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Arizona improved to 13-3 in opening games at the Women's College World Series. The Wildcats' win over Alabama was their eighth straight against the Crimson Tide. Alabama dropped to 0-2 in WCWS openers.
Arizona head coach Mike Candrea now owns a 44-18 (.710) career record in the Women's College World Series and career postseason record of 94-24 (.796).
Arizona owns a 34-5 record this year against teams that reached the 2003 NCAA postseason, with two of those losses coming to WCWS teams (Texas and Washington).
Arizona All-American Lovieanne Jung's two-run, third-inning double extended her hit streak to seven straight at bats (since the Region 1 Championship game against Texas A&M). She collected four RBIs and scored four runs during that stretch. Jung struck out in her third at bat today to end the streak. She finished the opener 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Jung improved her career WCWS batting average to .333 (5-for-15). Jung also upped her 2003 postseason average to .733 (11-for-15). Jung sits at No. 9 on the Arizona all-time RBI list with 81. She needs three RBIs to move up to No. 8 where Toni Mascarenas stands with 84.
Arizona freshman pitcher Alicia Hollowell struck out 13 batters today and now has 361 strikeouts this season. She stands five short of Wildcat legend Jennie Finch's single-season record of 366.
Hollowell notched her 10th strikeout for the first out in the top of the sixth. The punchout made it 13 games with double digits in strikeouts this season.
Arizona owns an 8-0 all-time series record against Alabama.
Alabama owns a 1-3 all-time record in the WCWS.
Alabama sophomore right fielder Ashley Coutney's two-run double in the fifth inning was the Crimson Tide's first ever double in the WCWS.
Arizona starting pitcher Alicia Hollowell improved to 39-3, while Alabama's Stephanie Van Brakle fell to 18-6 on the season.
Arizona advances to Game 5 Friday at 4:30 p.m. against the winner of Game 2 between Oklahoma and Washington. Arizona owns a 19-7 series record against Oklahoma and took two of three from Washington during Pac-10 play this season. Alabama will play at 11 a.m. on Saturday Pagainst the loser of Game 2. Alabama owns a 1-1 series record with Oklahoma and has never faced Washington.