TUCSON, ARIZ The Arizona Heat snapped a five game losing streak by blowing out the Dominican Republic 21-1. The Heat bats stayed hot all night, collecting a franchise record 21 runs on 23 hits. Desiree Serrano and Celena Velasquez combined to give up only one run on three hits.
Serrano was at her best, pitching perfectly though five innings while striking out six. She did not allow a baserunner all night before being removed to start the sixth. Velasquez came on in relief and allowed three hits and a run while striking out three. The Dominican pitchers did not fair as well, giving up a combine 14 earned runs. Missy Penna got the start and surrendered nine runs in her two and two-thirds innings.
The Heat jumped out to an early lead in the second, scoring five runs in the inning on six hits. Toni Mascarenas got things started with lead off single and scored the first run of the game on a Nichole Thompson base hit. The Heat would score two more on a single by LaDonia Hughes and another two on a double by Crystal Farley.
The third inning was much of the same for the home team, scoring four more runs. Catalina Morris led off the inning with a solo homerun and Jackie Coburn added a RBI double in the inning. The Heat would plate five more in the fourth courtesy of RBIs from Hughes, Autumn Champion and April Valdez.
The Heat would score seven more times in the fifth, batting around for the fourth straight inning. All seven runs in the inning were unearned after an error extended the game. Most of the damage was done by Shana Easley who hit the first homerun of her career. Thompson added a two run single in the inning.
Dominican Republic pitcher Luisa Nunez smashed a solo homerun in the seventh to account for the teams lone run.
All thirteen Heat batters that saw action contributed at least one hit, and twelve scored at least one run. The 21 runs and 23 hits were both franchise records. LaDonia Hughes and Nichole Thompson led the attack, delivering three hits apiece and combining for seven RBIs and three stolen bases. Catalina Morris and Shana Easley each had a homerun in the contest and seven players picked up two hits apiece.
The Heat are home again tomorrow night for the second game of the series with the Dominican Republic at Hi Corbett Field. The game will start at 7 pm.
Contact: Scott Kimmelman, Media Relations, Arizona Heat