Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Hollowell No-Hits Northwestern in 8-0 Win
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 11, 2006
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TEMPE, Ariz. ?- The No. 5 Arizona softball team (2-0) defeated No. 15 Northwestern (1-1), 8-0, in six innings in UA’s second game in the Kajikawa Classic on Friday.  Senior pitcher Alicia Hollowell tossed her 14th career no-hitter, striking out 16 of the 19 batters she faced.  


Hollowell (1-0) walked one batter and allowed two ground balls, in addition to her 16 K’s.   Hollowell struck out the first 13 Northwestern hitters of the game, before Jamie Dotson grounded back to the circle in the fifth inning.  Northwestern’s Courtnay Foster (0-1), who pitched five-plus innings, drew the loss.


In the bottom of the third, Arizona had the game’s first rally when freshman Laine Roth notched her first collegiate hit with a double off the top of the right field wall.  Roth’s classmate Sam Banister followed that up with a nine-pitch walk.   Adrienne Acton laid down a sac bunt, which was mishandled by the Northwestern third baseman to load the bases.  Foster hurled a wild pitch to the backstop, moving all runners up, and allowing the first run to score.  With runners now at second and third, junior center fielder Caitlin Lowe singled to left, bringing the score to 2-0. 


UA’s freshman class catalyzed another rally the following inning, when Jenae Leles led off with a walk, and Laine Roth blooped a single into shallow right field.  With two on and no out, Banister smoked a double to the right-center field wall, scoring Leles.  Two batters later, Caitlin Lowe hit a sharp grounder to first, where Northwestern’s Cooper Garland fired the ball home.  NU catcher Jamie Dotson was unable to handle the throw, allowing both Roth and Banister to score. 


With UA up 5-0, Chelsie Mesa led off the fifth with a walk.  Two outs and one walk later, Banister laced a double down the left field line, scoring Mesa and increasing UA’s lead to a six-run margin.


Arizona continued its offensive attack in the sixth, when hit a leadoff double and eventually scored on a passed ball.


Arizona continues its play in the Kajikawa Classic on Saturday, when the Wildcats take on No. 4 Texas at 2 p.m. and No. 6 Texas A&M at 4 p.m. at the Tempe Sports Complex.