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NMSU softball splits in double-header against Big 10’s Nebraska

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Photo courtesy of NMSU Athletics.

A colorful blue and orange New Mexico sunset welcomed New Mexico State softball and then Nebraska Huskers to the plate for the second contest of the day at the 2024 Troy Cox Classic. The Aggies looked to pull off a clean sweep but fell short after six scoreless innings, giving the Huskers the 4-1 victory. The Aggies’ first   3-0 win in the morning marked their first triumph over the Power Five opponent but the Huskers refused to go down quietly. 

The Aggies began the top of the first with a cohesive defensive performance as freshman powerhouse Desire Spearman fired a throw from shortstop to sophomore catcher Kendal Lunar to tag the running Husker at home plate. Preventing the run gave the Aggies the momentum they needed heading into the bottom half where Spearman nailed a home run over left field to get the Aggies on the scoreboard. 

Photo courtesy of NMSU Athletics.

Spearman, the much-anticipated recruit from El Paso, was named Conference USA Freshman of the week on Feb. 12. Spearman was the first player in program history to receive a Conference USA award during the regular season.  

The Huskers responded in the top of the second with an RBI double from Alina Felix to earn their first run of the day, tying the game at a run apiece. In the bottom, the Aggies were stumped at the plate with an immediate strikeout and several following hits sent into the parking lot. Fortunately, no car windows were broken in the process. 

The Huskers were able to respond to the Aggies, as a double from Nebraska’s Alina Felix plated the first run, tying the game 1-1 at the end of the second.  

The third inning brought a string of successful runs for the Huskers with several batters getting on base. In an attempt to halt their momentum, the Aggies brought in junior pitcher Jaileen Mancha replacing senior starter Emily Dix. 

Mancha quickly got the ball rolling, catching the Huskers off guard after she prepped for a fastball pitch but slowed down the release. Before the Aggies could secure three outs, the Huskers added two more runs for a 3-1 lead. After a strikeout, pop up and ground out in the bottom, the Aggies desperately needed to piece together a run in the fourth.

Photo courtesy of NMSU Athletics.

After three scoreless innings on both sides, the Huskers came into the top of the seventh looking to make a statement and did so with a homerun from Brooke Andrews. After the Aggies were three up and three down in the bottom half, the contest finished with the Huskers taking home the 4-1 victory.  

The Aggies continued the tournament recording an 8-7 eight-inning win over the Montana Grizzlies but fell to the Sacramento State Hornets 20-10 on Saturday. Returning to the field on Monday, the Aggies capped off the tournament defeating the North Dakota Hawks 2-1.  

Sitting at a 5-1 record, the Aggies will now travel to Phoenix, Arizona for the Arizona State and Grand Canyon Tournament. The Aggies will kick off play against the Utah Valley Wolverines on Friday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. followed by Grand Canyon Antelopes at 4 p.m. Updates will be posted on the official NMSU Athletics page.  

 

 

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Noah Apodaca, Staff Writer

Noah Apodaca is a junior at New Mexico State University, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies with an emphasis in broadcast, as well as a minor in government. This is Noah's first year with The Round Up. 

Born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Noah got his start in the media industry in 2022, when he joined KRWG-TV's News22 program as a writer, reporter and anchor. With News22, he has covered a wide range of topics, including traveling to the 2023 Conference USA Championship game in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

In addition to News22, Noah has worked with NMSU's journalism department’s online news publication, Kokopelli, KFOX14 in El Paso, Texas, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich.

In his spare time, you can catch Noah at the gym, at the airport fulfilling his love of travel, or at home streaming some Disney+ alongside his five dogs. He is ecstatic to join The Round Up team this year!

Juliana Trujillo, Sports Editor
Juliana Trujillo is in her first year as Sports Editor and third year with Student Media. She graduates this year with a bachelors in Journalism and Media Studies with minors in Sports Marketing as well as Social Media Management. She is excited for the opportunity of Sports Editor as a previous sports writer. She plans on attending graduate school and earning her masters in Strategic Communication with the hopes of working for the MLB. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside, watching sports, and spending time with her friends. Her dog, Hazel, is also the mascot for The Round Up and is appreciated by the entire staff.

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