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No. 7 Arizona softball swept a doubleheader at UNLV Wednesday,downing the Rebels 3-2 and 7-5 (eight innings) at Eller Media Stadium.

Katiyana Mauga hit two homers on the day, including her thirdgrand slam of the season. Mo Mercado added a homer which broke a 5-5 tie in thetop of the eighth in game two.

Game 1 – Arizona 3, UNLV 2

Kelsey Rodriguez had two RBI and Katiyana Mauga hit a solo homerin Arizona's 3-2 victory over UNLV in game one of Wednesday's doubleheader.

Estela Piñon (7-4) allowed two runs on four hits with six walksand two strikeouts. The senior allowed just an infield single through the first4.2 innings. UNLV scored its two runs in the bottom of the seventh. KenzieFowler entered to pick up her first save of the season in the seventh. Fowlerdid not allow a hit in 0.2 innings of work with two walks and one strikeout.

Rodriguez went 2-for-2 in the game including a double andbases-loaded two-RBI single in the third.

After leaving the bases loaded in the second, UA would not missout on the same opportunity in the third. Hallie Wilson doubled to begin thethird and a pair of one-out walks loaded the bases for Rodriguez, who singledto right to bring in a pair.

UA would add to the lead in the top of the sixth when Maugalaunched a solo opposite-field homer to right to give UA a 3-0 lead.

Arizona would need all three runs as UNLV made a comeback bid inthe seventh. After having just two hits all day against Piñon, the Rebels puttwo runners on with one out in the seventh. Stephany Juarez hit them both homewith a double to left to chase Piñon in favor of Fowler, who inherited thegame's tying run in scoring position with one out. Fowler would work out of thejam with a fielder's choice and a strikeout to end the game.

Game 2 – Arizona 7, UNLV 5 (8 innings)

Two critical errors led to four unearned runs for UNLV, but theCats prevailed in extra innings 7-5.

The Cats were an out away from a 5-2 victory in the bottom ofthe seventh before Tayler Van Acker hit a three-run homer to center field totie the game.

The tie would not last long though, as Mo Mercado broke out of a1-for-25 slump with a two-run homer to left field.

Nancy Bowling allowed just one earned run on five hits in sixinnings. Bowling struck out five and walked five in the start. Kenzie Fowler(4-2) earned the win in relief. Fowler allowed one run on one hit with threestrikeouts in two innings.

Arizona got on the board quickly, taking advantage of three AlexPetrolia walks in the top of the first inning. Mauga would follow with herthird grand slam of the season.

UNLV responded with two runs in the bottom of the first. GarieBlando led off the inning with a single and stole second. Pauline Monreal droveher home with a single to right. The second run came in when Kelsey Rodriguez'serrant throw skipped into center field as she was trying to catch a basestealer, allowing the runner on third to score.

The teams would exchange scoreless frames until the fifth inningwhen Chelsea Goodacre doubled home Kellie Fox to give UA a 5-2 lead.

The lead withstood until the bottom of the seventh inning. Awalk and an error put the first two UNLV batters on base in the frame andchased Bowling in favor of Fowler. Fowler got the first two batters she facedbefore allowing a three-run homer to Van Acker to tie the game.

Arizona wasted little time in reclaiming the lead. In the top ofthe eighth, Mauga worked a one-out walk before Mercado gave Arizona the leadwith a two-run homer to left.

Fowler worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth inning to preservethe 7-5 victory for the Cats.

Up Next: Arizona is back in action this weekend whenthe Cats return home after a 10-game road swing. The Cats host Oregon Statethis weekend in a Saturday-Monday series at Hillenbrand Stadium.

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