SAN JOSE, Calif. (May 4) - The New Mexico State softball team posted its first conference road win of the season with a 1-0 victory over San Jose State at the Spartans' SJSU Field Friday afternoon.
NM State (23-28, 4-15 WAC) used solid pitching and defense to shut out San Jose State (26-25, 8-9). Junior Amber Olive celebrated her birthday by leading the team with two of the Aggies' six hits in the game.
The victory marked the fourth straight win for the Aggies over the Spartans in the series. The Aggies notched their third shutout of the year and first since an 8-0 win over Seton Hall on March 4.
Aggie sophomore pitcher Celisha Walker started in the circle against Spartan hurler Amanda Pridmore.
NM State scored the lone run of the game in the top of the fifth. Senior Brittany Clifton drew a one-out walk and freshman Staci Rodriguez followed with a walk of her own to put runners at first and second. Freshman Malena Padilla hit a two-out RBI single up the middle to score Clifton from second and give the Aggies a 1-0 advantage. That run was all NM State needed.
Walker picked up her seventh win of the season against four losses. Aggie junior Alex Newman earned her fourth save of the season by blanking the Spartans over the final two innings. With the save, Newman matched the NM State single-season record of four held by Stacy Webster (1988) and Vanessa Fitzgerald (2007).
Pridmore of SJSU fell to 16-13 this season with the loss.
The teams conclude the series with a doubleheader beginning Saturday at 1 p.m.
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