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Cats Sweep Softball Doubleheader with Eight Homers
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/22/2004
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TUCSON, Ariz.- Arizona's four home runs and a two-hit pitching effort by Jennie Finch led to a mercy-rule 9-1 softball victory over No. 14-ranked Fresno State in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday night. The Cats collected 17 hits and continued to hit home runs in the second game, but used an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth for a come-from-behind 8-7 victory and a sweep.

Arizona took a quick lead in the opener when Bauer led off the first with a double, moved to second on Nicole Giordano's groundout and scored on a sacrifice liner to center by Toni Mascarenas. Fresno State answered with an unearned run in the top of the second on a single by Lindsey Fossatti, a UA error and an RBI double by Lori Hoffman.

Allison Andrade, who had three home runs on the night, hit her ninth of the season with two outs in the second to make it 2-1, then Bauer led off the third with home run to left-center. An out later Toni Mascarenas singled and stole second, then scored on Leneah Manuma's single up the middle to make it 4-1.

 
 

Bauer pushed the lead to 7-1 in the fourth with her second homer. Kim Balkan led off with a single and Manuma walked, then Bauer hit it over the fence, again in left-center. Finch ended the game with no outs in the bottom of the fifth with a home run to left after Manuma collected her third single.

Finch struck out 10. The home run was her 11th of the season.

In game two, UA also hit four home runs but used them to come from behind. The 99 the team has hit is one shy of tying Arizona's NCAA record of 100 by the 1995 Wildcats.

Fresno State took a 1-0 lead in the first, scoring an unearned run after UA catcher Lindsey Collins dropped a third-out popup behind the plate. Bulldogs second baseman Pam Perez singled in Becky Witt, who had singled and moved to third on a sacrifice and a groundout.

The Cats loaded the bases in the bottom of the first with no outs, but Fresno State starting pitcher Leslie Poole got Manuma on a fly ball, Finch on a strikeout and Mackenzie Vandergeest on a liner to end the threat.

Five hits pushed FSU's lead to 6-0 in the second. An RBI single by Vanessa Czarnecki brought in the first run and with two outs and the bases full, Fossatti drove a Jenny Gladding pitch into the eighth row beyond the left field fence.

Arizona got on the board with a solo home run by Andrade in the bottom of the second and added two more in the third on an RBI single by Finch and a sacrifice fly by Vandergeest. FSU scored an unearned run in the fourth on Fossatti's RBI ground-out that should have been the third out, to make it 7-3.

Manuma hit her 15th home run of the year in the fifth and Andrade hit her third of the night in the sixth to cut into the lead, 7-5. Pinch-hitter Lindsey Collins followed with a solo homer to cut the lead to a run, then Bauer doubled and scored on Giordano's single to tie the game, 7-7.

In the bottom of the ninth, Kim Balkan singled to right field and advanced to third on an error by fielder Mitzi Ing, then scored on Andrade's single to center for the winning run off FSU reliever Lori Hoffman (8-9).

UA's third pitcher in the game, Finch (18-0), earned the victory with three innings of one-hit relief. Andrade had five hits in the doubleheader, while Bauer had six. The Cats improved to 43-4 overall and Fresno State dropped to 31-17.

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