Cats Shut Out Boston College, 9-0

March 6, 2002

TUCSON - All-American Jenny Finch gave up a hit to the first batter in thegame, then blanked the Boston College Eagles the rest of the way for aone-hitter en route to a 9-0 victory for No. 2-ranked Arizona Wednesday night.

In the meantime the Wildcats, who have won 65 consecutive home games,banged out eight hits in five innings including a couple of long balls thatbroke the game open in the second inning.

Boston College right fielder Jacqui Goodchild opened the game with asingle up the middle off Finch, then the 2001 National Player of the Yearsettled down and allowed only one other base runner, pitcher TekaeMalandris who reached on an error in the third.

Lovie Jung and Allyson Von Lichtenstein led off the bottom of the firstwith singles, then Finch clouted a line drive over the right field fencefor a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second, Finch hit a two-run single and UA chased BCstarter Michelle Daly after she hit Leneah Manuma with a pitch, andMackenzie Vandergeest greeted reliever Malandris with the Cats' 10th grandslam and 49th home run of the season to make it 9-0.

Arizona (25-2) has won 18 straight since losing two in Phoenix during aFebruary tournament. The Eagles (3-12), dropped three to Arizona State andtwo to Arizona during a swing in the desert this week.

Finch won her 14th this season and extended her NCAA record to 54consecutive victories. BC's Daly dropped her first decision of the year.

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