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Spring sports roundup: Aggie hurls shutout, Lobo soccer women look to extend hot start

Chris Jefferson pitched a shutout Saturday for New Mexico State against Northern Colorado at Presley Askew Field. (NMSU photo)

The University of New Mexico women’s soccer team looks to continue its dominant start to the season Sunday with a 1 p.m. match against Air Force at UNM’s soccer complex.

The Lobos are 4-0 and have outscored opponents 13-1 to this point, defeating Wyoming 4-1, Colorado State 1-0, Utah State 3-0, and Colorado College 5-0 in order. In Friday’s home win over Colorado College, junior Alesia Garcia became the first UNM women’s player ever to score four goals in a home game.

Air Force comes in at 1-2, having lost 5-0 Friday at Utah State.

BASEBALL: In Las Cruces, senior right-hander Chris Jefferson pitched a complete-game four-hit shutout as New Mexico State (8-7, 6-1) won 6-0 over Northern Colorado (4-14, 0-7) Saturday in the opener of a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader at Presley Askew Field.

Jefferson (3-1), a NMMI product, struck out nine and faced only three hitters over the minimum. Mayfield High product Zerek Saenz went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI.

In the nightcap, NMSU romped 15-8 as Tommy Tabak tied a program record with two triples as part of a 4-for-5 game at the plate, Saenz scored four runs and Austin Duffy drove in a game-high four runs while adding three of NMSU’s 18 hits.

Nine of the team’s 18 hits went for extra bases and the Aggies matched a program record by striking for four triples against the four pitchers Northern Colorado used against them.

• In Manhattan, Kan., New Mexico (6-9) rebounded for a 6-4 victory Saturday at Kansas State as Kyler Castillo homered and drove in two runs, and Willie Cano had three of UNM’s 13 hits. Justin Armbruester allowed one run through six innings, allowing six hits and striking out eight. The Lobos, who fell 7-1 in Friday’s opener, go for the series win in Sunday’s noon game (101.7 FM).

SOFTBALL: In Austin, Texas, New Mexico dropped to 1-21 on the season in losing a doubleheader to No. 10 Texas, 12-0 in five innings and 8-1.

Ariana Adams no-hit the Lobos in the opener, making it at least the third time New Mexico has been no-hit this season. Ashlyn Roberts (1-2) took the loss. In the nightcap, Rachael Hathoot had two of UNM’s seven hits and scored its only run.

New Mexico is scheduled to play its home opener this coming Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. against Mountain West Conference opponent Colorado State.

• In Phoenix, New Mexico State (12-13) overmatched the pitching at the GCU Invitational for the second consecutive day, defeating Southern Utah 6-3 and then Idaho State 15-2 in five innings. Hailey Tanori went 4-for-4 in the opener, and Matalasi Faapito drove in five runs in the later game. NMSU, which had scored 43 runs in four games at the tourney, gets one more crack vs. Idaho State (6-9) Sunday morning in the finale.

TRACK AND FIELD: In Tucson at the Willie Williams Classic, Lanie Whelpley’s sixth-place finish in the 400 meters (56.82 seconds) was the best for New Mexico State on Saturday. The Aggies return to action this Friday and Saturday at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego.

SOCCER: In Irvine, Calif., New Mexico State (3-9-1) fell 2-1 to Cal Baptist (9-1-2), which rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit. Shea O’Connor’s fourth goal of the season put NMSU up 1-0 in the 12th minute. NMSU plays at home Thursday and Saturday vs. Dixie State.

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