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New Mexico State welcomes No. 19/21 Arizona to the NM State Softball Complex on Tuesday, April 9, for a non-conference doubleheader with the first game set for 4 p.m.
The Aggies (26-13, 8-1 WAC) are riding a 10-game winning streak heading into the mid-week challenge. The 10-game high matches the Aggies’ longest winning streak in program history.
The Wildcats are 26-13 this season and 4-5 in PAC-12 play. Coming off two-straight wins over US Santa Barbara over the weekend, Arizona took just 10 innings to sweep the Saturday double bill by two run rule games.
The teams have met 55 times in program history with the Wildcats leading the all-time series 47-8. The Aggies picked up its first win in recent years over Arizona in 2011 with a 9-5 win when the Cats were ranked No. 14.
The Wildcats are led by Hallie Wilson and Chelsea Goodacre at the plate. Wilson is hitting .410 with 15 RBI and a .503 on-base percentage. Goodacre is the power hitter of the team with 13 home runs and 48 RBI this season. The team is hitting .314 this season and holding opponents to .252.
Leading in the circle for the Cats is Shelby Babcock with a 3.18 ERA in 110 innings at work. She goes into the week with a 13-5 pitching record, but Estela Pinon is not far behind with a 9-4 record and 3.75 ERA in her 93.1 innings.
NM State looks to senior Amber Olive and a group of younger players on the offensive side. Olive leads the team and the Western Athletic Conference with a .428 batting average. She has an slugging percentage of .529 and four triples this season with 59 total hits.
Sophomore’s Staci Rodriguez and Kelsey Dodd help the Aggies with the big hits. Rodriguez leads the Aggies with 13 home runs and a .717 slugging percentage with 42 RBI this season. Dodd worked her way to six bombs this year with a .330 batting average.
Reigning WAC pitcher of the week, Alex Newman, is the top hurler for the Aggies with a 2.09 ERA through 124.0 innings of work. She is 13-8 and goes into the mid-week battle with three straight wins on the Aggies’ sweep over UT Arlington last weekend.
The double bill is set for a 4 p.m. first pitch and is available with a live broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona, Comcast New Mexico, Altitude and NMStateSports.com. Game two of the day is tentatively set for 6 p.m. and is live on KSNM AM 570.
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