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Arizona Softball Routs New Mexico, 9-1
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 12, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TEMPE, Ariz. ?- The fifth-ranked Arizona softball team (5-0) defeated New Mexico (0-5), 9-1, in five innings in UA’s second to last game of the Kajikawa Classic.  Freshman first baseman Sam Banister led UA with two hits, three RBI and one run scored. 


Sophomore pitcher Taryne Mowatt (3-0) threw her third consecutive complete-game victory, striking out six Lobos in five innings of work.  UNM’s Jen Mendenhall (0-2) drew the loss, as she gave up nine earned runs in 2.2 innings.


Arizona drew first blood in the first inning, when it scored three runs on two hits and a pair of walks.  Banister, who currently leads the team with nine RBI on the season, drove in Chelsie Mesa and Kristie Fox, just after Callista Balko brought in Autumn Champion with a sac fly. 


In the top of the third, the Lobos broke up the possibility of Mowatt’s first career no-hitter, when Samantha Hughes reached first on a bunt single.  Two batters later, the Wildcats did something they have not done since 2004: turn a groundball double play.


UA scored again in the bottom of the third, Fox led off with a single up the middle, followed by a Mesa walk.  With one out, Banister came through yet again, bringing Fox around to score on a single.  After a Laine Roth walk, freshman Jenae Leles, who has a .429 on-base percentage in the tournament, got her first career hit.  Leles’ two-RBI double brought UA’s lead to an 8-0 margin.  Two batters later, Caitlin Lowe doubled home Leles, making it 9-0, Arizona.


In the top of the fourth, the UA pitching staff surrendered its first run of the young 2006 season, when the Lobos used two singles and a fielder’s choice to manufacture their only run of the ballgame.  The run was the first against the Wildcat staff in 26.1 innings of work.  In that time, Arizona scored 34 runs against its opponents.