LINCOLN, NEB. (March 15) - The New Mexico State softball team fell in game one 4-1 in extra innings and 8-0 in game two on March 15, to the No. 21 Nebraska Huskers on Friday afternoon.
NM State battled the Huskers to 10 innings in game one before a three-run home run capped the 4-1 loss for the Aggies. Game two came in just five innings as the Aggies worked for two hits, but Nebraska was able to pick up eight runs for an 8-0 win over NM State.
"I am very proud of the battle in game one. We worked hard through the extra innings," head coach Kathy Rodolph said. "Nebraska came out really tough in game two, but I think we are making improvements and we just need to work on keeping our momentum and fighting hard in tough situations. I think we are going to be ready to come out tomorrow against Nebraska and give them a battle."
With both teams scoreless through the first three innings, sophomore Staci Rodriguez was the first to crack a hit with a shot up the left line. She turned for her second stolen base of the season, but was left sitting on second to end the inning.
Nebraska was able to get its first two hits in the bottom of the fourth with the second hit out to right scoring the first run of the game and giving the Huskers a 1-0 lead going into the fifth inning.
NM State came up with three hits in the top of the sixth to plate one run and tie the game up at a run apiece. Sophomore Kelsey Dodd hit one up the right line just over first base before Chelsea Dohrwardt came in as a pinch runner.
Tehani Kaaihue moved Dohrwardt into scoring position with a single out to right and was eventually brought around the bases off a base hit just between the shortstop and left fielder by freshman Emma Adams. The RBI was the third for Adams and her 15th hit on the year.
The Huskers picked up a double to left center in the bottom half of the fifth just before freshman Makayla McAdams came into the circle for the Aggies. She walked one on base in the inning, but McAdams and the Aggie defense closed the inning with a ground out to third and a fly out to left.
With the Aggies picking up one hit in the top of the sixth, NM State and the No. 21 Huskers kept the score tied 1-1 until the bottom of the 10th inning. Both teams went down in order in each inning until the bottom of the third extra inning when Nebraska got two base hits from the bottom of the lineup. A three-RBI home run by Kiki Stokes closed the game with a final score of 4-1 in favor of the Huskers.
Game two started off with a scoreless first inning for both teams. NM State was unable to get a hit in the first two innings, but the Huskers walked Adams and Lacey Rother in the first and second, respectively.
Nebraska came up with two runs off three hits in the bottom half of the second, but a double play at home and first helped NM State out of the inning along with the first of senior pitcher Alex Newman's two strikeouts on the game.
In the third, senior Amber Olive picked up the first Aggie hit of the game with a bunt between the circle and the plate. She was able to beat out the throw at first, but was eventually thrown out at second on a fielder's choice off the bat of Adams.
Fellow senior Teresa Conrad had the second hit for NM State with a single up the middle in the fourth. The Huskers were able to turn a double play to get out of the inning before NM State could bring Conrad around the bags.
Nebraska came up in their half of the fourth for four single-base hits and three runs. A two-RBI single through left center at the bottom of the lineup moved Nebraska ahead of NM State 5-0.
In the final fifth inning, Olive reached base off a walk, but was caught stealing on her attempt to reach second to bring the Huskers up to bat. Nebraska ended the game with a walk-off three-run home run to end the game in five innings against the Aggies.
NM State and the Huskers meet once more to cap off the three-game series on Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m., at Bowlin Stadium.