The New Mexico State softball team fell to Valparaiso Tuesday evening, 9-1, at the NM State Softball Complex. The Aggies fall to 13-10 on the season, while Valparaiso improves to 11-3 on the year.
Amber Olive led the Aggies with two hits on the night and a run, as Tiare Jennings recorded the only other NM State hit in the game, a triple in the sixth. Alex Newman was the losing pitcher, going three innings, allowing three runs on four hits.
Neither team could put runs on the board in the first two innings of play as the score remained tied at 0-0. Each team had given up just one hit apiece.
Valparaiso opened up the scoring in the top of the third with three runs on three hits, taking an early 3-0 lead. The Aggies continued to struggle at the plate going three up and three down for the third straight inning.
Karysta Donisthorpe came in for Alex Newman to start the top of the fourth, mowing down Valparaiso in order. Newman threw three innings, allowing three runs on four hits, including an error.
Designated hitter Kelsey Dodd hit a one out double to left field to put the Aggies in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth. Shaleese Javillo came on to pinch run for Dodd. Briana Tovio-Asota then walked to put runners at first and second. Chelsea Dohrwardt then came on to pinch run for Tovio-Asota. Padilla then reach on a fielder’s choice as Javillo was thrown out at third on the force. Teresa Conrad hit a hard grounder to short stop but Dohrwardt was called out on a runner interference to end the inning as Valparaiso continued to lead 3-0 after five innings.
Valparaiso added another run in the top of the sixth after the runner on third reach on a double and an error on the center fielder. The runner then scored on a passed ball to give Valparaiso a 4-0 lead.
The Aggies got on the board in the bottom of the sixth as Tiare Jennings hit a triple to center field, scoring Amber Olive, who started the action off with a single. Valparaiso led 4-1 after six complete innings.
In the top of the seventh Valparaiso quickly loaded the bases with no outs. The Aggies got a fly out to left and a pop up to second base before Valparaiso hit back-to-back homeruns to take a 9-1 lead. Celisha Walker then came in for Donisthorpe to take the pitching duties. Donisthorpe went three and two-thirds innings, allowing six runs on eight hits, while striking out two batters.
The Aggies went one-two-three in the bottom of the seventh, as Valparaiso took the win 9-1.
The Aggies will be back in action on March 9 at the Diamond Devil Invitational when they face Creighton at 9:00 a.m.