TUCSON--Kristie Fox hit a sacrifice fly ball to center field in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Arizona a 2-1 victory and doubleheader sweep over Hawai'i in Worth Wildcat tournament play Sunday afternoon.
The Rainbow Wahine cut one runner down at the plate before Fox' drive scored Caitlin Lowe. Adrienne Acton was placed on second to start the inning under the international tiebreaker rule, moved to third on Lowe's single, but was thrown out at home trying to score on an infield ground ball by Autumn Champion. Fox had her sac fly to end the game shortly thereafter.
UA's Alicia Hollowell struck out 17 batters in the extra-inning game, earning her fifth victory. She gave up four hits.
Arizona had a chance to end the game in the bottom of the seventh. Callista Balko led off the UA seventh with a single, and moved up on Shelly Schultz' single to right field. Candace Abrams laced a drive to left, but Hawaii fielder Kaulana Gould raced back to make the catch. Crystal Farley was called out for leaving the batter's box and pinch-hitter Jennifer Martinez grounded to first.
Hawaii's Tracie Uchima led off the top of the sixth with a home run to right center to tie the score at 1-1. It was only the second home run and third extra-base hit given up by Hollowell this season in eight appearances.
Arizona travels to Waco, Texas, next weekend to play in Baylor's Compass Bank Invitational tournament.
Game 1 of the Doubleheader:
UA freshman pitcher Taryne Mowatt scattered three hits and tied her career high with eight strikeouts, but needed some relief help to give Arizona its eighth victory with a 4-0 combined shutout over Hawai'i in the Cats' Worth tournament Sunday.
Caitlin Lowe led off the UA first with a sinking triple over UH leftfielder Jennifer Hackett's head, then scored on a wild pitch after an out to give the Cats their first run. The Rainbow Wahine had a runner in scoring position in the top of the second after a single by Tyleen Tausaga and a sacrifice bunt by Kate Robinson, but Mowatt struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
Freshman catcher Callista Balko pushed UA's lead to 4-0 with a three-run home run with two outs in the third. Jackie Coburn walked, Shelly Schultz singled up the middle, then Balko hit the first pitch from UH pitcher Shannon Tabion just inside the foul poul.
Mowatt, who had gone 16 consecutive innings without walking a batter, got herself lifted from the game after a pair of them in the top of the sixth gave Hawaii a bases-loaded situation with no outs. Tara Harbert drew a base on balls to open the inning, Tracie Uchima doubled and Noelle Izumi walked to load the bases. After Mowatt got Denise Dahlberg to pop up, UA coach Mike Candrea brought in junior ace Alicia Hollowell.
Hollowell struck out UH cleanup hitter Tausaga and got a fly ball from Robinson to end the threat. She struck out a pair in the top of the seventh and earned her second save of the season.
The two teams were to face each other immediately afterward
Sunny skies finally allowed action in the softball tournament Sunday after seven games were canceled since Friday afternoon by rainstorms in the Tucson
Northern Iowa beat Marshall, 5-4, in 10 a.m.action. UNI (4-3) was scheduled to play top-ranked Arizona (7-0) in the noon game, but had to catch a flight out of Tucson and opted for forego the second game after Hawai'i (5-4) coach Bob Coolen agreed with UA coach Mike Candrea to play a doubleheader.
Marshall is 6-6 after its two games in the tourney.
10 a.m. Northern Iowa 5, Marshall 4
1:15 p.m. Arizona 4, Hawai'i 0
3:15 p.m. Arizona 2, Hawai'i 1 (8 innings)