No. 16 Arizona softball hit a record nine home runs in Saturday's doubleheader, sweeping Boise State in a couple of mercy-ruled contests, 14-4 and 10-2.
March 10, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Boise State Game 2 Box Score
Boise State Game 3 Box Score
No. 16 Arizona softball hit a record nine home runs in Saturday's doubleheader, sweeping Boise State in a couple of mercy-ruled contests, 14-4 and 10-2. Arizona's record improved to 18-5 while BSU dropped to 9-13.
The previous record was set by the 2001 UA team with eight against Fresno State on April 18.
Lauren Young led the way with four home-runs with catcher Chelsea Goodacre adding two of her own.
Kelsey Rodriguez, Hallie Wilson, Mandi Perez and Estela Piñon - each recorded a home run to help the Wildcats score eight or more runs for the fifth consecutive game.
Game 1 Arizona 14 Boise State 4
Piñon started in the circle for Arizona as she pitched a complete game, allowing four runs on eight hits and five strikeouts. It was Piñon's fourth complete game and fifth win of the season.
UA's offense set the tone early. After three innings, Arizona lead 11-1 - scoring two runs in the first inning and nine in the second.
Three-run home runs from freshmen Perez and Young highlighted the nine-run inning. It was Perez's second and Young's fourth home-run of the season.
Young hit another three-run home run in the fourth to record six RBI for the game.
Every Arizona batter reached on base, as the Wildcats combined for 12 hits, three walks and one hit-by-pitch.
Game 2 Arizona 10 Boise State 2
Freshman Nancy Bowling got the start in game two for Arizona in the circle. Bowling pitched her Arizona complete game, striking out a season-high eight batters in the process; her previous high was five when she pitched LSU in Palm Springs.
Bowling allowed two runs in the top of the first. It was the third-consecutive game that Arizona allowed the Broncos to score in the first inning.
However, BSU's two runs was all that Bowling would allow as the freshman did not give up another hit for the rest of the game.
Hallie Wilson led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run to cut BSU's lead to one run.
Arizona scored four runs in the third and five runs in the fourth to finalize the three-game sweep over the Broncos.
Goodacre and Young recorded two-run home-runs, respectively, to highlight the third inning. It was the seventh home run of the season for both players.
Up Next: Arizona will head to the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., on March 14 to 16 to face Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan, Oklahoma.
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