Cats Hang On To Beat Fullerton, 5-4, In NCAA Softball

May 19, 2001

NCAA Region 1 Softball - Tucson, Ariz.

Saturday, May 19, 2001

(Game 8 - Southwest Texas State -- bye)

Game 9 - Arizona 5, Cal State Fullerton 4

TUCSON--Arizona weathered one of pitching ace Jennie Finch's less dominant starts of the year and hung on to beat Cal State Fullerton, 5-4, to give the Wildcats a chance for a 14th consecutive NCAA Regional championship.

Finch gave up a season-high 10 hits and struck out only four, her lowest total in a start this year. Arizona improved to 60-4 overall.

She turned a liner into a double play to end the game. Fullerton's Jodie Cox hit a two-run single in the top of the seventh to pull the Titans to within one. With runners on first and second, Amanda Hockett lined to Finch for the game-ending play. Hockett was three-for-four.

Arizona moved into the championsip round at 1 p.m. Sunday while CSUF (48-13) plays Southwest Texas State later Saturday night for the right to meet the Wildcats. The winner of the late Saturday game would have to beat UA twice on Sunday, with a second game at 3:30 p.m. if necessary.

The Titans missed a scoring opportunity in the first with runners on second and third. Julie Watson and Jen Topping singled and moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Monica Lucatero, but third baseman Toni Mascarenas made a nice play on a grounder and shortstop Allison Andrade went into the hole to backhand a liner.

Arizona answered with leadoff singles by Lauren Bauer and Nicole Giordano and a sacrifice by Mascarenas to put two runners in scoring position. Jennie Finch hit a sacrifice fly for the first run and CSUF second baseman Shawna Robinson dropped a soft liner to allow a 2-0 lead.

Amanda Hockett hit her sixth homer of the season to cut the lead to 2-1. It was only the seventh earned run scored off Finch and the fourth home run she has allowed in 29 games.

Mascarenas' two-run double to right-center pushed UA's lead to 4-1 and chased CSUF starter Gina Oaks (19-7).

CSUF closed the gap in the top of the fourth, scoring one run on a two-out single by Amanda Hockett.

Once again, Arizona answered with a run of its own in the bottom half of the frame. Two singles and a walk with one set the table for an RBI ground out by Leneah Manuma.

Arizona won its 47th consecutive game at Hillenbrand Stadium. A crowd of 2,286 was in attendance.

BOX SCORE

NCAA Region 1 Softball                                            Cal State Fullerton at Arizona Wildcats                                      May 19, 2001 at Tucson, Ariz. (Hillenbrand Stadium)

Cal State Fullerton 4 (48-13) Arizona Wildcats 5 (60-4)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB ------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------ Julie Watson cf.......... 4 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 2 Lauren Bauer cf.......... 4 3 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 Jenny Topping c.......... 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 Nicole Giordano lf....... 4 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 Kristy Halagarda pr..... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Toni Mascarenas 3b....... 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 3 0 Monica Lucatero dh/1b.... 3 0 1 0 0 1 8 1 0 Leneah Manuma dh/1b...... 3 0 0 1 0 1 8 1 3 Yasmin Mossadeghi lf..... 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 Jennie Finch p........... 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 2 Brittany Ziegler pr..... 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Lindsey Collins c........ 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 Gina Oaks p/3b........... 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 5 M. Vandergeest rf........ 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 Jodie Cox rf............. 4 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 Allison Andrade ss....... 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 Amanda Hockett ss........ 4 1 3 2 0 0 1 4 1 Erika Hanson 1b/dh....... 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Amy LaRocque 1b/dh....... 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Kim Balkan ph........... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Brenda Iglesias 3b....... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Lisha Ribellia 2b........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 Christy Robitaille p.... 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 Shawna Robinson 2b/pr.... 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 Totals................... 30 4 10 4 2 4 18 11 9 Totals................... 24 5 8 4 3 3 21 7 8

Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Cal State Fullerton. 010 100 2 - 4 10 2 Arizona Wildcats.... 220 100 X - 5 8 1 -----------------------------------------

E - Topping, Robinson, Andrade. DP - Arizona 1. LOB - CSUF Titans 9, Arizona 8. 2B - Mascarenas. HR - Hockett. HBP - Mossadeghi, Manuma. SH - Lucatero, Mascarenas. SF - Finch. SB - Ziegler. Reached on CI - Andrade.

Cal State Fullerton IP H R ER BB SO AB BF Arizona Wildcats IP H R ER BB SO AB BF ----------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------- Gina Oaks........... 1.2 4 4 3 0 1 8 12 Jennie Finch........ 7.0 10 4 4 2 4 30 34 Christy Robitaille.. 4.1 4 1 1 3 2 16 19

Win - Finch (29-0). Loss - Oaks (19-7). Save - None. HBP - by Oaks (Manuma), by Finch (Mossadeghi). CI - Topping. Umpires - Home:Laurie Bish 1st:Stave Arnold 3rd:Wally Lattall Start: 5 p.m. Time: 2:30 Attendance: 2286 Game: 64

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