Finch Pitches, Hits Cats Past OSU

April 27, 2002

TUCSON - No. 2-ranked Arizona batted around in the fifth to score six runsand change a close game into a rout as the Wildcats beat No. 16 OregonState, 7-0, in college softball action Saturday night.

UA's Jennie Finch (25-2) struck out 12, scattered three hits and blasted agrand slam in boosting the Cats to 43-7 overall and 10-3 in Pac-10 play.The Beavers dropped to 35-17 and 6-8.

UA took a 1-0 lead in the first. Lovie Jung doubled to lead off andCourtney Fossatti hit an infield single to put runners at the corners. Jungscored on a fielder's choice by Leneah Manuma, sliding across the plate asthe throw from first baseman Jenni Jodoin was wide.

One-out singles by Crystal Farley and Jung, and an error by shortstopKelly Peterseon loaded the bases, then Jennie Finch unloaded her 14th homerun and the team's 13th grand slam of the season to make it 5-0. PitcherKristen Hunter (11-6) had struck Finch out in her two previous at bats.

Leneah Manuma singled and after two outs, Jackie Coburn doubledpinch-runner Rebekah Quiroz home and Jenny Gladding singled in Coburn tomake it 7-0.

Oregon State had singles by Michelle Chariton in the first, Clare Burnmunin the fourth and Traci Feldt in the fifth.

The two teams conlude their weekend series at 1 p.m. Sunday at HillenbrandStadium

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