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Pitchers’ Duel Goes Aggies’ Way in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Across the last 22 meetings between The Land of Enchantment’s two Division I programs, NM State has come out on top 19 times. New Mexico played host for the final game in the 2024 Battle of I-25 series, falling 14-0. The Lobos were held without a hit, falling in their 11th straight game to move to 10-35 on the season. With the win, NM State carried its momentum into a high-stakes matchup between the top two seeds in CUSA. The Aggies (25-17, 10-5) will carry a four-game winning streak across the nation into Virginia for a clash with top-seeded Liberty (26-16, 15-3).
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
A leadoff walk from Jillian Taylor got the Aggies their first baserunner of the game. Later, Conference USA Player of the Week Devin Elam walked up to the plate, drilling a ball to left center and scoring Taylor. Elam was ruled out on the play attempting to round into second base, but not before Taylor put the Crimson & White in front 1-0. 
 
For the next four innings, the score remained knotted with NM State up one. UNM tallied just three hits in the first five total innings, advancing just one runner to second base. 
 
In the top of the sixth, the visitors doubled their lead as Jayleen Burton advanced to home on a throwing error following a Jessica Carreon bunt. The Aggies took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. UNM tied the affair with a two-run shot in the home half of the sixth inning, setting up an all-important top of the seventh.
 
NM State started the inning with back-to-back singles from Jillian Taylor and Desirae Spearman. Dezianna Patmon was up next, driving a double to the right field wall, scoring both Taylor and Spearman. The double brought Patmon’s season RBI total to 30, ranking second on the team. No other runs came to score in the inning, leaving the Aggies with a 4-2 lead heading into the final frame. 
 
UNM posted three hits in the seventh, scoring a run with one out left. Jaileen Mancha, who came in for relief in the sixth inning, retired the final two batters of the game, stranding a Lobo at third base. NM State escaped with the 4-3 win.
 
NUMBERS OF NOTE

  • The Aggies have now won 19 of the past 22 meetings with their in-state rivals
  • NM State improved its winning streak to four games. They will take the streak into Virginia ahead of a matchup between CUSA’s top two seeds. 
  • Devin Elam recorded another RBI on a first-inning single. The reigning CUSA Player of the Week now has 12 RBIs in her past eight games.
  • NM State won despite scoring just four runs. The Crimson & White have only won with fewer runs four times this season (Nebraska, North Dakota, Sam Houston, UTEP).
  • Jillian Taylor extended her hitting streak to eight games, adding on to her career high.
  • Savannah Bejarano entered the starting lineup at catcher on Tuesday, earning her 10th start of the season. The senior earned a walk on two plate attempts and caught all seven innings in the win.

 
UP NEXT
NM State will stay on the road and travel 1,825 miles across the country to Virginia for a matchup between the top two seeds in Conference USA. Liberty will host the Aggies for a three-game set that begins Friday at 4:00 PM MT (6:00 PM local). The entire weekend of action will be streamed on ESPN+ and available to follow via nmstatestats.com. 
 
For complete coverage of NM State Softball during the 2024 season, visit NMStateSports.com – the official home of the Aggies – and follow the Aggies on Facebook (NM State Softball), Twitter (@NMStateSoftball) and Instagram (@NMStateSoftball).
 

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