LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team split
on the final day of the Troy Cox Classic with a 9-2 win over Colorado State in
the first game of the day and a 5-3 loss to Texas tech in extra innings on
Sunday afternoon at the NM State Softball Complex. The Red Raiders broke up a
3-3 tie in the eighth inning courtesy of the international tiebreaker rule that
placed a runner at second to start the eighth inning.
On the day, the Aggies tallied 20 total hits between the two
games as Malena Padilla and Staci Rodriguez each picked up four in the double
bill. The Aggies are now 7-4 on the season, while finishing the Troy Cox
"Overall, it was a good weekend. We grew, got better and are
continuing to get better with every game," head coach Kathy Rodolph said. "We
are learning to play under pressure and learning what it means to be in those
really close ball games. Each piece of the puzzle is getting better, and I am
pleased with that. Wins and losses don't always show you that, but I definitely
feel it with our team."
In the first game of the day, Amber Olive led the way with a
three-base shot to right center, before Kristi Covarrubia lined out to the
pitcher. Rodriguez was next to the plate and hit her first single of the day to
plate the first run for NM State. Lacey Rother and Tina Cisneros reached base
to bring Padilla to the plate, who hit a bomb to the left side to plate three
runs for NM State. With Kelsey Dodd next at the plate, she hit a solo homerun
to give the Aggies a 5-0 lead going into the top of the second.
The Aggies sent Colorado State down in order in the top half
of the second inning, then came back with freshman Emma Adams leading off. She
took her base after getting hit in the shoulder and was brought into scoring
position by a single by Olive.
In the home half of the third, Dodd and senior Tehani Kaaihue
hit back-to-back doubles with Kaaihue's shot to center scoring Dodd. NM State was able to stop the Rams from
crossing the plate after three runners reached base. An RBI double by Rodriguez
in bottom of fourth scored the Aggies eighth run after NM State gave up a
two-run homerun in the top half of the inning.
Covarrubia drove in the ninth run of the day for NM State by
putting the ball in play to shortstop in the latter part of the fifth. A bad
throw by CSU worked to the Aggies advantage as Olive plated her second run of
the game and secured the Aggie win.
Senior Alex Newman made the start for NM State and worked
for 2.1 innings before freshman Makayla McAdams took the job in the circle. McAdams
worked for the remainder of the game and put CSU away in order off strikeouts
in the top of the sixth.
Newman started the second game for NM State as well and
worked seven complete innings with one strikeout and four earned runs. She finished
the day with 9.1 innings to her name and the owner of a 3.00 ERA on the day.
She took the loss in game two, moving her hurling record to 4-3, while boasting
a 2.60 ERA through her nine appearances.
The senior was perfect through the first two innings,
sitting Texas Tech down in order through both innings. She retired the first
two in the second inning before allowing the first hit of the day from the
cleanup hitter, Cara Camello with a shot up the left line.
The Aggies picked
up the first run of the game with a single RBI by Rodriguez, her fourth on the
day, to score Amber Olive in the bottom of the third. Olive got a base hit in
the first, but reached on a fielding error before she plated the run.
The Red Raiders evened the score at one apiece in the fourth
and came back for another run in the fifth for a 2-1 lead over the Aggies. Kaaihue scored the Aggies tying run at the bat
of Alyssa Ruiz' standing double to right center in the bottom half of the
Both teams plated a run to keep the score knotted at 3-3 in
the seventh and send the game into extra innings. The international tiebreaker
rule put a runner at second as Texas Tech came up with an RBI single to center
for a 4-3 lead. TTU scored the winning run off a double to left to bring in the
runner at second.
NM State now looks at a week of rivalry games as the Aggies
host the New Mexico Lobos for the second time this season on Feb. 19. After the
second of the three-game series against the rivals to the north, the Aggies
play two days of doubleheaders beginning on Saturday, Feb. 23 in El Paso Texas.
NM State battles southern rival UTEP each day as well as South Dakota.