Oregon State overwhelms young Kathy Rodolph team 12-0

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The final game of the weekend took place Sunday afternoon as the Aggies hosted Pac-12 opponent Oregon State. NMSU was looking to win back to back games against Oregon State after defeating them back in 2021. Unfortunately this fresh NM State team was overtaken 12-0 in five short innings at the NM State Softball Complex. 

Not much would go for either team in the first inning with zero runs from both sides. Felicia De La Torre would make her second start of the season giving up two hits in the first frame, but no runs.

The scoring tally of the game opened for the Beavers in the top half of the second inning as freshman Lici Campbell hit a solo home run to kickstart their offensive attack. After giving up two consecutive doubles and a run, De La Torre was replaced by Jordin King in the circle. The attack by the Beavers continued with two more line drives, increasing their lead 4-0. 

Oregon State’s Frankie Hammoude greatly contributed to the Beavers hitting effort, blowing open the lead in the fourth inning. After an error and a walk, the Beavers were able to load the bases and score a runner off an RBI single off the bat of Mariah Mazone. Loading the bags again, the Beavers’ Frankie Hammoude knocked one over the fence for her second home run, this time a grand slam. Bringing Oregon up a whopping  9-0. 

After leaving a runner on base in the bottom of the fourth, the Aggies went to a pitching change to start the fifth. Sophomore Laurali Patane would enter the circle for Jordin King, but the high powered Beavers offense continued to find success at the plate. Oregon State would then add an additional three runs off of three hits. In the fifth and final inning, Hammoude hit her final home run putting her team up 12-0. After the Aggies failed to score in their half of the inning, the NCAA 8-run rule was evoked concluding the game. 

Throughout the contest, Knight, Hannah Lindsay, Madison Muxen and Ramsay Lopez each recorded a hit compared to the Beavers’ 15 hits. 

After the game, Head Coach Kathy Rodolph spoke on the challenges her team of freshman and sophomores face. “We’ve had a little bit of transition over last year to this year,” Rodolph said. And we’re trying to reestablish roles and see who’s going to emerge and be able to step up and then what roles they’ll be able to do that in,” she finished. 

The Aggies remain at home this next weekend to host the Troy Cox Classic. They will start Thursday’s double header by facing Nebraska at 3 p.m., followed by UT Arlington at 5:30 p.m. 



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