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Tucson, AZ -

Arizona softball hit nine home runs in two games, three off the bat of Courtney Rodriguez, to sweep a doubleheader against New Mexico State at Hillenbrand Stadium Wednesday night, 13-3 (5 innings) in game one and 13-7 in the nightcap.

Sophomore outfielder Courtney Rodriguez did not have a home run and had hit just nine extra base hits in her 163 career at-bats entering the game. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native hit three home runs in the doubleheader, one of four Wildcats to register multi-homer nights. Hallie Wilson, Chelsea Goodacre and Lauren Young all homered twice.

Arizona (36-9, 9-6 Pac-12), which leads the nation in home runs, has now hit 79 homers this season.

New Mexico State (26-21, 8-4 WAC) joined in on the home run derby as well, hitting four of its own in the doubleheader.

Goodacre extended her Pac-12 lead in RBI as she picked up seven total in the two games, bringing her to 63 on the season. Courtney Rodriguez added six on the night.

Senior centerfielder Alex Lavine, who tore her ACL on March 4 and was declared out for the season, made her return tonight, appearing in game one as a pinch hitter, going 1-for-1 with a run scored at the plate. Lavine then stayed in to play center field in her first game back.

The doubleheader sweep kept Arizona perfect at home. UA is 24-0 at Hillenbrand Stadium this season, 18 of those wins coming in mercy-fashion.

Arizona welcomes Utah for a three-game series at Hillenbrand Stadium this weekend. The Cats and the Utes meet Friday (6:00 p.m.), Saturday (6:00 p.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m.).

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