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20070325 No. 5 Softball Sweeps New Mexico
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Release: 03/25/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?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>Down 3-2 in the sixth inning, the fifth-ranked Wildcats&rsquo; bats came alive, as UA rode a nine-run inning to an 11-3, six-inning victory over <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State> on Sunday.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> (24-7) swept the Lobos (7-13) in the three-game series at Hillenbrand Stadium and run-ruled visiting UNM in all three games.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Taryne Mowatt (17-6) went the distance in the circle for the second time in the series, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings, in which she struck out 12 Lobo batters.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> had four players with multi-hit games, including Caitlin Lowe, Kristie Fox (2-for-3, 3 R, 2 RBI), Callista Balko and Laine Roth (2-for-3, R, 3 RBI).<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"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:State></st1:place> threatened in the third, getting its first two batters aboard with the middle of the order coming to the plate.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Analise Rubalcava led the frame off with a single to center.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Amy Ray laid down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by Mowatt, who unsuccessfully tried to retire Rubalcava at second to give the Lobos a pair of runners on. Mowatt worked out of the jam to retire the side without any runs.<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">After having entered the fourth inning without a hit, the Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning behind a pair of walks, an RBI groundball and two singles.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Fox and Sarah Akamine opened the inning by drawing two bases on balls, which was enough for UNM head coach Ty Singleton to pull starter Kelly Ninemire from the circle.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Singleton inserted Tori Rogers (3-3) who would be lit up for 10 hits over the next 2.1 innings.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After a <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Rogers</st1:City></st1:place> wild pitch, Leles plated the game&rsquo;s first run with an RBI groundout.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Then a Balko single put runners on the corners for the Cats, bringing up Roth who came through with the first of her two RBI hits on the day.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Lobos loaded the bases in the fourth, but Mowatt squelched the threat to maintain the two-run advantage.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the fifth, UNM snapped a streak of 14.2 scoreless innings this weekend with a three-run homer to take the lead, 3-2.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Ryanne Hodgins and Samantha Hughes reached with a pair of one-out singles and one batter later, Amy Ray came up with her first hit of the weekend and third home run of the year to give the Lobos a lead.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats quickly made up for the one-run deficit by scorching the Lobos for nine runs on seven hits in the sixth.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Fox led off with a single and two batters later scored her first of two runs in the inning.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With the game tied 3-3, Roth doubled two runs in for her first game-winning hit of the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Two batters later, Lowe plated Balko with a single with the first of three consecutive run-scoring hits by UA seniors to continue the rally.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The scoring spree and the game came to an end when Leles scored Fox with a single up the middle to invoke the eight-run mercy rule.<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>Today&rsquo;s game concludes UA&rsquo;s non-conference slate.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats went 24-7 with a 6-6 mark against ranked opponents.</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:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> kicks off Pac-10 play on Friday against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> at 1 p.m.</P>
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