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Team USA and Its Pitching Prove Too Much for UA
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/22/2004
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March 26, 2004

TUCSON - Arizona Softball Exhibition

U.S. Olympic Team vs. No. 1 Arizona

Former UA star Jennie Finch schooled her former team with a 13-strikeout one-hit pitching performance in helping the U.S. Olympic team beat the Wildcats, 6-1, in exhibition softball play Friday night before an Arizona record crowd of 3,541.

Team USA made it look relatively easy against UA, but only touched up UA starter Alicia Hollowell for six hits. The Cats uncharacteristically hurt themselves with three fielding errors.

Finch left the game after throwing one pitch in the bottom of the sixth, giving way to 2003 National Player of the Year Cat Osterman, who's taking a redshirt year from her University of Texas Longhorns to play for the U.S. team. Osterman pitched two innings of no-hit ball, striking out five of the six batters she faced.

 
 

With two out in the first, UA starter Alicia Hollowell hit Crystl Bustos with a pitch, walked Lisa Fernandez, then gave up a run-scoring single to Jenny Topping to give Team USA a 1-0 lead. Hollowell walked former UA star Lovie Jung to load the bases, but struck out Jessica Mendoza to thwart a bigger inning.

UA freshman shortstop Kristie Fox led off the UA second with a home run to left off the 2001 Honda Softball Award winner Finch, tieing the game at 1-1 and ending Finch's string of scoreless innings pitched at 42 and two-thirds innings in eight appearances during the USA tour.

Fernandez singled with two outs in the third, and two walks by Hollowell loaded the bases, but this time Mendoza doubled to the gap in left-center for three RBI and a 4-1 lead.

A pair of fielding errors on tough chances by UA shortstop Kristie Fox helpd load the bases for Mendoza a third time in the fifth inning, but Fox came through with a force-out at home plate and Candace Abrams.

USA slugger Crystl Bustos knocked in a run with a a fielder's choice and Lisa Fernandez hit a sacrifice fly to push the lead to the final margin in the top of the sixth.

BOX SCORE

                                 2004 Arizona Softball
                            Team USA at #1 Arizona Wildcats
                 Mar 26, 2004 at Tucson, Arizona (Hillenbrand Stadium)

Team USA 6 (24-0) Arizona Wildcats 1

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Natasha Watley ss.......... 4 1 1 0 Caitlin Lowe cf............ 3 0 0 0 Leah O'Brien-Amico 1b...... 4 0 1 0 Autumn Champion lf......... 2 0 0 0 Crystl Bustos dh........... 3 1 0 1 Wendy Allen dh............. 2 0 0 0 Lisa Fernandez 3b.......... 2 0 2 1 Mackenz. Vandergeest c..... 3 0 0 0 Jaime Clark pr............ 0 1 0 0 Kristie Fox ss............. 3 1 1 1 Jenny Topping c............ 3 1 1 1 Jackie Coburn 3b........... 3 0 0 0 Lovie Jung 2b.............. 2 1 0 0 Shelly Schultz 1b.......... 1 0 0 0 Jessica Mendoza lf......... 3 0 1 3 A. Von Liechtenstein pr... 0 0 0 0 Tairia Flowers ph......... 1 0 0 0 Samantha Quintero 2b....... 2 0 0 0 Nicole Giordano rf......... 2 0 0 0 Candace Abrams rf.......... 2 0 0 0 Kelly Kretschman ph/rf.... 2 0 0 0 Alicia Hollowell p......... 0 0 0 0 Laura Berg cf.............. 2 1 0 0 Jennie Finch p............. 0 0 0 0 Cat Osterman p............ 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 28 6 6 6 Totals..................... 21 1 1 1

Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Team USA............ 103 002 0 - 6 6 0 Arizona Wildcats.... 010 000 0 - 1 1 3 -----------------------------------------

E - Fox 2; Coburn. LOB - Team USA 8; Arizona 2. 2B - Mendoza. HR - Fox. HBP - Bustos; Berg; Champion. SF - Fernandez. SB - Bustos. CS - VonLiechten..

Team USA IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jennie Finch W,8-0........ 5.0 1 1 1 2 13 0 0 1 0 15 18 0 1 Cat Osterman .............. 2.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 6 6 2 0

Arizona Wildcats IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Alicia Hollowell .......... 7.0 6 6 6 4 5 1 0 2 0 28 35 11 5

WP - Hollowell. HB - Finch; Hollowell 2.

Strikeouts - Watley; O'BrienAmico; Topping; Mendoza; Giordano; Lowe 3; Champion 2; Allen; Vandergeest 3; Fox 2; Coburn 2; Schultz; Quintero; Abrams 2. Walks - Fernandez; Topping; Jung 2; Allen; Schultz.

Umpires - HP: Steve Arnold 1B: Stretch Johnson 3B: Mike Bartling Start: 6 pm Time: 2:05 Attendance: 3541

Game: ARIZUSA

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