TUCSON, Ariz. -- The No. 1 Arizona softball team upended Eastern Michigan Friday night, 15-0, and Alicia Hollowell pitched her fifth no-hitter of the year in a 15-strikeout performance. Sophomore Kristie Fox led the Cats' offensive efforts with a four-for-four night, scoring three and driving in five.
The Cats got out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first on six hits. Seniors Jackie Coburn and Jen Martinez, and junior Shelly Schultz had back-to-back-to-back RBI singles to give the Cats a three-run lead.
Arizona sent 24 batters to the plate in the first two innings and jumped to a 13-0 lead over Eastern Michigan in the Eagles' third game of the year. Fox added three more RBI with a three-run homer over the fence in right center in the second. Eagles pitcher Aimee Woodrum relieved starting pitcher Michelle Lloyd with two out in the second.
By the end of the third, eight of nine Wildcat starters had scored at least one run and all had at least one RBI. With a 15-0 advantage, the Cats had scored the most runs in a game since March 7 last year, when Arizona beat UTEP, 14-6.
Arizona will take on the Eagles again on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hillenbrand Stadium.