Arizona Heads To Softball College World Series

May 19, 2002

Minneapolis, Minn-- Arizona won the NCAA Region II Softball Championship in an 8-0 victory over DePaul. This will mark Arizona's 15th-consecutive appearance tothe College World Series.

The trip to Oklahoma didn't come easy for the Cats. Arizona lost to DePaul earlier in the day, 6-0, and were forced to play them in the Championship game. Senior Jennie Finch gave up four runs in the fourth inning. DePaul's next runs came in the fifth and sixth inning, both singles to the outfield.

Arizona brought stiff competition to the second game from the beginning, scoringits first run in the bottom of the first inning. With the bases loaded,Mackenzie Vandergeest hit a single to left field, bringing Loveianne Junghome to give Arizona a 1-0 edge.

In the bottom of the second, Arizona had runners on first and second whenCourtney Fossatti hit a single up the middle and Lisha Ribellia advancedfrom second to score. After an intentional walk for Leneah Manuma, an errorby DePaul's shortstop allowed Courtney Fossatti and Jung to score, bringingthe Arizona lead to 4-0. A double by Jackie Coburn brought Manuma andMackenzie Vandergeest home, and Arizona left the inning with a 6-0 leadover DePaul. DePaul's pitcher Lindsay Chouinard was hit by Fossatti'ssingle, but completed the inning, only to be relieved in the third by SarahMartz.

In the bottom of the third with the bases again loaded, a single by JennieFinch allowed Ribella to score. An error by the leftfielder on the sameplay, advanced Jung to home, and Arizona's lead extended to 8-0. TheWildcats would retain that lead through the fourth inning until the gamewas called in Arizona's favor after the top of the fifth.

Meaghan Finnerty, Courtney Fossatti, Jenny Gladding, Mackenzie Vandergeest and Jennie Finch were all named to the All-Tournament team.

The Women's College World Series starts on Thursday, May 23 in Oklahoma City. Arizona hopes to win their seventh National Championship.

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