TUCSON--Arizona won a game without scoring a run on Saturday, and won a second over Washington with a 12-hit attack, while junior pitching ace Alicia Hollowell picked up both victories.
The Cats won a rain-delayed game begun April 15 in Seattle, 3-0, by Hollowell allowing no runs in three innings of pitching from the point of delay, and beat the Huskies 9-1 in five innings in the second contest.
In the scheduled game at 5 p.m., The Cats snapped out of a scoring funk that saw it shut out against UCLA on Friday evening, and put together a couple of rallies that defined the game.
Washington took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a solo home by first baseman Sarah Hyatt, but Arizona came back swiftly to regain the lead in the bottom of the frame, 3-1, on a two-run triple by Caitlin Lowe and a run-scoring single into short right field by Autumn Champion.
It was Lowe's fourth triple of the year, one shy of the UA's single-season chart, stacked with seven former players tied for 8th with five in a season. It was Lowe's eighth career three-base hit, though, tying her for 10th on Arizona's all-time chart.
The Cats batted around to extend the lead to 7-1 in the third. Crystal Farley led off with a double down the left field line, Callista Balko reached on an error and Courtney Fossatti loaded the bases with a bunt single. Adrienne Acton knocked in the first run of her career with a fielder's choice, bringing in Farley.
An out later, Kristie Fox drove in two more runs, both unearned, with a double that banged off the fence a foot short of a home run in right center, giving her 61 RBI for the year. She leads the country in runs batted in per game, at 1.38.
UA came up with the mercy-rule eight-run margin with a bases-loaded RBI fielder's choice by Fox and a following run-scoring single by Jackie Coburn.
Alicia Hollowell struck out six batters in the three innings of pitching in the first contest to help Arizona finish a game halted by rain in Seattle April 15.
Hollowell scattered four hits and struck out a total of 17 batters in the game, giving up a couple of singles on Saturday.
UA had scored all its runs in the top of the first inning in Seattle. Lowe led off with a double, Autumn Champion was hit by a pitch, and then Fox drove in Lowe with a single. Coburn loaded the bases with a bunt single. After a force out at home, Callista Balko was hit by a pitch to drive in a run and chase UW starter Amy Boek.
Jennifer Martinez drew a walk off reliever Caitlin Noble to drive in another run before Noble struck out Crystal Farley and Adrienne Acton to end the rally.
Boek came back in to start the resumed contest in Tucson and took the loss in three and one-third total innings, dropping to 15-10. She and Caitlin Noble combined to strike out 12 Wildcats in the contest.
Arizona improved to 36-9 and 10-7 in Pac-10 play while Washington dropped to 29-18 and 7-9. The two teams conclude their series and Arizona's home schedule with a 1 p.m. game Sunday. It's Senior Day for the Wildcat group playing their final game at Hillenbrand.