LA VEGAS – NM State fell in its final outing of the weekend as Washington beat the Aggies, 14-0, in five innings Sunday morning.
Felicia De La Torre started in the circle for the Aggies while Kelley Lynch started the game for Washington and ultimately pitched his second full game of the season. A day when successes were hard to come by for the Aggies alone Kayla Bowen, Melika Ofoia and Jayleen Burton hits recorded for the Crimson and White. Meanwhile, De La Torre had a pair of strikeouts while allowing three hits in 1.1 innings. Laurali Patane was the Aggies’ most efficient pitcher as she allowed no runs and no hits in 1.1 innings.
NM State starter De La Torre opened the game by popping two of the first three batters, but she also walked three of the first five to load the bases. Kayla Bowen then entered the circle as De La Torre passed to first base. With the bases loaded, Washington’s Olivia Johnson singled to bring two runners up and take an early lead.
The Huskies then got a single off the bat from Brooke Nelson who scored two more to give UW a 4-0 lead with the Aggies looking for a third out. However, Washington continued to do damage with two outs as a Sami Reynolds single brought two more runs to put the Aggies in a 6-0 hole. Bowen finally got the Huskies’ No. 2 hitter to line up and finish the first half of the first.
In the bottom half, Aggie in the lead Ramsay Lopez reached base after being hit by a Kelly Lynch pitch, giving the Aggies their first base runner of the morning. Lopez was then able to qualify for second on wild terrain during by Maya Martinez at bat before Martinez put a ball in play that moved Lopez to third but left the Aggies with just one out to work with. Unfortunately, Washington would retire third and leave Lopez stuck at third – ending the set with a 6-0 lead.
Washington’s Madison Huskey used the first hit at bat of the inning to hit a ball through the left side of the infield and reach first base. Huskey then stole second to move into scoring position on the next at-bat. After De La Torre knocked out Jenn Cummings, Megan Vandergrift hit a double to left field that would pass Huskey and the seventh point for the home team.
De La Torre then got the better of Olivia Johnson in a nine-pitch game as she knocked out hitter Husky. With two out, Washington’s next batter was put on base via a walk before an Angie Yellen single charged for the second time in the game. Another given base on balls would bring number eight to Washington.
Jordan King then entered the circle for the first time in the game, however, a pair of UW runners came in to score and put the Huskies up 10-0 after a pair of pitches hit the backstop. King would eventually knock the Aggies out of the inning by forcing Sami Reynolds to fly out to center field.
Riley Carley started the inning for the Aggies in the second and reached base the same way Lopez reached first – being hit by a pitch. Once Carley is on board, Kathy Rodolphe brought quickly madison muxen to pinch run for Carley. Jillian Taylor also reached base in the next at-bat as she watched four balls go on just five pitches. Aggie’s next move came as Jayleen Burton blooped one in short left field to load the bases for NM State. However, a double play from Washington would end the inning.
After entering to complete the second, Jordan King stayed in the circle in the third inning. The freshman from Pomona, Calif., made quick work of the inning as the Huskies went up three, three down with a fly out to center and a pair of pop outs to Kayla Bowen at first base. That also came in just nine throws from right-handed.
For the third inning in a row, the first Aggie reached base as Ramsay Lopez made his second plateau appearance of the day – reaching base for the second time. Washington retired the next two batters before Kayla Bowen had NM State’s second hit of the day when she doubled down the left field line to put a pair of Aggies in scoring position. However, Lynch would bring out Carley to wrap up the round.
After Washington pinch hitter Kinsley Fielder singled to put a Husky runner on base paths, Olivia Johnson hit a two-run homer to increase the UW lead to 12-0. After two more Husky hitters reached base via a walk and a single, Washington added a run after pass. Baylee Klingler then hit a brace that scored the third runner and put the Huskies ahead 14-0. Klingler would also be the last hitter Jordan King would face like Laurali Patane picked up the ball early in the fourth. Patane would then have Huskey fly out to right field to bring up the bottom half of the inning.
Melika Ofoia came in to pinch the shot in the fourth inning and immediately did some damage as she doubled into right field to put an Aggie in scoring position with just one out. However, Washington Lynch was able to put away NM State’s next two batters and leave the Aggies behind 14-0 after four.
Patane continued in the fifth inning for the Aggies as she led Washington’s first two batters to first base before walking the fourth batter she faced that day. She then asked Brooke Nelson to step down to retire the team.
Unfortunately, only three more Aggie batters would come to the plate as Lynch ended the inning and ultimately the game in the next 10 pitches.
The meeting with Washington concluded the Aggies’ stay in Vegas as they now return to their home state for a double-header on Tuesday, March 8 in Albuquerque, NM against New Mexico. The first pitch of the opener is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT.