Courtesy of NMSU
SEATTLE – The New Mexico State softball team remained undefeated in Western Athletic Conference play and ran its current winning streak to five-straight games after defeating Seattle U, 7-2, on a cold and wet Friday at Logan Field.
The Aggies (28-11, 4-0 WAC) begin the WAC schedule with four-consecutive wins and have now won 10 of 12 games.
NM State right-hander Karysta Donisthorpe picked up her fourth complete-game win in the circle to improve to 15-3 on the season. The New Mexico native scattered six hits while allowing only two runs and striking out five Redhawks.
Catcher Tatum Reedy went 2-for-3 on the day with a home run and a double while Fiana Finau once again had the big hit as NM State was holding on to a 4-2 lead heading into the final inning before the Aggie junior came up in the top of the seventh and belted a three-run shot to left center to give the visitors some breathing room.
“We had some clutch contributions from lots of different people today,” Aggie head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “Karysta made the most of her outing, Tatum set the tone offensively, Fiana had a clutch at bat late, Kelsey Dodd had key RBIs and Malena Padilla was key defensively.”
Finau has now hit a home run in six-consecutive games, breaking a tie with former Aggie Tiare Jennings for the team and WAC record for consecutive games with a home run. She now has a WAC-leading 15 long balls on the season and is one game short of the NCAA record of seven-straight games with a home run. A record she can tie and break on Saturday during a scheduled doubleheader in Seattle.
Finau’s day did not start off too hot as two at-bats prior to her home run she fouled off a ball right off her ankle. She immediately hit the ground and winced in pain as the coaching staff and trainer ran on to the field. Fortunately, Finau was able to shake off the injury and remain in the game.
“I feel this is a blessing, just knowing that all the hard work we’ve been putting in has been paying off,” Finau said. “The numbers show that when you just work through your kinks it just starts going your way and you start seeing the ball better.”
NM State struck first with two runs in the top of the second after Reedy slammed her fifth home run of the season, a two-RBI bullet to left field that quickly left the field. The Aggies added another two runs the following inning, again with one swing of the bat, as Dodd hit a two-run single to give NM State a 4-0 lead.
Redhawk right fielder Molly Campbell cut the Aggie lead in half after she hit a two-run home run of her own in the bottom of the fifth, but that would be all that Donisthorpe would allow. Finau put the exclamation point in the final inning with her three-run blast.
NM State and Seattle U finish off the three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. (MDT). The game will have both live radio and video streams over the Internet. Click on the links provided for access.