No. 3 Cats Pound Drake, 12-2

Feb. 23, 2002

Game 10: Arizona 12, Drake 2

TUCSON - Arizona's power and scoring in every inning propelled the No.3-ranked Wildcats to a 12-2 victory over winless Drake in Saturday afternoonWorth Wildcat Invitational softball tournament action.

UA scored a run in the first, loading the bases with a hit batter, one hitand a walk. Mackenzie Vandergeest drew another walk to drive in a run, butUA stranded three when Jackie Coburn struck out looking to end the threat.

Candace Abrams led off the UA second with her first career home run, thenMeghann Finnerty walked, was sacrificed to second by Crystal Farley andscored on Jennie Finch's double down the left field line to make it 3-0.

But Drake (0-8) climbed back into it with a two-run second of its own,though both runs were unearned. Jamie Waterman led off with a single, JulieMoses hit a sacrifice bunt and Coburn was unsuccessful getting the leadrunner to put runners at first and second. Two outs later UA shortstopLovie Jung's error let one run cross, and Malay Bouaphakeo doubled tocenter to score another.

Farley drew a two-out bases-loaded walk to drive in a run in the third anda wild pitch by Drake's Michelle Markham brought in another. She walkedthree in the inning.

UA pitcher Jenny Gladding followed a Vandergeest single with her sixthhome run of the year in the fourth to make it 7-2. Leneah Manuma had an RBIsingle and Vandergeest hit a sacrifice fly to make it 9-2, then JackieCoburn later blasted a three-run homer to right to make it 12-2.

Drake shortstop Waterman and UA first baseman Finch each turned unassisteddouble plays in the game. Jenny Gladding (6-2) scattered five hits to earnthe victory for UA (15-2).

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