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Emily Dix leads Aggie softball to a 6-0 victory on senior night

Carlos Herrera
Senior Emily Dix in the circle pitching against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. April, 28, 2024.

In the final home game of the 2024 season, the Aggies took on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and delivered a 6-0 shutout win behind senior pitcher Emily Dix who posted a nine-strikeout performance. The Aggies are currently the 4th seed in the Conference USA standings with only three games left to play. 

Before the first pitch, the seniors were recognized and joined by their families, including having their jersey numbers painted on the field for the entire weekend.  

After the short ceremony, the Aggies got the night started defensively with Dix at the mound for one final time in the regular season. Starting off with a solid defensive effort, Dix and the Aggies went into the bottom of the first after three quick outs following an initial walk.  

The Aggies were quick to get the offense rolling as senior Jillian Taylor got on base after getting hit by a pitch and then was brought home following senior Jessica Carreon’s RBI-double to put the Aggies on the board. Continuing the hot start, junior Dezianna Patmon and redshirt senior Riley Carley each nailed a solo home run to give the Aggies a three-run inning to begin the game.  

Aggie base runner looking to advance. April 28, 2024. (Carlos Herrera)

The Aggies and the Bulldogs traded easy three outs for the next two innings before the Aggies took the batter’s box and delivered another three-run inning in the bottom of the fourth. After being hit by pitch in her first plate appearance, Jillian Taylor smashed a three-run home run to left center to secure a 6-0 lead for her team. Carreon reached first base on a throwing error before the Bulldogs closed out the fourth inning. 

The Aggies’ defense picked up where they left off to start the fifth. After walking the first two batters, Emily Dix threw two consecutive strikeouts and managed to draw the third out with a flyball in foul territory.  

Going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Aggies managed to get runners on base with two singles, but two early outs and a strikeout ended the inning and the game with the last two innings featuring similar results.  

Emily Dix’s performance led to her being named Conference USA pitcher of the week. She allowed only two hits in eight total innings pitched over the series and leads all-time Aggie pitchers with 59 strikeouts this season, ending her final regular season home game on a high note.  

Aggie infielder preparing to field the ball. April 28, 2024. (Carlos Herrera)

“I guess it’s crazy for me to even say that I’m a senior,” Dix said. “This is awesome, I’m glad I got to play this long.”  

Other seniors shared their thoughts on how playing for New Mexico State has been. 

“The strong bond that we create is so strong that those bonds will last for a lifetime,” Taylor said. 

The Aggies will now travel to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to battle against Middle Tennessee State to play the final series of the regular season starting on Friday, May 3 at 5 p.m. followed by Saturday at 3 p.m. and ending on Sunday, May 5 at 11 a.m. All updates will be posted to the official NMSU Athletics website.  

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Victor Fierro
Victor Fierro, Sports Writer
Victor Fierro is starting his first year with The Round Up as a staff writer. He is currently a senior majoring in Journalism and Media Studies with a minor in Sports Marketing. He developed a passion for writing when he was in high school. His main goal is to become a play-by-play announcer for an NBA team. Victor loves to write game stories for all sports including basketball and football. Victor hopes working for The Round Up will help him grow as a person and a journalist.
Carlos Herrera
Carlos Herrera, Multimedia Specialist
Carlos Herrera is entering his second year at The Round Up as a Multimedia Specialist. He is currently a senior in his undergraduate degree in Information Communication Technology. Carlos is looking forward to this year in expanding his love for graphic design and perfecting his photography while capturing "those big Aggie moments". He enjoys being active in everything he does, and also enjoys spending time with those important to him in his downtime.

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