NMSU Softball Downs UMKC 6-0 In WAC Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - New Mexico State softball opened Western Athletic Conference play on Friday night with a contest at the Urban Youth Academy against Kansas City. The Aggies took down the Roos 6-0 for their first victory in league play.

“It was a great start to conference play,” head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “Kayla Green and Mikayla Bongi did a great job in the circle for us while Nikki Butler and Amy Bergeson really led us offensively.”

After a pair of scoreless innings for both squads, Rachel Rodriguez got the NM State (16-14, 1-0 WAC) offense going when she reached on a single and followed the hit by recording a stolen base. Fahren Glackin walked and a pop out by Kelsey Horton helped both runners advance into scoring position. Nikki Butler posted a double to left center, bringing the seniors home for a 2-0 advantage over UMKC (10-23, 0-1 WAC).

The Aggie bats simmered after the hot third inning but New Mexico State looked to add some runs to the board in the top of the seventh when a walk and a wild pitch advanced Glackin into scoring position. After a groundout allowed the senior to advance to third, Butler walked, putting runners on the corners with Victoria Castro at the plate. The junior hit an infield single to extend NM State’s lead to 3-0. Following Castro’s single, Amy Bergeson hit a triple out to left center to give the Aggies the 5-0 advantage. Caity Szczesny came to bat after the senior and hit a single up the middle, bringing the final New Mexico State run home.

Holding a 6-0 lead, Rodolph made a change in the circle, bringing in Mikayla Bongi to relieve junior starting pitcher Kayla Green. The freshman struck out all three UMKC batters she faced to secure NM State’s first victory in WAC play.

Green picked up the win in the circle to move to 9-7 this season. The junior pitched 6.0 innings and allowed just three hits and a single walk while also striking out a pair of UMKC batters in the shutout. Bongi pitched one inning and recorded three strikeouts in her outing.

New Mexico State closes out the series with Kansas City on Saturday, March 31, with a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. MT.