Jan. 26, 2002
Pitcher Jennie Finch continued her mastery over Division II hitting, pacing Arizona to a 3-0 victory with a no-hitter against Western New Mexico in the opener of an exhibition doubleheader Saturday.
Finch struck out 11 consecutive batters from the second through fifth innings, before walking WNMU's Brianna Hausske to break up a perfect game. She finished with 16 strikeouts. Lady Mustang pitcher Tiffany Mondink held the Cats to five hits and struck out three.
Finch opened exhibition play for UA with a perfect game against Sonoma State on Friday and has not given up a hit in 12 innings, although none of the statistics in the games will count until UA opens the regular season Friday against Alabama at Hillenbrand Stadium.
An estimated crowd of about 1,000 watched UA, ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll, score its three runs in the second inning of the first game on three hits, an error and a double steal. Leneah Manuma started if off with a double to left.
In game two, Western New Mexico took a 1-0 lead in the first when Katie Gutierrez led off with a single off UA pitcher Jenny Gladding, stole second, and two outs later scored on designated player Mondink's sinking single to left.
Arizona's Jenny Gladding had 13 strikeouts and only allowed two hits. In the fifth inning the Cats went on the prowl led by Lovie Jung's single to left field. Carrie Hagen, Mackenzie Vandergeest, Leneah Manuma and Jung scored the Cats next four runs. Jackie Coburn had two doubles and one run to help Arizona defeat Western New Mexico in the second exhibition game 6-1.