Cats Explode to Whip Virginia, 13-1

Feb. 22, 2003

TUCSON - UA used a couple of big innings to take control of the game enroute to a 13-1 victory over Virginia in a five-inning game duringsecond-day action at UA's Worth Wildcat Invitational softball tournamentSaturday.

Shortstop Heather Field hit a one-out solo home run to left field to giveVirginia a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third.

UA answered quickly with some aggressive base running and hitting to takea lead. Mackenzie Vandergeest walked with one out in the top of the fourthand was doubled home by Jackie Coburn to tie the game. Shelly Shultzsingled to left and UA coach Mike Candrea sent Coburn home, sliding underthe tag for the go-ahead run.

Schultz moved to third on a single by Lisha Ribellia, then scored onanother close play at the plate when Allison Von Liechenstein bounced oneto the pitcher for a fielder's choice. Autumn Champion walked and Ribelliascored on a third close play at the plate off a sacrifice fly by CourtneyFossatti, giving UA a 4-1 lead.

In the fifth, the Cats had back-to-back doubles by Lovie Jung andVandergeest for one run, a walk by Coburn and a a double by Schultz to setup a two-run single by Lisha Ribellia, and a hit by Von Liechtenstein toset up a run-scoring single by Champion. Jung walked to load the bases withtwo outs and Vandergeest drove in two more with a sinking liner to rightfor a second double. Coburn knocked in two more with a single for the finalscoring.

In all, Arizona had nine runs on eight hits in the inning. Hollowell gaveup only two hits, and gave way to Leslie Wolfe in the bottom of the fifth.Wolfe struck out the side.

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