May 12, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - Top-ranked Arizona used good pitching and its typical hitting to sweep the Washington Huskies, 5-1 and 9-0, in both teams final regular-season softball games Saturday night.
The Cats banged four home runs and used pitching by senior Becky Lemke and freshman Jenny Gladding in successive games to keep UW tied for third place in the final league standings.
Some bad news for the Wildcats, who finished the regular season 57-4 and as Pac-10 Champions with a 19-2 mark, came when freshman slugger Leneah Manuma pulled up with a right hamstring pull while reaching base on a fielder's choice in the first inning of the nightcap.
She left the game for ice treatment but the extent of the injury was not known.
The Cats had a four-run second, with a solo homer by Mackenzie Vandergeest, an RBI single by Lauren Bauer and a two-run home run by Nicole Giordano. UA blew open the game with a five-run fourth, highlighted by Toni Mascarenas' grand slam, her team-best 20th home run of the season and give UA an 8-0 lead en route to a mercy-rule victory.
Gladding held UW to four hits to win her 13th game against two defeats. Washington's Shannon Walsh (4-14) took the loss.
Becky Lemke scattered four hits and struck out 10 to help lead Arizona to a 5-1 victory in the first game.
UA took a 2-0 lead in the first inning with short-game tactics. Lauren Bauer and Nicole Giordano led off with bunt singles and Toni Mascarenas moved them up with a sacrifice bunt, then designated player Jennie Finch knocked a bouncing single up the middle to score both runners.
Washington loaded the bases with one out in the second on a Kim DePaul double and walks issued by UA's Becky Lemke to Amanda Oleson and Christie Rosenblad. Lemke pitched out of the jam by striking out Courtney Jeffries and Amy Hanson.
Allison Andrade's 12th home run of the year, a solo shot to center, stretched the lead to 3-0. Some nifty baserunning by Leneah Manuma helped Arizona get another run in the fifth. She walked, stole second, tagged and moved to third on a fly ball, then scored on Lindsey Collins' bloop single to center.
Washington scored its run in the sixth. Kim DePaul reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and scored on Christie Rosenblad's double. Arizona scored its final run in the bottom of the frame on an RBI groundout by Manuma.
Washington dropped to 37-21 overall and 11-10 in Pac-10 play.
Both teams await word from the NCAA selection committee Sunday evening regarding Regional play. Arizona gets the Pac-10's automatic bid and Washington likely will receive an at-large berth.