Spartans Come Back To Down Bulldogs At Worth Wildcat Invitational
Feb. 23, 2002
TUCSON - San Jose State kept Drake winless this year with acome-from-behind 7-6 victory in Saturday action of Arizona's round-robinWorth Invitational softball tournament.
Drake's Brook Buchanan was hit by a pitch to open the first, moved tosecond on Lauren Smith's single and scored on Jamie Waterman's single togive the Bulldogs a short-lived lead. San Jose State tied the game in thebottom of the inning when Waterman mishandled a ground ball thatt wouldhave been the third out and allowed a run to cross.
Drake picked up a run on Lauren Smith's RBI double, and SJSU picked one upon Veronica Ramos' RBI double to tie it after three, 2-2.
Drake scored four unearned runs with three hits and two Spartan errors inthe fourth, keyed by Lauren Smith's three-run triple, and Smith scored whenthe catcher missed the throw attempting to get the preceding runner at theplate.
In the bottom of the fifth Drake pitcher Molly Henry gave up threesuccessive hits then walked a runner to force in one SJSU run. After aforce at the plate, Tiffany Finlay hit an infield single to drive inanother run to cut the lead to 6-4.
The Spartans took the lead off Drake reliever Michele Markham in thesixth, with a walk, hit batter, walk and three-run double by Diana Lilly.