Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 5 Softball Sweeps New Mexico
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 25, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Down 3-2 in the sixth inning, the fifth-ranked Wildcats’ bats came alive, as UA rode a nine-run inning to an 11-3, six-inning victory over New Mexico on Sunday.


Arizona (24-7) swept the Lobos (7-13) in the three-game series at Hillenbrand Stadium and run-ruled visiting UNM in all three games.


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.


Arizona 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). 


New Mexico threatened in the third, getting its first two batters aboard with the middle of the order coming to the plate.  Analise Rubalcava led the frame off with a single to center.  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. 


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.  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.  Singleton inserted Tori Rogers (3-3) who would be lit up for 10 hits over the next 2.1 innings.  After a Rogers wild pitch, Leles plated the game’s first run with an RBI groundout.  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.


The Lobos loaded the bases in the fourth, but Mowatt squelched the threat to maintain the two-run advantage.


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.  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.


The Wildcats quickly made up for the one-run deficit by scorching the Lobos for nine runs on seven hits in the sixth.  Fox led off with a single and two batters later scored her first of two runs in the inning.  With the game tied 3-3, Roth doubled two runs in for her first game-winning hit of the year.  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.  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. 


Game Notes:

-         Today’s game concludes UA’s non-conference slate.  The Wildcats went 24-7 with a 6-6 mark against ranked opponents.


Up Next: Arizona kicks off Pac-10 play on Friday against Washington at 1 p.m.