Photos: 2001 University of Arizona softball team, NCAA champions – Arizona Daily Star

University of Arizona Wildcats won a tense 2001 NCAA softball championship game against UCLA, 1-0 ,on a fourth-inning home run by catcher Lindsey Collins.
The Wildcats finished 65-4.
The Arizona Wildcats celebrate their 1-0 win over UCLA to win the 2001 NCAA Women’s College World Series.
Arizona coach Mike Candrea is showered with water Monday, May 28, 2001, after his team defeated UCLA, 1-0, in the NCAA Division I Softball championship game in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Jerry Laizure)
Arizona players celebrate on the field Monday, May 28, 2001, after defeating UCLA, 1-0, in the championship game of the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Arizona softball team members taking pictures of themselves during 2001 media day. Standing out front is pitcher Jennie Finch, lying down from left to right is Toni Mascarenas and Lisha Ribellia. Taking the picture is Mackenzie Vandergeest.
UA’s left fielder Nicole Giordano makes a catch of a fly ball against Arizona State University in the 7th inning on April 13, 2001.
Arizona’s Jenny Gladding #15 slides into third against the Peahens’ short stop Nicole Tango #25, during the fourth inning after a running race to the base. Tango lost the ball during the play and Gladding was safe. Arizona beat the Saint Peter’s College Peahens from Jersey City, New Jersey 4-2 at Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium during the 2001 NCAA Division I Softball Championship.
Arizona’s Lisha Ribellia,#8, throws to first after forcing out Texas Tech University’s Andrea Joachims,#5, to complete a double play in second round 2001 NCAA tournament action at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Toni Mascarenas comes leaping out of the dugout with her team mates with number one on her fingers after Lisha Ribellia made her first home run in the sixth inning against South Wester Texas State University during the 2001 NCAA Tournament at Hillenbrand Stadium.
UA pitcher Jennie Finch throws against Texas Tech University during the second round of the 2001 NCAA tournament at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Leneah Manuma, Toni Mascarenas and Mackenzie Vandergeest celebrate Manuma’s second home run during the Wildcat’s win over the Oklahoma Sooners in 2001.
Oklahoma’s LaKisha Washington,#22, tries to slide under the tag of UA’s Allison Andrade at second base in 2001.
Jennie Finch slides into second base off of her own hit against the ASU Sun Devils in fourth inning at Farrington Stadium in 2001.
Photo editor
Rick Wiley is the photo editor of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. From 1995-2004, he was director of photography at the East Valley Tribune in Mesa. From 1988-94 he was a photographer at the Tucson Citizen. He is a graduate of ASU (yes, that ASU).

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