March 27, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The nationally-ranked Arizona Wildcats (27-3) pounded out 10 runs on 14 hits Saturday to defeat New Mexico softball (10-18), 10-2 in six innings. No. 2/4 Arizona belted three homers against the Lobos during game two of the three game series at Lobo Field. New Mexico had five hits in the game including a triple by senior Cristin Anderson. The final game of the series will be played Sunday at 12 p.m. MT. GameTracker and live video will be available on GoLobos.com.
New Mexico took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Anderson walked and came around to score on an illegal pitch. Arizona had four illegal pitches called in the bottom of the first inning. Wildcat head coach Mike Candera was ejected during the inning after disputing the illegal pitches.
Arizona junior Stacie Chambers, who led the nation in home runs last year with 31, tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second inning with a solo homer to left field. Chambers led off the inning with a long ball and forced Lobo head coach Ty Singleton to go to the bullpen. Singleton pulled freshman starter Kaela DeBroeck for freshman Kari Gutierrez.
Gutierrez, who took the loss and fell to 2-5, gave up a solo shot to Lini Koria and a two-run single to Lauren Schutzler before getting out of the second inning. Schutzler's single came with bases loaded and two outs. Arizona led 4-1 after two frames.
Lobo transfer Samantha Gatson came on in relief in the top of the third inning but she could not stop the offensive attack of Arizona. Koria smacked an RBI double to right center plating a run and was followed by Kristen Arriola run-scoring single. Alicia Banks continued the rally, belting a two-run home run for the Wildcats and helped UA extend its lead to 8-1.
Arizona managed to score four runs in the top of the second and third innings to open the game.
Senior Shaunte Duarte tried to spark the Lobo offense in the bottom of the fourth. Duarte doubled to center with one out. She would advance to third on a Sheryl Guillermo groundout but Arizona slammed the door with a strikeout to finish the inning.
New Mexico stranded five runners on-base during the game.
The Lobos scored its final run in the fifth on back-to-back hits. Anderson came through with a triple and scored minutes later when Jessica Lujan-Dresslar doubled. With the run, New Mexico cut the lead to 8-2 heading into the sixth inning.
Arizona crushed a two-run home run into the wind that snaked inside the left field foul pole. The homer lifted the Wildcats to a 10-2 run-rule victory.
Sarah Akamine (10-1) got the win after pitching six innings. Akamine gave up two runs on five hits for the Wildcats.
The series finale is set for Sunday at 12 p.m. MT at Lobo Field. GameTracker will be available on GoLobos.com.