March 15, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Sam Banister found several ways to drive in three runs and help lead Arizona to a 8-0 victory over New Mexico on Saturday night at Hillenbrand Stadium in the second game of a three-game series.
Stacie Chambers' sixth home run of the year, a two-run shot to left center, brought in the eighth run in the five-inning game in walk-off fashion.
A couple of long balls put Arizona on the board early. Brittany Lastrapes hit her third leadoff home run of the year to open UA's first inning, and after one out, Banister knocked her third of the season to stake the Cats to a 2-0 lead.
Katie Gilmore of New Mexico (13-7) hit a two-out triple down the right field line to give New Mexico a shot at a run in the top of the second, but Lindsey Sisk got Ashley Allen to foul out to third. Samantha Hughes singled and stole second in the third, but Sisk again got out of trouble with a popup and ground ball.
The Wildcats (17-5) added to their lead with one hit in the third. Lastrapes singled, moved up on Lauren Schutzler's infield out and moved to third on a wild pitch. Banister's grounder to short brought her in for the third run.
In the fourth, Gabriela Parra doubled with one out, but Analise Rubalcava and Gilmore both flied out to strand the third base runner in scoring position for the Lobos.
After Lastrapes and Shutzler singled in the fifth, Banister dropped a bloop single into left field to score Lastrapes from second, and Jenae Leles followed with a two-run triple over a reaching Parra in right field to make it 6-0. Chambers followed with her home run off reliever Madelyn Machac to end the game.
Sisk earned her ninth victory against one defeat. She scattered three hits and struck out four, walking none. Kelly Ninemire (8-4) took the loss. She gave up seven runs, all earned.
The two teams complete the three-game series at 12 noon Sunday.