WACO, Texas--Junior All-American Alicia Hollowell threw her second no-hitter of the season and freshman Taryne Mowatt pitched strong in relief to give the Cats (11-0) a come-back second victory Friday at the Compass Bank Invitational at host Baylor University.
Hollowell's no-hitter paced Arizona to a 1-0 victory over Sam Houston State and Mowatt pitched five strong innings to help beat Birmingham Southern, 8-3, in the Cats' second game.
Hollowell struck out 15 and faced two over the minimum in the first game, 23 batters. She walked Stephanie Mosley in the first inning and Lauren Boone in the sixth, the only Bearkats to reach base.
Arizona managed only four hits off SHSU pitcher Shalayne Blythe, and got the winning run with the short game in the top of the first inning. Leadoff batter Caitlin Lowe hit a bunt single to third base, was sacrificed to second by Autumn Champion, and scored on Kristie Fox' single to left.
Hollowell's no-hitter was the sixth of her career and seven total including a combined no-hitter with Wendy Allen last season. The strikeouts moved her to 1,002 for her career and moved her to within 26 of the career record held by Jennie Finch at 1,028. She improved to 6-0 on the season.
In game two, Arizona starter Leslie Wolfe was touched for three hits in the first inning and a throwing error helped BSC take a 2-0 lead. The Cats batted around and came back in the bottom of the second to take the lead, 4-2, with RBI singles by Shelly Schultz and Crystal Farley, a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch RBI by Caitlin Lowe and a sacrifice fly by Kristie Fox.
After BSC got two hits to lead off the third, UA coach Mike Candrea brought in Mowatt and the freshman was in control the rest of the way, allowing only one hit and striking out 10 in five innings of pitching to improve to 4-0.
UA added a couple more runs in the fourth on a bases loaded wild pitch and a double steal, with Caitlin Lowe stealing home. UA tacked on two more in the sixth on RBI singles by Fox and Callista Balko. Farley ended up with three hits and two runs while Lowe had two hits and two runs.
Fox, who drove in both eventual winning runs in the games Friday, pushed her season total 19 in 11 games. She has driven in the go-ahead or winning run in seven of Arizona's games this year.
Arizona will play Louisiana Tech at 9:30 a.m. (CST) Saturday and host Baylor at 2 p.m. in the tournament, with seeding setting up matchups for Sunday's games.