Lemke Leads Cats To 6-1 Softball Victory Over Oregon

April 29, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz.--Becky Lemke became Arizona's career strikeouts leader and helped lead the Wildcats to a 6-1 victory and weekend sweep over the Oregon Ducks on Sunday before a crowd of 1,327 at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Lemke struck out eight and gave up four hits in six innings to improve to 16-2 on the season. Her 880 career strikeouts passed the former mark held by Susie Parra, who had 874 from 1991 to 1994. Lemke, at 100-19, also became only the fourth UA pitcher to win 100 games or more.

She gave way to freshman Jenny Gladding, who UA coach Mike Candrea put in the game in the seventh to get some work.

The Cats took a 1-0 lead in the first inning with two hits, a hit batter and a sacrifice fly by designated player Leneah Manuma. Then in the second, Arizona sent 10 batters to the plate and collected four more runs on five hits, including a two-run double by Nicole Giordano and a two-run single by Jennie Finch.

The Ducks pinned an unearned run on Lemke in the top of the fourth after a single by Missy Coe and a force-out by Triawn Custer. Janell Bergstrom singled to centerfield and UA's Lauren Bauer had the ball go through her legs for an error that allowed Custer to score from first.

Bauer's double to center in the fifth scored Lisha Ribellia, who had reached on a fielder's choice, for Arizona's last run.

Arizona improved to 51-4 overall and 13-2 in Pac-10 play. The Ducks dropped to 25-33 overall and 1-14 in conference play. The Wildcats extended their home winning streak to 41 games dating to last season. The Cats are 29-0 this year at Hillenbrand.

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