Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Fifty-one And Rising
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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Feb. 24, 2002

TUCSON--Senior All-American Jennie Finch added to her list of accomplishments by winning her 51st consecutive game to help Arizona beat Cal State Northridge, 6-0, in Arizona's Worth Wildcat Invitational softball tournament.

Finch last lost a game April 21, 2000, a 3-1 decision at No. 4-ranked Arizona State. She eclipsed the mark of 50 victories set by Rebecca Aase of Florida State from 1991 to 1993. Finch struck out 10 and scattered three hits for her seventh shutout of the season.

Finch finished 2000 with eight straight victories for a 19-2 record, was 32-0 last year and has won her first 11 decisions this season.

The Wildcats jumped on the board in the first with a one-out single by Carrie Hagen, who stole second, was moved to third by Finch's infield single, then scored on Leneah Manuma's hit down the left field line.


UA scored three more in the third. Finch hit a solo homer to lead off. Later, Lisha Ribellia scored on a delayed steal, crossing the plate while Jackie Coburn got herself caught between first and second, and beat the throw back to first. Allyson Von Lichtenstein singled in the final run, scoring Coburn from second.

Second baseman Ribellia and shortstop Lovie Jung turned a double play in the fourth to thwart a potential CSN rally after Christen Bedwell walked and pitcher Summer Richardson singled.

Finch walked and scored from first in the fourth to make it 5-0 when CSN rightfielder Sondar Milchiker let Manuma's single bounce off her glove. Coburn hit a solo homer to center in the fifth to push the lead to 6-0.