Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Begin Road Trip in Las Cruces
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 07, 2013
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April 7, 2013

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WEEK 10 (APRIL 9): NEW MEXICO STATE // Las Cruces, N.M.


#19 Arizona (26-13, 4-5 Pac-12) vs. New Mexico State (26-13, 8-1 WAC)



Date Time (MDT) Opponent Location
Tuesday, April 9 4:00 p.m. New Mexico State NM State Softball Complex
Tuesday, April 9 6:00 p.m. New Mexico State NM State Softball Complex



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THIS WEEK: Arizona (26-13, 4-5 Pac-12) begins a five-game road trip on which it will play five games in six days in two different cities. The Cats head to New Mexico State (26-13, 8-1 WAC) for a doubleheader on Tuesday before continuing conference play at Oregon this weekend.


Tuesday’s doubleheader will mark the 12th and 13th games that the Wildcats have played in the last 19 days. After Sunday’s matchup with Oregon, the Wildcats will have played 16 games in 23 days.


Arizona is coming off of a two-game sweep of UC Santa Barbara in which the Cats picked up a couple of run-rule victories. On Saturday, Lauren Young’s two homers and seven RBI led Arizona to a 12-2, five inning win. On Sunday it was Mandie Perez’s grand slam that highlighted Arizona’s seven-run third inning in a 9-0, five inning win.


Arizona, a winner of three straight, will try to halt New Mexico State’s 10-game winning streak. The Aggies swept UT-Arlington over the weekend and have not lost since March 22.


The Aggies are led by Staci Rodriguez (.325 avg, 13 HR, 8 2b, 42 RBI, .717 slg%) and Amber Olive (.428, 3 2b, 4 3b, 1 HR, 19 RBI) offensively while Alex Newman (13-8, 2.09 ERA, 60 Ks, 124.0 IP) sees the bulk of the work in the circle.


The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the Aggies 48-4. Arizona and New Mexico State split a doubleheader in Tucson in 2012. The Cats and the Aggies met twice on March 21, 2012; NMSU took game one 9-5 while UA took game two 6-3.


The Cats are set to conclude non-conference play in Las Cruces; UA closes the regular season with 15 Pac-12 games. Arizona is 22-8 thus far in non-conference play.


With only two home series remaining, Arizona is set to play 11 of its final 17 games on the road, beginning with its five-game road trip this week.