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After a tough loss to end day 1, the Western New Mexico softball team went up against an eager Lindenwood team to open Day 2. A handful of Mustang errors, cost them multiple runs early, falling by mercy rule in five innings. With a quick turnaround the Mustangs were back on the diamond to take on Simon Fraser under the lights. WNMU tallied 20 hits in game two, scoring 12 runs to cap off day 2 of the Cactus Classic.

GAME 1 – Lindenwood Lions
Anxious to start the weekend, and their season the Lindenwood Lions came out strong in the opening frame. A trio of errors allowed a trio of runs for the Lions in the first inning. Better defense in the second turned into a couple of runs for the Mustangs in their half, thanks to a shot to right field by Marina Garcia (Tucson, AZ/Desert View HS). An error by LWU and the quick speed of Eliza Ortiz (Santa Clara, N.M/Cobre HS) allowed a second run to score.

After a rather low scoring start to Thursdays game in Bill Geehey Arena on the St. Mary's campus, the Mustang women's basketball team used a second half surge to overcome their early deficit. It then took an extra five minutes after regulation play for WNMU to secure the 80-75 over the Rattlers.

Kaela Chavez (Las Cruces, New Mexico/Centennial High School) – 22 PTS | 8- 13 FG | 6-10 3FG | 4 REB
Kayla Clark (Mesa, Arizona/Dobson High School) – 21 PTS | 7-15 FG | 7-8 FT | 4 REB
Paulina Rodriguez (Chihuahua, Mexico/Montverde Academy) – 17 PTS | 7-8 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST
Kyanne Kowatch (Tularosa, NM/) – 11 PTS | 4-6 FG | 7 REB | 5 AST


Looking for a better start to this weekend's tournament, the Western New Mexico softball team faced off with Vulcans of UH – Hilo, and the Colorado Mesa Mavericks on opening day of the Cactus Classic. Against a historically strong UHH team, the Mustangs were resilient at the plate, putting together five runs on six hits to shut down the Vulcans 5-2 in game one.

In game 2, WNMU struggled to get a hit off the unusual wind up from Colorado Mesa's pitcher, falling 10-1.

GAME 1 – UH – Hilo
With two outs, and two runners on second and third, a single to left field from Aliehs Ortiz (Rio Rancho, NM/V. Sue Cleveland HS) brought one run in. Samantha Corral (El Paso, TX/Socorro HS ) then followed up with a single of her own to tack on one more run before the final out.

On the road for the final time this season, the Mustang men's basketball team took on the Rattlers of St. Mary's Thursday night in Bill Greehey Arena.
Tony Avalos (Las Cruces, NM/Onate) - 17 PTS | 5-10 FG | 7-9 FT | 4 AST
Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) – 33 PTS | 12-16 FG | 7-11 3FG | 2 REB | 2 AST
Rodney Simon (Boston, MA/Randolph ) – 12 PTS | 6-6 FG


In a back and forth affair, the Western New Mexico Softball team closed out the Dixie State Courtyard Classic tallying their fifth win of the season, 5-3, over Central Washington.

After a silent first two innings, Samantha Corral (El Paso, TX/Socorro HS ) got the WNMU offense going with an infield single. Alicia Habitzreuther (Sierra Vista, AZ/Buena HS) tacked on a single of her own, followed by a walk to load the bases. With Corral in scoring position, a wild pitch allowed her to score, for the first run of the game.

After a tough start to the Dixie State Courtyard Classic, the WNMU Softball team bounced back on Day 2 splitting their games, but snapping their skid.

After a tough loss to MSU Billings the day before, the Mustangs had short time to recover before taking on Concordia Univ. (Ore.) to start day two of the tournament. Errors continued to haunt the Mustangs defensive output, as they gave up two runs early on to the Cavaliers.

On their first road trip of the preseason, the Mustang softball team traveled up north to St. George, Utah for the 2020 Dixie State Courtyard Classic. Playing five games over a span of three days, WNMU opened play Thursday with a mid-morning match up with the Argonauts of Notre Dame de Namur, before closing out day one against the Yellowjackets of Montana State – Billings.


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