box score 1 | Box score 2 LAS CRUCES, NM – After a thrilling win from behind on Friday night, the Aggies took the field at the NM State Softball Complex for a double-header against Utah Valley on Saturday, losing 18-14 in the first game and winning the second game 12-7. Hannah Lindsay was the breakout star of the day, hitting three home runs over the span of two games.
GAME ONE | Utah Valley 18 NM State 14
Laurali Patane (1-5) received the starting nod for NM State and went 3.2 innings for six runs with seven hits and three strikeouts on the day.
Kenzi Schultz (1-0) gave Utah Valley the win by throwing 2.0 innings while allowing four hits and three runs.
A pair of leadoff singles and a hit-by-pitch put Laurali Patane in a bases-loaded situation with an out before getting Rylee Thorpe to chase out a pitch for her second strikeout of the day. A flyout to midfield ended the inning, leaving Patane and the Aggies unharmed.
Ramsay Lopez got things going with a leadoff walk and moved into third with a double to left field by Jillian Taylor. Fresh from their late Friday night exploits, Kayla Bowen appeared again, hitting a single through the left touchline, scoring for Lopez and putting the Aggies 1-0 up. With Bowen and Taylor on board, Paige Knight hit a single in midfield, scoring the pair and extending NM State’s lead to 3-0.
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A double from Laynee Betancur started the inning before Patane recorded her third strikeout of the day and blew out Victoria Vasquez. A single and a walk previously weighed on the bases Kayla Bowen came Patane with relief. A full count walk brought home a run to put Utah Valley on the board 3-1. Patane returned to the circle for the next batter, allowing for a double-run double before an outfield assist from Gaby Aragon caught the runner at home plate and recorded the final from the inning.
Ramsay Lopez struggled with the Utah Valley pitcher, repelling seven fouls before eventually drawing a four to put a runner first. Jillian Taylor came up next, starting a deep home run to left field and giving NM State a 5-3 lead.
The third inning was the first quiet for both sides, the Aggies and the Wolverines going three up, three down to send us to the fourth.
An RBI double from Linnah Rebolledo reduced the Aggie deficit to 5-4 and prompted the Aggies to bring Felicia De La Torre with two outs in play. A walk and wild pitch brought home the deciding run before a multitude of runs and pitching changes took place, eventually ending with the Wolverines leading 11-5.
After a 35-minute spike in the inning, the Aggie bats got to work. Jayleen Burton Hit a swinging bunt on third base, with Ramsay Lopez Draw their second walk of the game to put a pair on the base paths. A wild throw put Burton and Lopez in goal position when Jillian Taylor garnered her second hit of the game, an RBI single that Burton scored and made it an 11-6 affair. A draw by Bowen saw Schultz out of the game and brought Katie Zuniga to life for the first time this afternoon. Kristen Boyd came in to pinch hit for Maya Martinezdraws a base-loaded walk to turn it into an 11-7 ball game.
Xophia Benegas came on at pitcher for the second time this season, throwing a shutout inning to hold a four-run game.
Hannah Lindsay came on as a catcher, firing an opposing field shot for her second home run of the season and making it an 11-8 game.
Xophia Benegas returned to the circle for the top of sixth and started the inning with a hit by pitch before Olsen hit an RBI double down right center. A second double made a pair and gave the Wolverines a 14-8 lead. A throwing error, an RBI double and a sack fly resulted in a 17-8 deficit before an RBI double gave the Utah Valley a 17-8 lead. Vasquez struck for a second time to end the inning.
Falling nine runs behind and in danger of being ruled, the Aggies got to work. Kayla Bowen led the inning with a solo shot into midfield for their sixth home run of the season and second of the weekend. Back-to-back-to-back doubles Kristen Boyd, Paige Knightand Gaby Aragon brought home a pair of runs to make it 17-11 in favor of the Wolverines. Hannah Lindsay hit her second home run in as many shots, Aragon scoring and cutting the Utah Valley lead to four, 17-13.
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A sac fly by Megan Gibbs put another run on Utah Valley’s board and extended their lead to 18-13.
Brought a pair of aggie-outs Riley Carley to the Plate, who hit a home run to left field, her sixth of the season to bring the Utah Valley lead back to four at 18-14. Boyd hit out to end the game.
GAME TWO | Utah Valley 7 NM State 12
Jordan King (5-8) stepped in the circle to start the second game, pitched her second full game of the weekend, went all seven innings, held the Wolverines on seven runs and had five strikeouts.
Two leadoff singles and a hit-batter loaded the bases for Mikaela Thompson, who hit a two-run double to give the Wolverines a 2-0 lead early in the second game. King racked up back-to-back strikeouts to finish the inning.
After a back and forth struggle Jillian Taylor earned her free base by taking a walk before stealing the second to put herself in goal position. Kayla Bowen threw a single down the middle to drive Taylor home and put NM State on the board 2-1.
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Victoria Vasquez stepped into the batter’s box and launched a deep shot down the warning lane. Jillian Taylor made an incredible effort to chase him to the wall and complete the miraculous catch, though the ball was decided to bounce off the wall and Vasquez was awarded second base. A walk laid on two as Linnah Rebolledo was able to double down the left field line to clear bases in front of her and give Utah Valley a 4-1 lead. King recorded her third strikeout of the game to send it into the home half of the inning.
The Aggie bats were kept at bay, failing to score and sending him to third.
Jordan King recorded their first shutout inning of the night, setting the stage for the Crimson & White attack.
Ramsay Lopez led the inning into right field with a solo blaster, her 10th of the season, cutting the Wolverine lead to 4-2. Jillian Taylor took a free base after being hit by an errant pitch and advanced with a throwing error and two wild pitches to steal home and make it a one run game, 4-3. Kayla Bowen followed with a rocket into left field and landed at adjacent Presley Askew Field, home of NM State Baseball. not to be surpassed Gaby Aragon hit their first home run of the season into right field to give the Aggies their first lead in game two, 5-4.
Like the third inning of the first game, the fourth inning was quiet for both teams as neither team had a run before moving on to the fifth.
A leadoff home run by Megan Gibbs tied the game up five runs a play earlier Jordan King used three pitches to pick up three outs and finish the inning.
Jillian Taylor hit a swinging bunt at second base before stealing second to put her in goal position. Paige Knight singled through the left touchline, moving Taylor into third place and putting runners in the corners with an out. Riley Carley came to the plate, reached safely from a fielder’s pick, scored on Taylor and gave NM State a 6-5 lead again.
In between a pair of strikethroughs for Jordan King, Karleigh Olsen drew a walk before being run by Brynne Hilton. Hilton scored from third place on a wild field to once again tie the game 6-6.
Hannah Lindsay hit her third home run of the day, a solo shot down left field to give the Aggies a 7-6 lead. Kristen Boyd came on board with a double before a pinch of RBI hit double by Madison Muxen scores Boyd to 8-6 in favor of the Aggies. Ramsay Lopez continued the NM State offense and cranked a two-barrel shot into left midfield, making it a 10-6 game. Taylor pulled a walk and made base for the fourth time in game two, advancing to third with an outfield single from Bowen. With no one covering second base, Bowen easily stole second while Taylor stole an error home in Utah Valley to put the Aggies 11-6 ahead. A faulty throw by the Wolverines sent the ball outfield and allowed Bowen to easily steal home and score the final NM State run of the game, making it a 12-6 affair.
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In a last breath for Utah Valley, Megan Gibbs hit a solo shot into right midfield and cut NM State’s lead to 12-7. One lineout revolved around double play by Kristen Boyd ended the game in spectacular fashion.
The Aggies travel to the Lone Star State for a Tuesday night matchup with I-25 rival UTEP of the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. Last time out, the Aggies dominated the Miners en route to a 19-3 win in five innings. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. For updates and exclusive content throughout the season, follow the Aggies on Twitter (@NMStateSoftball), Instagram (@nmstatesoftball) and like us on Facebook (NM State Softball).