Chelsea Goodace, Kellie Fox and Lauren Young homered in the contest. The home runs gave Goodacre and Fox three each on the season while it was Young’s first blast.
Nancy Bowling (2-0) started the game and pitched three innings of scoreless ball. The sophomore allowed two hits and struck out three in the contest. Kenzie Fowler hurled the final two innings and did not allow a run on one hit.
Carrie Sheehan (1-2) suffered the loss for New Mexico. Sheehan pitched the entire game and allowed eight runs, seven earned, on 11 hits. She did not walk or strike out a batter.
Arizona got the scoring started in the first when back-to-back singles by Kelsey Rodriguez and Kellie Fox put two on for Chelsea Goodacre. The junior hit her second three-run homer in as many games to give UA a 3-0 lead.
The Cats manufactured a run in the second to add on to its lead. Courtney Rodriguez led off the frame with a double and moved to third on Alex Lavine’s groundout. Hallie Wilson’s fly ball to right field scored Rodriguez to extend UA’s lead to four runs.
Fox and Lauren Young would lead off the third and fourth innings with solo homers to extend Arizona’s lead to 6-0. Arizona would add another in the fourth when Kelsey Rodriguez’s groundout brought in her sister Courtney.
UA would walk off in the bottom of the fourth when the Cats put two on with back-to-back singles by Mo Mercado and Young. Courtney Rodriguez’s grounder to third base would be booted by Jasmine Casados to allow Mercado to score and give Arizona the 8-0 victory.
Arizona will be back in action Saturday when it takes on Tennessee State at 4:00 and fourth-ranked Alabama at 6:00 p.m. MST.
Complete Hillenbrand Invitational Schedule
Thursday, Feb. 13
ARIZONA 5, Grand Canyon 0
Friday, Feb. 14
Grand Canyon 9, Tennessee State 8 (9 innings)
Alabama 13, Grand Canyon 5
ARIZONA 8, New Mexico 0 (5 innings)
6:00 p.m. Alabama vs. Tennessee State (late)
Saturday, Feb. 15
9:00 a.m. New Mexico vs. Grand Canyon
11:00 a.m. Tennessee State vs. Grand Canyon
1:00 p.m. Alabama vs. New Mexico
4:00 p.m. ARIZONA vs. Tennessee State
6:00 p.m. ARIZONA vs. Alabama
Sunday, Feb, 16
9:00 a.m. New Mexico vs. Tennessee State
11:00 a.m. ARIZONA vs. Alabama
1:00 p.m. ARIZONA vs. Grand Canyon