Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State softball team kicks off Western Athletic Conference play during a three-game series against Utah Valley in Las Cruces, N.M., with the first game scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m.
The Aggies, after defeating in-state rival New Mexico on Tuesday, enters the series with a 24-11 record as the Wolverines sit at a 12-22 overall record after losing a doubleheader against No. 2 Oregon on March 25.
Friday’s game will be on FOX Sports The Ticket AM 570 radio as well as Saturday’s first game, which will also be broadcasted on KRUX 91.5 FM. Both Friday and Saturday’s first game will feature the Voice of the Aggies, Jack Nixon. The final game of the series will be streamed live at NMStateSports.com for a nominal fee.
Senior Lacey Rother leads the Aggie squad, batting a .421 average going 16-for-38 at the plate. Rother has contributed nine runs to the NM State season total. Leading the Aggies in home runs is junior Fiana Finau after belting in her 11th on the season against the Lobos.
In the circle, right-handed pitcher Karysta Donisthorpe is sitting at a 2.91 average with a 13-3 record after Tuesday’s win against New Mexico. In 91.1 innings pitched, Donisthorpe holds her opponents to a .247 batting average as she struck out six Lobos and only allowed a couple hits with no runs.
LC SUN News Article:
LAS CRUCES >> After facing a challenging non-conference schedule, the New Mexico State softball team feels ready to start Western Athletic Conference play.
The Aggies, who were picked to win the WAC title in the preseason, begin WAC play Friday with a three-game series against Utah Valley at the NMSU Softball Complex. NMSU enters WAC play with the best overall record in the conference at 24-11.
Grand Canyon (19-16) and Missouri-Kansas City (17-16) are the only other WAC teams entering conference play over .500.
The Aggies, who are 53rd in RPI, also enter conference play with one of the top offenses in the nation. NMSU is eighth in the nation in batting average (.352), 12th in the nation in scoring (7.56 runs per game) and 13th in the country in home runs per game (1.56).