NMSU Softball Splits Doubleheader In El Paso

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State softball team split a pair of contests during the UTEP Tournament at the Helen of Troy Field on Saturday. NM State took down Idaho State 8-3 but fell to Portland State 6-5.

"Today we learned about battling back," head coach Kathy Rodolph said. "Both Idaho State and Portland State came to play today. I tip my hat to Portland State. Hopefully this is going to give us experience we need to play every single day. I'm proud of the girls, we battled but we just battled too late."


The offense got off to a hot start in the bottom of the first when Kelsey Horton doubled down the left field line with a pair of outs on the board. Victoria Castro followed the junior with a home run over the fence in centerfield, giving the Aggies a 2-0 advantage.

Amy Bergeson got the bottom of the second started with a double to left center. After Shelby Shultes and Nicole Spykstra drew walks, Kennedy Johnson was hit by a pitch from the Bengal pitcher, scoring the runner from third. Despite the ISU defense picking up a double play on the next Aggie batter, Shultes came in to score, giving NM State a 4-0 advantage. The final run of the inning scored when Fahren Glackin hit her first career triple to score Spykstra.

Kayla Green got the start in the circle for NM State and the junior pitched five scoreless innings before hitting trouble in the sixth. Kelsey Breer hit a one-out double to center field and the runner advanced to third on a passed ball. After Green walked the next batter, a throwing error by Nikki Butler scored the Bengals first run of the game. An ISU single scored another run, cutting the Aggies lead to 5-2.

Following the pair of runs for Idaho State, Analise De la Roca came into the circle with two outs and two runners on in the inning. The freshman walked her next batter faced and Rodolph brought in Samaria Diaz to make the final out. The sophomore got the batter to pop up to Rodriguez at shortstop, ending the Bengal at bat.

After staying quiet for three innings, the offense heated up beginning with Bergeson hitting an infield single for New Mexico State's first hit of the at bat. After Spykstra and Jeanelle Medina walked, Rodriguez hit a ball down the right field line for NM State's second triple of the game.

Diaz looked to close out the contest for the Aggies and the sophomore struggled when a double and a single put runners on the corners with just one out in the inning. A fielder's choice by the Bengals scored the runner from third, but it was the last run scored by the opposition and NM State closed out the 8-3 victory. Green moved to 5-1 in the circle as she gave up two runs on six hits and struck out four.


Samaria Diaz got the start in the circle for New Mexico State and struggled from the beginning as the sophomore gave up a pair of homers in the first inning to give the Vikings a 2-0 advantage. In the following inning, Diaz hit trouble again after a leadoff walk came back to score when Portland State hit a double to drive the runner home.

Rodolph made a change in the circle following the play, bringing in Kayla Green to pitch. After giving up a single to her first batter, Green threw a wild pitch and another run came home for Portland State, putting NM State behind 4-0.

The Aggie offense looked to backup Green after the junior threw a pair of scoreless innings. In the fifth, Amy Bergeson reached base on an error by Portland State and a double down the left field line by Nikki Butler brought home the Aggies first run of the game. After a sacrifice bunt advanced Butler to third, Rachel Rodriguez singled through the right side, scoring the second run of the inning.

In the following inning, New Mexico State looked to rally, beginning with a double by Victoria Castro. Shelby Shultes hit a single to put runners on the corners without an out recorded and a single to left field by Bergeson scored the third unanswered run by the Aggies. The rally continued, and following a Bergeson steal, a wild pitch by the Vikings' pitcher scored the game-tying run. Nicole Spykstra followed by reaching on an error, scoring the runner from third and giving NM State the 5-4 lead.

The Aggie advantage did not last as Green gave up back-to-back homers to Portland State, leaving NM State behind 6-5. Despite a leadoff single by Glackin in the seventh, New Mexico State could not overcome the deficit and fell to the Vikings 6-5.

With the loss, Green moved the 5-2. The junior pitched innings in relief, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out a pair of batters.

New Mexico State concludes the UTEP Tournament with a contest against Idaho State at 10:30 a.m. MT, on Sunday, Feb. 25.