20070325 Wildcats Run Rule New Mexico Twice - The University of Arizona Official Athletic Site
 
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20070325 Wildcats Run Rule New Mexico Twice
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Release: 03/25/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">TUCSON</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State> ? </B>The fifth-ranked <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> softball team swept a Saturday doubleheader with <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:State></st1:place> in convincing fashion, with 13-0 and 8-0, five-inning victories.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify">The Wildcat bats scorched Lobo pitching for 21 runs and five home runs in just eight innings at the plate.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the second game, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning with a pair of unearned runs and never looked back.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After a scoreless second, senior infielders Chelsie Mesa and Kristie Fox teamed to lead off the bottom half of the third with back-to-back home runs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Fox followed <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Mesa</st1:City></st1:place>&rsquo;s fifth home run of the year with her eighth longball of the season and 200<SUP>th</SUP> career RBI.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats kept the pressure on the Lobos, as Sarah Akamine followed the homers with a single up the middle.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Callista Balko laid down a sacrifice bunt that turned into at second and third after Ninemire&rsquo;s second throwing error of the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Following a Jenae Leles walk, Sam Banister broke the game open with a grand slam.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The four-run bomb was Banister&rsquo;s second home run of the year and gave <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> an 8-0 lead over the Lobos.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">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.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">UA Opens Doubleheader with 13-0 Thrashing of Lobos<o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">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 <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State>.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">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.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Taryne Mowatt (16-6) tossed a one-hitter and her sixth complete-game shutout of the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcat hurler scattered three walks to six strikeouts and pitched to just three batters over the minimum.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s Kelly Ninemire (4-6) drew the loss after giving up eight runs in 3.1 innings of work.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcat seniors staked UA to a 3-0 lead right off the bat in the bottom of the first.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Caitlin Lowe led off with a bunt single and stole second ? the 134<SUP>th</SUP> career steal of her career.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Chelsie Mesa then singled to right to put runners on the corners.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With Kristie Fox at the plate, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> stole second, but the runners&rsquo; positions would not matter, as Fox clubbed a three-run homer to left.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The four-bagger was Fox&rsquo;s seventh of the year and 40<SUP>th</SUP> of her career.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">With the score still 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth, the Wildcat bats came alive with 10 runs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sarah Akamine led the frame off with a single to center and moved to second on a Callista Balko bunt single.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>One out and a walk to Laine Roth later, K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo and Adrienne Acton came through with a pair of one-run singles.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The rally prompted a Lobo pitching change, as Tori Rogers relieved starter Kelly Ninemire after three and one-thirds innings of work.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">UNM&rsquo;s new hurler didn&rsquo;t have much better luck, as the UA hitters tagged her for two hits and two walks in 0.1 innings pitched.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After starting off by striking out Lowe, <st1:City w:st="on">Mesa</st1:City> smoked <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Rogers</st1:place></st1:City>&rsquo; 1-1 offering to right-center field for a three-run double, upping UA&rsquo;s lead to an 8-0 advantage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The next two Cats drew walks, bringing Balko back up for her second base knock of the inning ? this one to drive in yet another run.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With the bases still loaded, Fox scored on a passed ball before Jenae Leles capped off the 10-run rally with a three-run homer.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Game Notes: <o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Caitlin Lowe stole her 134<SUP>th</SUP> career base in the first inning of the first game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The stolen base places Lowe in sole possession of second place on <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s all-time list.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Now only Alison McCutcheon&rsquo;s 148 career stolen bases stand between Lowe and the school record.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s 13 runs in the first game were a season high and the most robust offensive performance since UA&rsquo;s 14-5 super-regional clinching victory on May 27, 2006.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Prior to the game, Arizona Athletic Director Jim Livengood was on hand to recognize head coach Mike Candrea&rsquo;s 1100<SUP>th</SUP> career victory from a week ago.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Up Next: </B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> wraps up non-conference play and its three-game set with the Lobos on Sunday at noon.</P>
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