Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State softball team combined to score 23 runs and pounded out 17 hits to secure wins over Tulsa and North Dakota Friday afternoon at the NMSU Softball Complex.
NM State upended Tulsa 8-0 and topped North Dakota 15-5.
Aggie softball coach Kathy Rodolph was pleased with the overall team effort, especially on offense.
“I think we hit the ball well today and gave ourselves the opportunity to win,” Rodolph said. “We had contributions from up and down the lineup. Our pitchers in both games (Karysta Donisthorpe and Dallas McBride) pitched well. It was a balanced effort tonight on offense and defense.”
In the opener versus Tulsa, Malena Padilla singled to right field in the bottom of the first to score a run and the Aggies led 1-0. NM State added three runs in the fourth inning to open the game up. Emma Adams doubled to center field to push across two runs. Moments later Staci Rodriguez doubled to right field to give NM State a 4-0 lead.
The Aggies added a run in the fifth and three runs in the sixth inning and the 8-run, five-inning mercy rule was called into effect.
Tatum Reed was productive in the batters box. The junior went 1 for 2 with 3 RBIs and walked twice.
Donisthorpe earned the complete-game shutout win. She tossed six innings and allowed five hits, no runs and allowed one walk. She also struck out two batters and upped her record to 9-2.
In game two it was the hot bat of Corrin Green that led the Aggies. The 5-foot-8 junior went 3 for 3 with 5 RBIs, including a 3-run home run in the fifth inning. The game was called due to the 8-run, five-inning mercy rule.
McBride earned the win. She threw three innings and allowed four hits, four runs, two walks and struck out two.
NM State returns to the diamond Saturday, March 7 with games against Tulsa (2 p.m.) and North Dakota (4:30 p.m.)