NMSU Softball Falls To No. 8 Arizona State 5-1 In Regular Season Finale

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball closed out the regular season with a single contest at the NM State Softball Complex against No. 8 Arizona State on Tuesday. Victoria Castro recorded her 10th home run of the season but it was not enough as the Aggies fell to the ranked Sun Devils 5-1.

"Analise pitched well today," head coach Kathy Rodolph said. "She wanted the ball. She came out and did great today. Kelsey and Victoria also did a good job for us. We had some opportunities where we could have broken the game open and that give us something to work for over these next few days of practice."

Analise De La Roca got the start in the circle but after a scoreless first, the freshman struggled when she allowed a pair of singles and a double that drove in a pair of runs for ASU (39-9). Following a quiet third inning for both teams, Castro cut NM State's (26-22) deficit in half with a long ball over the centerfield fence for Aggies’ first run of the game.

In the top of the fifth, Arizona State launched a two-run homer to left field and Rodolph made a change in the circle, bringing in Samaria Diaz to pitch. The sophomore hit a batter and allowed a single but did not allow another Sun Devil run to cross the plate in the inning.

After a scoreless top of the frame, NM State looked to rally in the bottom of the sixth when an error, hit batter and an infield single loaded the bases with one out recorded. However, the Aggies' momentum was cut short when a double play ended the at-bat for the NM State squad.

ASU added a run in the top of the seventh to take a 5-1 lead over New Mexico State and the deficit proved to be too much for the Aggies to overcome as the team fell to ranked Arizona State.

De La Roca falls to 9-4 with the loss as she pitched 4.0 innings and allowed four runs on six hits while striking out a pair of ASU batters. Diaz pitched 3.0 inning in relief and allowed one run on three hits while recording a pair of strikeouts..

NM State gets set to host the 2018 WAC Softball Tournament from May 9-12. As the top seed overall, the Aggies earned a first-round bye and face the winner of the contest between fourth seeded Grand Canyon and fifth seeded CSU Bakersfield on May 10, at 10 a.m. MT.