RUSTON, La. (April 7) - The New Mexico State softball team dropped a doubleheader at Louisiana Tech Saturday falling 4-0 in game one before a 5-1 downfall in the series finale at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Louisiana Tech (17-19, 4-3 WAC) posted its first three-game sweep of the Aggies in school history by holding NM State (18-22, 0-9) to just one run and 10 hits on the day. The Aggies have now dropped 10 games in a row since a win at No. 14 Arizona on March 21 coinciding with the loss of the squad's middle infielders to knee injuries.
Freshman Karysta Donisthorpe started in the circle for the Aggies against Michelle Jones of LA Tech.
After a scoreless first, LA Tech opened the scoring with a pair of solo home runs to build an early 2-0 advantage.
The Aggies had base runners in each of the first three innings but could not bring them home.
The Lady Techsters added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. LT rallied with a one-out single and an Aggie error and an RBI single to take a 4-0 lead.
Donisthorpe only gave up two earned runs on six hits but took the loss to drop to 5-7 on the year. Jones claimed her second consecutive game against NM State and improved to 11-9 in 2012.
The shutout loss marked the first time NM State did not score a run in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play in 78 games dating back to a 2008 shutout loss against Fresno State.
In game two, junior Alex Newman started against LA Tech's Janna Frandrup.
NM State freshman Kelsey Dodd drew a two-out walk in the top of the first. A single off the bat of sophomore Valerie Swedberg put two runners on before junior Teresa Conrad reached on an error. Dodd scored unearned to put the Aggies up 1-0 early.
Louisiana Tech posted five runs in the bottom of the fourth. A three-run home run with one out did most of the damage. After a walk, senior Sydney Williard came on to pitch but after an Aggie error and another walk, the bases were loaded again. A single brought in another run and a hit batter scored another Lady Techster to make the score 5-1.
Donisthorpe entered the game to strike out the next two batters to get NM State out of the inning with the bases loaded.
The Aggies led off each of the final three innings with a hit but could not bat them in.
Newman dropped to 9-11 after the loss while Frandrup moved to 2-3 with the win.
The Aggies return to action on Tuesday at New Mexico to conclude the 2012 Rio Grande Rivalry. First pitch in Albuquerque is slated for 4:30 p.m. MT.
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