EL PASO, TEXAS (Feb. 24) - After trailing through three complete innings, the New Mexico State softball team had a big fourth inning to get a 4-3 win over the South Dakota on Sunday, Feb. 24. The Aggies were scheduled to also face UTEP later in the day, but the game was called due to the high wind warning in the El Paso area. With the win, NM State continues on its three-game win streak and moves to 10-5 on the season.
South Dakota got off to an early lead with a single RBI to center field that drove in the first run of the day. The Coyotes brought in an unearned run in the top of the second in similar fashion to take a 2-0 lead over the Aggies going into the third inning.
In the circle for the Aggies, Karista Donisthorpe worked the complete game with a season-high 12 strikeouts and allowing five hits. The sophomore went in the books with just one earned run allowed while facing 29 batters.
"We played well considering the wind and weather," associate head coach Cat Heifner said. "We did what we had to do to get the win. With the second game, the weather was just getting too bad for use to play safely. We'll look at both teams' schedules and try to reschedule."
The Aggies made a turnaround in the bottom half of the fourth with two runs off a pair of doubles by sophomore Kelsey Dodd and senior Tehani Kaaihue. Senior Amber Olive put the ball in play out to left field, but the fielding error resulted in two more Aggie runs in the inning for the 4-2 going into the fifth.
USD attempted a comeback with a run in the top of the fifth off a double to center that drove in a runner, but NM State was able to hold of the Coyotes and finish the game with three straight outs in the top of the seventh.
The Aggies continue on the road next week with the UNLV - Eller Media Stadium Classic Friday, March 1-3, in Las Vegas, Nev.