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Feb. 7, 2004

TUCSON - Arizona knocked out 12 hits and had another solid pitching performance from sophomore Alicia Hollowell to beat Cal State Northridge, 6-0, and earn a spot in the championship game of the Pepsi Arizona Softball Classic on Sunday.

UA plays Nevada-Las Vegas later Saturday with the Rebels having a shot to take the top seed by beating UA head to head.

Caitlin Lowe set up UA's first run with an infield single and a stolen base to lead off the top of the first. She reached third on a ground-out and scored on Wendy Allen's bloop single into right field. Mackenzie Vandergeest reached on a fielder's choice, Jackie Coburn doubled her in to make it 2-0.

 
 

UA had the bases loaded with one out in the second, but CSN pitcher Jenny Wheeler helped the Matadors out of the jam by getting Autumn Champion and Allen to hit groundballs and end the inning.

Lowe and Champion illustrated part of Arizona's new game for 2004, beating out back-to-back infield and bunt singles to put a runner in scoring position with one out in the fourth. Allen hit into a force play, but Coburn slugged a home run to center field to plate three more runs.

Kristie Fox singled to open the UA fifth, and promptly scored on Shelly Schultz' opposite-field double to bring in another run and chase Wheeler in favor of Kia Fennell.

UA pitcher Alicia Hollowell didn't give up a hit until Sondra Milchiker singled to left field after a Monique Lovell walk, with no outs in the bottom of the fifth. Jenny Cochran hit into a force play, but Coburn threw the ball away at first, putting runners at the corners. Hollowell struck out pinch-hitter Lauren Allen and Christy Menefee to thwart the rally.

Christen Bedwell tripled with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, but Hollowell struck out Jen Moshier to end the inning. In all, Hollowell struck out 14 and scattered three hits.

UA is 3-0 in the tourney while CSN dropped to 2-2. Northridge will play in the third-place game at 10 a.m. Sunday.


                           Arizona Softball FINAL STATISTICS
                            Arizona at Cal State Northridge
                      Feb 07, 2004 at Tucson, Ariz. (Hillenbrand)

Arizona 6 (3-0) Cal State Northridge 0 (2-2)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Lowe cf.................... 4 2 3 0 Hovestreydt 1b............. 3 0 0 0 Champion lf................ 3 0 1 0 Moores lf.................. 2 0 0 0 Allen dh................... 4 1 2 1 Acevedo lf................ 0 0 0 0 Wilson pr................. 0 0 0 0 Bedwell cf................. 3 0 1 0 Vandergeest c.............. 4 2 1 3 Moshier c.................. 3 0 0 0 Coburn 3b.................. 2 0 1 1 Lovell dh.................. 2 0 1 0 Nix pr.................... 0 0 0 0 Hillstrom pr.............. 0 0 0 0 Martinez ph/3b............ 1 0 0 0 Milchiker rf............... 3 0 1 0 Fox ss..................... 4 1 1 0 Cochran 2b................. 3 0 0 0 Schultz 1b................. 3 0 2 1 Dishner 3b................. 2 0 0 0 Quintero 2b................ 4 0 0 0 Allen ph.................. 1 0 0 0 Farley rf.................. 3 0 1 0 Menefee ss................. 2 0 0 0 Hollowell p................ 0 0 0 0 Wheeler p.................. 0 0 0 0 Fennell p................. 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 32 6 12 6 Totals..................... 24 0 3 0

Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Arizona............. 200 310 0 - 6 12 1 Cal State Northridge 000 000 0 - 0 3 0 -----------------------------------------

E - Coburn. LOB - Arizona 8; CSN 5. 2B - Coburn; Schultz. 3B - Bedwell. HR - Vandergeest. SH - Champion. SB - Lowe; Schultz.

Arizona IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hollowell W,3-0........... 7.0 3 0 0 2 14 0 0 0 0 24 26 4 3

Cal State Northridge IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wheeler L,1-1............. 4.0 11 6 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 22 25 3 8 Fennell ................... 3.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 10 10 4 3

Strikeouts - Coburn; Schultz; Farley; Hovestreydt 2; Moores 2; Bedwell 2; Moshier 2; Lovell; Milchiker; Cochran; Allen; Menefee 2. Walks - Coburn; Schultz; Moores; Lovell.

Umpires - Arnold, Johnson Start: 5:15 Time: 2:10 Attendance: 904

Wheeler faced 2 batters in the 5th. Game: ARIZCSN

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