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Wildcats Win a Pair in Fall Tourney
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/15/2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona softball team defeated New Mexico, 9-1, and Central Arizona, 9-0, in a pair of run-rule shortened affairs on Saturday at Hillenbrand Stadium.

 

Arizona 9, New Mexico 1

 

In the first game, Arizona’s bats touched up New Mexico pitching for six extra-base hits, including a Stacie Chambers home run that would have hit off Hillenbrand Stadium’s state-of-the-art videoboard, if not for some well-placed protective netting.

 

Caitlin Lowe drew a walk to lead off the Wildcat half of the first and put the pressure on the Lobos early with a quick steal of second.  Following a K’Lee Arredondo foul out, Kristie Fox lined a double to left field, advancing Lowe to third.  Chambers, a freshman from Glendale, Ariz., drove her senior teammates home with a double of her own for Arizona’s first runs.  Next, Chelsie Mesa came up with UA’s third consecutive extra-base hit, an RBI triple to left. 

 

Mesa’s three-bagger knocked UNM starter Caley Peterson out of the game, but reliever Tori Rogers would suffer a similar fate.  After a Callista Balko groundout, Sam Banister singled up the middle to drive in UA’s fourth run of its opening frame.

 

Lowe catalyzed another rally in the second inning, starting things up with a one-out infield single.  After Lowe stole her second base of the night, Arredondo drew a walk to set the table for Fox.  The senior shortstop drove Lowe home with a single to center for UA’s only run of the inning.

 

Up 5-0 in the third, Sarah Akamine tagged Rogers’ 2-0 offering for a two-run bleacher bomb that landed 15 rows up the left field seats.

 

After a UNM’s Sara Loeffelholz got the Lobos on the board with a solo home run to left-center field, cutting the Wildcats’ lead to 7-1. 

 

The Wildcats responded with a pair of homers of their own in the bottom of the fourth, bringing the game to its final 9-1 tally.  With one out, Fox homered for the second consecutive day, this time on the first pitch she saw.  On the very next pitch, Chambers crushed Rogers’ offering of the netting in front of the videoboard; the first home run of its kind since the board’s installment in the fall of 2005.

 

Taryne Mowatt threw all five innings for UA, surrendering one run on four hits while registering eight strikeouts.

 

Arizona 9, Central Arizona 0

 

Amanda Williams pitched to the minimum number of batters for five innings, allowing just one hit.  The freshman from Brentwood, Calif., struck out eight of the 15 batters she faced, and did not allow a base runner until the fifth and final inning.

 

The Wildcats provided plenty of offensive support for the hurler, beginning with a K’Lee Arredondo home run in the first inning.  Arredondo’s solo shot came from the left side of the plate, one day after clubbing a bomb as a righty.

 

Another freshman, Sarah Akamine, led UA with a 2-for-3 performance and four RBI.

 

The Wildcats exercised an exceptional amount of patience at the plate, drawing eight walks in four innings at the dish.

 

Up Next: Arizona concludes the Arizona Fall Tournament with a 3 p.m. date with the Hum-Babe Cats and a 5 p.m. match-up with Pima College at Hillenbrand Stadium.

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