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Cats, Aggies Meet in Doubleheader Wednesday
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/21/2014
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 WEEK 12 (APRIL 23): NEW MEXICO STATE // Hillenbrand Stadium

#10/10 Arizona Wildcats (34-9, 9-6 Pac-12) vs. New Mexico State Aggies (26-19, 8-4 WAC)

 

THE GAMES

Date                                      Time (PDT)         (Rank) Opponent           Location

Wednesday, April 23         4:00 p.m.             New Mexico State           Hillenbrand Stadium

                                              6:00 p.m.             New Mexico State           Hillenbrand Stadium

 

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THIS WEEK: Tenth-ranked Arizona (34-9, 9-6 Pac-12) returns to action after 10 days off in a midweek doubleheader with the Aggies of New Mexico State. The doubleheader is the first two of five home games this week for Arizona, which hosts Utah Friday through Sunday. The doubleheader with the Aggies begins at 4:00 p.m. PDT at Hillenbrand Stadium.

LEADING OFF

- Arizona is at or near the top of nearly every offensive ranking in the NCAA. Arizona leads the nation in home runs (70), scoring (7.81 runs per game) and slugging percentage (.622). The Cats are third in batting average, hitting .354 on the season.

- UA is getting done on the other side of the ball as well. Arizona’s 1.94 ERA ranks 35th nationally while its .980 fielding percentage is fifth in the country.

- Catcher Chelsea Goodacre ranks sixth in the NCAA with 16 home runs. Freshman outfielder Katiyana Mauga is tied for 10th nationally with 15 homers. Goodacre has 54 RBI, fifth in the country at 1.30 per game. Kellie Fox’s 1.21 RBI per game rank 11th.

- Arizona is 22-0 at home, including 17 run-rule victories. Arizona is outscoring opponents by an average of 10.18 - 1.45 at home. On the road (neutral plus away games), Arizona is 12-9 with just three mercy wins. On the road, Arizona’s average margin of victory is just 2.19 runs, compared to the 9.21 run average margin of victory at home. Arizona is hitting .439 at home while batting just .274 on the road.  

- Arizona has hit five grand slams in its last 14 games: Katiyana Mauga vs. UNLV (game 2), Hallie Wilson vs. Oregon State (game 1), Chelsea Goodacre vs. Oregon State (game 3), Katiyana Mauga vs. Stanford (game 1) and Mo Mercado vs. Stanford (game 1). The five grand slams in the 16-day span betters Arizona’s entire 59-game total from 2013, when UA hit two grand slams. On the season, Arizona has hit nine grand slams. Mauga has hit four grand slams this season.

- From Feb. 22 to March 4, Arizona run-ruled eight consecutive opponents, setting a school record. The previous record was six straight mercy wins, accomplished thrice (2003, 2001 and 1994). The Cats have run-ruled 20 opponents on the season in just 40 chances after run-ruling eight opponents in 59 games in 2013.

- Arizona’s road series with Arizona State concluded a stretch in which the Wildcats played 13 of 16 games away from Hillenbrand Stadium. The recently-completed 10-game road swing was its longest regular-season road swing since an 11-gamer in 2010.

- Katiyana Mauga became the first freshman to sweep national weekly awards when she was named USA Softball and NFCA National Player of the Week for her performance against Stanford. Mauga was 5-for-8 with four home runs and 11 RBI, which included a walkoff homer in the series finale.

- In 43 games this year, Arizona has tossed 12 shutouts, and has allowed just one run 10 times. In 59 games in 2013, UA allowed one run or fewer seven total times, including three shutouts. UA pitchers have thrown five one-hitters this season and one no-hitter (Estela Piñon and Kenzie Fowler, Feb. 9 vs. Southern Miss).

- Arizona leads the conference in batting average (.354), slugging percentage (.622), runs scored (336), RBI (316), home runs (70), total bases (678) and fielding percentage (.980). Additionally, Arizona has the Pac-12 leader in slugging percentage (Katiyana Mauga - .938), on-base percentage (Hallie Wilson - .537), runs scored (Hallie Wilson - 52), RBI (Chelsea Goodacre - 56), home runs (Chelsea Goodacre - 16), sac bunts (Chelsea Suitos - 8) and opposing batting average (Kenzie Fowler - .133).

- With Pac-12 play just beginning, it will be difficult to keep these figures up, but as of right now, Arizona’s .354 average would be the best since 1998 (.385) while its 2.22 ERA would be the best since the 2010 team’s 2.19 ERA. Also, the Wildcats’ .980 fielding percentage would be second best in school history.

- On the season, Arizona has 145 extra-base hits. Its opponents have 187 total hits.

- Opponents are just 6-for-44 (.136) batting with the bases loaded. Meanwhile, Arizona is 24-for-68 (.353) with the bases loaded, including the aforementioned nine grand slams.

ARIZONA AGAINST NEW MEXICO STATE: The Wildcats own a 49-5 record all-time against New Mexico State. The Cats and Aggies have split a doubleheader each of the last two seasons. Last year in Las Cruces, the Aggies used a two-out, two-run, go-ahead homer in the sixth to down Arizona 3-2 in game one of the doubleheader before Brigette Del Ponte’s third-inning grand slam led Arizona to an 8-1 victory in game two.

OPPONENT

New Mexico State: The Aggies (26-19, 8-4 WAC) were swept at the hands of Grand Canyon last weekend after entering the series first in the Western Athletic Conference. New Mexico State is hitting .316 as a team and has hit 51 home runs, led by Staci Rodriguez (.403 avg, 8 2B, 1 3B, 12 HR, 37 RBI) and Fiana Finau (.389 avg, 6 2B, 12 HR, 40 RBI). In the circle, the team splits its innings nearly evenly between Makayla McAdams (9-4, 3.15 ER, 35 Ks, 91.0 IP), Celisha Walker (7-6, 3.24 ERA, 51 Ks, 88.2 IP) and Karysta Donisthorpe (10-9, 4.03 ERA, 80 Ks, 97.1 IP). NMSU has committed 75 errors and owns a .944 fielding percentage.

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