NMSU Softball Drops Two Games At Boyd Gaming Classic

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State softball team dropped its first two games at the Boyd Gaming Classic 9-1 to Houston in five innings and 3-0 to host UNLV on Friday.

Jeanelle Medina opened the game with a leadoff walk but the Aggies (9-5, 0-0 WAC) were unable to put together any more offense in the first frame. Then, Houston (14-4, 0-0 AAC) scored a run in the bottom half on a wild pitch before a three-run home run made it 4-0 Cougars.

Sophomore Casie Roberto hit her fourth home run of the season in the top half of the second inning but that was the last time the Aggies would score. Houston would add two runs each in the third and fourth inning before scoring one more in the bottom of the fifth for a 9-1 final.

Rachel Hertenberger continued her strong start to the season for the cougars with 5.0 innings allowing just one run.

The Aggies game against UNLV started out as a pitcher's duel. Freshman Matalasi Faapito was impressive, going 1-2-3 in the first and second innings.

NM State then had a golden opportunity with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of third inning. However, the Aggies were unable to plate a run and the game remained tied at zero. Then, with two outs in the bottom of third, the Rebels were able to scratch across two runs for a 2-0 lead.

New Mexico State never really threatened for the rest of the contest and UNLV added an insurance run in the top of the seventh for a 3-0 Aggie loss.

The Aggies return to the diamond, tomorrow, Feb. 29, at 11 a.m. (MT) to continue the Boyd Gaming Classic with the Battle of I-10 against UTEP. The Aggies beat the Miners 9-1 in five innings at the Troy Cox Classic to start the year.