Softball Downs Visiting Bruins, 3-2
April 6, 2002
TUCSON--Lovie Jung hit a one-out home run in the bottom of the seventh togive Arizona a come-back 3-2 victory over top-ranked UCLA in collegesoftball before a crowd of 2,606 at Hillenbrand Stadium.
The victory preserved No. 2-ranked Arizona's home-field winning streak at70 games and preserved UA pitcher Jennie Finch's personal mark at 60consecutive decisions.
The Cats managed only four hits off UCLA hurler Amanda Freed (15-2), buttwo were homers. Finch (20-0) gave up seven hits, tying her season-high,but struck out eight and pitched herself out of a couple of jams. The Cats moved to 4-0 in league play and dropped the Bruins to a 1-3 mark.UCLA dropped to 33-6 overall and UA improved to 35-4.
Arizona stranded runners at third in the first and third innings, withoutgetting a hit. An error by Bruin shortstop Natasha Watley allowed LeneahManuma to reach third from first on a potential double-play ball but Freedstruck out Jenny Gladding in the first. In the third Courtney Fossattireached in a fielder's choice, moved to second on a walk and third on anfielder's choice, but was stranded at third when Gladding lined to short.
The Bruins also missed some opportunities. Stephanie Ramos doubled withone out in the second but Finch bore down and got the next two batters. Inthe third, Toria Auelua led off with a double and moved to third an outlater on a single by Watley, but Freed gounded out and Tairia Mims popped up.
The Bruins scored to take a 1-0 lead in the fifth. Monique Mejia led offwith a double off Finch's glove that spun into shallow left field, andmoved the third on a sacrific bunt by Watley. After Finch struck out Freed,Mims singled to center for the RBI.
UA got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Finch led off with asingle to left. Pinch-runner Rebekah Quiroz was forced at second on asacrific attempt by pinch-hitter Carrie Hagen. But Vandergeest blasted herninth homer of the season over the rightfield fence for a 2-1 lead.
Finch walked Auelua on four straight pitches in the top of the seventh.Pinch-runner Amanda Simpson moved to second on a groundout, then scored inWatley's single to right, and Watley was cut down trying for second on thethrow to the plate but the score was tied, 2-2.
Jung's homer was her 12th of the season and the Wildcats' 70th of the year.
The two teams complete the series at 1 p.m. Sunday.