Aggies Host No. 23 Lobos in Rio Grande Rivalry Game
The New Mexico State softball team hosts No. 23 New Mexico in the first game of the 2012 Rio Grande Rivalry with a 4 p.m. start at the NM State Softball Complex Wednesday.
NM State (16-12) is coming off of a 3-2 weekend at the Diamond Devil Invitational hosted by No. 5 Arizona State. The Aggies defeated Creighton, Valparaiso and East Carolina before suffering a pair of setbacks to Pacific and the host Sun Devils Sunday, despite leading in both games.
No. 23 UNM (17-5) started the season strong with a nine-game win streak. But the Lobos are 8-5 since and have lost their last three contests including a pair of losses at Texas Tech on Monday.
Fans can watch the rivalry game via AggieVision across the state on Comcast affiliates. The game will also be simulcast on Altitude and Fox Sports Arizona and streamed live on ESPN3. Jeff Matthews will provide play-by-play alongside analysis from Melanie Viramontes. Fans can also receive updates via Twitter at the Aggies' official account, @NMStateAggies. A live stats link is also available at NMStateSports.com.
The rivals split the season series a year ago with each winning team winning on the road but NM State has won five of the last six contests between the rivals. UNM defeated NM State 3-2 on April 4 in Las Cruces. The Aggies returned the favor with a 6-0 win in Albuquerque on April 19. In 2010, NM State blanked the Lobos 10-0 in five innings at home and later swept the series with a 12-3 victory at UNM. The Aggies also swept the series in 2009.
Four Aggies are hitting .350 or above a month into the season. They include an Aggie from each class in junior Amber Olive (.449), senior Tiare Jennings (.406), sophomore Kristi Covarrubia (.373) and freshman Malena Padilla (.362).
Junior Tehani Kaaihue is coming off of a solid weekend in Tempe. The junior utility batted in all four runs in a 4-1 win over Creighton after belting her first home run of the year on a three-run shot in the bottom of the fourth. She added an RBI single in the sixth. Kaaihue scored a pair of crucial runs during a win over Valparaiso and went 3-of-4 with a walk in a victory over East Carolina. The second baseman finished the weekend hitting .467 at the plate with seven hits and led the team with seven runs scored.
Freshman Karysta Donisthorpe led the Aggies in the circle at Tempe. In four appearances Donisthorpe posted two wins and had two no-decisions. With a team-best 3.32 ERA on the weekend, Donisthorpe gave up six runs on 11 hits in 12.2 innings of work. She struck out 14 batters and walked just six.
Five Lobos boast batting averages above .350 at the plate. Jessica Garcia leads the way at .474 with eight home runs. Stefanie Carramusa has nine home runs this year and is batting .410. Shenise Cox leads the team with 10 homers and carries a .394 average. Kerry Hodgins hits .394 at the dish and Chelsea Anaya is hitting at a .362 clip.
In the circle for New Mexico, Kaela DeBroeck leads the Lobos with 12 starts and boasts a 10-1 record despite a 5.67 ERA. Carrie Sheehan is 6-2 in nine starts with a 4.55 ERA.
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