TEMPE, Ariz. ?- The Arizona Softball (6-0) team made the most of its first and only game of the Kajikawa Classic, with an 8-0, five-inning, win over Tennesee-Chattanooga (0-3). Junior pitcher Alicia Hollowell (3-0) threw five perfect innings, with 11 strikeouts to stop the Mocs.
Junior left fielder Autumn Champion opened the Wildcats’ half of the first inning with a drag bunt hit, before stealing second. Next, last week’s USA Softball National Player of the Week, Kristie Fox scored Champion on an RBI double to left-center field.
After a one-run third inning, Arizona opened up its lead with a five-run fourth. Fox hit her third home run of the year, a two-run shot to give the Cats a 4-0 lead. Several batters later, senior Candace Abrams came through with a two-out RBI pinch-hit single. Fellow senior Jennifer Martinez followed Abrams’ hit with a two RBI single of her own, propelling Arizona’s lead to 7-0.
Needing just one run to invoke the mercy rule, freshman catcher Callista Balko led off the fifth inning with a solo home run, the first of her collegiate career.
The first two days of the Kajikawa Classic were due to rain. Arizona will return home to host the Worth Wildcat Invitational Feb. 18-20. The Wildcats will take on Marshall, Northern Iowa, and Hawaii twice each.