Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 5 Softball Defeats Fullerton, Improves to 6-0
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 12, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Related Links

TEMPE, Ariz. ?- The No. 5 Arizona softball team (6-0) concluded play at the Kajikawa Classic with a, 2-0, victory over Cal State Fullerton (2-3).  Senior pitcher Alicia Hollowell narrowly missed throwing three consecutive no-hitters, as she surrendered just one hit in complete-game shutout.


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 Texas, in which, UA had a strong pitching performance, while stranding many Wildcat baserunners.


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 Arizona State, the Wildcats were the only squad to go undefeated in the Kajikawa.  In their half dozen victories, the Wildcats defeated three teams ranked fifteenth or better in the polls.  The Sun Devils did not play a single opponent in the Top 25.


UA’s home opener is this Friday at Hillenbrand Stadium, where the Wildcats will host the Worth Wildcat Tournament.  Arizona opens its home schedule against Tennessee Tech at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17.  UA will also take on Missouri, Texas Tech, North Carolina State and Pacific.