Softball defeats Cal-State Fullerton in Fiesta Bowl Tournament

Feb. 9, 2002

Leneah Manuma hit a grand slam in the first inning and athree-run home run in the seventh to propel top-ranked Arizona to a 9-1victory over Cal State Fullerton in Fiesta Bowl softball tournament actionSaturday. Finch threw a two-hitter and tied a career high with 14strikeouts to improve to 3-0.

UA jumped on the scoreboard in a hurry. A walk-single-walk by Lovie Jung,Courtney Fossatti and Mackenzie Vandergeest loaded the bases in the top ofthe first and Manuma hit her second home run of the year, a grand slam tothe opposite field in left. CSUF's Christy Robitaille (0-2) walked two morerunners in the inning but UA couldn't capitalize further.

Shawna Robinson singled off Finch with one out in the third and JulieWatson reached on Lovie Jung's error to put a runner in scoring position,but Robinson was forced out at third by UA leftfielder Courtney Fossatti onJodie Cox's potential single and Finch struck out Monica Lucatero to endthe threat.

Jenny Gladding's sacrifice fly increased UA's lead to 5-0 in the fourthwithout a hit, after Mackenzie Vandergeest led off with a walk, LeneahManuma was hit by a pitch and a fielder's choice by Finch moved Vandergeestto third.

Arizona (6-0) put the leadoff hitter on base in every inning, but stranded14 runners and couldn't break the game open against Robitaille (0-2) orreliever Jodie Cox, who entered in the top of the second, until aseventh-inning outburst highlighted by Vandergeest's RBI single andManuma's three-run homer.

The Titans (2-3) scored their run with one hit in the sixth. With one out,Monica Lucatero walked, and pinch runner Heather Saltarelli stole second.Finch struck out Kristy Halagarda and she struck out Amanda Hockett forwhat would have been the third out, but the pitch was wild and Hockettreached first. Gina Oaks' bunt single scored Saltarelli from third.Vandergeest threw Oaks out on an attempted steal to end the inning.

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