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NM STATE SOFTBALL

Aggies roll rival Lobos in mid-week doubleheader

NM State notches 12-8 and 8-5 victories in ABQ

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For the second time in as many weeks the Aggies take down a rival in a mid-week showdown, beating UNM 12-8 and 8-5 in a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader. Kayla Bowen showed out in game one, going 2-4 with a double, a home run and four RBI. Savannah Bejarano was the breakout star in game two, going 3-4 with a double and three RBI. Game One | NM State 12 UNM 8Jordin King (2-2) notched her second win of the season for the Aggies, going 4.2 innings with four runs (two earned) allowed and four strikeouts on the day.Brianna Sanchez (0-1) took the loss for the Lobos, going 0.2 innings allowing one run with one strikeout. Patane started the bottom of the second inning by recording her first strikeout, before walking a pair of batters to put two on with two outs. The inning ended like it started, with Patane tossing a looking strikeout for her second of the afternoon.In the bottom of the third, a single up the middle and a walk set the stage for a home run to right field by Andrea Howard, putting the Lobos on top 3-0. After a double to left center by Leslie Romero, Jordin King entered the game for Patane. A fielding error put another UNM batter on the basepaths, while Romero scored from third and put the Lobos on top 4-0. King recorded her first strikeout of the afternoon before a pair of walks brought home a runner from third, extending the Lobo lead to 5-0. Kayla Bowen came in with the bases loaded facing a full count, recording a groundout to end the inning.A fielding error by UNM put Ramsay Lopez on first before Savannah Bejarano pinch ran for her, advancing to second on a wild pitch. Yazzy Avila stepped up to the plate next, hitting a single to third base where a second fielding error by the Lobos allowed Bejarano to advance home and put the Aggies on the board, 5-1. Kayla Bowen would come up to bat and double to left field, scoring Avila and making it a 5-2 ballgame. Jillian Taylor reached on a fielding error that scored Bowen from third and make it 5-3.UNM would put a pair of runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 7-3 deficit, but the Aggie bats would come alive in the sixth and seventh innings. Yazzy Avila recorded her third hit of the afternoon to start the sixth inning, stealing second before a single up the middle by Maya Martinez scored Avila, putting the Aggies within three, 7-4. Kayla Bowen would reach base on a fielder's choice, sending Maya Martinez back to the dugout. A multitude of Lobo errors (seven total on the day) allowed Paige Knight to reach base, and advance to second on the error while Kayla Bowen made it to third. Jillian Taylor doubled down the third base line, scoring both runners and making it 7-6. Hannah Lindsey would come up and also double, this time to right center, scoring Taylor from second and knotting things up at 7-7.Ramsay Lopez started the top of the seventh with a walk, while Maya Martinez was hit by a rogue UNM pitch to put two on before a Kayla Bowen three-run homer to centerfield put the Aggies up 10-7. A Hailey Tanori RBI single and a RBI by Jillian Taylor on an error gave the Aggies a five-run cushion heading into the bottom of the seventh, 12-7.The Lobos were able to threaten the Aggies in the final frame, producing another run on the board to make it 12-8, but Jordin King was able to close the game out with a flyout to left field by Andrea Howard.  Game Two | NM State 8 UNM 5Felicia De La Torre (2-6) got the start and the win in game two, recording a statline of 6.0 innings pitched, allowing five runs and striking out a season-high seven batters.Amber Linton (6-2) took the loss for UNM, pitching 5.0 innings, allowing five runs with four walks and eight strikeouts.   Runs were hard to come by for most of the game, with all eight of the Aggie's runs and four of the five Lobo runs scoring in the fourth and fifth innings. The Lobos struck first with Andrea Howard's second home run of the doubleheader in the bottom of the first inning, putting UNM ahead 1-0. A weak grounder by Leslie Romero ended the inning.Savannah Bejarano recorded the first NM State hit in the top of the third, a perfectly placed bunt down the third base line. Ramsay Lopez came up to bat next, reaching on a fielder's choice, but an error by the UNM third baseman kept both runners on base. Yazzy Avila hit a single to the pitcher, loading the bases with one out. A Maya Martinez strikeout and Kayla Bowen groundout left the bases loaded and ended the scoring threat.A pair of strikeouts put two outs on the board before Jillian Taylor singled up the middle, before Gabby Aragon recorded her first hit of the season, an RBI double down the left field line to put the Aggies on top 1-0. her first hit of the season. Bejarano came up next and singled up the middle, advancing Aragon to third and subsequently stealing second, putting two in scoring position for a Ramsay Lopez single, scoring both and putting the Aggies on top 3-1.Maya Martinez singled to left field to start the fifth, before a Madison Muxen pinch hit single put two on the basepaths. Paige Knight drew a walk to load the bases with one out when Jillian Taylor came to the plate. Taylor reached on a fielder's choice, but a fielding error by the Lobos allowed Martinez and Muxen to score and make it a 5-1 NM State lead. With Paige Knight on third, Jillian Taylor easily stole second to put two in scoring position. Gabby Aragon walked the bases loaded and Bejarano doubled to deep right field scoring three runs and growing the Aggie lead to 8-1.An RBI single and a three-run homer put the Lobos within striking distance at 8-5, but neither team would score the rest of the way. UP NEXTThe Aggies are back on the road this weekend, starting at 11:00 p.m. MT when they take on the Ball State Cardinals from Tempe, Arizona at the Sun Devil Classic. NM State will also have games against Kansas City, Rutgers, and a pair of games against the hosts, Arizona State. For updates and exclusive content throughout the offseason, follow the Aggies on Twitter (@NMStateSoftball), Instagram (@nmstatesoftball) and like us on Facebook (NM State Softball).