April 26, 2002
TUCSON--Arizona used a 13-hit attack and a big fifth inning to mercy-rule Oregon, 11-3, in Pac-10 softball action Friday night before a crowd of 1,127.
The Cats scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to gain the eight-run margin and shorten the game.
Oregon threatened in the top of the first with a one-out single by Jennifer Poore and a base on balls by Alyssa Laux, but UA pitcher Jenny Gladding struck out Mari Lyn Petrick and retired Andrea Vidlund on a sharp grounder back to the circle.
UA took a 2-0 lead in the first. Courtney Fossatti singled with one out and Jennie Finch walked to put two runners on.Pitcher Connie McMurren got Leaneah Manuma to ground to short, moving both runners up, then Mackenzie Vandergeest looped a single to left to drive in both runs.
Oregon had two aboard in the third after one-out singles by Lynsey Haij and Laux, but Gladding struck out Petrick and Vidlund to end the threat.
UA stretched it to 3-0 in the third when Finch singled and scored when Manuma hit a double that slid past Amber Hutchinson in center field.
Lovie Jung made it 5-0 in the fourth with a home run to left, her 14th of the year, after Crystal Farley tripled down the left field line to open the inning. Fossatti followed with a single, and Finch walked again, chasing McMurren.
Oregon reliever Anissa Meashintubby got an out at the plate when Manuma reached on an error but second baseman Laux threw Fossatti out trying to advance two bases. Meashintubby struck out Vandergeest, but an arror at third allowed Coburn to reach first and Finch scored an unearned run to make it 6-0.
Oregon got on the board with a walk by Laux and a two-run home run to center by Vidlund in the top of the fifth. With two outs, Kristi Hall reached on an error by UA second baseman Lisha Ribellia and Ashely Richards followed with an RBI double to make it 6-3.
Farley walked and scored on a triple by Jung off the top of the center field fence, then Fossatti chopped a single to deep short to score Jung and make it 8-3. Finch walked. Manuma singled to drive in Fossatti. Vandergeest walked to load the bases. Jackie Coburn singled to drive in pinch runner Rebekah Quiroz. Gladding hit a fielder's choice to second but Laux's throw to the plate sailed wide and Manuma scored the final run.
UA improved to 42-7 and 9-3 in Pac-10 play while Oregon remained winless in league action at 0-13 and 19-23 overall. Gladding improved her pitching record to 18-5.