Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Softball -- Pepsi Softball Classic
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 16, 2001
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Game 1 - Kentucky 6, New Mexico State 1

TUCSON -- Kentucky collected 10 hits to beat New Mexico State 6-1 in the opening game of Arizona's Pepsi Softball Classic Friday morning.

Kentucky (2-2) scored a pair of unearned runs in the first. Lyndsey Angus hit a two-out triple and Leslie Kwiatkowski was hit by a pitch and stole second. Both scored on a fielding error.

The Wildcats pushed the lead to 3-0 in the third on a run-scoring double by Agie Dal Pazzo.

NMSU (3-9) made it 3-1 on doubles by Mel Briggs ad Amber Mosher in the bottom of the fourth, the first hits off UK pitcher Morgan Marr.

Kwiatkowski tripled in the fifth and scored on Dal Pazzo's ground ball to make it 4-1.Consecutive doubles by Angus and Kwiatkowski and an RBI single by Tiffany Kruse gave UK a 6-1 lead. New Mexico State loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth but Marr got NMSU pither Ryon Adams to ground out and end the threat.

Game 2 - Pacific 6, Kentucky 4

TUCSON--The Pacific Tigers scored four runs in the sixth to come from behind and beat Kentucky, 6-4, in Game 2 of the Pepsi Softball Classic on the University of Arizona campus.

Kelly Lowry's sacrifice fly drove in an unearned run for Pacific (3-2) in the first, and the Tigers added a run in the third on Adrienne Ratajczak's RBI single.

Kentucky (2-3) tied the game in the fifth when UOP second baseman Natalie Farmer mishandled Andrea Eilterson's two-out ground ball to let two runners cross, then Jennifer Howland gave UK the lead by tripling in Eilertson.

Pacific used an RBI single by Erica Reynolds, a run-scoring double Boni Kading and a two-run single by Estee Okumura to regain the lead in the top of the sixth, 6-3. UK's Tiffany Kruse hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the frame to cut it to 6-4.

Game 3 - Bowling Green State 8, Pacific 3

TUCSON -- Renee Rosemeier's two-run double keyed a two-out fifth inning rally to help Bowling Green State to an 8-1 victory over Pacific in Arizona's Pepsi Softball Classic tournament action Friday afternoon.

Rosemeier's grand slam blew the game open in the top of the sixth. Pacific took a 1-0 lead in the second after Brandy Thurman walked, was sacrificed to second by Angele Alves and scored an out later on Barbara Moody's single to right field.

In the fifth, Rosemeier followed a walk by Angie Domschot and a double by Jen Domschot with a liner into the gap in right-center, then scored on a double by Nikki Rouhana.

Pacific plated two runs in the sixth with a bases-loaded walk by Kelly Lowry and a safcrifice fly by Erica Reynolds.

The game was BGSU's season opener. Pacific dropped to 3-3 on the year.

Game 4 - Arizona vs. Bowling Green State

TUCSON--No. 3-ranked Arizona showed its stuff with an explosive 29-0 victory over Bowling Green State in the Cats' Pepsi Softball Classic tournament opener.

UA senior Becky Lemke threw a no-hitter and struck out 9 in four innings for her fifth victory and fourth shutout of the season while her teammates knocked out five home runs among 19 hits. Teresa Demeter pitched one inning and struck out one to help get the no-hitter.

The Cats' big inning was a 17-run fourth, helped by 10 walks issued by three BGSU (1-1) pitchers. The 29 total runs are broke a school mark of 24 set in 1994 at Stanford.

The Wildcats (11-0) scored four times in the first on four hits, with RBI singles by Leneah Manuma and Lindsey Collins, and two other runners scoring when Jenny Finch's single was misplayed in left field.

Toni Mascarenas' eighth home run of the season, a two-run liner to left, pushed UA's lead to 6-0 in the second inning. In the third, the Cats picked up six more on Mackenzie Vandergeest's fourth home run, a bases- loaded walk to Nicole Giordano and Leneah Manuma's grandslam. Five of the runs were unearned off reliever Jody Johnson.

Johnson was pulled after walking four consecutive batters to make it 13-0 in the fourth, then Arizona greeted reliever Rebekah Tipton with a two-run single by Giordano and a three-run home run by Mascarenas. Vandergeest and Allison Andrade added RBI singles and Lauren Bauer drew another bases-loaded walk for three more runs, then Giordano clobbered another grandslam. A short while later, Finch hit another grand slam.

Game 5 - Arizona vs. Oklahoma State

TUCSON--Arizona continued its dominant play in 2001, cruising past Oklahoma State, 7-0, in first-day Pepsi Softball Classic action at Hillenbrand Stadium.

UA (12-0) had averaged more than nine runs per game in its first 11 victories, including a 29-0 outburst against Bowling Green earlier in the evening. It took the Cats a while to get going but they chased OSU (2-4) starter Lauren Bay with a three-run sixth.

Lindsey Collins singled in one run and Jenny Finch drove in another with a sacrifice fly to give UA a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Collins singled to lead off the third, moved to second on a passed ball and following a Finch single, stole home when no one covered the plate. In the fourth, Collins' groundout scored Lauren Bauer from third for a 4-0 lead.

Mackenzie Vandergeest hit a three-run home run in the sixth to give UA a 7-0 lead.

Finch scattered three hits and struck out 11 to improve to 4-0 for the year. Arizona pitchers have given up only four runs in 12 games.

Arizona continues play in the tournament with games Saturday at 3 p.m. against Kentucky and at 5 p.m. against New Mexico State. Earlier non-UA games are scheduled at 9, 11 and 1 p.m., and a later game at 7 p.m.

Game 6 -- Oklahoma State vs. New Mexico State

TUCSON--Oklahoma State's Amanda Hayes hit two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to help the Cowgirls slip past New Mexico State, 4-2, in the final first-day game of Arizona's Pepsi Softball Classic.

New Mexico State took a 2-0 lead with no outs in the third on consecutive bases-loaded walks by Mel Briggs and Adrian Nobles off OSU pitcher Sarah Knife Chief, who was lifted in favor of reliever Tiffany Paper. Paper struck out two and got a ground out to end the inning.

OSU tied it at 2-2 with an RBI single by Lezli Leathers and a ground-out RBI by Casey O'Neill. The Roadrunners regained the lead in the sixth when Tiffany Ruiz reached after being hit by a pitch and later scored on a wild pitch by Paper.