NMSU Softball Scores 10 Unanswered Runs To Defeat Houston

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV – The New Mexico State softball team scored 10 unanswered runs to erase an 8-0 first-inning deficit to beat Houston 10-8 in the final game of the Boyd Gaming Classic on Sunday.

NM State (11-6, 0-0 WAC) gave up eight runs in the top half of the first inning to fall behind 8-0 early. Then, the Aggies loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning before Matalasi Faapito singled up the middle to score Hailey Tanori and Jeanelle Medina. Chloe Rivas followed that up with a home run to centerfield to make it 8-5 Cougars (16-5, 0-0 AAC).

Faapito held Houston scoreless in the second, third and fourth and the Aggie offense struck again in the bottom of the fourth. With runners and first and second, Shelby Shultes stepped to the plate and tied the game with a three-run, pinch-hit home run.

The Cougars were again held scoreless in the top of the 5th before Faapito stepped to the plate and hit a two-run jack to give NM State the 10-8 lead. Faapito then shut Houston out the rest of the wat to secure the 10-8 win.

After giving up three runs in the first, Faapito held the Cougars scoreless for the next six innings walking just two and striking out five. The freshman also had a great day at the plate, going 2-4 with four RBI. Nikki Butler also went 2-4 while Rivas and Shultes both recorded three RBI.

New Mexico State is now set to travel to Tempe, Ariz., for the Arizona State Invitational where it will take on Wright State, Arizona State, Oregon State, Nebraska and Lehigh from March 6-8. Aggie fans catch NM State’s game against ASU on March 6 thanks to pac12.com.