NMSU Softball Falls Short Against DePaul

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV> - The New Mexico State softball team opened the Rebel Classic against DePaul at Eller Media Stadium on Thursday night. The Aggies fell 11-5 to the Blue Demons despite a late rally in the seventh inning.

Samaria Diaz got the start in the circle for NM State (10-9) and struggled from the beginning, giving up a pair of homers to DePaul (15-5) to put the Aggies behind 2-0. Kayla Green came in to relieve the sophomore, striking out a batter to end the inning.

The Blue Demons momentum continued into the second and after Green gave up a pair of walks and a fielder’s choice, a single for DePaul scored the third run of the game to put NM State further behind. Following the frame, Green settled in the circle and pitched a pair of scoreless innings but the New Mexico State offense was unable to bring a run across the plate.

The Aggies junior pitcher gave up another run in the fifth but struggled the most in the seventh as she gave up five runs in the final frame. Trailing 9-0, head coach Kathy Rodolph brought in freshman Mikayla Bongi to record the final out in the seventh. The left-handed pitcher allowed a double and a single, which scored a pair of Blue Demon runs before finally tallying the final out.

With three outs remaining in the contest, a desperate NM State squad rallied in the bottom of the inning, beginning with a single by Stefani Duran. The freshman advanced to second on an error and a single by Amy Bergeson was able to score the first New Mexico State run of the game.

Fahren Glackin drove Bergeson home after hitting a booming double through the right side and Caity Szczesny followed the senior with a single to put runners on the corners with Kelsey Horton at the plate. The junior hit her team-best sixth long ball of the season over the center field fence cutting, the NM State deficit. However, the homer brought in the last Aggie runs and NM State’s rally came up short as the team fell 11-5.

Green moved to 6-5 as the junior gave up eight runs on seven hits while striking out four Blue Demon batters. Diaz allowed two runs on three hits in her 0.2 innings pitched while Bongi one run on two hits in 0.1 innings of work.

New Mexico State continues its run at the Rebel Classic with a pair of contests against Portland State and No. 1 Washington on Friday, March 8. NM State opens the day against the Vikings at 10 a.m. MT.