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Aggies drops pair at No. 5 Washington, UNLV to open Boyd Gaming Classic

Aggies drops pair at No. 5 Washington, UNLV to open Boyd Gaming Classic

Note from box 1 LAS VEGAS, NV- The Aggies took the field at Eller Maide Stadium for a pair of games on day one of the Boyd Gaming Classic, giving up a 14-3 (five innings) decision to No. 5 Washington and a 13-5 (six innings) loss. at UNLV. Ramsay Lopez and Riley Carley combined for four Aggie home runs and six RBIs in both contests.

FIRST GAME

NM State took on No. 5 Washington to open the Boyd Gaming Classic at Eller Media Stadium, losing 14-3 in five sets.

Gabbie Plain (7-3) picked up the win for the Huskies, going 3.0 innings and allowing three runs on five hits with five strikeouts.

Laurali Patane (0-2) made his first start of the season for the Aggies, allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits with a pair of strikeouts.

Patane started strong, knocking out Sami Reynolds and recording a lineout to get two quick strikeouts on the board. Kin Fielder then hit from the right side for the Huskies before stealing second and advancing home on an error to give Washington a 1-0 lead. A lineout in center field would ultimately conclude the top of the first.

Ramsay Lopez kicked off the Aggie offense with a first right-hand single. Lopez then placed second on a Yazzy Avila grounding. Paige Knight followed by a single to right field, moving Lopez to third. After a three RBI performance against UTEP on Wednesday, Maya Martinez maintained his hot streak with an RBI single that scored Lopez, tying the game 1-1.

Washington’s Madi Huskey hit a solo shot to center field to put the Huskies back on top, 2-1, before another run crossed home on a pitching error and extended their lead to 3-1. Jordan King then came on to relieve Patane and recorded a strikeout to complete the top of the second.

Hailey Tanori drew a walk in the bottom of the second – turning a Ramsay Lopez homer on a two-point shot to tie the game at 3-3. Lopez’s solo outburst was his sixth of the season and third of the week after a two-homer performance Wednesday night in a 19-3 win over UTEP.

The Huskies showed why they are one of the best teams in the country in the third inning as they hit eight runs and turned a tie into an 11-3 deficit for the Aggies. In the top of the fourth, Washington would add to its total with a three-run homer that put the Huskies up 14-3 before Felicia De La Torre came in and recorded a strikeout and a forced out to complete the top of the fourth. De La Torre closed the game in the circle for the Aggies, ending the day with one hit allowed and one strikeout in 1.2 innings. Riley Carley also picked the midfielder in the bottom of the fourth for either team’s only hit the rest of the way.



SECOND GAME
The Aggies took the field for their second game of the day as they took on the UNLV Rebels, losing 13-5 in six innings.

Felicia De La Torre (1-4) got the ball to start Game 2 of the day, going 2.2 innings allowing four runs while recording four strikeouts.

Ramsay Lopez opened the game with an unmistakable first homer to left field, putting the Aggies in the lead from the jump 1-0. Maya Martinez hit a single from the left side before a Paige Knight a two-out single landed in front of a rebellious right fielder and advanced Martinez to third. Hannah Lindsey then came out in shallow left field to end the first half of the inning. Consecutive walks started the inning for the Rebels before De La Torre froze Mia Trejo and got the strikeout. A bases-loaded single down the middle passed Aggie’s infielders and scored a run for the Rebels, tying the game 1-1. The inning would then end as De La Torre earned his second strikeout of the afternoon as an off-speed offer mixed up the UNLV hitter.

Riley Carley started the second inning by throwing a solo shot to right center, giving NM State a 2-1 advantage over Carley’s third homer of the year. Jayleen Burton then hit a ground in front of two diving rebels for a base hit. Once Burton got on base, she stole second, then moved to third on a throwing error from catcher UNLV. Ramsay Lopez drew a full march to place the runners in the first and third rows with Savanna Bejarano come pinch run for Lopez. Bejarano stole second before an Avila strikeout and Martinez’s strikeout ended early in the second. De La Torre generated a swing and a missed strikeout to start the bottom of the second before catching the corner at home plate for his second strikeout of the inning and third in a row. A pair of Rebels reached base before UNLV’s Mia Trejo hit a three-run homer to center field, giving UNLV a 4-2 lead before a lineout against Burton ended in the sleeve.

Kayla Bowen started the top of the third with a single into shallow center field and would eventually work his way to second on a pitching error. Hannah Lindsey slapped a base hit down the left field line on the next at-bat, moving Bowen up to third. Riley Carley then came in and kicked her second home run of the day as she hit a moonshot to left field to put the Aggies and Rebels in a 4-4 stalemate. Hailey Tanori hit a potential double into the left field gap, but was pulled out on batter’s interference to end the inning. A first walk on walks ended De La Torre’s afternoon, going 2.2 innings pitched with four runs on two hits and four strikeouts. Jordan King entered the game in relief, allowing a front hit and recording a flyout before a grounder in the middle turned into a late-inning 4-6-3 double play.

Ramsay Lopez walked to start the fourth inning before a bunt from Avila’s sack moved Lopez into second-place scoring position. Maya Martinez came on with a single down the middle, easily scoring Lopez and retaking the lead 5-4. UNLV managed to put the runners in second and third in the bottom half of the fourth, but a second strikeout of the afternoon by King ended the inning.

The Rebels came out swinging in the bottom of the fifth, tying the game 5-5 with a home run from the opposite field earlier, using a two-run triple and a two-run home run to take a 10-5 lead. Laurali Patane came for King, when Lopez turned a 5-3 double play to finish the fifth. UNLV ended the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run homer to left field.



FOLLOWING
The Aggies return to Eller Media Stadium on Saturday for a pair of games on day two of the Boyd Gaming Classic, taking on Houston at 11:00 a.m. MT before a rematch with UNLV starting at 4:00 p.m. MT. For updates and exclusive content throughout the offseason, follow the Aggies on Twitter (@NMStateSoftball), Instagram (@nmstatesoftball) and like us on Facebook (NM State Softball).

 

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