TEMPE, Ariz. ?- The No. 5 Arizona Softball team (4-0) took down its second top 10 opponent from the state of Texas today, with a 8-0, five-inning victory over the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies (3-1). Alicia Hollowell tossed her second no-hitter of the season, making it 15 in her distinguished career.
Hollowell (2-0) has yet to give up a hit in 11 innings pitched this season, and she struck out nine of the 16 batters she faced. The only two batters to reach against Hollowell have done so on a walk and a hit by pitch.
Arizona did not have trouble making contact offensively, however, as UA jumped on Scarborough in the bottom of the first, as Caitlin Lowe slapped a double down the left field line, followed by an Autumn Champion single to nearly the same spot. The Wildcats continued to pepper the left field line, as Kristie Fox laced a double down the left field line, scoring two runs. With no out and a runner in scoring position, Chelsie Mesa crushed a home run to left field, the first of her Division I collegiate career. Mesa had hit a home run against Texas earlier in the day, but the round-tripper was negated when UT protested Arizona’s lineup card.
Up 4-0 with no out in the first, UA’s freshman class started another rally, loading the bases a Sam Banister walk, Laine Roth single and Jenae Leles hit by pitch brought up Adrienne Acton. Acton registered her first two RBI of the year with a single to shallow left-center field. With runners on second and third, Lowe hit a sac fly to right, scoring Leles, and bringing UA’s tally to 7-0.
After striking out the first four batters of the game, Hollowell hit Holly Ridley with a pitch, breaking up the possibility of a perfect game. Hollowell retired the next two A&M batters via strikeout.
At the start of the second inning, the Aggies brought in Lisa Gorzycka to stop the bleeding. Gorzycka allowed a walk and a single, but got out of the inning unscathed.
A&M’s Ronda Smith was the first Aggie to make contact, when she popped out to short in the top of the third.
Banister, who currently leads UA in slugging, smacked her second home run of the year in the fifth inning to invoke the eight-run rule.
Arizona wraps up play in the Kajikawa Classic tomorrow, when it plays New Mexico and Cal State Fullerton at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively.