The New Mexico State softball team ended a 10-game losing streak as their offense exploded for eight runs in the third inning en route to a 9-1 run-rule victory over in-state rival New Mexico.
The Aggies pounded out 11 hits and few five walks against three different Lobo pitchers while Karysta Donisthorpe pitched all five innings allowing just four hits and a walk while stricking out three Lobo batters.
The Aggies got the scoring started early as they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Amber Olive led off the game with a bunt single and was brought around on an RBI single from Valerie Swedberg. The Lobos would tie the game at one run apiece as Jessica Garcia homered off of Donisthorpe.
The Aggies took the tie into the top of the third where Olive again started off the inning with a single. Malena Padilla would follow with a single putting runners at the corners. Olive would be called out for leaving base early erasing the Aggies' scoring threat at third. Tiare Jennings singled to put runners at second and third. That was followed by a walk from Valerie Swedberg to load the bases. Kelsey Dodd would draw a walk to score Padilla giving the Aggies a 2-1 lead. Briana Tovio-Asato doubled bringing home a pair of runners and prompted a pitching change for the Lobos. Kelsey Dodd would score on a passed ball to give the Aggies a 5-1 lead.
Teresa Conrad would strike out for the second out of the inning but Staci Rodriguez would draw a walk to put runners on the corners again. Tina Cisneros pinch hit for Shaleese Javillo and doubled to left center driving in both base runners and giving the Aggies a 7-1 lead. Amber Olive would reach on an error by the Lobo second baseman putting runners at the corners yet again. Javillo would then re-enter replacing Cisneros at third. Malena Padilla singled through the middle to drive in Javillo giving the Aggies an 8-1 lead. Tiare Jennings stepped to the plate and singled up the middle driving in Olive giving the Aggies a 9-1 cushion.
Donisthorpe would work around a 2-out single in the third and worked out of a first and second jam in the fourth ending the inning with a double play ball in the fourth and then after giving up a leadoff single in the bottom of the fifth she would retire the next three batters to end the game.
Olive, Padilla and Jennings each finished 2-for-4 on the day while Swedberg and Rodriguez were 1-for-2. Six different Aggies recorded RBIs while eight different Aggies came around to score at least once.
The Aggies improve to 19-22 on the season ending their 10-game losing streak. The Aggies return to action on Friday as they host Nevada for a three game conference series.