Cats Clip Huskies, 1-0
April 5, 2002
TUCSON--Lovie Jung hit her 11th home run of the year with two outs in thebottom of the fifth off Washington's second of three pitchers, LeslieScott, to give Arizona a 1-0 lead and all the runs the No. 2-rankedWildcats needed to beat the No. 10 Huskies.
UA reliever Jenny Gladding struck out nine in five innings and weatheredsome jams to earn her 15th victory against four defeats. The Wildcatsimproved to 34-4 overall and 3-0 in Pac-10 play. Washington is 32-10 and1-2 in league action.
Washington's Becky Simpson doubled off first baseman Leneah Manuma's glovewith one out in the third, and moved to third on a bunt single by RitaRoach. Gladding, who came on in relief of All-American Jennie Finch in thetop of the inning, struck out Jaime Clark and Kristen Rivera to end thethreat.
Crystal Farley and Lovie Jung hit one-out singles to put a runner inscoring position in Arizona's half of the third. First baseman Traci Tawneymishandled Courtney Fossatti's grounder to load the bases. Washingtonchanged pitchers, bringing in Leslie Scott, who struck out Manuma and gotFinch to pop out.
Arizona shortstop Jung made a heads-up play to help UA get out a jam inthe top of the fifth. With Steph Nicholson on second, Roach hit an infieldsingle, but Jung alertly wheeled and threw to third to get Nicholson in arun-down between the bag and third to record the third out in a 6-5-2-6 play.
Gladding hit pinch-hitter Courtney Jeffries to open the top of the Huskiesseventh, and Steph Nicholson moved re-entered runner Megan Owen to secondwith a sacrifice bunt. Gladding struck out pinch-hitter Amanda Oleson forthe second out, then walked Simpson to put runners on first and second. ButRoach popped up to end the game.
The Huskies had three hits off both Finch and Gladding. The Huskies' Scotttook the loss and dropped to 6-4.