NMSU No-Hits USU, 5-0, Friday In Aggie Match-Up
May 4, 2007
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Utah State lost the showdown of the Aggies with New Mexico State, 5-0, Friday evening at the NMSU Softball Complex. Kim Watson of NMSU fired a no-hitter in the first game of the three-game Western Athletic Conference weekend series.
The two teams return to the diamond Saturday for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. (MT), in the final two games of the regular-season.
Fans can follow Saturday action Internet with live audio/video, as well as followed through live stats, both available through NMSU's athletic web site. For live stats and live audio/video by the NMSU Aggie Sports Network, go to www.nmstatesports.com and click on "Aggie Fans" in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
For audio/video, fans will need to sign up for an Aggie Access Pass.
Despite the loss, USU can still finish third, but the northern Aggies have to win both of Saturday's games and get favorable outcomes throughout the rest of the conference in Saturday's action.
With the loss, the northern Aggies fall to 17-32 overall and 5-11 in WAC play, having lost five in a row.
NMSU has won four-straight and six of the last eight and now own a 28-25 overall and 7-9 WAC ledger.
USU is now 1-6 on the road in WAC games, while NMSU won its first WAC contest at home, after getting swept by the top two teams in the league, Hawai'i and Fresno State, respectively, and are now 1-6 at home.
In the match-ups of the Aggies, USU now holds a 44-30 all-time series lead, but are now 16-20 at Las Cruces and have lost 13 of the last 14 games at NMSU.
In the home half of the first, the maroon-clad Aggies plated three runs, putting together two walks sandwiched around two hits and a USU error, followed by another hit.
Watson slammed the door on the navy-clad Aggies, firing five strikeouts, while walking three.
Freshman LF Emily Reilly had a chance for a USU hit in the top of the fifth frame with a deep shot to left field. However, the strong New Mexico wind was blowing in and kept the ball in the yard, and NMSU LF Kristi Randall made the catch at the warning track.
The southern Aggies tacked on two runs in the bottom of the fifth, as the inning opened with a USU error later followed by a pair of singles and a walk. Damages could have been worse, but senior C Jami Uragami threw out NMSU's Colleen Kimbro's attempt to steal second.
In the sixth, senior CF Ashley Bellum smashed a line drive that appeared to be going to right for a hit, but NMSU 1B Angie Ortega snared the laser.
USU sophomore 1B Aubrie Stroman led off the seventh with a walk, but two batters later the game ended with a double-play.
Friday was the second time in less than a week that USU was no-hit, after Saturday's 11-0 (6 inn) no-hit loss to then-14th-ranked Hawai'i.
This is USU's final tune-up for next weekend's WAC Tournament at Fresno, Calif., May 9-12 at Fresno State's Bulldog Stadium.
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