CatsHang On For 4-2 NCAA Softball Victory

May 17, 2001

3nd Game (Game No. 1) - Arizona 4, Saint Peter's 2

TUCSON--Top-ranked Arizona took an early lead, built it, then hung on for a 4-2 victory over No. 6 seed Saint Peter's in first-round NCAA Region I play Friday evening.

Danielle Bronner's two-run homer to center broke a three-hit shutout by UA pitcher Jenny Gladding (15-2). The Peahens became the first team to score runs against UA in a regional since the 1999 season.

Freshman Gladding struck out a career-high 15, and Toni Mascarenas' three hits were keys to help lead the Wildcats. Gladding tied a personal high with the 14 strikeouts.

The victory was Arizona's 45th consecutive at home, tying a school record. The last home loss was to Stanford on April 9, 2000.

UA (58-4) moved into a winner's bracket game Friday night against the winner of the second elimination game to be played earlier in the afternoon. Saint Peter's (42-19) was to play again Thursday in the first elimination game.

The Cats picked up a run in the first on a single by Nicole Giordano, a single by Mascarenas and a groundball by Leneah Manuma to score Giordano. Back-to-back doubles by Mascarenas and Manuma set the stage for a sacrifice fly by Jennie Finch to make it 2-0 in the third.

Arizona stretched the lead to 4-0 in the fourth on a two-run single by Mascarenas. UA was helped by after a batted ball hit runner Gladding, but she was not ruled out since a dead ball had been called.

Gladding improved her record to 14-2. SPC ace Sandy Attanasio, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference co-Pitcher of the Year, dropped to 22-9.

Gladding gave up singles to Jen Tango in the fifth and Hilary Stockwell in the sixth. Pam Deluca singled in the seventh before Bronner's blast.

 NCAA Region 1 Softball                                               Saint Peter's at Arizona Wildcats                                      May 17, 2001 at Tucson, Ariz. (Hillenbrand Stadium)

Saint Peter's 2 (42-19) Arizona Wildcats 4 (58-4)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB ------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------ Marsha Kelley c.......... 3 0 0 0 1 3 3 0 2 Lauren Bauer cf.......... 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 Hilary Stockwell 2b...... 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 Nicole Giordano lf....... 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 Nicole Tango ss.......... 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 3 0 Toni Mascarenas 3b....... 4 1 3 2 0 0 0 1 2 Candace Winder 1b........ 3 0 0 0 0 2 6 0 1 Leneah Manuma dh......... 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 Aimee Barsalona 3b....... 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 Jennie Finch 1b.......... 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 Pam DeLuca rf............ 3 0 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 Lindsey Collins c........ 3 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 3 Lauren Flannery pr...... 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 M. Vandergeest rf........ 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 Danielle Bronner dh...... 3 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 Allison Andrade ss....... 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 Jen Tango lf............. 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 Jenny Gladding p......... 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 Teresa Wilson cf......... 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 Kim Balkan pr........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Karen Kolmos ph......... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 Lisha Ribellia 2b........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 Sandy Attanasio p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Cathy Cresci p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals................... 26 2 4 2 2 15 18 5 5 Totals................... 27 4 9 4 2 3 21 2 8

Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Saint Peter's....... 000 000 2 - 2 4 1 Arizona Wildcats.... 101 200 X - 4 9 1 -----------------------------------------

E - DeLuca, Gladding. LOB - SPC 5, Arizona 8. 2B - Mascarenas, Manuma, Gladding 2. HR - Bronner. SF - Finch.

Saint Peter's IP H R ER BB SO AB BF Arizona Wildcats IP H R ER BB SO AB BF ----------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------- Sandy Attanasio..... 4.0 7 4 4 2 2 19 22 Jenny Gladding...... 7.0 4 2 2 2 15 26 28 Cathy Cresci........ 2.0 2 0 0 0 1 8 8

Win - Gladding (14-2). Loss - Attanasio (22-9). Save - None. Umpires - Home:Lattal 1st:Welford 3rd:Arnold Start: 5 p.m. Time: 1:50 Attendance: 1640 Game: 62

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