Black Lives Matter 


By: Salina Madrid

With the controversy going on in the country regarding “Black Lives Matter,” an organization here on campus is taking strides towards something that they believe in.

The Black Students Association at New Mexico State University was charted in the late 1960’s and promotes African, African-American, African-Caribbean, and African-Latino culture on campus.

Christopher Love, a former President of the organization, is inspired by the diversity of the group and advocates for their purpose and mission.

“I love the close bond that the members have with each other. We keep a warm and family atmosphere in our organization. We are very multi-cultural even though our mission is to promote Afro-culture. We have Asian, Caucasian, and Hispanic members,” said Love.

It is important for them to embrace, no matter what someone’s background is, they are welcome into the organization, to explore their potential.

Statistics show that NMSU’s African descent makes up 3% of the total University. The Black Student Association says that their goal is to educate and show the University their cultures and the significance of them. While doing this, they want to make sure that the School stays diverse and equal. This is something that they strive for, especially with the recent incidents that have occurred around America.


The School has a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds when it comes to student culture. Because we are so close to the borderland, and being a less expensive school with many benefits, you will definitely have a diverse group of people within your classes.

“We try to make our organization diverse by welcoming people into our group of all ethnicity’s, genders, religion, sexual preference’s, etc,” said former president, Love. “We try to stay active on campus and encourage our members to branch out and get involved in the things that NMSU offers.”

The group voiced that some have been subjected to police brutality and blatant racism before, within their community. As a result, they want to make sure that NMSU stays equal and diverse.

“A lot of us members were saddened and outraged by both the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, as well as the killings of the police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge,” said the members of the Black Students Association.

The media and movies have promoted stereotypes of people from different places and cultures. They have branded law enforcement to be racist and to have favorites towards dissimilar people.

Because of this, the Black Student Association wants to block out stereotypes and maintains a strong relationship with police, especially NMSU police.

“As members we understand and respect that most law enforcement officers are model citizens and they risk their life to protect all of us,” said Love.

College students are our upcoming CEO’s, leaders, business men/woman, and rising successors. It is important that students here at NMSU take strides to break barriers and rise above any stereotype.

The Black Student Association wants people to know that they are open and care about their members and the student body. They want to encourage members to stay social with one another, no matter what color they are.

For more information on the Black Student Association at NMSU and to get involved, you can contact them at (575)-646-4208, or email

How Not to Fail at NMSU


Let’s not forget why we are here. It’s not to have a diet consisting of Ramen Noodles and Poptarts, not to be able to increase our bench press on chest day, not even to add more contacts in our address book. Sure, that’s all nice, and a great way to enjoy the years here, but is it vital? No.

Fact of the matter is: We are here for an education.


Freshmen will now be walking onto campus for the first week of their college instruction, yet some will undoubtedly leave Las Cruces without earning a single hour of college credit.


Just as easily as these can be the best years of your life, it can also chew you up and spit you out within months, with nothing more than some good laughs, and some failing grades to show for it. A few tips to remember as we shake the cobwebs off our brains these next few weeks.


Time Management:


Most classes this week will begin with a professor handing out a copy of the class syllabus. Pick out the exam dates along with the day’s essays are due. Check your schedule before making plans.

Invited to a party the Saturday before a big exam in a class you’re barely passing? Turn it down.


Have a date with a cute girl while your essay you haven’t even started is due at midnight? Don’t worry, if she’s smart, she’ll know school comes first.

Remember: Prioritize your assignments.

Don’t set yourself up to fail, take time to study, it really does help the end result.

If an Instructor gives you an assignment, with due dates weeks in advance, get it done. The following locations will be your best friends during the school year.

The Writing Center, Clare Belle Williams 102, has skilled experts ready to help you. The Math Success Center, Walden Hall 101, on the other hand, offers help with even the most complex kind of arithmetic. Zuhl and Branson Libraries, located on International Mall in the center of campus, offer a plethora of resources as well.


Study Tips


Eliminate distractions. Turn off the TV, XBOX, and the Netflix, it can wait. If you like a little bit of noise when you are studying, find a Pandora or Spotify playlist that plays some background music. If not, lock yourself in a quiet room, Zuhl has two floors worth of “Quiet Zones” where it is dead silent around the clock.

Are you a flashcards kind of person? Take 10-15 extra minutes to make some so you know even the smallest of details (I’m looking at you Government majors).

As always, know your situation. If you have two tests on the same day and you have a 95 in one class while a 60 in the other, please don’t spend the majority of your night before focusing on the former. Keep your goals in mind at all times and give your full effort to achieve them. Remember, the effort you put in is what you will get out. Let’s be smart this year, in more ways than one.

Come learn if you can get academic credit for your job

NMSU student-interns will give presentations on their internship experiences and give other students insight into whether their jobs can also receive academic credit through the English Department.

By Billy Huntsman

Managing Editor

Students interested in learning if their current employment—paid or not—can count for academic internship credit are encouraged to attend a student presentation hosted by the English Department on May 9, 3-4 p.m., in Clara Belle Williams Hall room 229.

The presentations will be given by NMSU students, undergraduate and graduate, currently enrolled in English 497 – Internship.  There will be three presenters—one who offers her creative writing services to a local author, a second who works with the mentally disabled and homeless to find employment, and a third who works as editor of a local publication and news website.

Each presentation will last about 15 minutes, with time for questions from the audience afterward.

The internship course, which is being offered in the fall, is coordinated by Patricia Wojahn, associate professor of English at NMSU.  Students interested in enrolling should contact her,, (575) 646-2239, Breland Hall 259A, to discuss how their current employment or prospective employment opportunities can receive academic credit through the English Department.

English 497 is an online class in which interns post weekly responses to prompts, as well as weekly summaries of their internship activities.  Students can receive up to six credits from the class.

Aggie offense leads to series-opening win

The Aggies baseball team won the first in a three-game series against Sacramento State.


Photo by Derek Gonzales.

By Derek Gonzales

Staff Writer

With the New Mexico State baseball team trailing WAC foe Sacramento State by two games in the conference standings, it made this weekend’s series all the more important. The Aggies were able to take the first game of the three-game series 14-4 in eight innings on Friday night at Presley Askew Field.

NM State (23-18, 11-5 WAC) pounded out six hits in just the first two innings off of Sacramento State starter Sam Long and the visiting Hornets (25-16, 12-4 WAC).

The Aggies came out in the bottom of the first and got things started with a Daniel Johnson (4 for 5, three RBI’s, HR) single. Outfielder Greg Popylisen (2 for 5, two doubles, RBI) followed suit with a double in the alley to put himself and Johnson in scoring position with no outs. Dan Hetzel (1 for 5, RBI) was able to connect on the first pitch he saw from Long and he brought in Johnson to push the Aggies out to a 1-0 lead.

Sacramento State came back in at the top of the second inning with a Brandon Hunley home-run to right field off of Aggie starter Marcel Renteria. It knotted the score at one, but the the Aggies would take control after that.

In the bottom of the second inning, third-baseman Trey Stine went up to the plate after Long struck out Aggie catcher Mason Fishback. Stine wasted no time, and he sent the first pitch over the right-field fence for a solo home-run. It was his fourth of the season and it sent the Aggies back into the lead at 2-1. Popylisen was back up at the plate two batters later, and he doubled to right-center on an 0-2 pitch to score the speedy Johnson from first to extend the lead to 3-1.

After Sacramento State tacked on a run in the top of the third inning, the Aggies went to the bottom of the inning and blew the game open. Austin Botello (1 for 4, two runs) began the inning with a walk.

Shortstop L.J. Hatch then doubled to put runners in scoring position for Fishback. Fishback redeemed himself after the strikeout earlier and took Long deep to right-field for a three-run home-run. Stine and Brent Sakurai were able to reach base following the home-run, and Johnson crushed a three-run home-run of his own to right-field to put NM State comfortably ahead at 9-2.

Renteria was outstanding on Friday night and got his fourth win of the year. He went 7.2 innings, striking out seven batters on a whopping 121 pitches. He threw 71 pitches for strikes, and did not let Sacramento State threaten after the Aggies had the six-run third inning.

NM State was firing on all cylinders throughout the game, as they scored at least one run in six different innings. They hit .462 as a team and hit 6 for 15 when runners were in scoring position. The 14 runs were the most they’ve scored in the month of April and it came at a great time, as the Aggies came into the series having lost six out of their last seven.

The Aggies look to win the series tomorrow as they will host the Hornets at one p.m. at Presley Askew Field. The series finale will be Sunday at noon.

Derek Gonzales can be reached at

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LC farmers market promotes collective individualism

By Nicholas Bylotas
Volunteer Writer
Come to the farmers market, friends! It is a wonderful place where your fellow citizens walk about for the splendid reason of having nothing better to do on a Saturday morning in Las Cruces.
Don’t mistake me, there are plenty of things you could do other than go to the farmers market, but few that are better choices. At the market you can exercise your right to be an individual in the team of our community. You never know who you are going to run into out there. Perhaps it’s the career opportunity you have been waiting for, or could it be the love of your life? 
The fact of the matter is, the farmers market in Las Cruces is an example of what it means to be an American. The people come together and bare their passions before the world through their art, and at no cost for you to see. The music, the paintings, the crafters, the food – the farmers market is an exhibition.
Whether you’ve seen it before, or you’ve not been yet, the farmers market is the place to be on Saturday mornings. Artists, grab your tools and bring your creative selves to the community and show us what you’re about!
Come on down to the farmers market on Main Street every Saturday at 7 a.m., where you can feel good about contributing to the local economy and to people’s unique artistry. See you there.

The Round Up investigates: Fake job on Aggie Career Manager

The Round Up/Oncore Magazine recently uncovered a fake job posting on NMSU’s Aggie Career Manager attempting to scam students.

By Billy Huntsman

Managing Editor

The Round Up/Oncore Magazine recently uncovered a fake job posting on NMSU’s Aggie Career Manager attempting to scam students.

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Conestoga’s listing on Aggie Career Manager.  Photo by Billy Huntsman.

The position was ‘store keeper assistant’ with Conestoga Cold Storage, “a temperature controlled warehousing and transportation company based in Canada and United State, and is considered one of the pioneers of the modern commercialized temperature-controlled warehouse for the storage of perishable goods,” the job listing said.

Job description for Conestoga.  Photo by Billy Huntsman.

The job’s listed contact, Dwane Arnott, explained in a series of emails that Conestoga was looking to expand into the United States from Canada.

The job paid $300 a week to an individual working two to five hours a day ‘in a small stockroom. Maintains receipts, records, and withdrawals. Checks materials and supplies and reports when stock is low. Receives and unpacks materials and supplies. Reports damages and discrepancies for accounting, reimbursement and record-keeping purposes.”

The store keeper’s weekly payment would have arrived with a certified cashier’s check along with the money needed in order to pay the supplier for stock. The store keeper, ‘Arnott’s’ emails (and later texts) said, would have deposited this cashier’s check into his or her bank account and paid the supplier once the funds were released.

An exchange of texts between TRU/OM and ‘Arnott’.  Photo by Billy Huntsman.

The business’ listed address was 1420 W. Amador Ave.

1420 W. Amador Ave. If this were a cold storage facility, it wouldn’t be out of place in the area.  Photo by Billy Huntsman.

“I am glad to let you know that by the end of today,agreement would have been finalized with the Realtor leasing the space so we want our supplier to start bringing goods so we can commence stocking,” ‘Arnott’ wrote in an email to TRU/OM on April 23.

Yet driving by the property on April 27, the location is still available for lease by Steinborn Commercial Real Estate.

“It’s still showing as available (on the computer),” said an associate of the real estate company. “It says, ‘For sale or lease.’”

TRU/OM contacted the New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department to see if at least the business had a tax identification number.

“(Conestoga Cold Storage) is not coming up in the system,” an employee of the department told TRU/OM. “More than likely they probably are not registered with New Mexico.”

The Office of the Secretary of State confirmed to TRU/OM that the ‘business’ was not registered in the state.

“1420 W. Amador I have a Milagro Construction & Repair, an Autoglass Solutions & More, and those are the only two registered businesses I have at that location,” said an employee with the City of Las Cruces’ Building and Development Services.

Conestoga Cold Storage is, however, a real company, with five offices in Canada, and Dwane Arnott is an employee in their Kitchener, Ontario, office. Though TRU/OM and ‘Arnott’ had been exchanging emails and texts for several days, when TRU/OM called him on April 27, he did not recognize our name.

“I just talked to another gentleman in your neck of the woods this morning, as well,” the real Arnott told TRU/OM.

Arnott said he believed the other individual he talked to was from Fullerton College in California.

“(The scam has) been going on for a couple weeks actually,” Arnott said. “A person from our HR Department came across it first and then I see some postings mostly at colleges.”

TRU/OM found similar postings at Greenville College in Illinois, James Madison University in Virginia (where the contact was listed as a ‘Marc Smernoff’,) the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Austin Community College, Durham Technical Community College in North Carolina, Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington (though this posting seems to have been taken down), and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in Missouri (where again ‘Smernoff’ has been listed).

If you put “Works in a small stockroom. Maintains receipts, records, and withdrawals. Checks materials and supplies and reports when stock is low. Receives and unpacks materials and supplies. Reports damages and discrepancies for accounting, reimbursement and record-keeping purposes” in Google, several results for Nigerian jobs come up as well.

TRU/OM attempted to contact the Arnott impostor. His office number has a Tennessee area code, which a woman picked up denying any knowledge of who Arnott is.

The cell phone number ‘Arnott’ provided has a Georgia area code.

“Hello, I know you are not Dwane Arnott and this is a scam,” we wrote.

“will you shut up your mouth idiot,” ‘Arnott’ replied.

TRU/OM contacted NMSU’s Career Services to alert them to remove the listing, and they additionally have sent out notice of the scam to any student who may have applied for the position.  This information will be given to Campus Police, who will then distribute it to other colleges, said Roseanne Bensley, associate director of Career Services.

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The email sent out by Bensley to applicants for the fake job.  Photo by Billy Huntsman.

Anyone concerned about the legitimacy of a job posted on Aggie Career Manager should contact Career Services immediately at (575) 646-1631.


Local essay contest asks, What is the greatest good you can do?

Essay contest offers 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes of $500, $250, and $125 respectively. The prompt: what is the greatest good you can do in your life?

By Billy Huntsman

Managing Editor

Members of Doña Ana County, ages 18 to 30, are invited to write and submit 300-word essays in order to be considered for cash prizes.

The Windsor-Hermsmeier Gifting Fund is offering prizes of $500, $250, and $125 for the best essays concerning the prompt: what is the great good I can do in my life?

The contest is “in honor of Miguel Gabriel Silva, former Las Cruces city councilor (who died earlier this year) who helped enrich the soul of Las Cruces and Mesilla by promoting community well-being,” says a flyer promoting the contest.

The rules for the contest are: 300 words maximum, must be written by hand, describing your idea of “the greatest good” you can do in your life and how it can benefit the world, and what three actions will help you achieve your “greatest good.”

Also, on a second piece of paper, participants are asked to list their top three “bucket list” experiences/goals—what three things must you do before you die?

“Judging is based on neatness, legibility, grammar, content, sincerity, and reasonableness of ideas,” the flyer says.

Essays must be postmarked by May 15, 2016, to:

The Windsor-Hermsmeier Gifting Fund

P.O. Box 121, Las Cruces, NM 88004

Further inquiries can be made at

The Windsor-Hermsmeier Gifting Fund is managed by a Dr. and Mr. Windsor and Hermsmeier based out of Susanville, California, according to Susanville’s Lassen County Times, where in May 2014 a similar essay contest took place.

Windsor and Hermsmeier “are interested in promoting community well being in the honor of their parents. Harold and Varonika Windsor, Walter and Dorothy Hermsmeier were dedicated to American societal values of hard work, education, dedication to family and also art as values of a community,” the newspaper placement reads.

The current Windsor is a doctor at High Desert State Prison, while the current Hermsmeier is a retired machine operator and property manager, the newspaper says.

Their fathers were World War II veterans, while their mothers were “dedicated homemakers,” the newspaper says.

Opinion: This season, it’s do or die for Aggie football

The NMSU football team has been told by the Sun Belt Conference they are no longer wanted. This next season is vital for NMSU football to remain relevant.


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By Albert Luna

Sports Editor

Saturday, April 16.

NMSU football is holding its annual Crimson and White Scrimmage, with the conclusion of yet another set of spring practices in the books. The players play hard, the fans come out in pretty decent numbers, yet there’s still something that seems like it doesn’t fit.

It has been on the field for the past two seasons but has an expiration date of just two years more, and on this Saturday in April, the Sun Belt Conference logo remains part of NMSU football.

Obviously by now, most people know that the Aggies’ time in one of the worst Division-I FBS conferences is limited as the Sun Belt has essentially told NMSU (and Idaho) they are no longer welcome to play football in their conference beyond 2017.

Not too surprising, considering NMSU’s reputation as the school with the longest bowl drought. And it was generally expected that not a lot, if any, of FBS conferences would be lining up at the school’s doorsteps to invite the Aggies into their league—which is exactly what has (not) happened.

NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers has been fairly mum on the subject, so there is a whole lot of uncertainty for NMSU’s conference future.

A conference in college sports can mean almost everything. Not only do conferences have direct impacts on recruits and home attendance (household-name universities attract bigger numbers), but also their brand as a whole. A school can gain instant respect and prestige simply from slapping on a particular conference’s acronym next to their name.

NMSU knows this and they know that to get into a somewhat respectable conference going forward, especially in the cash cow sport that is football, they need to perform. That performance can no longer be a long term, exponential plan for growth: it has to happen quickly, and it has to happen in this next season.

Two years can be an enormous amount of time in the conference realignment world. If you need any evidence of this, just go back to the crazy shuffle in 2013 that left NMSU as the odd-school-out and stuck in the now football-less WAC. That being said, so much in college football can be decided on-the-fly in terms of where which schools are going, essentially making a program’s momentum everything. Because of this, NMSU, where traditionally success has been hard to come by, will likely struggle to achieve the kind of success they need to remain in the Sun Belt Conference.

The Aggies must have a winning season this fall and they must make a bowl game in order to keep their chances of staying at the top level of college football. Make no mistake: this next season will have a lasting impact on not only this school but the community for the foreseeable future.

But everything I’m saying is not something that the program doesn’t already know and isn’t preparing for. The face of the program, All-American running back Larry Rose III, says he thinks there certainly is pressure to make a bowl game.

“We don’t think of making a bowl simply because of conference and things like that, but that is a nice added pressure because everyone here wants to make a bowl at the end of the day,” he says. “It’s self-inflicted pressure, if we had to pinpoint it.”

To have a good season, NMSU needs a good start to the season, and the way to do that is to improve the team’s defense.

To accomplish this, the program brought in a new defensive coordinator in Frank Spaziani. And during the spring game, Spaziani’s influence was already apparent, in that the defensive side of the ball had more confidence.

Another important factor in the Aggies’ defense is Jaden Wright, who says the new coach has established a new culture.

“Coach Spaziani is such a good teacher of the game. He’s been right in everything because if we don’t do it his way, we’ll get beat,” he says.

Andres Leighton/AP Photo.

Wright says that players are aware of the situation regarding the school’s conference future but that the coaching staff likes to keep it in the moment.

“We’re just trying to take it one game at a time, one season at a time, and however we do this year, that (conference decision) really is not up to us,” he says.

The third-year defensive back was named the Sun Belt player of the week on one occasion last year and has accepted his leadership role on the team now.

“I tell the guys that nothing that we do will be able to affect tomorrow,” he says.  “We all came here to win, that’s one thing people might not get: none of us came here to lose.”

He echoes the same goals as Rose.

“Our biggest thing is that we need to just make a bowl game,” Wright says. “That’s what it comes to.”

Spaziani and the defense certainly seem to have a groove. Rodney Butler, a senior linebacker heading into his final year, says the former Boston College head coach has challenged his players.

“It’s not only in practice, but it’s also in the film room and he’s pushing us into the best we can be,” he says.

If this Saturday in April is any indication of what is to come defensively, Wright and Butler seem to have their side of the ball well in check headed into the summer.

With the defensive revival seemingly already taking place, the team really has all of the weak spots from a year ago basically covered up, at least from a fundamental standpoint as the season continues to get closer and closer.

With these factors, there can be no more, “Next season we’ll get better” attitude, which Las Cruces has heard since 1960. Coaches need to judge their players on bowl success, and in turn, Athletic Director Mario Moccia needs to judge his coaches on this same criterion.

The time to win is no longer in the future for the Aggies, it is now and it’s more important than ever. The only question that remains: Will this team step up to the challenge?

Sports Editor Albert Luna may be reached at

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Aggies take doubleheader vs. Bakersfield in home finale

Aggies win a doubleheader against CSU – Bakersfield.

Aggie Emma Adams in her last appearance on the NMSU softball field.  Photo by Derek Gonzales.

By Derek Gonzales

Staff Writer

The New Mexico State softball team appears to have found their groove as they inch closer to defending their WAC Championship in Seattle, Washington, in the 2016 WAC Softball Tournament in two weeks. They completed the sweep of Cal-State Bakersfield, winning both games of the doubleheader 12-1 and 4-2 Saturday afternoon at the New Mexico State softball complex.

The first game saw senior Karysta Donisthorpe take the mound for the Aggies. In her last start of her career at the New Mexico State softball complex, she was outstanding. She went all five innings in the run-ruled game, striking out four and giving up only one run.

“It was amazing. The fact that hitters were putting up runs was a great feeling,” says Donisthorpe, who capped off her illustrious four-year career with her ninth win of the year.

NM State (32-19, 11-1 WAC) jumped out to an early lead when Kelsey Horton hit a three-run home-run to push the Aggies out to a 3-0 lead. It was her team-leading 14th home run of the year. NM State as a team is first in the conference in home-runs, batting average, scoring, slugging percentage, and triples. A prolific offense is a Coach Kathy Rodolph staple, as she has put together powerful offenses in her 12 seasons in Las Cruces, and this year’s squad has been no different.

After scoring another run in the bottom of the second to extend to 4-0, CSUB (13-30, 5-7 WAC) scored a run in the top of the third inning with a Chris Hipa single that forced two Aggie errors and led to Alex Simmons scoring on the play. With the score 4-1, the Aggie offense exploded in the bottom half of the inning.

Tatum Reedy began the inning with a three-run home run of her own off of CSUB pitcher Alyssa Stockton to put the score at 7-1. It was her eighth of the season. That was only the beginning of the scoring for the inning. Emma Adams hit a double three batters later and it scored Rodriguez and Brennalyn Nakamura to extend the lead to 9-1.

Pinch-hitter Kennedy Johnson smashed a three-run homer later in the inning that scored Fiana Finau and Adams. That capped off an eight-run inning for the Aggies and put them in control of the game and Donisthorpe coasted from that point forward. The win gave coach Rodolph her 400th victory at New Mexico State.

“To be able to capture my 400th win here at home on senior weekend makes it all that much more special,” says Rodolph. “I remember that first season here (when NM State went 14-49) like it was yesterday, and we’ve come a long way with phenomenal young ladies that believed in the vision we had here. Without phenomenal kids, we wouldn’t have been able to turn this around.”

Senior Makayla McAdams (13-8) started at pitcher for the Aggies in the second game, and followed Donisthorpe’s solid performance with one of her own. She allowed one run and three hits on 53 pitches.

“When we started this season, we graduated roughly 60 home-runs, so we knew that the most experienced piece of our team was our pitching, and they needed to anchor down while our offense was getting their feet under them, and they’ve done just that,” says Rodolph.

Victoria Castro (1 for 4, RBI) tripled in the home half of the second inning that brought in pitch-runner Jovanni Felix to score. Nakamura (1 for 3, run scored) then hit a rare bunt double and Castro reached third on the play. Castro then scored on a wild pitch that advanced Nakamura to third, and Amy Bergeson (0 for 2, RBI) brought in Nakamura on a groundout a few pitches later to put the score at 3-0 through two innings. CSUB answered in the next half inning with a run on a Julea Cavazos single up the middle that scored Kaylynn Burt.

Freshman pitcher Kayla Green came on in a relief appearance for the second day in a row, and did a great job, despite getting herself in trouble in the top of the seventh inning trying to close the game. She allowed a two-out triple to Burt that scored Jo Larios for the ‘Runners, and with Burt on third and the tying run at the plate, Rodolph brought in Donisthorpe to try to get the one-out save and did just that to cap off the 4-2 win.

Saturday marked the last time seniors Fiana Finau, Tatum Reedy, Makayla McAdams, Karysta Donisthorpe, Brennalyn Nakamura, and Emma Adams took the field at the New Mexico State softball complex. Looking ahead, NM State will face UMKC in a three-game series next weekend in Kansas City and travel to Albuquerque to face the University of New Mexico on May 3.

Derek Gonzales can be reached at

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Aggies win vs. CSU-Bakersfield

The Aggie softball team won the first of three games against CSU-Bakersfield this weekend.

Photo by Derek Gonzales.

By Derek Gonzales

Staff Writer

The New Mexico State softball team started off their last home series of the season with a 6-5 win over Cal-State Bakersfield on Friday evening at the New Mexico State softball complex.

The ‘Runners (13-27, 5-5 WAC) scored at the top of the first with a Chris Hipa single that scored Julea Cavazos. The game went into a lightning delay midway through the bottom of the first, and the game didn’t resume for an hour and 20 minutes.

When play resumed, it didn’t take long for NM State (30-19, 9-1 WAC) to take the lead back. In the bottom of the second inning, Corrin Green (0 for 2, walk) reached first base by way of a walk that was issued by CSU-Bakersfield starting pitcher Amber Mills (6-12). Victoria Castro (1 for 2, RBI) followed that with a single, and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for senior Tatum Reedy. Playing in her last collegiate series in Las Cruces, she smashed a Mills pitch to straight center-field for a grand slam.

That gave NM State a 4-1 lead. From there, Aggie starting pitcher Makayla McAdams (12-8) didn’t allow CSU-Bakersfield to take the lead, but she did give up five runs in 4.1 innings pitched. CSU-Bakersfield scored a couple of runs in the top of the third inning to trim the Aggie lead to one at 4-3, but NM State answered with a couple of runs of their own at the bottom of the inning to stretch the lead back out to 6-3.

In the top of the fifth, CSU-Bakersfield struck again twice. ‘Runner short-shop Alex Simmons hit a triple into the a right-center field alley, scoring Cavazos. That was all for McAdams, as she was relieved by freshman Kayla Green. After throwing two changeups to Hipa, Green tried to blow a fastball by her, but Hipa was able to hit a blooper past Aggie short-shop Haley Nakamura and it scored Simmons to put the score at 6-5.

After that, neither team posed a scoring threat for the rest of the game, as Green was excellent in her relief appearance, only allowing two hits, and she was able to pick up for first career save in the process.

NM State will play CSU-Bakersfield in a doubleheader tomorrow at the New Mexico State softball complex with the first game beginning at four p.m., with the second game beginning approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Derek Gonzales can be reached at

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