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Balko?s Walk-Off Slam Punctuates Rout of ASU
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/04/2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The bats stayed hot for No. 3 Arizona for the second consecutive game in a crucial 10-0, six-inning win over No. 6 Arizona State on Wednesday night.  The contest came to an early ending when Callista Balko crushed a walk-off grand slam.

 

The victory bumps UA’s record to 37-9 overall and 8-6 in Pac-10 play.  The loss drops ASU to 42-10 overall and 6-7 in conference.

 

Alicia Hollowell allowed only two hits in her 13th shutout of the year, improving her record to 20-4.  The three-time All-American struck out 10 opposing hitters in six innings of work.

 

Hollowell: two-hit, 10 K pitching

Lowe: 2 runs, 2 hits, 2 RBI, SB
The Cats had reason to celebrate
The Wildcat offense lit up ASU’s Katie Burkhart for six runs in three innings, and would end up rappin gout

 

Arizona got off to a fast start in the first, as Kristie Fox hit a two-out, solo home run to left field.  The bomb extends Fox’s career-high total to 11 homers on the year, and added to her team-high RBI total that would reach 42 before night’s end.

 

After Hollowell retired ASU in order for the second consecutive inning, the Wildcats rallied in their half of the second. 

 

With one out, Taryne Mowatt reached on an ASU error.  Then, after fouling four pitches off, Laine Roth hit a 3-2 offering to center.  Adrienne Acton followed up with a tapper back towards the circle, which was good for a bases-loading single.  Caitlin Lowe clutched up with a two-run single to right, putting runners at the corners.  After Lowe stole her 97th career base, Autumn Champion plated Acton with Arizona’s fourth consecutive single.  Fox brought in the Wildcats’ fourth run of the inning with a sac fly to right.

 

Hollowell ended her shot at a no-hitter in the third inning, when she plunked ASU’s Mindy Cowles and surrendered an infield hit to Kaitlin Cochran.  With two runners on, Hollowell proceeded to strike out Jackie Vasquex; the seventh Sun Devil punch-out in three innings.

 

ASU mounted its most serious threat in the fifth, when a walk, a single and an intentional walk loaded the bases for the Sun Devils.  Hollowell would induce Vasquez into an inning-ending line out to center to get Arizona out of another jam unscathed.

 

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Game Notes:

-         Chelsie Mesa’s third-inning double was her first extra-base hit since April 1 against Oregon

-         Seven Wildcats had at least one hit

-         Alicia Hollowell’s victory gave her at least 20 wins for the fourth consecutive year

 

Up next: The Wildcats next play this Friday, as they host seventh-ranked Cal at Hillenbrand Stadium, beginning at 7 p.m.  Brian Jefferies will be on hand to call all the action on KCUB 1290 AM.  Jefferies’ call and a live webcast will be available for All-Access subscribes on arizonaathletics.com.

 

 

 

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