No. 5 Softball Blanked By No. 1 Arizona

May 4, 2001

BERKELEY, CALIF. - Four runs in the fourth and another run in the fifth gave the top-ranked Arizona Wildcats a 5-0 win over the No. 5 California Golden Bears at Levine-Fricke Field on Friday afternoon. With the loss, the Bears fall to 48-11 overall and 5-10 in the Pac-10. The win moves the Wildcats to 52-4 overall and 14-2 in the conference.

The game remained scoreless until top of the fourth. Two doubles and a pair of home runs gave the Cats four runs on four hits to take the 4-0 lead. One more in the fifth gave U of A its fifth run for the eventual final, 5-0.

Cal had many scoring opportunities throughout the game, stranding eight runners on base in seven innings. The Bears had runners on first and second with no outs in the first and were unable to plate any runners. In the fifth, sophomore Jen Deering led off the frame with a double to right center, but was stranded there at the end of the inning. The Bears final opportunity came in the sixth, loading the bases with no outs. Cat's pitcher Jennie Finch got the next three batters out on two strikeouts and a fielder's choice to end the threat.

Finch earned the win, going the distance for Arizona, allowing no runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and three walks to improve to a perfect 24-0 on the year.

Deering pitched the first five innings for the Bears, allowing five runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and two walks. With the loss, she falls to 4-1 on the year. Senior Nicole DiSalvio pitched the final two innings, allowing no runs or hits while striking out one.

Cal continues Pac-10 play as it hosts No. 11 Arizona State on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively

Levine-Fricke Field, Berkeley, CA - U of A 5, Cal 0Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E#1 Arizona 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 5 9 0#4 Cal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2WP - Finch (24-0) and Collins. LP -Deering (4-1), DiSalvio (6) and Scott.Save - None.2B: Giordano, Vandergeest (Ariz.), Deering (Cal)3B: Collins (Ariz.)HR: Bauer, Mascaranes (Ariz.)LOB - Ariz. 8, Cal 8.Records: Ariz. 52-4 (14-2), Cal 48-11 (5-10)

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