Wildcats Use Long Ball To Beat Northern Iowa

March 1, 2003

TUCSON - Arizona clouted four home runs to back up one-hit pitching byWendy Allen and run-ruled Northern Iowa, 8-0, in UA's own HillenbrandInvitational softball tournament Saturday afternoon.

The long balls gave UA 10 home runs in its last two games. Allen struckout seven in the five-inning game. She gave up only a single to StephanieStratton to open the game.

Three home runs punctuated a six-run second for the Cats. MackenzieVandergeest led off with her sixth home run of the season. Jackie Coburnsingled to right, then Wendy Allen ripped a single off the first baseman'sglove. A sacrifice fly by Erin Palomarez brought in Coburn, then LishaRibellia knocked her second homer of the year to make it 4-0. AutumnChampion reached on an error and Courtney Fossatti pulled her second homerun in as many games to rightfield.

Vandergeest led off the UA third with a single and Coburn ripped anopposite-field homer, her sixth, inside the right-field foul pole to makeit 8-0.

UNI will play the Dutch National Team at 10 a.m. Sunday in the third-placegame of the tourney.

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