Arizona Sweeps NMSU in Doubleheader
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – No. 25 Arizona picked up two wins against New Mexico State to improve to 29-16 on the season. The Wildcats beat the Aggies 14-9 in game one and run-ruled NMSU 11-0 in the second game.
Game 1 | Arizona 14, New Mexico State 9
The Cats took the first game 14-9 against New Mexico State.
Arizona scored 14 runs on 15 hits with 14 RBI. Five Wildcats had multiple hits, with Izzy Pacho recording a career high four hits – one of which was a home run – with two RBI. Carlie Scupin went 3-for-3 and Blaise Biringer and Allie Skaggs drove in three runs each.
NMSU struck first with two runs in the first, but Palacios, Skaggs, and Pacho hit back-to-back-to-back RBI singles to drive in five runs for Arizona in the second.
The Aggies then scored one in the bottom of the second to make it a two-run game.
Arizona plated two more runs in the third on an RBI double from Biringer and a sac-fly from Martinez. New Mexico State tied the game in the fourth with two home runs.
In the fifth, Biringer hit a two-run homer – her first as a Wildcat – to give the Wildcats a two-run lead. Arizona added three more in the sixth with a two-run home run from Dimler and an RBI walk from Meoño for the 12-7 lead.
NMSU hit a home run and drove in another run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth to make it 12-9.
Skaggs and Pacho went back-to-back with solo home runs in the seventh to secure Arizona's first win of the day.
Madi Elish picked up the win to improve to 6-3 on the season. Elish tied her career high of six strikeouts in the win.
Game 2 | Arizona 11, New Mexico State 0 (5 inn.)
Arizona won the second game 11-0 in five innings, with four home runs. Skaggs hit two home runs in the win, bringing her season total to 19. Skaggs went 2-for-3 with five RBI and Dimler went 3-for-4 with four RBI.
Skaggs homered in the first inning to put the Cats on the board. Dimler hit a two-run homer – her eighth of the season – in the second. Palacios had a solo shot to centerfield and Biringer drove in a run with an RBI single in the third.
Dimler hit an RBI single in the fifth to put the Wildcats up 6-0.
In the sixth inning, Skaggs hit her second home run of the game – a grand slam to right center – to bust the game open and put Arizona up 11-0.
Skaggs now has two grand slams this season, the first coming three days ago in Arizona's win over Utah to win the series.
Jessie Fontes (2-0) pitched a complete game shutout, holding the Aggies to just one hit and striking out four.
Arizona returns home to host Fresno State for two games on Saturday starting at 4 p.m. M