Malia Martinez homered twice and drove in six runs as Arizona softball run-ruled New Mexico State 8-0 in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader.
The senior hit a grand slam in the third inning and a two-run shot in the fifth to complete the run rule.
Sharlize Palacios kicked off the scoring with a two-run double in the first inning.
Reyna Carranco made her first start at second base since breaking her thumb in late February and went 1 for 2 with a walk and run. She batted second and Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza was moved down to the No. 6 spot to compensate. Carlie Scupin and Martinez were also pushed down a spot to seventh and eighth, respectively.
Mariah Lopez threw a four-hit shutout while walking two and striking out six.
Right fielder Peanut Martinez had a highlight play, gunning down a runner at third on a single to end the third inning.
Leadoff hitter Janelle Meoño extended her hitting streak to 15 games with a pair of singles. She also drew a walk and stole a base.
The Wildcats (24-5, 6-2) have won 10 straight and will wrap up the Bear Down Fiesta at 6 p.m. PT with an exhibition against Danielle O’Toole, Taylor McQuillin, Bridgette del Ponte, Sashel Palacios and Team Mexico.
Malia hits her second grand slam in as many weekends and our of the season!— Arizona Softball (@ArizonaSoftball) April 10, 2021
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