Cats Out-Slug Louisiana-Lafayette, 8-0

March 23, 2002

TUCSON - Jennie Finch's two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of thesixth gave Arizona the mercy-rule runs it needed to give No. 3 Arizona an8-0 victory over No. 18 Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday night.

UA pitcher Jenny Gladding threw her seventh shutout of the season andscattered three hits to improve her record to 13-4.

The Wildcats extended their home-field winning streak to 67 games,spanning the 2000, 2001 and 2002 seasons.

Coburn brought in UA's second run in the next inning, though the Catssquandered an opportunity for a big rally. Lovie Jung walked, CourtneyFossatti singled and Leneah Manuma was hit by a pitch to load the baseswith no outs. Lady Cajuns pitcher Brooke Mitchell (7-4) got Jennie Finch topop up and struck out Mackenzie Vandergeest before Coburn beat out aninfield single to drive in Jung.

Manuma's fielder's choice with the bases loaded drove in a run in thefourth, and UA scored another on the play when the shortstop threw the ballaway trying for a double play, to make it 4-0.

Vandergeest led off the fifth with her eighth home run of the season topush the score to 5-0. Manuma doubled in a run after Jung singled in thesixth, then Finch clouted her 11th home run of the year to end the game.

The Lady Cajuns (21-8) and Arizona (30-4) complete the three-game seriesSunday at 1 p.m. at Hillenbrand Stadium.

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