No. 4 Softball Drops Heartbreaker to No. 2 Arizona in Game One of Two-Game Series
April 22, 2001
TUCSON, AZ - In a game resumed in the bottom of the first from Saturday night because of heavy rain, both teams needed extra innings to decide the outcome. An unearned run in the bottom of the eighth proved enough, giving the No. 2 Arizona Wildcats a 2-1 win over the visiting No. 4 California Golden Bears. The Bears fall to 45-7 overall and 4-6 in the Pac-10, while the Cats improve to 45-7, 7-2 in the conference.
Cal had runners on first and second with no outs in the top of the fourth after junior Candace Harper led off the inning with a single up the middle and sophomore Veronica Nelson walked. Senior Paige Bowie then grounded out to the third baseman, allowing both runners to move up 60 feet. Sophomore Eryn Manahan tried to bunt for a base hit, but was thrown out at first for the second Cal out, holding both runners at their respective bases. Arizona's Becke Lemke then got sophomore Courtney Scott to strike out swinging to end the Bears' scoring threat in the fourth.
U of A's Jennie Finch gave Cal a scare in the fifth, as Dueï¿½as caught her fly ball at the base of the left field fence for the first out of the inning. Senior Amber Phillips then added support to Junior Jocelyn Forest in the circle, fully extending herself on a line drive to center for the second out in the inning. Phillips, who has had shoulder trouble in the past, had to leave the game after the catch. After a Mackenzie Vandergeest single to left, Forest got the next batter to strikeout looking to end the inning with the scoreless tie intact.
With 2-2 count and two outs in the top of the seventh, Jen Deering, entering the game as the designated player when Phillips came out in the fifth, picked a good time to to hit her first home run in 2001. Deering's solo blast gave the Bears 1-0 lead.
Finch came up in the seventh with one out and proceeded to double off the Harper's glove at third, giving the Wildcats their only second runner to reach second in the game. Forest then got the next batter out on a strikeout, but with two outs, Vendergeest singled down the left-field line to drive in Finch from second to tie the score, 1-1. Forest got the next batter to ground out to Harper at third, sending the game into extra innings.
After the Bears failed to score in the top of the eighth, Arizona came to bat and. With one out, Forest walked leadoff batter Lauren Bauer, who later reached second and then third on a fielder's choice and a Cal error. The Cats finally won the game with a sacrifice fly hit by Mascaranes to Dueï¿½as in center, scoring Bauer from third for the final, 2-1.
Forest, who had a no-hitter through 4.2 innings, kept the nations best hitting team to just two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out nine with two walks. She falls to 24-5 with the loss.
Lemke earned the win, improving to 14-2 on the year.
Nelson proved to be too big of an offensive threat, as Lemke walked her four consecutive times.
Game two follows.
Hillenbrand Stadium, Tucson, AZ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H ENo. 4 California 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 1No. 2 Arizona 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 4 0Pitching: Cal: Forest and Scott, Arizona: Lemke and Collins2B: Finch (Arizona)HR: Deering (Cal, 1)WP: Lemke (14-2) LP: Forest (24-5) Save: NoneCal: (45-7, 4-6 Pac-10) Arizona: (45-4, 7-2 Pac-10)
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