Aggies clobber Lobos in Albuquerque

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Mar 8, 2019; Tempe, AZ; New Mexico State Softball double-header vs. Michigan and Arizona State. Photo by Joe Camporeale

New Mexico State softball took on Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico in a midweek clash at the Lobo Softball Field on Tuesday. The Aggies topped the Lobos 10-0 in just five innings. Jeanelle Medina tied the single-game record for stolen bases, going 4-for-4 in the win.

NM State (24-19) started the game by drawing a walk and after putting an out on the board, Victoria Castro posted an RBI single to give the squad the one-run lead over UNM (12-32). Mya Felder got in on the action with a solo home run over the centerfield fence, extending New Mexico State’s lead over the Lobos.

The Aggies’ bats stayed hot in the following frame and after Medina reached base on a passed ball by the New Mexico catcher, Kelsey Horton sent a ball over the fence in centerfield, putting the Aggies ahead 5-0. During the following inning, Casie Roberto hit a solo homer, extending New Mexico State’s 6-0 lead.

NM State’s kept its momentum going in the fourth with Medina hitting a single and Horton reaching on walks. With runners on the corners, Victoria Castro hit another single, scoring Medina, and advanced to second on the throw to put a pair into scoring position. A wild pitch brought Horton home and Felder’s second homer of the game gave New Mexico State the 10-0 lead.

After a scoreless fifth for NM State. starting pitcher Samaria Diaz came back for the bottom of the frame. The junior struck out the first two batters she faced before allowing a walk to New Mexico. A fielder’s choice accounted for the final out, ending the game and handing New Mexico State the 10-0 victory.

Diaz moved to 10-8 with the win, pitching a complete 5.0 inning game.  She finished with 11 strikeouts and allowed just one hit and one walk.

Following the midweek tilt, the Aggies return home for their final Western Athletic Conference series at the NM State Softball Complex this season. New Mexico State hosts Kansas City for a single contest at 6 p.m. on Friday. April, 26 before a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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