Spotlight: Arizona's Jennie Finch

The dominant pitcher/player in collegiate softball, Finch finished the 2001 season with an 32-0 pitching record to establish the NCAA record... Earned the Honda Softball Award as the national Player of the Year... Received Most Outstanding Player honors after posting a 3-0 record in Oklahoma City... Earned first-team All-America honors... 2001 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year... Along with a number of other Cats, Finch earned Louisville Slugger All-Pacific Region honors and WCWS All-Tournament honors... First-team All-Pac-10 honors... Finch had an ERA of 0.54 and tossed her fifth career no-hitter... Finch has a streak of 40 consecutive victories, No. 2 in the NCAA record book, entering 2002 play... Struck out a career-high 14 twice, against South Carolina and Stanford, plus had back-to-back 13 K games against the Cardinal... Struck out 10 or more in one seven-start stretch... The first baseman or designated player when not pitching, she had a batting average of .309... Hit three grand slams and had 11 home runs... Finch drove in nine runs in one game against Oregon, which tied for the second-best single-game figure in NCAA history and matched former UA slugger Laura Espinoza's record... Finch's 29-2 record in 2000 and her 0.79 ERA earned her first-team All-America honors as an at-large selection... Her power at the plate tied her with a team-high 16 home runs... Hit .327 for the season... As first baseman she recorded a .983 fielding percentage in 287 chances... Finch tossed three no-hitters vs. Tennessee Tech, Drake and Nebraska in the NCAA Regional Final... She also had three one-hitters and four two-hitters... Went 3-0 with an 0.35 ERA in Regionals, earning her the Most Outstanding Player award for the second straight year... Led the team at the plate in Pac-10 play with a hitting average of .370... Finch had a hitting streak of 14 games... Earned All-Pac-10 first-team honors...Finch's 24 pitching victories in 1999 is second only to teammate Becky Lemke's 25 (1998) among Arizona freshman performances... Led the team with 14 doubles and 21 extra-base hits... Led the team most of the year and finished second with seven home runs... Turned in a .990 fielding percentage in 192 chances at the bag... Threw a no-hitter vs. Southwest Texas State in NCAA Regional play, plus had a one-hitter vs. Kansas and a two-hitter vs. Maryland in the same tournament, earning NCAA Region 2 Most Outstanding Player honors... Also hit .353 with four doubles, a home run and six RBI to help the Cats win the Regional... Multiple hits in 12 games... Honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 1999... ASA background at the top levels ... member of National Championship teams at 12 & under (1993), 14 & under (1995) and 18 & under Gold (1997), plus a No. 2 finish in 1998 and a fourth-place in 92... Member of the Team USA for inaugural Junior Superball international winners over Australia in June 1998...

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