Cats Come From Behind to Beat Cal, 7-5

April 12, 2003

TUCSON - Jackie Coburn's grand slam punctuated a six-run fourth inning tobreak open a tight game and lead top-ranked Arizona to a 7-5 victory overNo. 6 California before a college softball crowd of 2,471 Saturday night.

The Cats had to weather a three-run rally by California in the top of theseventh to hang on for the victory.

It took UA a while to get untracked. The Cats loaded the bases in thefirst but failed to score. Autumn Champion led off with an infield single,wasdorced at second by Courtney Fossatti and Lovie Jung and MackenzieVandergeest drew walks. But Cal pitcher Kristina Thorson struck out JackieCoburn and Wendy Allen to end the threat.

The Bears (34-11 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-10) answered to fill the basesin the top of the second, but took advantage to take a 2-0 lead. KaleoEldridge tripled down the right-field line to lead off the frame, then anout later Jessica Pamanian and Chelsea Spencer drew walks. Kristen Morleysingled off UA pitcher Alicia Hollowell's glove to push Eldredge andPamanian across, then UA second baseman Lisha Ribellia turned a double playoff a liner to end the rally.

UA (38-4, 7-1) scored an unearned run to cut it to 2-1 in the bottom ofthe inning. Crystal Farley doubled with two outs, then scored on a throwingerror on Champion's bouncer to second.

The Golden Bears threatened again in the third, loading the bases on hitsby Lindsay James, Veronica Nelson and Eldridge, but Hollowell got a pop upand a liner to end the inning.

Arizona sent eight batters to the plate in the fourth. Lisha Ribelliasingled and later scored on another throwing error by shortstop Spencer tolet Farley reach base. After singles by Champion and Fossatti, Farleyscored when Vandergeest was hit by a pitch to force in a run, setting upCoburn's blast to right field. It was her 12th home run of the year andfirst grand slam of the season.

Arizona managed only six hits off Thorson (10-5). UA winner Hollowell, wholost to Stanford on Friday night, wasn't at her best, giving up acareer-high 11 hits and striking out only five.

Hollowell gave up four hits and hit two batters in the seventh inningalone. Cal had a sacrifice fly by Courtney Scott and a two-run double byEldridge to finish the scoring before Hollowell struck out Pamanian withthe bases loaded to end the game.

Hollowell set a UA freshman record with her 25th victory of the year,against three losses.

The two teams complete the two-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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