Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
UA Blanks ASU, 8-0
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 18, 2003
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Related Links

Box Score

TUCSON - The top of Arizona's batting order collected nine hits to pace UA's offense and Alicia Hollowell threw a one-hit shutout over No. 12 Arizona State, 8-0, in college softball Friday night at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Autumn Champion singled three times, Courtney Fossatti singled four times and Lovie Jung homered and doubled to drive in four runs.

Arizona had successive singles by Champion and Fossatti to open the first, then ASU pitcher Desiree Serrano intentionally walked home-run Lovie Jung. The ploy worked as Mackenzie Vandergeest and Jackie Coburn hit into short-to-home fielder's choices and Wendy Allen struck out to end the threat.

Arizona batted around two innings later to blow the game open. Champion and Fossatti singled again, and this time ASU pitched to Jung and she smacked her 22nd home run of the year to give UA a 3-0 lead.

After walking the next batter, Vandergeest, Serrano (17-8) was pulled. Reliever Susan Aguilar gave up a single to Coburn, Allen advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt and Lisha Ribellia hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. Shelly Shultz doubled to right-center to make it 5-0.

The Cats picked up a couple more runs in the fourth. Fossatti singled again in the fourth and Jung doubled to right-center to drive in another run. After moving up on a ground ball, Jung scored on Allen's opposite-field single to left.

Crystal Farley singled with one out in the bottom of the fifth, Champion singled again and Fossatti singled to drive in Farley with the final run, on the mercy rule.

Hollowell won her 25th game against three defeats to break Becky Lemke's 1998 freshman record of 25 victories in a season.

Top-ranked Arizona improved to 40-4 and 9-1 in Pac-10 play. The Sun Devils dropped to 28-14 and 5-5. The two teams complete their two-game series Saturday at 7 p.m.