May 11, 2004
University of Arizona sophomore pitcher Alicia Hollowell, heading into the final weeks of a record-setting season, was named USA Softball National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week today.
Hollowell carries a 38-2 record and an earned run average of 0.67. She has thrown 19 shutouts including three last weekend against No. 12 Oregon and two over No. 19 Oregon State. The victories helped Arizona clinch its eighth Pac-10 title.
Hollowell struck out 31 batters to extend her Arizona single-season record to 466. She is within a few games of breaking the league record of 484 set by former California great Michele Grainger in 1993. She passed Grainger's No. 2 figure (458) in Sunday's game against Oregon State.
She's the national leader in strikeouts per seven innings at 12.4, which would be the fifth-best figure in NCAA Division I history. She is ranked third nationally in victories and fifth in earned run average.
Her victory total is No. 4 in Pac-10 history behind 42 by Katie Wiese of Oregon in 1989, 40 by Hollowell herself last year, and 40 by Keira Goerl of UCLA last year.
The Pac-10 honor was her 10th overall and fifth this season. She also earned the USA Softball national award earlier this season.
Hollowell is one of 10 national finalists for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year honors, a group that will be trimmed to three finalists later today. Teammates Caitlin Lowe, a freshman centerfielder, and Autumn Champion, a sophomore left fielder, also are among the 10 finalists.