LAS CRUCES, N.M. (April 6) – A 12 inning game one and walk-off double in the eighth inning of game two gave the New Mexico State softball team a 3-2 and 6-5 win over the UT Arlington Mavericks in the Saturday, April 6 doubleheader at the NM State Softball Complex.
NM State improves to 8-1 in Western Athletic Conference play and 26-13 overall on the season and are riding a 10-game winning streak that includes eight conference games. UT Arlington drops to 2-7 in conference and 17-19 overall.
The Aggies finished the 20-inning day with a total of five hits in game one and eight in game two. Senior Amber Olive went 5-for-9 on the day with two singles and a triple in game one, helped the Aggies to an extra inning 3-2 win over the Mavs. She came back in game two for an RBI single and stolen base that aided in NM State taking the initial 1-0 lead over UTA.
“I thought it was an overall good day for us. We battled really well in both games and really staying in it,” head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “Alex (Newman) pitched extremely well for us and I thought the effort on defense along with the key hits of Teresa (Conrad and Amber (Olive) helped us out today.”
Newman worked eight of the 12 innings in game one with six strikeouts and one walk. She then came back in the second game for 2.2 innings in the circle for her second win in conference play.
In game one, both teams got on the board early in the first inning with the Mavericks lighting up the board first off a single RBI through left center. The Aggies came back with a run of their own with a fielder’s choice hit to second base to plate Kristi Covarrubia, who also reached on a fielder’s choice play.
NM State sent the Mavs away in order in the top of the second that brought up the bottom of the lineup for the Aggies. Freshman Emma Adams came up with a rocket over the right field wall for a 2-1 lead over the Mavs.
The Aggies sent UTA away in order in the second and third and struck out two Aggies in the bottom of the third. The Mavs came up with the tying run in the fourth inning after the pitcher, Teri Lyles, walked onto first. She advanced on a sacrifice bunt and was brought around on a single up the middle to tie the game at 2-2.
The teams were scoreless through the regulated seven innings with NM State picking up one hit, a single by Olive through the shortstop, and UTA earning three hits.
The Aggies shut down the side of the order in each of the four extra innings, and NM State was able to come up with a triple to left center. She was brought around off a throwing error by the first baseman as Covarrubia put the ball in play for a fielder’s choice.
The 12-inning game is the longest for NM State this season and Olive managed to earn her fourth triple of the season on her final at-bat of the game.
In game two, the Aggies allowed two hits by the Mavs to start off the inning with freshman Makayla McAdams in the circle. NM State did not allow a run in the inning, however. McAdams worked four complete innings for NM State with two strikeouts and three runs allowed as the Mavs came up with three runs off four hits and a sacrifice bunt in the top of the third.
The Aggies struck first in the bottom of the first for two runs off a double to left that brought Covarrubia around after she singled her way on base. It also plated pinch runner Brennalyn Nakamura’s ninth run of the season after Kelsey Dodd walked on base.
NM State went away in order in the third and fourth but came up in the fifth inning to take the 4-3 lead off a RBI single by Covarrubia, her second hit of the day, as she brought Olive in to score after reaching base on a single of her own.
Newman came to the plate The Mavs fired back in the sixth with a run off a single to first after the runner reached base on a walk and was moved into scoring position off a sacrifice bunt.
With the game tied in the sixth inning, Newman made her way back into the circle for the second time after junior Celisha Walker worked 1.1 innings during game two.
Newman got NM State out of the inning with the help of the Aggie defense and then came up for her first collegiate at bat. The senior right hander came in and worked for a full-count strikeout as the Aggies went down in order.
The Mavericks took the lead in the top of the eighth with one run off two singles, but NM State made a bold comeback in the home half of the inning when Conrad came through with a two-RBI double to right center that scored Covarrubia and Nakamura.
The Aggies are at home for the second straight week for five games. NM State starts the week by hosting No. 19/21 Arizona on Tuesday, April 9. NM State then turns back to WAC competition as it welcomes UTSA for three games April 12-13.