LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State softball team scored a record-breaking 17 runs in the first inning on Saturday, April 12 against the Bakersfield Roadrunners to complete the sweep and improve to a 26-16 record this season and stay atop the Western Athletic Conference with an 8-1 record.
Each run was plated in the first inning of the five-inning game with the Runners scoring first. The Aggies’ defense held CSUB to six hits but no earned runs on the day and senior Celisha Walker made the start and pitched five complete for the Aggies. The right-hand pitcher tossed one strikeout and allowed just one walk in the game, while the NM State offense rattled off 12 hits and 15 RBI on the game.
For the second straight day, junior Lacey Rother was perfect at the plate with four walks, which ties her for the most in the WAC for a single game. Rother finished with a perfect 5-for-5 weekend that included two home runs on Friday and a total of six walks in the three games.
Junior Staci Rodriguez went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two singles in the first inning, good for two RBI. Sophomore’s Fiana Finau and Emma Adams each had three RBI in the game, aiding in the Aggies 15 total on the game and 30 on the weekend.
In the first inning of play, Bakersfield recorded two runs off of three NM State errors and one hit to jump out to an early 2-0 lead.
Rodriguez started the bottom of the first inning off with a double and would record two more hits and two RBI before the Runners could get out of the inning. Sending 23 batters to the plate in what proved to be a record setting inning, the Aggies would finish the first inning with 17 runs.
The Aggies’ 17 runs shattered the previous Western Athletic Conference record of 13 runs in a single inning set in 2010 by Hawaii against Nevada. The Aggies recorded 11 hits, five walks, two hit batters and 15 RBI in the inning. On 11 hits in the innings NM State only recorded one extra base hit, with the remainder of all coming as singles. Ten of the team’s 11 hits were single-base hits, while Rodriguez recorded the only multi-base hit of the game for NM State.
Neither team would produce much offense after the first, going scoreless in the remainder of the game. Rother reached base in the bottom of the third on one of her many walks and junior Chelsea Dohrwardt would hit a single up the right line after coming in at leftfield in the top of the fourth. Those were the only two other base runners by the Aggies, while Bakersfield would end the game recording two singles and two doubles after the first.
NM State heads out on the road to finish out the season with a three-game series at Grand Canyon April 18-19. The teams battle in a doubleheader on Friday, April 18 beginning at 6 p.m. and conclude the weekend with a single game on Saturday at 2 p.m.