No. 2 Softball Crushes Boston College, 13-1

March 5, 2002

TUCSON - Arizona spotted Boston College a one-run lead in the first but puttogether a nine-run third thanks to some bases on balls, an error and somehome runs en route to a 13-1 softball victory over the Eagles Tuesday night.

No. 2-ranked UA improved to 24-2 and won its 64th consecutive home game.Boston College dropped to 3-11.

Elyse Meredith hit a two-out home run to left-center field in the top ofthe second inning to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. UA's Jenny Gladding walkedthe next batter and gave up a single to Leah Kamataris to put runners atthe corners, but Sara Kellner grounded to second to end the rally.

UA tied the game in the bottom of the inning on one play. Gladding walked,and pinch runner Carrie Hagen stole second, moved to third on the bad throwto the bag by the catcher and scored on a bad throw to third by thecenterfielder.

Jackie Coburn then walked, Allyson Von Lictenstein chopped a single overthird and Lisha Ribellia hit a bunt single to short to load the bases.Lovie Jung hit a sac fly to right to score Coburn and give UA a 2-1 lead.

With two outs in the Arizona third, Boston College pitcher Kim Ryan walkedthree to load the bases, and Von Lichtenstein's chopper up the middle drovein UA's third run. Lisha Ribellia drew a walk to drive in another, thenJung clobbered Arizona's ninth grand slam of the year to make it 8-1.

After a pitching change, Candace Abrams reached on an error, Jennie Finchwalked and Leneah Manuma hit her 14th home run of the year to make it 11-1.The last three runs were unearned.

Finch added a two-run double in the fourth to complete the scoring at 13-1.

BC collected four hits off Gladding (11-2), who won her ninth consecutivedecision after losing two games in tournament play in Phoenix early inFebruary. Ryan dropped to 1-5 for the Eagles.

The two teams complete their series Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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