The Wildcat bats scorched Lobo pitching for 21 runs and five home runs in just eight innings at the plate.
In the second game,
The Wildcats kept the pressure on the Lobos, as Sarah Akamine followed the homers with a single up the middle. Callista Balko laid down a sacrifice bunt that turned into at second and third after Ninemire’s second throwing error of the game. Following a Jenae Leles walk, Sam Banister broke the game open with a grand slam. The four-run bomb was Banister’s second home run of the year and gave
Sarah Akamine (7-1) earned the first complete-game shutout of her career, limiting the Lobo hitters to three hits and one walk in five innings of work.
UA Opens Doubleheader with 13-0 Thrashing of Lobos
The Wildcats returned to the friendly confines of Hillenbrand Stadium after a couple weeks on the road by exploding with a 13-0, five-inning victory over
Three UA hitters ?- Chelsie Mesa, Kristie Fox and Jenae Leles ?- had three RBI apiece, as the Wildcats cruised in the first half of the doubleheader.
Taryne Mowatt (16-6) tossed a one-hitter and her sixth complete-game shutout of the year. The Wildcat hurler scattered three walks to six strikeouts and pitched to just three batters over the minimum.
The Wildcat seniors staked UA to a 3-0 lead right off the bat in the bottom of the first. Caitlin Lowe led off with a bunt single and stole second ?- the 134th career steal of her career. Chelsie Mesa then singled to right to put runners on the corners. With Kristie Fox at the plate,
With the score still 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth, the Wildcat bats came alive with 10 runs. Sarah Akamine led the frame off with a single to center and moved to second on a Callista Balko bunt single. One out and a walk to Laine Roth later, K’Lee Arredondo and Adrienne Acton came through with a pair of one-run singles. The rally prompted a Lobo pitching change, as Tori Rogers relieved starter Kelly Ninemire after three and one-thirds innings of work.
UNM’s new hurler didn’t have much better luck, as the UA hitters tagged her for two hits and two walks in 0.1 innings pitched. After starting off by striking out Lowe,
- Caitlin Lowe stole her 134th career base in the first inning of the first game. The stolen base places Lowe in sole possession of second place on
- Prior to the game, Arizona Athletic Director Jim Livengood was on hand to recognize head coach Mike Candrea’s 1100th career victory from a week ago.