Aggies Use Six-Run Fifth to Rally Past Texas Tech
Lea Hopson went 3-for-4 with three RBI Sunday afternoon in Tech's 8-6 loss to New Mexico State.
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State used a six-run fifth inning to rally past Texas Tech, 8-6, Sunday afternoon in the finale game of the Troy Cox Classic held at the NMSU Softball Complex.
The Red Raiders (6-4) ended the tournament 3-2 on the weekend after allowing both Weber State and the Aggies (5-5) to overcome deficits in the final innings.
New Mexico State strung together five-straight singles off Tech reliever Cara Custer in the fifth to score four runs. A Brittany Talley wild pitch minutes later scored the game-winning run along with one more as Brittany Lee's throw back to the plate went wild.
Custer (2-3) took the loss in the circle for the Red Raiders, allowing six runs, four of which were earned, off six hits while striking out two and walking two as well. She relieved Gretchen Aucoin with one out in the fourth after Aucoin allowed two runs off four hits.
Tech previously led by four runs heading into the bottom half of the fifth inning following a two-run top half of the frame where Lee and Samantha Camello both connected on back-to-back RBI singles.
Lea Hopson broke up a 1-1 tie in the third with a towering three-run homer over the fence in left center. It was Hopson's team-leading fourth home run already this season as she finished 3-for-4 with a single in the fifth and a double in the seventh.
Hopson's leadoff double in the seventh gave Tech a chance for a ralley but Aggie reliever Celisha Walker recovered to record a pair of strikeouts and a groundout back to the circle to close the game.
Walker earned the save after allowing just the double to Hopson over her two innings. Fellow reliever Makayla McAdams (3-1) garnered the win after allowing two runs off five hits in 2.1 innings in relief of starter Karysta Donisthorpe.
Devon Thomey and Emma Adams finished with six of the Aggies' 10 hits in the game as the pair went 3-for-4 and 3-for-3, respectively. Thomey drove in a pair of runs as well, connecting on a RBI single in the fourth and then a run-scoring fielder's choice in the fifth.
Sydni Emanuel recorded her team-leading sixth multiple-hit game of the season with a 3-for-4 day at the plate. Camello also finished 2-for-3 with two RBI for the Red Raiders in her third multiple-hit game of the weekend.
The Red Raiders close out their 15-game road trip to start the season next weekend at the UTA Hilton Invitational. Tech will begin the tournament with a 7 p.m. first pitch Thursday evening against host UT Arlington.
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