NCAA Region 2 Softball
Tucson, Ariz. - Hillenbrand Stadium
Saturday, May 20, 2000
Game 7 - 2:30 p.m.
TUCSON--Regional top seed Arizona (56-7) hit three home runs and scored 12 runs in the third inning to break open the game en route to a 13-0 mauling of second-seeded Nebraska (51-20) in NCAA Region 2 softball semi-final play Saturday.
Meantime, UA pitcher Becky Lemke tossed a one-hitter to improve to 29-5. The victory puts Arizona in the title game at 1 p.m. Sunday against either Nebraska, South Carolina or Illinois State, depending on later action. Either of the teams would have to beat the Wildcats twice on Sunday, first at 1 p.m., then again in a repeat game around 3:30 p.m.
Lindsey Collins hit a three-run home run, Allison Andrade had a sac fly, Erika Hansen and Katie Swan hit RBI singles, Toni Mascarenas hit a grand slam and Chrissy Gil hit a two-run homer to cap the scoring. The Cats had nine hits and sent 15 batters to the plate.
Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Nicole Giordano and Katie Swan had infield singles, Toni Mascarenas beat out a bunt and then NU pitcher Leigh Ann Walker's wild pitch allowed Giordano to score. Lindsey Collins then walked, but Walker pitched out of a bigger jam by getting the final two outs on a popup and strikeout.
NU had scored 19 runs in its first two games of the regional and has not beaten Arizona since 1987, in nine tries.