NMSU Softball Wraps Up UTEP Tournament With 8-4 Win Over Idaho State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State softball team closed out the UTEP Tournament with a victory at Helen of Troy Field on Sunday. The Aggies defeated Idaho State 8-4 and Victoria Castro and Shelby Shultes each had a home run in the win.

"It was a great rebound victoy for us today," head coach Kathy Rodolph said. "I felt like we played more of our style both offensively and in the circle. I'm looking forward to a big week."

Analise De La Roca earned her first start in the circle but the freshmen hit trouble from the start after allowing back-to-back singles with a pair of outs. The third-straight single came at the bat of Makenzie VanSickle, giving ISU (0-10) the 1-0 advantage after the first inning.

NM State (8-4) continued to struggle in the following inning after a single and an error allowed a pair Bengal batters on with just one out in the innings. After a pop up allowed the runners to advance, Idaho State hits its second single of the inning to allow a run to score. The final run of the innings came when the Haley Harrison of the Bengals stole home, extending ISU's lead 3-0.

The Aggies offense came alive in the top of third when Jeanelle Medina hit an infield single with one out recorded. Rachel Rodriguez followed with a single of her own and advanced to second on a throw by the ISU outfielder. Fahren Glackin drove in the pair of runners with the third single of the inning, cutting the New Mexico State deficit to a run. After Kelsey Horton drew a walk, Castro hit into a fielder's choice, but a throwing error by the Idaho State second baseman allowed Glackin to come home on the play, scoring the game-tying run.

After a scoreless fourth inning for both teams, Castro broke up the stalemate with a solo blast to right field, giving NM State a one-run advantage. However, Kayla Green came in to pitch in relief and gave up a double and a single to the Bengal batters, tying the game 4-4.

In the top of the sixth, Shultes started a rally for the Aggies when the sophomore hit a solo homer to center field. Caity Szczesny followed with a triple down the right field line and after Kennedy Johnson was hit by a pitch, Rodriguez singled to load the bases. Glackin and Horton grounded out during the next at-bats but both batters brought in a run, extending New Mexico State's 7-4 lead.

Nikki Butler got the offense going in the top of the seventh when she hit a leadoff double to right center. Bergeson followed by grounding out to third but a throwing error by the first baseman allowed Butler to come home. It was the final run of the game for either team and NM State took down the Bengals 8-4.

Green picked up the win in the circle, moving the pitcher to 6-2 this season. The junior pitched 3.0 innings allowing one run on three hits and striking out three. In De La Roca's first start, the freshmen went 4.0 innings allowing three runs, one earned, on five hits while also striking out three batters.

New Mexico State travels to Lubbock, Texas, for its next set of contests as the team takes on Texas Tech in a doubleheader on Tuesday, Feb. 27, beginning at 1 p.m. MT.