Softball Opens Season With Doubleheader Sweep

Jan. 24, 2003

TUCSON - Arizona opened the 2003 softball season with a good hittingdisplay off junior-college pitching to sweep an exhibition doubleheader,9-0 in five innings and 6-2 in seven, over Phoenix College Friday atHillenbrand Stadium.

Arizona socked six home runs and 24 hits in the two games.

In the first game, freshman pitcher Alicia Hollowell tossed five inningsof two-hit ball, giving up only infield singles to Samantha Zadel and SoniaMedina. She struck out 10 and walked none.

The Cats used a power display from junior catcher Mackenzie Vandergeest,who hit two home runs, and also had homers from freshman first basemanShelly Schultz and senior second baseman Lisha Ribellia. Vendergeest drovein five runs. The Cats collected nine hits off the Bears' Ramie Garcia.

In the second contest, PC jumped to a quick 2-0 lead in the first withsuccessive hits by Delane Oscarson and Zadel and a walk by Medina off UApitcher Wendy Allen. Deeanna Camacho drove in both runs with a one-outsingle to left before Allen struck out the side.

But UA answered in its half of the inning, tying the score with an RBIsingle by Allen and a run-scoring double by Jackie Coburn.

Lovie Jung gave UA the lead with a leadoff homer in the bottom of thethird. Vandergeest singled and Allen doubled over the left fielder's headto put two runners in scoring position and Coburn lifted a towering shotjust over the centerfield fence for a 6-3 lead.

UA pitcher Wendy Allen, a junior transfer who was Big Ten Player of theYear at Ohio State last season, limited the Bears to four hits.

The exhibition drew 621 fans. The Cats will play another exhiition game at2 p.m. Saturday against former Wildcat stars in town for Arizona SoftballAlumni Weekend.

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