Softball Falls to Wildcats 4-0, In Front of Record Crowd
May 11, 2001
TUCSON, AZ - In a showdown between the top two teams in the country, the top-ranked Arizona Wildcats defeated the second-ranked UCLA Bruins on senior night at Hillenbrand Stadium, 4-0, in front of a record crowd of 3,004 fans. With the win, Arizona (55-4, 17-2 Pac-10) clinched the 2001 Pac-10 title over the Bruins, who are now 53-5, 14-5 Pac-10. UCLA will finish second in the conference standings this season.
The Wildcats scored early and often, manufacturing the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly by pitcher Jenny Finch. The Cats put up the remainder of their runs via the home run, with back-to-back solo shots by third baseman Toni Mascarenas and Leneah Manuma in the third inning and a second home run by Manuma in the fifth.
UCLA threatened in the second, as a walk to Claire Sua and a subsequent double by Courtney Dale gave the Bruins runners at second and third with one out, but UCLA was unable to capitalize. The Bruins would not advance another runner to second base until the fifth, when Crissy Buck drew a two-out walk and Natasha Watley followed with a single, but Stephanie Ramos grounded out to Mascarenas to end the scoring threat.
UCLA rallied again in the seventh inning with a one-out single down the left-field line by third baseman Toria Auelua and a two-out single by Watley, her third hit on the night. Unfortunately, left fielder Stephanie Ramos was unable to capitalize, fouling out to end the game.
The Bruins return to action on Saturday night at Arizona State with a season-ending doubleheader against the Sun Devils. First pitch is scheduled for 7 pm in Tempe, AZ.