SAN JOSE, Calif. (May 5) - The New Mexico State softball team split a doubleheader with San Jose State Saturday afternoon, dropping a 1-0 contest before shutting out the Spartans 8-0 in six innings to win the series at SJSU Field.
NM State (24-29, 5-16 WAC) finished the season by winning four of its final six games. San Jose State (27-26, 9-10) earned the fourth seed at next week's Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Softball Tournament in Las Cruces.
Freshman Kelsey Dodd led the Aggie bats with three hits and three RBI. Classmate Briana Tovio-Asato and junior Amber Olive also posted three hits on the day. Senior Tiare Jennings hit her seventh home run of the year in the final game of her collegiate career.
Aggie freshman pitcher Karysta Donisthorpe started in the circle against Spartan hurler Amanda Pridmore in game two of the series.
Like game one on Friday night, one run made the difference in game one of the day. Pridmore allowed only five hits to the Aggies through seven. Donisthorpe registered nine strikeouts and gave up just three hits through six innings but the Spartans' fourth hit was the difference.
San Jose State's designated player Breanna Lopez hit a walk-off solo home run to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning to win the game 1-0.
Donisthorpe took the loss to fall 6-10 while Pridmore improved to 17-13 on the year.
In the third game of the series, junior Alex Newman started for the Aggies in the circle against Jennifer Ames of SJSU.
NM State scored its first run of the game in the top of the first. Freshman Malena Padilla opened with a one-out single. Jennings hit a double down the left field line to put two runners in scoring position. After Tovio-Asato walked and another out, Dodd hit an RBI single to score Padilla. However, Jennings was tagged out at home on a solid throw from the outfield to end the inning with the Aggies up 1-0.
The Aggies exploded for five runs in the top of the fourth inning. Dodd kicked the rally off with another single through the right side. Freshman Chelsea Dohrwardt came into the game to run for Dodd at first. Senior Brittany Clifton singled up the middle to put two on with no outs.
Junior Teresa Conrad made it three singles in a row to load the bases. A Spartan throwing error allowed Dohrwardt to score and the runners to move up a base. Freshman Staci Rodriguez hit a sacrifice squeeze bunt to score Clifton to make it 3-0 NM State.
Olive hit an RBI infield single to score Conrad and put the Aggies up by four runs. Padilla hit into a fielder's choice as SJSU recorded the second out of the inning. With two gone Jennings blasted a home run over the left field wall to score two more and push the NM State lead to 6-0 after four innings.
In the top of the sixth, NM State rallied again. Olive started the inning with a triple to right center. After a ground out, Jennings reached on a walk. Olive and Jennings were later involved in a run-down to help Olive steal home; allow Jennings to stay safe at first and put the Aggies in front 7-0.
Tovio-Asato singled up the middle to put two on with one out. After a fly out, Dodd smacked her third hit of the game with an RBI double to bring Jennings home and give NM State an 8-0 lead.
Newman pitched a complete game shutout to improve to 10-14 on the year. Ames suffered the loss to drop to 3-8 on the year.
New Mexico State hosts the WAC Softball Tournament next week at the NM State Softball Complex beginning Wednesday, May 9.
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