Hollowell (3-0) has yet to give up a run this year and has allowed only three base runners in 18 innings in the circle this season. CSF’s Candice Baker (1-1) lost, despite holding UA to two runs in six innings.
The contest against the Titans had the same feeling as Saturday’s win against
After stranding four runners in the first three innings, UA finally broke the scoreless tie in the fourth inning. The Wildcat rally began when Callista Balko drew a one-out walk and was pinch run for by Kelly Nelson. Laine Roth, who leads UA in hitting with a .615 batting average, singled up the middle and moved Nelson to second. Next, Jenae Leles clutched up and hit a sharp ground ball in the hole on the right side for an RBI base hit. CSF second baseman Courtney Martinez dived, trying to knock down the base knock, but ended up propelling the ball into right field, allowing Nelson to score the game’s first run.
Hollowell had a chance at history this afternoon, when she was five outs away from being the first UA pitcher to throw three consecutive no-hitters. CSF catcher Ashlee Weatherford had other plans, however, as she promptly smacked Hollowell’s 1-2 offering into center field for a base knock. The hit was the first against Hollowell in 52 batters faced this season.
In the bottom of the sixth, Leles extended the Wildcat lead to 2-0 when pounded the first pitch from Baker over the center field wall for her first collegiate home run. The UA bats stayed alive, as Adrienne Acton had an infield single and Lowe notched her third hit of the game on a base knock to right. UA, however, was unable to bring any more runs in to score.
Other than host
UA’s home opener is this Friday at Hillenbrand Stadium, where the Wildcats will host the Worth Wildcat Tournament.