Las Cruces, NM - The Aggies opened the Troy Cox Classic with a win as New Mexico State defeated Northern Colorado 10-2 in six innings on Thursday.
Kayla Green was back in the circle for the NM State after going 1-1 against UTSA. The sophomore had a rocky start as she gave up a two-run homerun in the first inning.
New Mexico State chipped away at the lead, starting in the third inning. After Rachel Rodriguez reached first base on a walk, Kelsey Horton sent a ball out to left field. Rodriguez scored on the play to cut the Bears lead in half. In the next at-bat, Fahren Glackin hit a double to left field to drive in Horton and tie the game.
In the fourth, Amy Bergeson started the inning with a single to left field. Merina Ili scored Bergeson on a booming double to give New Mexico State the lead. Ili also scored in the inning to give NM State the 4-2 advantage.
The runs didn't stop there. After Glackin doubled to center field, Ili hit a home run to left field. It was the redshirt sophomore's first home run of the season.
The Aggies added on two runs before Victoria Castro hit a single that scored NM State's 10th run of the game. The run allowed the Aggies to run-rule Northern Colorado with the final score 10-2.
New Mexico State moves to 3-1 on the season while UNC falls to 1-5. Green pitched her first complete game for the Aggies while also earning her second win of the season.
The Aggies are back in action Friday as they play a doubleheader against DePaul and Bradley. The first pitch against DePaul is set for 4 p.m. (MT) with Bradley to follow.