Cats Whip Aztecs, 11-0
March 1, 2003
TUCSON - Arizona stayed unbeaten at 3-0 in its own Hillenbrand Invitationalsoftball tournament with an 11-0 five-inning victory over San Diego State.It was the Aztecs' first loss in four games at the tourney and the twoteams will play again at noon Sunday as the top two clubs in the field.
San Diego State got a single from Joann Figueroa and infield hits fromJanna Kovensky and Jacque Vaca to load the bases with two outs in the topof the first, but UA pitcher Alicia Hollowell got Amber Grahlman to pop upto end the threat.
UA answered with chop hits from Autumn Champion and Courtney Fossatti anda walk by Lovie Jung to load the bases with no outs in the bottom of theinning. Champion scored when the catcher threw the ball away at third on afailed pickoff attempt, allowing all runners to move up. MackenzieVandergeest his a sacrifice fly to bring in a second run.
A grand slam punctuated UA's nine-run second inning. Lisha Ribelliareached second on a throwing error and moved to third on Crystal Farley'ssingle. Champion singled in Ribellia, then Fossatti hit an infield singleto put three runners on. Jung socked her 11th home run and third grand slamof the year to make it 7-0. Ribellia and Farley added two-run singles, allunearned runs due to three SDSU errors in the inning.
Shortstop Jung made two fine fielding plays in the fourth, diving for abloop liner at the foul line for one out, then backhanding a bouncer deepin the hole and one-hopping a long throw to first to beat the runner.