Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Softball - Hillenbrand Invitational
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 03, 2001
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Game 1 - Indiana State vs. Western Michigan
TUCSON, Ariz.- Alison Honoman’s two-run home run gave Western Michigan (1-2) its first runs of the year. Marie McCarthy added a run-scoring single to give the Broncos a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on their way to a 4-0 win over Indiana State (3-2) in the opening game of Arizona’s Hillenbrand Invitational. Two of the runs were unearned after two Indiana State fielding errors.

The Broncos added a run in the fifth when Honoman reached base on a double and scored on Allison Gats’ double to left field.

WMU had been shut out in a two-game series to open the year against host Arizona and had more hits in the first inning – three – than against the No. 2 Wildcats in both games.

Game 2 - Oklahoma vs. Indiana State
TUCSON, Ariz.–No. 5 Oklahoma scored five runs in the fourth inning to help lead the Sooners to a 10- 1 victory over Indiana State at Arizona’s Hillenbrand Invitational. Ashli Barrett started the inning with a home run followed by a two-run single by Christy Ring, and then a two-run homer by Lisa Carey.

The Sooners also scored two in the second, one in the third and added two more in the fifth in a five- inning game.

Game 3 - Baylor vs. Oklahoma

  • Box Score
    TUCSON, Ariz.-- Jennifer Stump hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the seventh to give Oklahoma the win over Baylor, 2-1. The Sooners held the lead until Baylor’s Nan Wilkins tied the game on a home run in the top of the seventh.

    Oklahoma improved to 15-2 on the season while Baylor fell to 19-6.

    Game 4 - Arizona vs. Baylor

  • Box Score
    TUCSON, Ariz.-- No. 2 Arizona (23-0) breezed past No. 23 Baylor (19-6), 8-0, in a five-inning game at the Hillenbrand Invitational. Lauren Bauer had two hits and two runs, including an inside-the-park home run. Allison Andrade also hit two homers to bring the Cat’s total to 56 on the season.

    Pitching, Finch (8-0) threw a one-hitter and struck out eight. The win over the Lady Bears gives Finch eight shutouts on the year. Arizona is 5-0 this season against ranked teams.

    Game 5 - Creighton vs. Arizona

  • Box Score
    TUCSON, Ariz.–Kim Balkan’s second home run of the season was a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to give Arizona a 9-0 mercy-rule victory over Creighton and another shutout.

    Arizona’s Becky Lemke threw a one-hitter to lead the Cats in the circle. Arizona pitchers have combined to throw 19 shutouts this season. Lemke has five.

    The Wildcats improved to 24-0 overall. Creighton dropped to 2-4 overall. The Blue Jays were to play Western Michigan in the final game Friday night.

    Game 6 - Western Michigan vs. Creighton
    TUCSON, Ariz.–Creighton (3-4) pitcher Shelli Mellegard scattered five hits and shut out the Broncos of Western Michigan to help lead the Blue Jays to a 7-0 victory in the final Friday game of Arizona’s Hillenbrand Invitational.

    Creighton scored twice in the first to take a 2-0 lead. Jenny Hunt stole home in a successful double steal with Marie Gieron from first, then Sami Herbster’s double scored Giergon.

    The Blue Jays manufactured a run with one hit and three infield ground balls in the third, scoring on an RBI by Cara Van Winkle to make it 3-0. Fenchy Nix hit a two-run double to make it 5-0 in the fourth. Stacey Rybar’s two-run homer in the fifth made it 7-0.

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