Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Set NCAA Home Run Record, Beat Stanford In Softball
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 20, 2001
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TUCSON, Ariz. - Senior centerfielder Lauren Bauer's 10th home run of the season was Arizona's 101st of the year to set an NCAA single-season team record and punctuated a 7-0 victory over No. 3-ranked Stanford in college softball. The victory gave UA a share of the lead in the Pac-10 race and gave them the edge over the Cardinal in the loss column.

Meantime, UA ace Jennie Finch struck out 14 and pitched a three-hitter to win her fifth game in eight days and help the Cats stretch their home-field winning streak to 35 games. Finch improved to 19-0 and tied her career high in strikeouts.

Bauer's towering shot down the right field line drove in three runs and gave the Cats the final margin with a 7-0 lead in the fourth inning.

The Cats' 100th home run of the season, which tied Arizona's own national record set by the 1995 team, was a three-run liner to left by freshman Mackenzie Vandergeest and gave Arizona a 4-0 lead in the second inning. All four runs were unearned off SU starting pitcher Maureen LeCocq (12-5) after a two-out fielding error by second baseman Kim Ching allowed UA to continue a rally.

Three Stanford pitchers held Arizona to only three hits but the home runs followed a walk and an error in the second and a walk and a hit in the fourth. Bauer hit her home run off the first reliever, Jaime Forman-Lau.

SU collected a single by Robin Walker in the third, and later a double by Jenni Shideler and a single by Michele Thiry to threaten in the top of the seventh, but Finch struck out pinch-hitter Jessica Draemel to end the game.

Stanford dropped to 40-6-1 overall and 7-3 in conference play. Arizona improved to 44-4 and 6-2. The sixth-largest crowd in Hillenbrand Stadium history, 2,379, was on hand.

The Cardinal travels to Tempe for games Saturday and Sunday at Arizona State. Arizona plays against California at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday.