TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 2 Arizona softball team suffered its first Pac-10 loss on Sunday against No. 3 Cal, 6-3.
Alicia Hollowell gave up a season-high eight hits in 4.1 innings to the Golden Bears in her second loss of the season. Hollowell also gave up a season-high five runs, including a three-run homer to Bears catcher Haley Woods in the fifth inning. Her record falls to 19-2, and her season ERA is up to 0.72.
Leslie Wolfe relieved Hollowell after Woods’ homer for 2.2 innings, giving up six hits, one run and notching a strikeout.
Cal pitcher Kelly Anderson held Arizona’s batters hitless until the bottom of the fifth, when Crystal Farley broke the drought with a single up the middle. Arizona didn’t score until bottom of the sixth, when Jackie Coburn hit her sixth homer of the year to right field with two on and one out.
Arizona’s record falls to 28-3 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats will be in action again on Wednesday, April 6, when they travel to Arizona State for a 7 p.m. game in Tempe.
The loss snapped Arizona's home winning streak at 12 games. UA had not suffered defeat at Hillenbrand Stadium since the third round of the NCAA tournament in May last year. In collecting some late hits off Anderson, the Cats averted being no-hit for the first time since a May 2000 College World Series game against Southern Mississippi when All-American ace Courtney Blades blanked UA, 7-0, in Oklahoma City.
NOTES... Cal's victory snapped a four-game losing streak to Arizona. However, the Bears last victories came in 2003 with twin victories on the same day in Oklahoma City to knock Arizona out of the College World Series... Hollowell, who started all three games for the Cats over the weekend, notched her 100th career victory on Saturday against California, becoming the sixth UA pitcher to reach the plateau. She carries a 100-11 career mark into this week's play... Kristie Fox' game-winning grand slam on Saturday night was UA's second of the year and as many in seven days, on the heels of Caitlin Lowe's bases-loaded knock a week earlier at Louisiana-Lafayette...