LAS VEGAS, Nevada ?- The top-ranked Arizona softball team beat North Carolina State on Sunday at the UNLV Eller Media Stadium Classic, 12-3, to stay undefeated on the season and give Head Coach Mike Candrea his 1,000th career win at Arizona. In later action, the Cats defeated Miami (Ohio), 6-1, behind junior pitcher Leslie Wolfe for Arizona's 19th straight win.
Junior pitcher Alicia Hollowell got her 12th win of the year against NC State and in doing so, struck out 18 over seven innings but allowed three runs to score off a first-inning homer by third baseman Jen Chamberlin.
The Cats did most of their scoring in the top of the first inning, sending eight across the plate. Caitlin Lowe and Autumn Champion reached on a bunt single and a walk, and Kristie Fox homered to left to give Arizona a 3-0 edge. The remaining five runs in the inning were all unearned and products of two Wolfpack errors. Lowe hit a two-RBI single up the middle to score Crystal Farley and Jen Martinez, and Fox singled through the left side to drive in Courtney Fossatti and put Arizona up, 8-0.
Fox would come through again in the third by hitting an RBI single up the middle to score Lowe. She hit another homer, this one a solo seventh-inning shot to left center, to put her game numbers at five hits in five at-bats and six RBI. Fox leads the team in RBIs on the season with 32, nearly three times the total of the next closest player.
Lowe also had a stellar night for the Wildcats, going four-four-five with four runs, including an inside-the-park homer in the seventh, three RBI and a pair of stolen bases. Lowe leads Arizona in batting average this season with a .525 mark.
Against Miami (Ohio), Fox and Lowe were at it again for the offense. Lowe went three-for-four with two runs and a stolen base, and Fox tacked on another three RBI in a two-for-four, two-stolen base performance.
The Wildcats scored one in the bottom of the first when Callista Balko singled to drive in Autumn Champion, who had a pair of hits, a pair of runs and a stolen base in the game. Fox had RBI singles in the third and the fourth to give Arizona a 5-0 edge over the Redhawks. Lowe stole home to end the fourth inning with a six-run lead.
Miami's only run came in the top of the fifth, when junior Kristin Hays scored from third on a passed ball.
Leslie Wolfe got the win for Arizona, allowing one run on three hits over seven innings while fanning seven to give the Cats their 19th straight win of the year.
Arizona will be in action again on Monday, when the Cats take on Long Island University at 1 p.m. (2 p.m. MST) in their final game at the Eller Media Stadium Classic.