Home Run Lifts No. 2 Arizona Past No. 10 Washington Softball, 1-0
April 5, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - Second-ranked Arizona won its 69th consecutive home game behind Lovieanne Jung's fifth-inning solo home run to defeat No. 10 Washington Friday, 1-0, at Hillenbrand Stadium. With the loss, the Huskies, who out hit the Wildcats 6-5, fell to 32-10 overall and 1-2 in conference play, while Arizona improved to 34-4 and 3-0 in the Pac-10.
The game went scoreless through four and a half innings, but not without its fair share of chances for both schools. The Huskies first chance of the early innings came in the third when senior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) doubled with one out. Sophomore Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) then followed it up with a bunt single to put runners at the corners. Roach eventually advanced to second on a stolen base, but reliever Jenny Gladding struck out both Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) to end the threat.
Two innings later in the fifth, UW freshman Stephanie Nicholson (Tucson, Ariz.), making her hometown debut, drew a lead-off walk before tagging up on a foul out to move to second with two outs. Roach, who finished the game 3-for-4, then beat out an infield single as Nicholson raced to third. Nicholson, however, rounded the base too far, eventually being caught in a run down for the last out.
Arizona, meanwhile, had the bases-loaded and one out in the third. UW reliever Leslie Scott (Edmond, Okla.) entering the game for starter Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.), shut the Wildcats down, striking out All-American Leneah Manuma, before getting another All-American, Jennie Finch, to pop out to second for the third out.
Arizona finally broke the stalemate in the bottom of the fifth, when shortstop Jung lifted a solo home run to straight-away centerfield with two outs for the eventual game-winner.
The Huskies last chance to tie the score came with a runner at second and first and two outs in the seventh. Gladding, however, got Roach to pop up to shortstop to end the game.
Washington used three pitchers in the loss, as Bollinger started before giving way to Scott, who earned the loss to fall to 6-4 on the season. Freshman Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) later came in for Scott and pitched the final one and a third innings. Arizona pitcher Gladding, who relieved starter Finch in the third, moved to 15-4 in 2002.
The Huskies continue their road trip in Arizona with a pair of games at No. 8 Arizona State Saturday and Sunday.