LUBBOCK, TEXAS – The New Mexico State softball team fell 5-3 to UT Arlington in the first game of the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic on Friday morning. NM State finished with six hits on the day, but two big hits by the Mavs was enough to beat the Aggies. NM State continues with a game against host Texas Tech at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
Sophomore Emma Adams went 2-for-2 on the game with a pair of singles and a walk. Junior Staci Rodriguez picked up the two RBI for NM State with a two-run double in the fifth, helping NM State to its six hits on the game. UT Arlington also had six hits.
Redshirt sophomore Karysta Donisthorpe started in the circle for NM State and took the loss as she gave up UTA’s five hits in her two innings at work. She moves to a 5-4 record.
UTA wasted little time as a solo home run over centerfield put the first run on the board of the day. NM State answered back by plating a run of its own in the top half of the second. Both junior Kelsey Dodd and Adams singled on base to bring Malena Padilla to the plate.
The junior outfielder reached on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error by UTA’s shortstop made way for Dodd to round third and score NM State’s first run of the day.
With a 1-1 game after an inning and a half, Donisthorpe walked two batters, while a double up the middle loaded the bases. With just one out, K. Everett came to the plate with an 0-2 count to clear the bases with a shot over the left side.
With a 5-1 lead over NM State after just two innings, sophomore Makayla McAdams made an appearance in the circle to finish the game after Donisthorpe tossed the first two innings. McAdams allowed just three hits in her four innings.
The teams were each scoreless until NM State made its final attempt in the top of the fifth. An error got freshman lead-off hitter Devon Thomey on base before she was moved around and eventually scored by a single by sophomore Brennalyn Nakamura and a double by Rodriguez.
The reigning WAC Hitter of the Week’s double to center field was enough to also push Nakamura across the plate to make it a 5-3 game. McAdams and the Aggie defense sent the Mavs away in order in the bottom of the fifth, but neither team was able to score in the last two frames.
The Aggies continue today (March 7) with a 4:30 p.m. first pitch against Texas Tech. The Aggies and Red Raiders met in mid-February when NM State picked up an 8-6 win over TTU at the Aggie Softball Complex.