PALM SPRINGS, Calif. ?- The No. 1 Arizona softball team (15-0) remained undefeated with 8-1 and 5-1 victories over Maryland and Ohio State, respectively, at the Palm Springs Classic on Saturday.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day came in the form of one swing of the bat from Ohio State. With Arizona leading, 1-0, in the fourth inning against the Buckeyes, OSU freshman Courtney Pruner hit a leadoff home run against Alicia Hollowell (8-0), who went on to win. Pruner’s run was Hollowell’s first run, earned or unearned, allowed this season.
Hollowell had thrown 47.0 innings pitched without allowing an earned run. In that span, Arizona’s offense had scored 42 runs, and 161 batters had come to the plate to face Hollowell.
Hollowell also made history on Saturday, earning her 120th career victory at Arizona. With the victory, Hollowell passed Wildcat great Jennie Finch, and she now stands alone in second place on UA’s all-time list, four behind Nancy Evans’ 124 career victories.
In the win over OSU, Sam Banister hit her team-leading third home run in the bottom of the fourth to give Arizona the lead for good. Also, Chelsie Mesa had her team-high 11-game hit streak snapped.
UA’s emerging star in the circle, sophomore Taryne Mowatt (7-0), tossed a two-hitter in the matinee victory over the Terrapins. Mowatt has not yet allowed more than three hits in any of her seven starts this year, and can tie her career high with eight victories in her next start.
Arizona wraps up play at the Palm Springs Classic on Sunday with a match-up against No. 4 Texas, beginning at 1 p.m. (PST). The game will be televised live on ESPNU.