Softball Game Recaps

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Softball Game Recaps

NMSU Softball Drops A Pair At Troy Cox Classic

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball opened the Troy Cox Classic with a pair of loses at the NM State Softball Complex on Saturday. The Aggies fell to Ball State 3-2 and No. 1 Oklahoma 2-0 in tournament action.

"We had some great battles today but we need to make sure we stay true to our approach and continue to attack in the ways that we practice," head coach Kathy Rodolph said. "We need multiple contributions from everyone. No load is too heavy if everyone lifts."

GAME ONE  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Drops Series Finale With No. 17/13 Kentucky

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball fell to No. 17 Kentucky in the series finale on Sunday at the NM State Softball Complex. Despite taking an early lead in the second inning, NM State fell to the Wildcats 10-2.

"Overall, I think it was a great weekend. Having the opportunity to play a top-ranked team gave us the chance to evaluate where we are and where we want to be," head coach Kathy Rodolph said. "I believe we did a lot of things right this weekend. The series gave us the opportunity to identify some things that we need to work on before we play again but I'm very proud of the overall effort from our team this weekend. "  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Upsets No. 17 Kentucky To Open 2018 Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team started the season on a high note when the Aggies took down No. 17 Kentucky 12-9 and 10-6 at the NM State Softball Complex to open the season.

"I really challenged to team to come out, be who we are and play hard," head coach Kathy Rodolph said. "We got great contributions both offensively and defensively. I liked the looks I got from the pitchers in the circle. We've got a good mix of a staff. Not only was our short game good tonight but out power hitters came out and did what we hoped they would do with the runners on base. It was a great start and we know it's back to work tomorrow."

Game One  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Falls To Saint Francis In NCAA Regional; Season Comes To A Close

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - New Mexico State softball fell to Saint Francis (Pa,) 8-4 on Saturday, ending NM State's postseason run. The Aggies finished the season with a 29-25 overall record.

How it happened

NM State came out hot in the top of the first when Kelsey Horton and Victoria Castro reached with one out in the inning. Fahren Glackin brought in the first run of the game with a single up the middle. After Caity Szczesny was hit by a pitch, Kaitlyn Rubio and Haley Nakamura hit back-to-back singles, giving New Mexico State a 4-0 advantage.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Claims 2017 WAC Tournament Championship

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - It was quite the Championship Saturday for New Mexico State softball. The Aggies defeated the Seattle U in walk off fashion, 15-14 before shutting out the Redhawks 10-0 to claim the Western Athletic Conference Championship. Victoria Castro, Samaria Diaz, Misty Hoohuli and Rachel Rodriguez earned All-Tournament honors with Rodriguez winning the coveted Most Valuable Player award.

Game One

NM State struck in the bottom of the first when the Aggies loaded the bases on back-to-back walks and a bunt single by Victoria Castro. With the bases loaded, Nikki Butler hit a grand slam to center field, scoring the first runs of the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Defeats CSU Bakersfield 7-2 In WAC Tourney Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State won a thriller to open the 2017 WAC Softball Tournament. The Aggies scored six runs in the sixth to defeat CSU Bakersfield 7-2. Kelsey Horton hit her second grand slam of the season in the victory.

How it happened

Kayla Green earned the start in the circle for NM State but hit trouble early when she hit the first batter she faced. After the Aggies recorded their first out of the game, Green gave up a home run to Jo Larios, giving CSUB an early 2-0 lead.

Rachel Rodriguez tripled to start NM State's at-bat in the first inning. Haley Nakamura followed the junior by grounding out to second base. Rodriguez came home on the play, cutting the Aggies deficit in half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Closes Out Regular Season With 5-4 Win Over Florida Atlantic

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball defeated FAU 5-4 on Thursday to close out the regular season.

How it happened

Kayla Green earned the start in the circle for NM State (25-22, 11-4 WAC) but hit trouble early when she walked Emily Lochten and hit Madisyn Palmer with a pitch. After a sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position, Alex Miller hit into a fielder's choice and scored the first run of the game.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Kelsey Horton brought the offense to life by hitting a single to center field. Nikki Butler followed the sophomore with a two-run homer, which gave the Aggies a 2-1 advantage over FAU (33-19, 13-8 C-USA).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Defeats Rival New Mexico, Rodolph Notches 500th NCAA Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico State softball defeated I-25 rival New Mexico on Tuesday. The Aggies defeated the Lobos 7-6 to complete the season sweep of their in-state rivals. It was also head coach Kathy Rodolph's 500th win at the NCAA level.

How it happened

NM State (24-22) struck first in the top of the third when Destiny Blueford started the inning with a bunt single. Jeanelle Medina followed with a single of her own, putting runners on first and second with no outs in the inning. After Rachel Rodriguez advanced the runners on a sacrifice bunt, Blueford scored when Caity Szczesny reached on a fielder's choice. A sacrifice fly by Kelsey Horton brought Medina home, giving the Aggies the 2-0 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Splits Doubleheader With GCU, Shares WAC Regular Season Title With Lopes

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State split a doubleheader with Grand Canyon on Saturday as the Aggies won the early game 13-5 but fell in the series finale 13-10. Despite losing the series, NM State ended conference play as the Western Athletic Conference Regular Season Co-Champions along with GCU.

Game One

After a scoreless first inning, Grand Canyon (36-15, 11-4) drew first blood as two singles and a walk loaded the bases with two outs in the inning. Back-to-back singles by Jenna Coates and Madelyn Dowdle gave GCU the 2-0 lead.

The Aggies scored a run of their own in the bottom of the inning as three-straight singles for NM State (23-22, 11-4) loaded the bases. Rachel Rodriguez's keen eye at the plate led to a walk, scoring New Mexico State's first run. NM State scored again in the third inning as Victoria Castro hit a two-run blast over the left field fence to give the Aggies a 3-2 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Drops Series Opener With GCU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Despite scoring seven runs in the fourth inning, New Mexico State softball fell to Grand Canyon 14-8 on Friday.

How it happened
GCU (35-14, 10-3) struck in the top of the first when Kendsey Hill started the game with a single. Laney Gomez followed by reaching on a fielding error by Kayla Green. After Niki Gonzalez reached on a fielder's choice, putting runners on the corners, Megan Stevens hit a sacrifice fly to score the first run of the game. Camree Wartman walked before Sierra Smith hit a long ball over the left field fence, giving the Lopes the 4-0 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>