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
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.
Penn State finished the game with a
solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth and scored two off a double to center
for the walk-off 10-2 win.
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.