FULLERTON, Calif. ?- The No. 1 Arizona softball team opened the 2005 Kia Klassic hosted by Cal State Fullerton with a 4-0 shutout against Long Beach State on Wednesday.
Junior pitcher Alicia Hollowell tossed her third perfect game of the year against Long Beach State, a seven-inning effort in which she struck out 16 of 21 batters. Hollowell now has seven no-hitters, 188 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.39 this season.
Arizona’s offense didn’t put any runs on the board until the bottom of the fourth, when senior Jackie Coburn and junior Shelly Schultz drew back-to-back walks off 49ers pitcher Meredith Cervenka. Pinch-runner Adrienne Acton scored on a wild pitch and Schultz got home on a throwing error by Long Beach State catcher Brooke LeSage, giving the Cats a 2-0 edge. Senior designated hitter Candace Abrams walked and stole second before Courtney Fossatti singled to short to advance Abrams to third. Caitlin Lowe singled to short, scoring Abrams and putting Arizona up, 3-0.
With one out and no one on in the bottom of the fifth, Coburn went yard over the fence in right center, her third knock of the year.
Lowe went three-for-four on the night with an RBI, helping her team-leading batting average of .548. She also stole a pair of bases to keep up her perfect base theft percentage of 18-for-18.
Arizona will be in action again on Thursday at the Kia Klassic in Fullerton when they take on No. 11 Texas at 11:15 a.m. PST.