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Release: 05/21/2004
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May 21, 2004

TUCSON - NCAA Region 1 Softball - Friday in Tucson

Game 8 - Arizona 4, Louisiana-Lafayette 0

A contest of 40-game winners in Alicia Hollowell of Arizona and Brooke Mitchell of Louisiana-Lafayette turned into a one-sided affair as the sophomore Wildcat All-American tossed a one-hit shutout Friday afternoon in leading top-ranked Arizona to a 4-0 victory in the Region 1 Softball Championships.

Arizona (55-4) put itself in the Region's semi-final against Oklahoma at 11:30 a.m. (PDT) Saturday, while UL (56-7) moved to an elimination game against Temple immediately following the loss to Arizona.

Hollowell improved to 41-2 while Mitchell gave up seven hits and emerged with a 42-4 record. Hollowell, the nation's leader in strikeouts per innings, had eight. She threw no-hit ball until Holly Tankersley slipped a single through the right side in the bottom of the sixth.

The 41 victories broke her own season record of 40-5 set last year as a freshman. She now has 493 strikeouts, also bettering her own season record each time out.

The Cats staged a two-out rally to take a 3-0 lead in the third. Caitlin Lowe drew a walk, Allyson Von Liechtenstein slapped a single to left. Wendy Allen came up with a single to center, scoring Lowe, and the runners moved up on a high throw to the plate, and then Mackenzie Vandergeest socked a two-run single down the left-field line.

UA's Crystal Farley reached on an error and Lowe drew a walk to put runners on with no outs in the fifth. Von Liechtenstein hit into a force, Allen flied to left and Vandergeest drove in another run with a single to left. UA might have made more of it, but Von Liechenstein was thrown out trying to reach third after a throw to the plate.

Arizona Head Coach Larry Ray - "That was a much better performance. We came out fired up. I am very proud of the team. We still have a ways to go though. I am very pleased with the way Ally (Von Liechtenstein) filled in."

"We need everyone to step it up a little bit, but we have very capable players who can fill her (Autumn Champion) shoes."

Outfileder Allyson Von Liechtenstein - "They are big shoes to fill. I was nervous, but I was ready. I was nervous in my first at-bat, but then I was ready to go."

Pitcher Alicia Hollowell - "I try to go out and keep them off the scoreboard. No matter what, that's what I do."

Catcher Mackenzie Vandergeest - We were more fired up and ready to go. We stayed up and played some great defense. I had a couple good at-bats, but I always seem to have to put some pressure on myself."

BOX SCORE

                              2004 NCAA Region 1 Softball
                        Arizona Wildcats vs Louisiana-Lafayette
                      May 21, 2004 at Tucson, Ariz. (HIllenbrand)

Arizona Wildcats 4 (55-4) Louisiana-Lafayette 0 (56-7)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Caitlin Lowe cf............ 2 2 1 0 Tankersley rf/dh........... 3 0 1 0 A. Von Liechtenstein rf.... 4 1 1 0 Gomez 3b................... 3 0 0 0 Wendy Allen dh............. 3 1 2 1 Bryant 2b.................. 1 0 0 0 Mackenz. Vandergeest c..... 3 0 2 3 Evans 1b................... 3 0 0 0 Cortney Nix pr............ 0 0 0 0 Webre c.................... 3 0 0 0 Jackie Coburn 3b........... 2 0 0 0 Bertucci dh/rf............. 3 0 0 0 Kristie Fox ss............. 3 0 1 0 Bergeaux rf............... 0 0 0 0 Shelly Schultz 1b.......... 2 0 0 0 George lf.................. 2 0 0 0 Erin Palomarez ph/1b...... 1 0 0 0 Hebert ss.................. 2 0 0 0 Samantha Quintero 2b....... 3 0 0 0 Guidry cf.................. 2 0 0 0 Crystal Farley lf.......... 2 0 0 0 Mitchell p................. 0 0 0 0 Alicia Hollowell p......... 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 25 4 7 4 Totals..................... 22 0 1 0

Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Arizona Wildcats.... 003 010 0 - 4 7 0 Louisiana-Lafayette. 000 000 0 - 0 1 2 -----------------------------------------

E - Gomez; Guidry. LOB - ARIZ 4; UL 3. SB - Coburn; Fox; Farley. CS - Lowe; Coburn.

Arizona Wildcats IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Alicia Hollowell W,41-2... 7.0 1 0 0 2 8 0 0 0 0 22 24 9 4

Louisiana-Lafayette IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mitchell L,42-4........... 7.0 7 4 3 4 8 1 0 0 0 25 29 4 5

WP - Mitchell.

Strikeouts - Lowe; VonLiechten. 2; Vandergeest; Coburn 2; Schultz; Quintero; Tankersley; Gomez 2; Bryant; Webre 2; Bertucci; Guidry. Walks - Lowe 2; Coburn; Farley; Bryant 2.

Umpires - HP: Debbi Lauderback 1B: Tony Maddox 3B: Tori Hix Start: 2:20 Time: 2:02 Attendance: 1132

Game notes: ID-262987

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