No. 8 Stanford Drops 6-1 Decision To No. 2 Arizona
May 5, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - No. 8 Stanford (40-16, 5-13 Pac-10) dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 2 Arizona (48-7, 15-3 Pac-10) on Sunday afternoon in Tempe, as Wildcat hurler Jennie Finch held the Cardinal to just two hits in front of 2,577 fans at Hillenbrand Stadium. The Wildcats hit three home runs in the win over the Cardinal, which has now lost 11 of its last 12 conference games.
Arizona's Jenny Gladding led off the bottom of the second inning with a home run to left center, giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. After Carrie Hagen grounded out, Crystal Farley singled and advanced to third on Lovieanne Jung's basehit up the middle. Courtney Fossati followed with an RBI groundout that brought home Farley, making it 2-0.
In the bottom of the third inning, Arizona's Mackenzie Vandergeest hit her second home run in as many games to increase Arizona's lead to 4-0.
Wildcat starter Jennie Finch was dominant in the circle for the first four innings, retiring the first 12 Cardinal hitters in order. Junior Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, Calif.) broke up Finch's no-hit bid in the top of the fifth inning with a leadoff single to right field. Finch, who improved to 29-2, struck out eight Cardinal hitters and allowed one walk in the victory.
Jackie Coburn hit Arizona's third home run of the afternoon in the bottom of the sixth, a two-run shot to center to give the Wildcats a 6-0 edge.
Jessica Mendoza's (Camarillo, Calif.) leadoff single in the top of the seventh was the only other hit for the Cardinal on the afternoon. Mendoza came around to score Stanford's only run of the game on a wild pitch by Finch with two outs in the final frame.
Stanford starter Maureen LeCocq (16-7) suffered the loss, scattering seven hits over five innings with four strikeouts.
Just five regular season contests remain on the 2002 schedule. Stanford will return to action on Wednesday, hooking up with San Jose State in a non-conference doubleheader at 2 p.m. in San Jose.