Team USA vs. Arizona

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Stop 5 Stand Beside Her Tour: Hillenbrand Stadium

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Red, White and Blue Reunion

Last night, Team USA made its fifth stop on the Stand Beside Her Tour in Tucson, Ariz., at Hillenbrand Stadium. Pre-game festivities include Jennie Finch throwing batting practice to Team USA, Dejah Mulipola greeting Coach Mike Candrea at home plate and former Arizona Olympians coming back to celebrate the tour. In addition to current WNT members Abbott and Osterman, USA Softball Olympians and Arizona legends Jennie Finch, Lovie Jung, Leah O’Brien-Amico, Nicole Giordano, Alicia Hollowell and Caitlin Lowe, who is the Associate Head Coach at Arizona, attended the contest.

The exhibition proved to be the toughest game for Ken Eriksen and his squad, who sneaked by the Wildcats in a narrow 5-4 victory. Cat Osterman got the start in the circle for Team USA going four innings and allowing just 2 hits — one being a home run to Jessie Harper — with 8 strikeouts in 75 pitches. The U.S. used four pitchers in the contest with Abbott striking out the side in the seventh to pick up the save. Haylie McCleney started off the game with a bunt single followed by a walk to Kelsey Stewart and a three run homer by Ali Aguliar. Team USA kept chipping away with runs in the second and third inning.

 

Harper’s Home Runs

Jessie Harper blasted two home runs for the Wildcats with a solo shot off of Osterman in the 4th and a three-run shot off of Carda in the 5th. Harper drove in all four runs on the evening in an electrifying performance at Hillenbrand. Two freshman picked up hits for the Wildcats, Janelle Meono and Sharlize Palacios, and Malia Martinez went 2-4 for the evening. Full box score below.

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