LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Feb. 16) - New Mexico State softball team dropped two games on the second day of the Troy Cox Classic on Saturday, Feb. 16, with a 10-2 loss to Penn State and a 10-9 loss to Colorado State in back-to-back games.
The Aggies tallied a walk and a hit for an RBI at the bat of Lacey Rother with a shot out to right field to bring in Staci Rodriguez for the first Aggies run of the day against Penn State. Rother went 2-for-5 on the day, but it was senior Amber Olive that went 4-for-7 with four hits and a RBI over the two games.
"We came out a little flat today and need to learn to come out ready for every game," head coach Kathy Rodolph said. "I'm happy with our battle in the CSU game, and I thought Makayla (McAdams came in and got us some key stops in the circle and allowed our offense to battle."
Makayla McAdams started in the circle for the Aggies, but gave up five runs in her 2.1 innings before Rodolph replaced the freshman with junior Celisha Walker for one inning with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third. McAdams came back in the second game for 2.2 innings with a strikeout and one walk.
Walker let one Nittany Lion cross the plate on a walk before Penn State's Macy Jones got a piece of the ball for a four-run homer over the center field wall to put PSU ahead of the Aggies 5-2.
NM State went down in order in the top of the fourth before Penn State get a two-RBI double to bring the score to 7-2 in the bottom of the fourth.
NM State picked up a single to right center in the top of the fifth, but was out on second for the only hit for the Aggies in the inning. Keeping the Nittany Lions scoreless in their half of the inning, NM State came up with a single to right by senior Tehani Kaaihue and a double by Conrad in the Aggie half of the sixth.
NM State came back in game two with the first run of the game when Olive hit a deep single to advance herself to second on the throw. When Kelsey Dodd came to the plate, she hit a single to center that plated Olive's run, giving NM State a 1-0 lead going into the second inning.
Colorado State answered the Aggies' run with five of its own, including a solo homerun and three other hits in the inning before the Rams hit a two-run bomb for the fourth and fifth run.
NM State was quiet in the next two innings with just one hit, but the Rams increased their lead with a single RBI to put them up 6-1 going into the fourth.
The Aggies fought their way back with one run off the bat of Tina Cisneros to plate sophomore Brennalyn Nakamura after she pinch ran for Rother's single. After that, the fifth inning proved to be the game changer as CSU brought in four runs, giving them a promising 10-2 lead over the Aggies.
NM State battled back to a three-run game with a homerun by Staci Rodriguez that scored two and a single by pinch hitter Emma Adams that drove in the second run of the inning. Malena Padilla drove in the next two Aggie runs with a single, but CSU was able to get itself out of the jam before the Aggies could do more damage.
The Aggies continued the rally with a run in each of the next two innings, but it was not enough to take out the Rams. NM State finished the game with 13 hits and nine runs with eight RBI. The Rams were only able to strikeout two Aggies in the seven-inning game.
NM State moves to 6-3 on the season after Penn State snapped the six-game win streak on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies finish the final day of the Troy Cox Classic on Sunday with two games against Colorado State at 11:30 a.m., and Texas Tech at 1:30 p.m. Both games are available on KSNM AM570 with Jay Sanderson making the call.