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Softball Splits Two Pool Play Games at Judi Garman Classic
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 16, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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FULLERTON, Calif. ?- The No. 1 Arizona softball team (24-2) lost just its second game of the year, a 1-0 decision, to No. 18 Texas A&M.


Alicia Hollowell (13-1) and Megan Gibson (9-2) engaged in a pitcher’s duel, as the game remained scoreless through the first five innings.  Although Arizona had a batter reach base in each of the first six innings of the game, UA never had more than one runner on in a given frame. 


Hollowell, who had given up just one hit to A&M in her two previous starts against the Aggies, surrendered a solo home run by Jamie Hinshaw in the top of the sixth for the game’s first run.  A&M’s, 1-0, lead was just the third time UA found itself trailing all season.


Caitlin Lowe led off the game with a bunt single and stole one of her three bases in the game, but was left stranded at third.  Two innings later, Lowe reached third again but did not come around to score.


In the seventh, Taryne Mowatt became UA’s first pinch hitter of the year, as she hit for Callista Balko.  Mowatt worked the count to 2-1 but flied out to left field, a few feet short of the warning track.  Adrienne Acton fouled off several pitches, before lining out to center.  With two out in the seventh, Lowe flied out to left.


Up next: Arizona next plays Cal State Northridge at 4 p.m. (PST) on Friday in its final game of pool play at the Judi Garman Classic.  Arizona will have to wait and see how other games go, including its match-up with the Matadors, before learning where it will place in its pool.  For more information, log on to 


Game Notes:

-         Caitlin Lowe extended her team-leading 13-game hit streak.  That mark is the longest for any UA player this season. 

-         Caitlin Lowe now has 18 multi-hit games.

-         Laine Roth extended her hitting streak to 10 games.