TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 1 Arizona softball team (21-1) defeated No. 18 Baylor (16-7) by a xx-xx tally on Friday night.
UA pitcher Alicia Hollowell (12-0) won her 124th career game, tying Nancy Evans for the most career victories in Arizona softball history. Hollowell has thrown complete games in each of her dozen starts this season. The senior from Suisun, Calif., is already UA’s career record holder in both innings pitched and strikeouts.
Arizona jumped on Lady Bear hurler Lisa Ferguson (9-3) in the first inning for two runs on three hits. Caitlin Lowe led off with an infield single, followed by an Autumn Champion walk. Kristie Fox drove in her 19th run of the year, scoring Lowe for the game’s first run. After a Chelsie Mesa walk, Laine Roth fouled off four pitches before hitting into a run-scoring fielder’s choice.
Baylor put up its first run of the game, as Ashley Monceaux hit a home run to left-center, breaking up the possibility of Hollowell’s 10th shutout of the year.
Arizona used a combination of speed and power to put up xx runs on the board in the UA half of the second. Adrienne Acton led off with an infield single followed by a pair of bunt singles by All-American duo Lowe and Champion. With the bases loaded, Fox doubled to left-center field, clearing the bases and knocking Ferguson out.
Baylor hit its second home run of the game, as freshman third baseman Brett Reagan crushed Hollowell’s offering to left field for a three-run homer.
Arizona responded to BU’s offensive outburst for six runs in the third, bringing the Wildcat lead to 11-4. Laine Roth led off with a single and moved to second on Callista Balko’s third sac bunt of the year. Sam Banister singled up the middle, placing UA runners on the corners. Next, Acton notched her second consecutive multi-hit game, bringing pinch runner Kelly Nelson around to score. After Champion’s second straight bunt single, Kristie Fox knocked her third home run of the year, increasing UA’s lead to 10-4.
UA strung together several infield singles in the fifth inning to score its 12th run, and give itself an eight-run lead, invoking the run-rule.
Up next: Arizona plays its second of three games against Baylor tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Hillenbrand Stadium.
- Caitlin Lowe extended her team-leading hit streak to nine games. Chelsie Mesa extended her streak to six games.
- Caitlin Lowe now has 15 multi-hit games.
- Arizona’s 16 hits are a season-high for an individual game