San Jose, Calif. – The New Mexico State softball team got off to an early 2-0 lead, but fell 4-2 to San Jose State on Friday, March 13, to begin a six-game weekend. NM State moves to 15-11 this season and now looks to the Fresno State Classic to continue the weekend.
NM State and SJSU are familiar foes, as the teams met five times in 2013 as Western Athletic Conference rivals. The Spartans, now in the Mountain West Conference, took each of those meetings, resulting in a WAC title.
The Aggies had just two hits on the day with the two runs coming early in the first inning. SJSU compiled seven hits with its four runs all crossing the plate in the fifth.
Freshman Haley Nakamura singled to lead off in the first at-bat for NM State. She was pushed along by an Emma Adams walk. Sophomore Fiana Finau hit a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position before a wild pitch scored Nakamura.
Adams plated the second run of the day for NM State when she was brought around off a groundout to first by junior Lacey Rother.
The Aggies held onto the 2-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth with the Spartans getting one hit in each of the the first two innings. The fourth tested NM State as a walk and a pair of hits loaded the bases loaded the bases with just one out. The Aggies held tough and got two outs to leave the runners stranded on base.
SJSU found a rhythm in the fifth as a walk and a single set the runners up for a two RBI double to left field tied the game. McAdams pitched one more walk before redshirt sophomore Karysta Donisthorpe stepped in to relieve after McAdams tossed 4.1 innings. The sophomore allowed six of the seven hits and pitched one strikeout.
Donisthorpe took the loss and moved to 5-6 in the circle this season as she pitched an RBI double before a sacrifice fly and a strikeout ended the inning with SJSU leading 4-2.
The Aggies did manage to send the Spartans away in order in the sixth and junior Kelsey Dodd single to left center, but it was not enough for NM State to come back.
The Aggies now make the short trip to Fresno State for five games beginning with Pacific at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, March 14. The Aggies also face St. Mary’s for the second time this season at 9:15 p.m. On Saturday, NM State meets Colorado State at 7 p.m. and host Fresno State at 9:15 p.m. To close out the weekend, the Aggies face Cal Poly at 12:15 p.m.