Softball Game Recaps

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Softball Game Recaps

Donisthorpe Shuts Down Rebels; Aggies Win 1-0

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State softball team kicked off play at the Alexis Park Resort Classic on Thursday night by defeating host UNLV 1-0 at Eller Media Stadium to improve to 9-7 on the season.

Redshirt junior Karysta Donisthorpe continues her torrid start to the season after shutting down the Rebels to move her record to 6-2. The Aggie right-hander only allowed a single in the second inning and another single in the sixth en route to her third complete-game shutout of the season.

“Karysta was outstanding tonight and really used her whole arsenal,” Aggie head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “We stranded a lot of runners tonight, which is unusual for us, but Karysta held down a good hitting team. We needed every bit of her composure.”

Donisthorpe, who finished with seven strikeouts, picks up her first seven-inning shutout. Her first complete-game shutout was in a six-inning game and her second in a five-inning game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Softball Loses Heartbreaker To No. 19 Sun Devils

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TEMPE, AZ - The New Mexico State softball team concluded play at the Diamond Devil Invitational on Sunday by falling to host and 19th-ranked Arizona State, 11-7, in a game that saw the Aggies come back from a three-run deficit in the final inning just to see the home team win on a walk-off grand slam.

Senior first baseman Kelsey Dodd went 2-for-2 on the day while freshmen Rachel Rodriguez and Corrin Green each went 2-for-3 against the Sun Devils. Green, a native of nearby Glendale, returned home and belted her third home run of the season while finishing with a team-high three RBIs.

Also returning home was NM State freshman Dallas McBride. The Scottsdale native pitched a complete game in front of her hometown fans but unfortunately picked up the loss to move to 1-4 on the season. McBride did, however, hit a big RBI triple and had two RBIs on the day.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Picks Up Two Wins In Arizona

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TEMPE, AZ - The New Mexico State softball team continued play at the Diamond Devil Invitational by winning its two games on Saturday, first defeating Boise State, 4-3, before taking care of Colorado State for the second time this season, 7-3.

The Aggies (8-6) move two games over .500 for the first time this season and finish the first two days of the tournament with a 3-1 record. NM State plays its final game in Tempe on Sunday versus host and 19th-ranked Arizona State.

Junior right-hander Makayla McAdams, a Tucson native, returned to her home state and picked up her first two wins of the season, one in a starting role and another in relief. Senior Staci Rodriguez hit her fourth home run of the season to tie her with Malena Padilla for the team lead while fellow senior Kelsey Dodd slammed her second homer of the year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Splits A Pair Of Games At Diamond Devil Invite

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TEMPE, AZ - The New Mexico State softball team began play at the Diamond Devil Invitational, hosted by Arizona State, on Friday by splitting two games at Farrington Stadium to move to 6-6 on the season.

The Aggies lost to the 15th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers, 6-1, before shutting out the Indiana State Sycamores, 4-0, the third shutout of the season for NM State.

Redshirt junior Karysta Donisthorpe started both games in the circle for NM State and received the decision in both games to move to 5-2 on the season. Left fielder Malena Padilla and second baseman Brennalyn Nakamura each had a home run on the day. Senior center fielder Staci Rodriguez finished the day hitting .500 after going 3-for-6 at the plate.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Drops A Pair Of Games In Troy Cox Classic

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Despite an offensive output that produced 20 hits and 20 runs New Mexico State suffered a pair of setbacks at Troy Cox Classic Saturday at the New Mexico State Softball Complex.

The Aggies dropped a 25-12 decision to Kansas and suffered a 10-8 defeat at the hands of Bradley.

In game one the Aggies didn’t have an answer for the Jayhawks’ potent offense. KU hit five home runs – including three grand slams to overpower NM State.

In the first inning the Jayhawks quickly loaded the bases for Maddie Stein who then proceeded to hit a grand slam over the left field fence. The next batter, Chanin Naudin, hit a solo homer run to left and the Jayhawks opened up a 5-0 lead.

Daniella Chavez hit KU’s second grand slam in the second inning and the Jayhawks led 10-1. However, in the bottom half of the second inning the Aggies pushed across five runs and cut KU’s lead to 10-6.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Splits On Opening Day Of Troy Cox Classic

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Softball Aggies split games on Friday as they opened play in their own Troy Cox Classic at the NM State Softball Complex.

The Aggies dropped a 6-0 decision in their first game to undefeated Kansas, then roared back in the nightcap to run-rule Weber State 8-0 in five innings.

“We got a good start against good competition tonight,” said NM State head coach Kathy Rodolph. “Our preseason is designed to really challenge us and make us better each time we step on the field. And I believe it’s doing that.”

The night was highlighted by the offensive play of Malena Padilla who went 3-for-6 in the two games and Emma Adams who went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

In the other games in the Classic on Friday, Bradley was run-ruled twice, as Kansas took an 8-0 victory, while Weber State downed BU 11-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Softball Drops Close Game To UTSA, 8-7

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team dropped to 2-2 on the year after a tough 8-7 loss to UTSA, in the third day of the Hotel Encanto Invitational, Saturday, Feb. 7 at the NM State Softball Complex.

The Aggies went into the seventh inning with a 7-6 lead but UTSA scored two runs in the top of the seventh to move to 3-0 in the tournament and on the year. The Aggies hammered out eight hits with first baseman Kelsey Dodd leading the offensive charge going 2-of-3 at the plate. Dodd also got on with a lead-off walk in the bottom of the fifth, which led to one of two runs scored in the inning giving the Aggies a 5-4 lead after falling behind 4-3 in the third.

CSU’s Kelsi Ott was the winning pitcher working 2.1 innings and striking out two Aggie batters, while the Aggies’ Dallas McBride fell to 0-1 on the season as she gave up the go-ahead run but stuck out three batters.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Nine-Run Inning Fuels Aggie Rally Past No. 18 Nebraska

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team did something no one had ever done to the Nebraska softball team, score 16 runs, as the Aggies defeated the 18th-ranked Huskers, 16-11, in a shootout at the NM State Softball Complex on Friday.

The most runs Nebraska had given up in a game in the history of the program was 15, but NM State, which moved to 2-1 in the Hotel Encanto Tournament, hit five home runs and racked up 20 hits en route to its record-breaking 16 runs.

It wasn’t easy, however, for the home team as the Aggies had to come back from deficits on two different occasions, including an 11-7 deficit in the middle of the sixth.

“I think we showed a lot of heart and fight today and no matter what the other team did we absolutely came back and fought,” Aggie head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “We just stepped up to the plate with composure and kept going after it.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Splits Opening Day Games

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team lost game one 5-3 to Texas Tech and hammered out an 8-0 six-inning win in the second game of the day versus Montana, Thursday, Feb. 5 at the NM State Softball Complex during day one of the Hotel Encanto Invitational. The Aggies start the season 1-1.

Game One
The Aggies led 3-2 heading into the seventh inning but Texas Tech put up three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 5-3 lead and eventually win the game by the same score.

The Red Raiders scored the first run of the game on a triple to right field in the top of the fourth and NM State tied the game in the bottom of the inning off a Tech throwing error before taking the first of its two leads in the game an inning later off a solo home run from Staci Rodriguez, the preseason WAC Player of the Year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Ends Season At WAC Tournament

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State softball team fell to Utah Valley in the 2014 WAC Softball Tournament Championship game, 7-6, at Logan Field in Seattle, Wash., Saturday afternoon. The Aggies end their season at 31-23.

“I’m very proud of these kids and I feel like they have grown tremendously during the season,” head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “This team definitely does not have quit in them. These are quality women in all aspects of life, in the classroom, on the field and in the community. You never want it to end and it’s tough when it ends before you think it should but at the same time I appreciate the battle and heart that are team showed. We didn’t take a pitch off all tournament, we just got a little on our heels defensively, which is something we will need to work on for next year.”  Continue Reading This Post >>