Cats' Big Seventh Beats Stanford, 3-2
May 4, 2002
TUCSON - Lovie Jung's double off the right fence drove in pinch-runnerRebekah Quiroz with the winning run in No. 2-ranked Arizona's improbablecome-from-behind victory, 3-2, over No. 8 Stanford in college softballSaturday night.
A crowd of 2,739 was treated to a tale of two games, as Stanford's ToriNyberg handcuffed the Arizona hitters until the bottom of the seventh whenLeneah Manuma and Mackenzie Vandergeest hit back-to-back pitches out of thepark to open the inning and tie the game.
Nyberg had tossed a three-hitter to that point in the game and was incontrol until the Cats' big inning. After the home runs, Jackie Coburn washit by a pitch and Jenny Gladding reached on a fielder's choice. CarrieHagen singled to move Quiroz to second. Pinch-hitter Candace Abrams struckout, but Jung knocked a line drive deep to right for the winning hit.
Sarah Beeson, a former prep star at Tucson's Canyon Del Oro High School,gave the visiting team a quick 2-0 lead in the first. With one out, JessicaMendoza walked, then Beeson nailed a line drive over the fence inright-center for her fifth home run of the year.
The Cats put runners on the corners, when Jung doubled to lead off the UAfirst, and later tagged and moved up on a fly out after Jennie Finch hadwalked, but Nyberg got Vandergeest to pop up to catcher to end the threat.
Two defensive plays helped UA pitcher Jenny Gladding avoid more runs inthe SU second. First, Wildcat rightfielder Carrie Hagen threw our JessicaAllister on an apparent single. Then with two outs, Leah Nelson reached onan error and moved to third on Jessice Draemel's bloop single to shortcenter. But UA third baseman Coburn then leaped and snagged a hard liner byleadoff batter Robin Walker for the third out.
Maureen Lecocq hit singles in the fourth and a sacrifice by Draemel putthem on second and third, but Walker popped to Vandergeest in fourterritory for the third out.
Gladding (19-5) hung on for the victory for Arizona, which improved to47-7 overall and 14-3 in Pac-10 play. She gave up five hits, walked five,struck out four and hit two batters. The Cardinal dropped to 40-15 and5-12. Nyberg gave up seven hits -- four in the seventh -- and dropped to23-9.
The two teams conclude their series at 1 p.m. Sunday in Arizona's finalhome game of the year. A short Senior Day ceremony for Jennie Finch,Meaghan Finnerty and manager Julie Lawler will be held after the game.