NM State Softball Advances to face Nevada Thursday Night
May 7, 2009
FRESNO, Calif-- The New Mexico State softball team downed San Jose State, 6-1, in the second round of the WAC Tournament, in Fresno Calif. The Aggies now face Nevada in the second game of the day and in the third round of the tournament, Thursday, May 7 at 8 p.m. (MST).
NM State now stands at 33-20 on the season, while SJSU falls to 19-37 on the year.
Sophomore utility Hoku Nohara led the way in the box having a flawless 4-for-4 performance and had a game-high three RBI. Sophomore right fielder Angie Ortega went 2-for-4 in the box and had an RBI. Sophomore center fielder Kandis Jones and freshman second baseman Tiare Jennings both scored two runs.
Five Spartans recorded hits in the outing, Kelli Fangonilo, Kayla Hayes, Nicole Wells, Ursula Lopez and Julianne Aiello. Fangonilo also had SJSU's lone RBI of the game from a hard-hit double.
In the circle, senior right-handed pitcher Kim Watson went the distance, her 18th compete game of the season, and picked up her 21st win. Watson fanned five and did not give up a single earned run in the entire contest.
SJSU's Amanda Pridmore was charged with the loss, her 13th loss of the season. Pridmore's record now stands at 8-13 on the season. She gave up five earned runs and sat down four in five and two-thirds inning of play. Elyssa Fox came in to throw the final one-third of an inning. Fox only gave up a single hit.
After retiring the first three Spartans three-up-three down, NM State kicked off their offensive effort on mission scoring two runs on three hits in the bottom of the first inning. Aggie leadoff hitter, Kristi Randall opened the game with single to shallow left field and was moved to second by a Jones chopper to shortstop, who barely missed beating out the throw to first.
Jennings was walked and then Nohara singled to right field to plate Kristi Randall. With runners on the corners, Maroda smacked one deep to center field which plated Jennings and Nohara.
In the top of the third inning, NM State kept SJSU scoreless, but the Aggies extended their lead to 5-0 after scoring three runs on five hits in the bottom of the second inning.
The speedy Kylie Randall beat out the throw from the short stop to begin the second rally of the game. Then Jones singled up the middle, which advanced Kylie Randall to second. With runners on first and second, Jennings smacked a singled to left field which scored Kylie Randall and then Nohara singled to right field to score Jones. Ortega also had an RBI single down the left line.
In the top of the fourth, SJSU's Caroll Wells recorded the Spartan's first hit of the game with a shallow flyer to center field. However, the Blue and Gold could not convert any other offense as the score remained, 5-0.
SJSU rounded up some offensive in the top of the fifth, recording a pair of hits. Kayla Hays started things out with a solid single to right field and was moved to third from a Julianne Aiello double to center field. With one out on the board, Amanda Schatz lined out to third base and then Hawkins popped it up to the middle and a strong effort from Jennings allowed her to make the play and keep the Spartans scoreless, 5-0.
After knocking on the door twice, SJSU finally scored one run from a single hit in the top of the sixth, 5-1. Taylor reached on an Aggie error and was scored by a Fanjonilo double to deep centerfield.
The Crimson and White added another run to its score in the bottom of the sixth from a single hit and two Spartan errors. After recording two outs, the Blue and Gold followed it up with back-to-back errors. SJSU made a pitching change, bringing in Elissa Fox to face Nohara. Then Nohara drilled the ball to right field which scored Jones to extend the lead, 6-1.
In the top of the seventh, SJSU opened the inning with a Maurer single, but that was all the offense the Blue and Gold could rally as NM State ended the game with an impressive double play. NM State picked up its 33rd game of the season and its fifth win against SJSU of the season.
NM State is back in action tonight, Thursday, May 7 to face Nevada in the third round of the WAC Tournament at 8 p.m. (MST). Fan can catch the game live on KSNM 570-AM with Kyle Doperalski calling the play-by-play.