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.
- 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.