Softball Game Recaps

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Softball Game Recaps

NMSU Softball Defeats Rival UNM 4-3

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - It won't go down as a complete game in the record book, but freshman Matalasi Faapito's performance in the circle against Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico was a memorable one.

The first-year phenom recorded every out in NM State's 4-3 win over the Lobos Tuesday evening at the Softball Complex, tossing 6 1/3 innings before her outing appeared to be over. Faapito, however, reentered the ballgame after back-to-back walks by the Aggie bullpen and notched the final two outs to seal the rivalry victory.

NM State improves to 15-8 overall with the win. The Aggies, who have not lost to New Mexico in nearly two years, will see their in-state rival once more this season on Wednesday, April 15.

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NMSU Softball Takes Down Oregon State 4-2

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TEMPE, AZ - The New Mexico State softball team took down a Pac-12 foe for the second-straight game with a 4-2 win over Oregon State on day two of the Arizona State Invitational on Saturday. Chloe Rivas moved to 4-1 on the season while Matalasi Faapito picked up her second save.

The Aggies (13-7, 0-0 WAC) got on the board early, with Ramsay Lopez hitting her eighth home run of the season for a 1-0 NM State lead in the top of the first. Chloe Rivas then shut the Beavers (16-9, 0-0 Pac-12) out for the next three innings.

Then, in the fourth, New Mexico State struck again. With the bases loaded and no outs, Rivas drew a walk to make it 2-0. Kayla Bowen then grounded out to shortstop, but not before Casie Roberto scored from third. Finally, freshman Riley Carley delivered an RBI single to make to 4-0 Aggies.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Falls To Wright State, Bounces Back To Shut Out No. 15/17 Arizona State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TEMPE, AZ - Analise De La Roca and Felicia De La Torre combined to shutout #17 Arizona State in a 2-0 Aggie win in the second game of the Arizona State Invitational. The Aggies roped game one 11-3 to Wright State.

The Aggies opened the Arizona State Invitational against Wright State. The Aggies got on the board in the top of the first after Matalasi Faapito drew a bases-loaded walk. However, NM sTate would not plate any more runs in the inning.

The Raiders then went off in the bottom half of the first innings, plating six runs to take a 6-1 lead. Faapito then recorded an RBI single in the third followed by a sacrifice fly from Chloe Rivas to trim the deficit to 6-3.

Wright State answered with three runs in the third before tacking on one more in the fourth for an 11-3 final.

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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.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Splits A Pair Of Games On Day Two In Las Vegas

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State (10-6), 0-0 WAC) softball team won its first game of the day 8-0 against UTEP in five innings before dropping a 6-4 contest in eight innings to Boyd Gaming Classic host UNLV on Saturday in Las Vegas.

The Aggies took on UTEP in the Battle of I-10 for their first game of the day.

Jeanelle Medina led off the first with a bunt single and stole second base before Hailey Tanori singled up the middle to score the run and she advanced to third on the throw. Nikki Butler then scored Tanori with an RBI Single of her own to make it 2-0. Then, Ramsay Lopez blew the game open with her sixth home run of the season to make it 4-0 Aggies.

With Chloe Rivas dealing on the mound, the Aggies added three more runs in the fourth courtesy of a Lopez sacrifice fly, a throwing error by the Miner’s catcher and a Rivas single to make it 7-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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.

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NMSU Softball Run Rules Omaha 10-2

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State softball team continued its torrid streak at the plate in a 10-2 run-rule win over Omaha on Saturday afternoon at the UTEP Invitational in El Paso. This was the Aggies second run-rule win in El Paso this weekend.

Omaha (6-6) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top half of the first and held the Aggies (8-3) scoreless in the bottom half of the inning. Then, in the bottom of the second inning, the bats came alive. After Chloe Rivas stole home, freshman Hope Banales tripled and brought in a run before scoring on Hailey Tanori’s sac fly for a 3-0 Aggie lead heading into the third.

Both teams were held scoreless in the third and the Aggies also held the Mavericks scoreless in the top of the fourth. NM State scratched one more run across in the bottom of fourth courtesy of a Jeanelle Medina double that scored Banales to extend the lead to 4-1.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Splits Doubleheader With Omaha

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team split a doubleheader with Omaha on Friday night at the Softball Complex.

The Aggies hit six home runs on the day with two each from Ramsay Lopez and Nikki Butler. NM state and Omaha are set to play another doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 15, beginning at 2 p.m.

The two sides were locked in a tight battle early with Omaha’s Sydney Hampton and Matalasi Faapito going toe-to-toe in the circle. Trailing 1-0 in the 3rd, and with runners on first and third, Janelle Medina swiped second base and Caity Szczesny scored on throw down to second base to pull the Aggies even.

Then, Nikki Butler scored Medina on a sacrifice fly before Ramsay Lopez blasted a two-run home run to give NM State a 4-1 lead through three. The Aggies extended their lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth after Szczesny drew a bases loaded walk.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Falls To No. 20 Arkansas 5-4

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Aggies put up a thrilling fight against the nationally ranked Razorbacks, but it ended in heartbreak.

#20 Arkansas rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh, clipping NM State, 5-4, Saturday evening in front of a crowd of 994 at the Softball Complex.

Facing their second Power Five opponent in three days, the Aggies threw the first punch.

Back-to-back-to-back home runs in the second inning by freshman Ramsay Lopez, sophomore Casie Roberto and freshman Matalasi Faapito electrified the crowd, as the Aggies took a commanding 3-0 lead in the span of six pitches.

After Lopez and Roberto went back-to-back with no-doubters to left center, Faapito swung at the very first pitch she saw and also drilled one over the wall in left center.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Opens 2020 With Big Win Over Nebraska

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Aggies wasted no time flexing their muscles.

NM State kicked off the Troy Cox Classic in impressive fashion, smacking three home runs and exploding for six runs in the fourth inning to cruise to an 11-6 season-opening win against Nebraska.

The win over the Huskers is the Aggies' eighth against a Power Five opponent dating back to the 2018 season.

Western Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year Nikki Butler got the party started in the bottom of the first inning. The senior catcher swung at the very first pitch of the season she saw, crushing the ball over the left-field tree line and into Presley Askew Field.  Continue Reading This Post >>