TUCSON, Ariz.--Arizona pitching ace Alicia Hollowell and centerfielder Caitlin Lowe will miss several weeks of action for the No. 2-ranked Wildcats after suffering injuries in action Sunday at the Judi Garman Classic at Fullerton, Calif.
Hollowell was hit in the head by a line drive in the sixth inning of UA's final game against Texas, and left under her own power. Lowe suffered an injury to her glove hand sliding into first base in the sixth inning, but completed the nine-inning contest. Both players are out indefinitely, according to head coach Mike Candrea.
Hollowell, who did not get the decision in UA's 1-0 loss to the Longhorns, is 14-1 with an earned run average of 0.57 and 10 shutouts including a trio of no-hitters. Leadoff hitter Lowe leads the club with a .490 batting average, seven doubles and four triples, plus is second with 25 runs scored. She's also the team leader with 19 stolen bases.
Both players, Team USA members last summer in international play and recipients of five combined All-America honors, attended practice Tuesday, but remained on the sidelines and are not expected to play for several weeks, Candrea said. "Injuries are a part of the game, and we'll handle these and get everyone else ready to play," he said.
Arizona plays host to No. 10 (USA Softball/ESPN.com poll) Louisiana-Lafayette in a three-game series this week, and opens Pac-10 play the final weekend in March against the Oregon schools.
The Cats went 3-2 at the Classic -- losing a pair of 1-0 games against Texas A&M and Texas -- and dropped from the top ranking in the USA Softball poll released today. The NFCA poll comes out Wednesdays.
Sophomore Taryne Mowatt (12-2, 0.57), who threw a no-hitter against UNLV and a perfect game against Cal State Northidge at Fullerton to win Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors, likely will shoulder most of the work, with senior Leslie Wolfe yet to throw this year after a sore back has kept her sidelined. Candrea has worked other players in the outfield in practice situations and will make that decision before the Louisiana-Lafayette series.