TUCSON -- Freshman Mackenzie Vandergeest figured in each of Arizona's scoring innings as the Cats notched a 9-0 mercy-rule victory over Pacific for the Pepsi Softball Classic championship.
Vandergeest's three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth gave UA its final runs. Each of those were unearned off loser Cindy Ball (4-2).
Jenny Finch improved her record to 5-0 for UA, limiting the Tigers to two hits and striking out seven.
Arizona scored four times with only three hits in the first when the Cats sent 10 batters to the plate.
Lauren Bauer led off with a single and stole second, Nicole Giordano walked and a wild pitch move both up. Toni Mascarenas' sacrifice fly scored Bauer. Leneah Manuma was hit by a pitch and Lindsey Collins singled in Giordano. Jenny Finch singled to load the bases and Mackenzie Vandergeest was hit by a pitch to score Manuma and Allison Andrade' groundout scored Collins.
In the second, three consecutive walks loaded the bases for the Cats and Vandergeest's double to left brought in Manuma and Collins to stretch UA's lead to 6-0.
Arizona improved its record to 15-0 on the year and was 5-0 in the tournament. Pacific tied for second in the tournament with a 3-2 record and is 5-4 overall.
Game 14 -- Kentucky vs. Oklahoma State
TUCSON -- Kentucky's Angie Dal Pazzo's single to left drove in an unearned run to help the Wildcats beat Oklahoma State 3-2 in Arizona's Pepsi Softball Classic.
Beth Fogle reached on an infield error, and walk and a groundout moved her to third before Dal Pazzo's hit.
Danielle Thomas' lead-off home run in the top of the seventh had tied the game for OSU (4-6).
OSU took a 1-0 lead in the first. Jenny Kipp singled, stole second and scored on a single by Ryan Realmuto.
Kentucky (4-6) answered in the second with back-to-back leadoff doubles by Rachel Friberg and Andrea Eilertson to tie, and took the lead after singles by Jennifer Howland and a bunt single by Nikki Jones drove in Eilertson.
KU finished 3-2 in the tournament OSU finished 2-3.
Game 13 -- New Mexico State vs. Bowling Green
TUCSON -- Bowling Green scored four runs with three singles, two errors and a sacrifice in the fourth to erase a 1-0 New Mexico State lead en route to a 7-2 victory over the Roadrunners in both teams' final game of the University of Arizona's Pepsi Softball Classic.
Bowling Green clinched a tie for fourth place in the tourney with a 2-3 record, also its overal season mark. New Mexico State finished 0-5 in the tournament and carries a 3-13 overall record in 2001.