TEMPE, ARIZ. (March 10) - On the final day of the Diamond Devil Invitational, the New Mexico State softball team dropped to host Arizona State and Notre Dame to finish the tournament 1-3 and move to an overall season record of 15-10. The Aggies fell 6-0 to host Arizona State and dropped 5-0 to the Irish on Sunday, March 10 at Farrington Stadium.
NM State fell 6-0 to ASU after holding the Sun Devils to just one run through the first six innings. The seventh inning proved pivotal in the game as ASU scored five runs for the final 6-0 win over NM State.
Arizona State was first to strike with a single in the first and two hits in the second. NM State was able to keep the he Sun Devils off the board with a play at the plate in the top of the second by Emma Adams and catcher Tatum Reedy.
ASU was able to get two hits in the top of the third before junior Celisha Walker came into the circle for NM State. McAdams allowed five hits with no runs in her 2.1 innings at work. Reedy and first baseman Kelsey Dodd were able to turn a double play with loaded bases for an out at home and first to keep the Sun Devils off the board through the first three innings.
The fourth inning remained scoreless for both teams with ASU picking up one hit in the top of the inning. Staci Rodriguez walked her way on base, but was left without a move in the bottom half.
Once the top of the fifth inning came around, ASU's short stop Cheyenne Coyle hit a solo home run up the middle to put ASU on the board with a 1-0 lead over the Aggies.
While the Aggies were scoreless in the bottom of the fifth, Walker and the NM State defense sent the Sun Devils away in order with a fly out to right and two grounders to third base.
Malena Padilla came up in the home half of the sixth for a base hit up the left side, but she was left at first after Staci Rodriguez fell victim to her first strikeout of the day.
In the top of the seventh, the Sun Devils had a big inning with five hits on four runs to take a 6-0 lead. ASU hit a 2-RBI single to start things off and then a double scored one more before a two-run homer locked in the six and final run for the Sun Devils.
"I think we pitched well enough in both games to win and we did great defensively," associate head coach Cat Heifner said. "Offensively, we just have to come up key and string some hits together."
As the Aggies got back to the diamond against Notre Dame, senior Amber Olive led things off with a single to left in the top of the first. She was caught stealing at second, just her second of the season. Sophomore transfer Lacey Rother picked up her first hit of the day with through the left side.
NM State was unable to turn those hits for a run, but Notre Dame wasted little time before plating the first run of the day off a double to right field.
Both teams went down in order in the second inning to bring NM State back to the plate with back-to-back singles by Olive and Padilla. Padilla's hit was enough to move Olive into scoring position, but the third out off a came before either runner could move around the bases.
ND came up with two consecutive singles in the home half of the third. I line drive hit right to senior Teresa Conrad at shortstop gave the Aggies the momentum for the third out at third to keep the Irish from plating a run.
NM State was scoreless in the top of the fourth, but Notre Dame came up with a single RBI after Katey Haus doubled to left and the pinch runner was bunted over to third. NM State got out of the fourth with allowing one hit and three hits on the inning before Makayla McAdams came into the circle for the Aggies.
The Irish picked up their next two runs of the game off two hits and a stolen base in the inning for a 4-0 lead over NM State.
The Aggies came up with a single to left center by Olive and a fielder's choice by Rother in the sixth before ND made a play at second and then nabbed a fly out to get out of the inning. The Irish plated one in their half of the sixth with a bases-loaded walk by McAdams.
The Aggies ended the game on three straight outs to fall 5-0 to Notre Dame.
NM State now looks to its final regular season series before moving on to conference play with three games versus Nebraska on March 15 and 16 in Lincoln, Neb.