WALNUT CREEK, Calif. ?- Junior pitcher Alicia Hollowell was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the week of Feb. 22-March 1 after pitching a pair of no-hitters at the Compass Bank Invitational at Baylor last weekend. Hollowell struck out 46 batters in three games and broke Jennie Finch’s career strikeouts record with a career total of 1,029.
Hollowell, from Suisun, Calif., threw two no-hitters against Sam Houston and Birmingham Southern as she combined for 31 strikeouts in both games. She allowed only three hits against No. 11 Baylor on Feb. 27, while striking out 15 and walking two. Arizona went 4-0 at the Baylor Invitational, moving its overall record to 13-0 on the year.
In 21 innings pitched, Hollowell gave up only 3 hits, accumulated 46 strikeouts and pitched three complete-game shutouts including two no-hitters. She improved to 8-0 and has 127 strikeouts in 61.2 innings of work this season, which is the best in the nation per 7 innings. Hollwell has six shutouts, three of them no-hitters this year. It was the first back-to-back no-hitter for Arizona since Nancy Evans (1995) and has only been accomplished one other time by Debby Day (1992). The junior pitcher is one shy of tying Arizona's career record of eight no-hitters, which was set by Jennie Finch and Susie Parra. Over the weekend, Hollowell also broke Finch's school career strikeout record of 1,028 after her 14th strikeout against Baylor, bringing her career total to 1,029.
This is the second honor for Hollowell this season and her 12th career honor. It is the 92nd all-time honor for the Wildcats.