Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball closed out the NM State Invitational with a game against Creighton on Sunday. The Aggies picked up its second-straight run rule victory when the team dominated Creighton 9-1 in five innings at the NM State Softball Complex.
How It Happened
NM State (4-0) got off to a hot start offensively, beginning with a two-run home run by Victoria Castro, her third so far this season. After Nikki Butler drew a walk, freshman Mya Felder cranked a long ball out to left field, giving the team the 4-0 lead over Creighton (1-4).
The New Mexico State momentum carried into the second when the team loaded the bases with just an out on the board. Felder hit into a fielder's choice but a throwing error by the Bluejays' catcher allowed another NM State runner to cross the plate. An RBI single by Brandy Hernandez in the third extended the 6-0 lead and a three-run homer by Felder, her second long ball of the day, put the team ahead 9-0 at the end of the fourth.
Samaria Diaz looked to close out the victory in the top of the fifth but the junior hit trouble when she allowed a leadoff triple to start the inning. An error and a walked loaded the bases in a hurry and head coach Kathy Rodolph brought Chloe Rivas in to relieve the junior. Rivas picked up an out quickly when Creighton hit into a fielder's choice. Despite allowing a run, the freshman pitcher closed out the victory when the Bluejays grounded out to end the 9-1 victory for New Mexico State
By The Numbers
Diaz recorded her second win of the season following the contest when she went 3.2 innings, allowing just one run on two hits while also striking out four. Rivas contributed with 1.1 innings in the circle.
The Aggies host the annual Troy Cox Classic from Feb. 15-17. The tournament features host NM State along with Texas State, Bradley, Montana and San Jose State. New Mexico State's first clash is set to take place against the Bobcats of TXST on Friday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. MT.