FULLERTON, Calif. ?- The No. 1 Arizona softball team suffered its first loss of the season against No. 5 Texas on Thursday at the Kia Klassic, 1-0.
The 10-inning loss came at the hands of Longhorns pitcher Cat Osterman, who fanned 23 of 30 Wildcat hitters and gave up two hits. Senior Jen Martinez got a single up the middle in the top of the second inning, and junior Shelly Schultz got a hit through the left side in the fourth.
Arizona left eight runners on base in the game. The Cats threatened in the fourth when Schultz got her single. But with two on and one out, Osterman struck out Martinez and Candace Abrams to leave Arizona scoreless.
Junior pitcher Alicia Hollowell got her first loss of the season in her 10-inning, three-hit effort, which follows her perfect game only yesterday. She now has an ERA of 0.36 and a record of 12-1. With 11 strikeouts in the game, her season total is 199.
The lone Texas run came in the bottom of the 10th inning. International tiebreaker rules automatically placed right fielder Amber Hall on second. Second baseman Chez Sievers put down a sacrifice bunt to move Hall to third. With two out and two on, pinch hitter Jacqueline Williams hit a single up the middle to score Hall.
The Cats are 21-1 on the season and will continue playing at the Kia Klassic on Friday versus Florida State at 9 a.m. PST.