The New Mexico State softball team swept the final game of its first Western Athletic Conference Road series with a 3-0 win over the Utah State Aggies on Saturday, March 30. The crimson Aggies improve to 23-13 on the season and 5-1 in WAC play. NM State knocks USU down to 5-28 this season.
The Aggies finished the game with 10 hits and three runs with three RBI and two stolen bases. Freshman Makayla McAdams went the distance in the circle with six hits allowed and not a single run or walk.
“It was really nice to come out and sweep our first conference series on the road,” head coach Katy Rodolph said. “We had a lot of contributions from a lot of people this weekend and that is what we like to see at this point in the season.”
Utah State picked up the first hit of the game in the first inning, but the Aggies plated the first run after Malena Padilla reached base on a double to right field and was brought around off the bat of Emma Adams. Senior Amber Olive picked up her first hit of the day with a bunt single, but was left on base.
The Blue Aggies got a hit in the bottom of the third and Staci Rodriguez singled up the left side in the top of the fourth and racked up her first stolen base of the day, second of the weekend.
NM State came up in the fifth with a single to left by Padilla and a double through the right side by Adams. They were both brought around to score off a double up through left center by Olive. Senior Teresa Conrad knocked a single up the right line to move Olive over to third, but the seniors were left stranded to end the top half of the fifth.
Both teams were scoreless I the sixth as well, but senior Tehani Kaaihue and Padilla each singles in the inning for two more NM State hits.
In the final inning of the game, pinch hitter Brennalyn Nakamura earned her first hit in conference play with a two-out single up the left side. USU came up in the home half of the inning with one hit, but NM State finished the game fielding two ground outs to third and a fly out to center.
NM State now looks to get back to the NM State Softball Complex to meet UT-Arlington for a three-game series April 5-6.