Brigette Del Ponte hit a grand slam, and Chelsea Goodacre added a three-run homer to help the Arizona Wildcats salvage a split of a doubleheader against New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M.

Arizona lost the first game 3-2 and won the second 8-1.

Both teams are 27-14. New Mexico State leads the Western Athletic Conference at 8-1; Arizona, ranked 17th, is fifth in the Pac-12.

Arizona stranded 16 runners in the two games at the New Mexico State Softball Complex.

The Wildcats led the first game 2-1 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.

With a runner on, Emma Adams homered to give New Mexico State a 3-2 lead.

In the first game, Arizona stranded nine runners, including six in scoring position.

Estela Piñon allowed three runs on six hits with five walks and five strikeouts in the game. The junior dropped to 9-5.

In the second game, Shelby Babcock and Nancy Bowling combined in the circle to limit the Aggies to one run. Babcock (14-5) allowed one run on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts in five innings. Bowling retired each of the six batters she faced, four by strikeout.

The Wildcats scored 10 runs on eight hits; Hallie Wilson, Chelsea Suitos and Del Ponte had two hits each.

The Cats broke through in the third with five runs on four hits, including Del Ponte's grand slam.

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• When: 5 p.m. Friday

Compiled from a news release