TUCSON, Ariz. -- New Mexico State scored two runs on just three hits but it was enough to upset second-ranked Arizona, 2-1, in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday night. The Roadrunners improved to 17-18, and the Wildcats fell to 35-3, while suffering their first loss of the season to a team other than Washington.
The Roadrunners took the lead in the top of the fourth when NMSU third baseman Melissa Briggs singled and advanced to second on a fielder's choice. Briggs then scored on an error by UA first baseman Jennie Finch. Adrian Nobles added a solo home run in the top of the sixth to give New Mexico State a 2-0 lead.
Arizona attempted to rally in the bottom of the sixth when Katie Swan scored on a two-out double by Lauren Bauer. But Briggs snagged a sharply-hit line drive by Lindsey Collins that would have scored the tying run. The Wildcats had one more chance in the bottom of the seventh when Jennie Finch hit a fly ball to left field that was caught at the fence by Lizette Olivares.
Arizona pitcher Becky Lemke (19-3) struck out ten in the loss, while Amber Mosher (9-10) held the normally potent Wildcat bats to just five hits and one of their lowest scoring outputs of the season.
New Mexico State 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 3 0 Arizona 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 1TUCSON, Ariz. -- Lindsey Collins' two-run homer gave Arizona the lead in the bottom of the second and the Cats never looked back in their 7-1 win over New Mexico State in the second game. UA improved to 36-3 while NMSU fell to 17-19.
WP:Amber Mosher(9-10) LP:Becky Lemke(19-3) HR:Nobles T:1:35 Att:950
Arizona's bats came alive with 9 hits. Chrissy Gil's three-run home run in the fourth brought in Jennie Finch and Allison Andrade, while Nicole Giordano scored from second off of Katie Swan's double in the bottom of the fifth to give the Cats a 7-0 lead.
The Roadrunners scored their only run in the sixth when Lizette Olivares scored on an error by Arizona shortstop Allison Andrade.
UA pitcher Jennie Finch (17-0) held New Mexico State to 4 hits while she struck out 11. Jamie Dooley fell to 8-9 on the season.
New Mexico State 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 1 Arizona 0 2 0 3 2 0 x 7 9 1
WP: Jennie Finch (17-0) LP: Jamie Dooley (8-9) HR: Collins (10), Gil (4) T: 1:30 Att: 950