April 5, 2013
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – The UT Arlington softball team fell 5-1 to Western Athletic Conference opponent New Mexico State Friday at the NMSU Softball Complex.
UT Arlington fell to 17-17 overall and 2-5 in the WAC. The Aggies improved to 24-13 and 6-1 in conference play.
Sophomore Nina Villanueva led UTA with two hits off of three at-bats.
“When Nina came here in the fall she was one of our top hitters and we definitely expected her to produce,” UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. “Hitting is very mental and you have to stay positive, and I think she’s found a positive place and with that comes production.”
The Mavericks started the first two innings with one hit in each, leaving a runner stranded, but unable to score.
NMSU was able to get its first baserunner in the bottom of the second, but a pop out and two strikeouts by Callie Collins would leave the runner stranded to end the inning.
Collins walked her first batter in the third inning and Emma Adams hit a double to left field scoring Chelsea Dohrwardt for the first run of the game. NMSU scored a second run on a throwing error to give the Aggies the 2-0 lead.
Rachel Forshaw singled and advanced to second on an error in the top of the fourth. Villanueva singled to right-center scoring Forshaw. Villanueva was able to advanced to second on the throw. The top of the fourth inning would end, but the Mavericks cut the Aggies’ lead in half trailing 2-1.
Kelsey Dodd hit her sixth home run of the season to give the Aggies a 3-1 lead with no outs in the fourth. Malena Padilla and Tehani Kaaihue also scored in the fourth after a single and a squeeze bunt.
Senior Teri Lyles moved to pitcher at the bottom of the fifth to give NMSU a quick three-up, three-down inning. She would face six batters in two innings. Collins would drop to 2-11 on the season.
Villanueva would single in the top of the seventh in an effort to keep the Mavs in the game, but the next three batters would pick up three outs to end the game.
The Mavericks are back in action Saturday, as they conclude their three-game series against NMSU with a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. CT.
“We’re not quitters,” Fox said. “We’re going to continue to fight and prove that we can battle.”
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