March 3, 2010
TUCSON -- Kenzie Fowler and Sarah Akamine gave up two hits in two games and Arizona hitters chipped in plenty of offense to give UA a doubleheader sweep over New Mexico State, 8-0 and 9-0, Wednesday evening.
No. 2 Arizona improved to 14-1 and the Aggies dropped to 9-6 after the twinbill.
Akamine tossed a two-hitter in the second game after Fowler's no-hit job in the opener.
Game 2 - Arizona 9, New Mexico State 0
In the nightcap, the Cats put a pair of runs on the board in the bottom of the first with just one hit in between three walks, thanks to a wild pitch that brought in one run and a hit batter by NMSU pitcher Torrey Schroeder to bring in the second with the bases loaded.
NMSU left fielder Lauren Morizi collected the Aggies first hit of the day and legged out a triple to right center to lead off the third, but was stranded after an infield ground ball, a foul out to short left and another grounder to end the threat.
The Cats put the game out of reach in the third with seven runs.
Brigette Del Ponte's three-run home pushed UA's lead to 5-0. After a single by Lini Koria, Baillie Kirker picked up an RBI single to right center. After a couple more hits, Lauren Schutzler hit her first home run of the year to make it 9-0.
Kylie Randall hit a two-out double in the top of the fifth to give New Mexico State another runner in scoring position, but Akamine got a flyout to left to end the game.
Game 1 - Arizona 8, New Mexico State 0
Home runs powered Arizona past NMSU in the opener, as Brittany Lastrapes, Brigette Del Ponte and Kristen Arriola chipped in round-trippers to fuel a 6-0 lead, and then Lini Kori knocking a two-run blast in the bottom of the fifth to give UA a run-rule 8-0 victory.
UA freshman Kenzie Fowler, meantime, pitched a no hitter, striking out five and walking four in the five-inning game to push her record to 11-0.
Arriola led off the fourth with a solo shot and Koria followed a two-out single by Baillie Kirker with her team-best fifth home run of the year.
Fowler's no-hitter was the first of her career.
Arizona hosts Northern Iowa on Thursday at 4 p.m.