LAS VEGAS, Nev.—The New Mexico State softball team wrapped up the Eller Media Stadium Classic with a loss on Sunday, March 2, falling 8-1 to DePaul University. The Aggies finished with a 3-2 record for the tournament and their overall record now sits at 13-7.
In Las Vegas, junior Staci Rodriguez found a rhythm early and sustained it as she went 7-10 in five games. She had five homeruns, 10 RBI, scored nine runs and also drew six walks.
Sophomore Fiana Finau also had success at the plate as she went 6-16 with four homeruns and 10 RBI over the weekend.
In the pitcher’s circle senior Celisha Walker found success as a reliever throughout the weekend as she played in four games and earned one save. She pitched 16.1 total innings and struck out seven batters.
Entering the game with DePaul the Aggies were coming off a day where they scored 18 runs on 17 hits, but found the going much tougher against the Blue Demons as they were only able to get one run and five hits on the day. Both Rodriguez and Finau were held hitless in the game.
NM State’s error problem returned early in the DePaul game as they committed two errors in the first inning and allowed the Blue Demons to score two early runs. The Aggies trailed 2-0 heading into the second as they were unable to score in the bottom of the inning.
The Aggies found some life in the third inning as they scored their first run and loaded the bases with no outs. They were unable to bring more runs across the plate however and trailed 8-1 heading into the fourth.
NM State was able to get five hits in five innings, but they were unable to capitalize on their chances and still trailed the Blue Demons 8-1 as they moved into the sixth inning.
Neither team was able to add any runs to the scoreboard after the fifth inning. The Aggies did have several more opportunities with baserunners but were unable to bring those runners home and eventually fell 8-1 in the final game of the weekend.
Redshirt sophomore Karysta Donisthorpe got the start but struggled against DePaul as she allowed three runs on five hits through the first two innings. Sophomore Makayla McAdams entered the game in relief with the bases loaded and no outs but allowed the Blue Demons to score five runs.
Walker was brought in to pitch for the Aggies and was able to get the final two outs of the second inning, but the Aggies were left trailing 8-0 heading to the bottom of the inning. She finished the game and surrendered five hits but no runs in 5.2 innings of work.
The Aggies will travel to El Paso, Texas for a game atgainst UTEP on Tuesday March 4, before traveling to Lubbock, Texas for the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic on March 7-9.