournament. Rachel Rodriguez followed Horton with a double and advanced to third on a fielding error by the Terriers (4-4). Fahren Glackin brought Rodriguez home on a single through the right side, giving NM State a 2-0 advantage.

Kayla Green started her second-straight game in the circle for New Mexico State. The junior struggled in the opening inning, giving up back-to-back singles to start the game. With the runners on second and third, the Aggie defense came up big when a run down at third base resulted in the second out of the game. Catcher Nikki Butler and third basemen Jeanelle Medina surrounded the runner but it was Glackin who tagged out the BU player.

Sarai Mejia got her first career start in right field and hit an infield single in her first at-bat in the top of the second. Singles by Horton and Rodriguez followed, loading the bases with two outs but Victoria Castro grounded into a fielder's choice, ending the rally.

Green battled in the circle, pitching scoreless inning after scoreless inning but she hit trouble in the fifth when Marina Sylvesteri of BU reached on a fielding error by Rodriguez. A stolen base and a ground out advanced the runner to third and a single by Emily Morrow drove in the lone run for the Terriers.

In the sixth, Samaria Diaz came in to relieve Green in the circle. The sophomore retired each BU batter to end the inning. After a scoreless seventh for NM State, Diaz looked to earn her first save of the season with three outs to go. She gave up a leadoff walk but took down the next three Boston University batters, giving NM State the 2-1 victory.

Green moves to 3-1 this season with the win. She pitched 5.0 innings allowing one run on seven hits. Diaz picked up her first save of the season. She pitched 2.0 innings and did not allow a single hit while also striking out a pair of batters.

The Aggies are back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 20, when the squad takes on Battle of I-10 rival UTEP at 6 p.m. MT in El Paso, Texas.