|Champion went 4-for-4 in Game 1.|
|Game 1 winner Hollowell|
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The third-ranked Arizona softball team clinched second place in the Pac-10 with a sweep of Oregon in a Thursday doubleheader at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Game One: Arizona used a home run and a pair of unearned runs to defeat Oregon 3-1 in the first game of the night.
Autumn Champion went 4-for-4 for just over a third of the 11 Wildcat hits to Oregon’s five in the two-run victory.
Oregon was the designated home team, as the contest was a make-up game from the April 2 rainout in Eugene. The Ducks certainly made themselves at home with a first-inning run on a pair of doubles to take a 1-0 lead.
Arizona tied the game 1-1 in the top of the second on Jenae Leles’ seventh home run of the year, a foul pole-hugging shot to left.
The Wildcats tacked on a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fourth, bringing the game to its 3-1 final tally. With two outs, Laine Roth reached on a shortstop’s fielding error. Adrienne Acton singled center field, sending Roth to second. Caitlin Lowe followed with an RBI single, driving in Roth and advancing Acton all the way to third. After Lowe stole second base, Champion made it three consecutive singles for UA, as she plated Acton. Lowe rounded third and saw a late stop sign from third base coach Larry Ray, causing her to halt half way between third and home, before being cut down on her way back to third.
After giving up the first inning run, Alicia Hollowell (22-4) allowed only three more hits and no runs, giving UA its seventh consecutive Pac-10 win.
Game Two: Arizona saved some of its hits for the second game, and a bunch of runs to defeat Oregon 9-5.
Callista Balko led the charge with her 3-for-3, four RBI performance at the plate.
Arizona scored two runs in the first inning, as Caitlin Lowe led off the Arizona half of the first inning with a chop single down the left field line. With Kristie Fox at the plate, Lowe took off and stole second base, giving her 100 in her Wildcat career. After Fox advanced Lowe to third on a foul out to right the real UA rally began. Callista Balko doubled down the left field line to score Lowe for the game’s first run. Jenae Leles took a fast ball off the backside to give UA runners at first and second for Chelsie Mesa. The junior from Yuma singled to right, scoring Balko and would take swipe second base while the Ducks recovered from another UA run.
Adrienne Acton led off the second inning with a single and stole second before a Champion walk, bringing Fox to the plate with one out. Arizona’s leader in RBI clutched up with a two-run double, giving Fox 46 ribbies on the year. After a wild pitch and a pitching change, Balko plated Fox with her second RBI hit in as many innings.
The hits kept on coming for Arizona, Taryne Mowatt would single home Leles and Mesa, who reached on a fielder’s choice an double, respectively.
Balko came through with yet another RBI hit in the third, scoring two more runs for the Cats and putting them over the eight-run margin.
- Caitlin Lowe became the fifth Wildcat in the program’s history to steal 100 bases.
- Taryne Mowatt’s pinch hit single in the first game was UA’s first base hit to come out of a pinch-hitting appearance.
- Jenae Leles’ hit by pitch in the second game was her seventh on the year; the most for any Wildcat since Mackenzie Vandergeest’s eight in 2004.
Up next: The Wildcats will next take on No. 8 Oregon State tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Brian Jeffries will be on hand to call all the action on KCUB 1290 AM. Jeffries’ call and a live webcast will be available for All-Access subscribes on arizonaathletics.com.
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