Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 2 Arizona Shuts Out No. 5 Stanford, 1-0
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 14, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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STANFORD, Calif. ?- The No. 2 Arizona softball team (38-10, 12-8) rebounded from a 1-0 loss to No. 2 California with a 1-0 victory of its own over No. 5 Stanford (40-13, 13-7) at Smith Family Stadium on Friday. 

 

Alicia Hollowell (27-7) tossed her 16th shutout of the year, limiting the Cardinal to three hits.  Becky McCullough (18-5), who scattered 10 hits and one run across seven innings of work, drew the loss.  Neither pitcher surrendered a walk.

 

The lone run on the game came off the bat of Jackie Coburn, scoring Caitlin Lowe in the third inning.  Lowe, the nation’s second-best hitter, went three-for-four on the game, extending her team-high hitting streak to eight games.

 

The Wildcats stranded nine runners, but had double-digit hits for just the fourth time in 20 Pac-10 contests.

 

Entering the final week of play, just two games separated the top four teams in the Pac-10.  Now with one game remaining for each team, there is a three-way tie for first place, with Arizona one game back of Oregon State, California, and Stanford.  Additionally, although two-time defending national champion UCLA sits in fifth place, the Bruins have ended games early against UA and Pac-10 leader Oregon State by handing them the mercy rule in the past week.

 

UA and the Cardinal will wrap-up the regular season with a 1 p.m. start Saturday at Smith Family Stadium.  Regional draws for postseason play will be announced on Sunday.

 

NOTES

-         Caitlin Lowe reached base to begin a game for the seventh consecutive game

-         Caitlin Lowe’s three hits marked her 27th multi-hit game.

-         Alicia Hollowell’s 10 strikeouts marked the 21st time this season she has had double-digit punch-outs.

-         Other than Caitlin Lowe’s eight-game hitting streak, Crystal Farley is the only other Wildcat with hits in the last two games.

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