LAS VEGAS - The New Mexico State softball team finished the
final day of the Eller Media Stadium Classic with two wins on the day. The
Aggies move to 13-7 on the season with a 1-0 win over Weber State and a 5-3 win
over host UNLV on Sunday afternoon.
Senior Amber Olive went 3-for-7 on the day with two runs and
two RBI. She helped the Aggies with a stolen base and 11 fielding assists on
"I thought it was a good team effort," head coach Kathy
Rodolph said. "It's hard to come back and play a team on its home field on the
last day of the tournament, but I thought we got better this weekend and had
great contributions. The competition will continue to get stronger and
stronger, and we just need to prepare and get ready for that."
In the Aggie half of the first, Amber Olive led off with a
single to short and stole third to put herself in scoring position. Freshman
Emma Adams hit a short bunt just in front of the plate to advance Olive. Staci
Rodriguez came up with a sacrifice fly that scored Olive for the first run of
the day for NM State.
NM State allowed two Weber State hits, but kept the team off
the board. The Aggies came up with two hits in the bottom of the second, with
Olive's hit bringing around Tina Cisneros after she reached base on a walk.
The teams remained scoreless through the next three innings
with the Aggies picking up a hit by freshman Brennalyn Nakamura with a single
up the third baseline in the bottom of the fourth.
In the sixth, WSU hit a double to right, but was left
stranded. In a similar Aggie half of the inning, Dodd doubles to right also,
but was out on a double play.
The seventh ended quickly as junior Celisha Walker closed
out the game for NM State and picked up her first save of the season by
allowing just one Wildcat hit, but keeping them from crossing the plate.
Making her second start this season, freshman Makayla
McAdams worked for six innings without allowing a run to score. McAdams moves
to 2-2 on the season and tallies her ERA to 3.16 on the year.
The Aggies picked up five runs off 10 hits in game two of
the day with Alyssa Ruiz going 2-for-20 and Kelsey Dodd going 3-for-2 with an
RBI and a walk. Senior right-hand pitcher Alex Newman went the distance in the
circle with just one run allowed off five hits.
As the Aggies met the Rebels for the second time over the
weekend, the teams matched for runs in the first inning. The Aggies got on the
board first with a single RBI by Dodd. She went 3-for-6 on the day with an RBI.
The Rebels hit a single to right followed by an RBI double to match the Aggie
NM State extended the lead with a big second inning. Malena
Padilla got on base with a single to right to bring up Kaaihue who hit a
sacrifice bunt to move Padilla into scoring position. A hard liner up through
right center moved Padilla across the plate for a 2-1 lead. NM State didn't
stop there as freshman Emma Adams drove a hit up the right line for her fourth
hit of the weekend.
The third inning was scoreless, but with four hits for the Aggies,
Kaaihue picked up her fourth extra-base hit of the season with a double down
the left line. She was brought around the bases by Olive after hit a single to
right. The Aggies were victim of a double play to end that half of the inning.
The Aggies sat UNLV down in order in the home half of the
fourth, only to rack up two more runs off three hits in the top of the fifth.
After senior Teresa Conrad walked on base, Staci Rodriguez doubles to left to
Rodriguez then picked up her 16th run scored of the season
off the bat of Padilla with her second hit of the game and Ruiz singled to
shortstop, but the bases were left loaded at the work of the UNLV defense.
UNLV came up with two runs in the final at bat of the night
to close the gap slightly, but a last inning rally was not enough to hold the
Aggies. NM State finished the weekend 4-2 by sweeping the final two days of the
NM State now looks to the Diamond Devil Invitational in
Tempe, Ariz., March 8-10.