Softball Game Recaps

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Softball Game Recaps

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 >>

NMSU Softball Splits Doubleheader With CSU Bakersfield, Secure No. 1 Seed In WAC Tournament

BAKERSFIELD, CA - New Mexico State softball split a doubleheader with CSU Bakersfield on Saturday as the Aggies lost 7-4 but bounced back against the Roadrunners to take the series finale 13-3.

Game One

After two scoreless innings of play for both teams, Kayla Green hit trouble against CSU Bakersfield (9-30, 2-10) in the third as she gave up a leadoff single to Cydney Curran. A sacrifice bunt and a passed ball advanced Curran to third. Selena Gonzalez hit into a fielder's choice and brought the runner home for the first run of the game. After Jo Larios was hit by a pitch, Chris Hipa hit a single up the middle, scoring the second run of the inning.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Defeats CSU Bakersfield In WAC Series Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - New Mexico State won the series opener against CSU Bakersfield on Friday as the Aggies defeated the Roadrunners 5-2.

How It Happened
Kelsey Horton got off to a hot start in the first inning as she hit her 11th home run of the season over the left field fence to put the Aggies ahead 1-0.

After a scoreless second inning, NM State had its chance to score again in the third. Rachel Rodriguez got the inning going with a single and followed the play by stealing her 16th base of the season. Fahren Glackin was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. New Mexico State failed score as Nikki Butler flied out to left fielder and Kennedy Johnson popped up to third baseman to end the inning  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Falls In Doubleheader To No. Arizona

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State softball fell to No. 3 Arizona in a doubleheader on Tuesday as the Wildcats defeated the Aggies 8-0 and 11-1.

Game One

Kayla Green started in the circle for the Aggies (20-19, 8-1). The sophomore fell behind early as she gave up a home run to Dejah Mulipola for the first run of the game. The homer started a rally for Arizona (43-3, 13-2) as Katiyana Mauga followed Mulipola's homer with a single. After Arizona singled and drew a walk to load the bases, Tamara Statman hit the third Wildcat single of the inning to put Arizona ahead 2-0 in the first.

Green settled in the circle as she threw back-to-back scoreless innings. The Aggies were unable to help their pitcher as the team went down swinging against Danielle O'Toole..  Continue Reading This Post >>