Feb. 24, 2004
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Arizona softball players Wendy Allen and Alicia Hollowell, who helped lead the unbeaten Wildcats to five victories at the Palm Springs Classic, earned Pacific-10 Conference honors Tuesday.
Allen, a senior designated player, first baseman and pitcher, was named Player of the Week and Hollowell, a sophomore, took the league's Pitcher of the Week citation. It's the first weekly honor for Allen and Hollowell's sixth in her career.
Allen hit .625 over the weekend, with seven runs and 12 runs batted in. Seven hits went for extra-bases -- five doubles and two home runs.
"Just about everything Wendy hit was a rope," acting head coach Larry Ray said. "We were down 2-0 to Georgia, and the first two kids (Caitlin Lowe and Autumn Champion) get on base. I told Wendy she was going to get one pitch to hit, then we're going to bunt. The first pitch is right there -- and boom," Ray said of Allen's three-run homer to help UA beat the No. 6 Bulldogs.
Allen also tossed a two-hit shutout against Penn State in the tournament, striking out nine in six innings of work.
Hollowell paced UA with four pitching victories to boost her season record to 11-0. In 25 innings of work she gave up 12 hits, three earned runs, only four walks and struck out 54 batters. She fanned 15 against Georgia, shut out No. 7 Alabama and struck out 15 against No. 17 Cal State Fullerton. UA has five victories over ranked teams this year, all by Hollowell.
Arizona has won 85 Player or Pitcher of the Week honors, including one by left fielder Autumn Champion last week. Champion leads UA with a .583 batting average.