Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 2 Softball Falls to No. 3 UCLA, 2-1
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 09, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 2 Arizona softball team (31-5, 2-2) lost No. 3 UCLA (32-3, 4-1), 2-1, in front of 2,340 fans at Hillenbrand Stadium on Saturday night.


The two most storied collegiate softball programs put on quite a show with solid defensive plays around the field for both teams.  UCLA, however, was able to string together multiple clutch hits throughout the game, which proved to be the difference.


Alicia Hollowell (16-2) gave up a run in the first inning all year, when she was tagged for four hits and one run before the Wildcats had even touched their bats.  UCLA’s Andrea Duran led the game off with a double down the left field line, before coming around to score on Jodie Legaspi single to center field.  Hollowell was able to work out of the jam, as the Bruins left the bases loaded with only one run across.


The Bruins tacked on a much-needed insurance run in the top of the fourth, when they were the beneficiary of another leadoff double; this one by Legaspi.  Dodd sacrificed Alissa Eno, who ran for Legaspi, to third and Whitney Holum drove her in with a single.


UCLA’s Lisa Dodd (14-1) allowed only three UA batters to reach base, before giving up her first hit of the game in the fifth inning to UA sophomore Taryne Mowatt.  Mowatt was pinch run for by Kelly Nelson after the base knock.  Nelson advanced to third on a walk and a sacrifice, but Dodd stranded the two Wildcat runners when she induced Chelsie Mesa into flying out to left.


Callista Balko got the Wildcats on the board in the sixth with a one-out, solo home run, her fifth of the year, and two batters later Jenae Leles doubled, knocking Dodd out of the game.  With the go-ahead run at the plate, UCLA head coach Sue Enquist turned to her ace Anjelica Selden to clean up the mess, and Selden delivered as she struck out Mowatt to end the inning.


Up next: The Wildcats next play tomorrow against No. 3 UCLA at 1 p.m. at Hillenbrand Stadium.  This will be UA’s last home game before hitting the road for eight straight Pac-10 contests.


Game notes:

-         The loss snaps UA’s 24-game home winning streak, which dates back to May 7, 2005.  The streak started one day after UCLA defeated Arizona.

-         Callista Balko’s home run was UA’s 34th on the year.  That mark gives the Wildcats one more than last year’s team total of 33. Taryne Mowatt’s two hits marked her career multi-hit game.

-         Callista Balko extended her team-high five game hitting streak.

-         Tonight’s attendance of 2,340 is the 30th largest crowd in Hillenbrand Stadium history.