LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State softball team extends to a four-game winning streak after sweeping a doubleheader against Siena College on Monday, March 25. Game one was an 8-5 win over the Saints and game two ended in a come-from-behind 10-5 win. NM State extends to 20-13 on the season.
NM State had a come-from-behind win in game one with a five-run sixth inning. Siena lit up the board first with a run in the top of the second inning off an RBI single that scored one.
The Aggies were scoreless in the first two innings, going down in order, but came up with an unearned run in the third after the Saints had a big third round with six base hits and four runs. SC had six hits in consecutive at bats to score the four runs before NM State could force the three outs.
NM State shut SC down in order in the fourth can made began the comeback with two runs in the fourth. Freshman Tatum Reedy reached base on a fielder’s choice and was brought around the bags off senior Tehani Kaaihue’s walk to first. Freshman Emma Adams was responsible for the second run of the inning as she was out on the play at first that was able to score pinch runner Brennalyn Nakamura.
NM State held Siena College to just two more runs on the game, nine total, before ending the game with a five run, three hit sixth inning. Sophomore Staci Rodriguez earned her second hit of the day with a two-RBI double up the left line, giving the Aggies six hits on the game.
Rodriguez finished the day with five hits that included three home runs in game two off four at bats.
NM State notched its 19 win of the season 8-5 over Siena College in game one with junior Celisha Walker and senior Alex Newman teaming up for six strikeouts and one walk on the game.
Newman earned the decision in both games of the doubleheader, moving her record to 10-8 on the season and finishing the day with eight strikeouts.
“I have to tip my hat to Siena. They came out and really battled,” head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “But I really liked the way we came out and fought. We had good contributions from a lot of the girls today, and for some of them, this is the chance they have been patiently waiting for. I am pleased on our ability to not quit and I think this was a good pair of wins for us.”
Game two led off with Rodriguez plating three runs on her 10th home run of the season clear over the left field fence. The Aggies worked for two hits and a fielder’s choice in the second inning to lead the bases, but a late inning fly out from Teresa Conrad ended the inning before the Aggies could move around the bases.
Each of the teams were scoreless in the second, third and fourth inning, but the Saints came up with an eight hit and five run inning in the fifth to take the lead away from the Aggies.
NM State did not hesitate to make a comeback as two pitches resulted in two Aggie home runs. Rodriguez hammered her second home run of the day to the left side and Kaaihue came up and knocked her second bomb of the season over center field.
The Aggies continues on the path to regain the lead with three more hits in the inning for three more runs, giving NM State the 8-5 lead through five full innings.
NM State allowed the bases to load up in the top of the sixth with an error, a walk and a fielder’s choice, but kept Siena off the board for the remainder of the game.
NM State came up in the bottom half of the sixth to cap off the win. Rodriguez hit an identical home run in her next at bat to bring around herself and Conrad who reached on an error. Pinch hitter Lacey Rother singled up the middle and picked up her first stolen base of the season in the bottom of the inning as well.
NM State swept the day and took game two with a 10-5 win over the Saints. The Aggies now look to the first WAC road series of the season against Utah State on March 29-30, in Logan, Utah.