TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 2 Arizona softball team survived a rough game over No. 6 Stanford for its first win of the Pac-10 season, 4-2.
Junior pitcher Alicia Hollowell gave up a season-high seven hits to the Cardinal, but still managed to strike out 12 and come out on top for her 18th win of the season. She also committed a first-inning error on a bunt that led to an inside-the-park homer and two unearned runs for Stanford.
The Cats put their first run on the board in the bottom of the first, when Caitlin Lowe walked and got to second on a bunt single by Autumn Champion. With one out, senior Jackie Coburn hit a fielder’s choice to short, scoring Lowe from third and cutting Stanford’s lead to one.
The Cardinal loaded the bases on three straight singles to start the second, but Hollowell struck out left fielder Jackie Rinehart and center fielder Catalina Morris before shortstop Lauren Lappin flied out to Lowe in center to end the inning unscathed.
Arizona evened it up in the bottom of the third, when Lowe led off with a slap single to short and stole second. With two out, Coburn again came through in the clutch and singled up the middle, scoring Lowe.
The Wildcats’ final two runs came in the fifth inning. Lowe again led off with a single, and with one out Kristie Fox got her first and only hit of the game down the left field line. Coburn walked to load the bases, Shelly Schultz hit a fielder’s choice to second and Lowe beat out the throw to home to give Arizona its first lead of the game, 3-2. With one out, Callista Balko got a fielder’s choice to put the runners in motion and Fox scored on an error by Lappin.
The Cats are now 27-2 overall and 1-0 in the Pac-10. Arizona will take on No. 3 Cal on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Hillenbrand Stadium.