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Michigan’s Nemitz blanks UA softball team in 2-hitter

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Citizen Staff Report

Nikki Nemitz still has University of Arizona’s number.

The Michigan pitcher shut down UA softball team for the second straight year, tossing a two-hitter in the Wolverines’ 4-0 win over No. 12 UA at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., on Sunday.

UA finished 3-2 at the three-day event.

Nemitz (12-3) struck out 11 and walked two. Last year, she also tossed a two-hit shutout in Michigan’s 2-0 win over the Wildcats.

Kristen Arriola and Lini Koria each had singles Sunday for UA.

Jennifer Martinez (3-1) took the loss for the Wildcats, allowing three earned runs on 11 hits in seven innings.

Michigan scored single runs in the second, third, sixth and seventh innings.

Arizona (26-7) lost 9-6 to Penn State on Saturday and beat Notre Dame 10-1.

The Wildcats play a doubleheader at New Mexico State starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

After those games in Las Cruces, N.M., UA will be off until March 27 when it opens Pac-10 play against visiting Oregon State.

UA track and field

All three University of Arizona track and field athletes competing on the second day of NCAA Championship indoor competition earned All-American honors in College Station, Texas, on Saturday.

Seniors Nicole Lloyd and Megan Howard placed ninth and 10th in the women’s shot put. Lloyd had a best throw of 52 feet, 3.25 inches to earn her first ever All-America honor.

Lloyd’s husband, Zack, also earned All-American honors for Arizona on Friday with his third-place finish in the men’s shot put.

Howard earned the second All-American award of her career with a mark of 51-6.25.

Junior Gabriella Duclos finished fourth in the pole vault with her clearance of 13-11.25 to earn the first All-American accolades of her career.

Saturday’s finish brought UA to a total of five All-Americans for the weekend. Junior Liz Patterson finished second Friday in the high jump.

The UA women’s team finished 18th while the men were 32nd. Oregon won the overall competition on the men’s side while Tennessee took the women’s crown.

UA’s outdoor season begins this weekend with the 27th annual Willie Williams Classic and the Dave Murray Distance Classic at Roy P. Drachman Stadium.

UA women’s tennis

The Wildcats had to contend with the No. 1-ranked doubles duo in the country Saturday as the team record fell to 7-5 in a 6-1 loss at Fresno State.

UA freshman Natasha Marks and junior partner Claire Rietsch lost to FSU’s Anastasia Petukhova and Renata Kucerkova in the top doubles match, 8-3. The only victory for UA was Ariane Masschelein’s 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 singles win against Laura Polo.

UA freshman Sue Landsman lost her first singles match in 12 starts, losing 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4 singles.

Arizona will be in Honolulu this weekend. The Wildcats play Wyoming on Friday and host Hawaii on Saturday.

UA men’s tennis

No. 19-ranked Arizona extended its winning streak to 12 and stayed unbeaten at home with a 7-0 victory against Iowa on Sunday.

The Wildcats (14-1) blanked Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Saturday by the same count.

Arizona won two of the three doubles matches Sunday and won each singles match in straight sets.

Jay Goldman won in No. 1 singles, followed by Andres Andrango, Andres Carrasco, Ravid Hazi, Pat Metham and Jason Zafiros.

Metham beat Tucsonan Tommy McGeorge 6-3, 6-4 and Zafiros remained undefeated in 15 starts this year.

Arizona is next in action when it hosts Northwestern on March 25.

> UA men’s and women’s tennis season statistics, 6C

UA gymnastics

Coach Bill Ryden earned his 150th career win in the Wildcats’ regular season finale Saturday, as they defeated Yale and host Maryland in a four-team meet.

Senior Bree Workman scored a 9.9 in the vault competition to lead Arizona (8-6), which totaled 195.3 points.

Penn State finished first in the meet with 196.15.

Sarah Tomczyk earned a 9.875 with her floor routine and Colleen Fisher scored 9.875 in the vault.

Tomczyk and freshman Deanna Graham had 9.850 scores in the vault.

Arizona will compete in the Pac-10 Tournament this weekend, and the NCAA Tournament starting April 4.

UA men’s golf

UA is in third place after two rounds of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship in Las Vegas.

The Wildcats have an even-par 575 total, 14 strokes behind leader Oklahoma State.

Morgan Hoffman of Oklahoma State leads individuals with a 10-under 134. Tyler Neal of UA is in seventh at 2-under, while teammate Jonathan Khan is in 16th at 1-over.

The meet concludes Monday.

Pima softball

The Aztecs finished 5-1 at the Phoenix College Invitational this weekend after losing 3-2 to Paradise Valley on Sunday.

The Aztecs (37-7) meet Paradise Valley again Tuesday in a doubleheader at 2 p.m. at Pima.

Pima baseball

The Aztecs finished the three-day Jack Howell Classic with a record of 4-1-1.

Pima is 16-11-1 on the season.

Pima visits Chandler-Gilbert for a doubleheader at noon Tuesday.

Pima women’s tennis

The Aztecs beat Kansas Wesleyan University 9-0 on Sunday at the Tucson Racquet Club.

Pima hosts Johnson County (Kan.) CC at 11 a.m. Thursday.

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