CORVALLIS, Ore. ?- The No. 2 Arizona softball team rebounded from its Friday loss to unranked Oregon with a 9-0 blanking of No. 7 Oregon State on Saturday in Corvallis.
Alicia Hollowell pitched her 23rd win of the season against the Beavers, throwing five strong innings and allowing just one hit while striking out three.
Arizona came to life on offense after posting just three hits against Oregon on Friday, touching up Beavers pitchers Amy Klever and Ta’Tyana McElroy for 11 hits and nine runs, all earned.
The Cats posted three runs in the top of the first. With one out, Autumn Champion walked and advanced to third on a Kristie Fox double to right. Senior Jackie Coburn then stepped up and sent a three-run homer over the wall in right center, her eighth knock of the season.
Arizona did much the same in the second inning. With two out, Caitlin Lowe and Champion hit back-to-back singles to shortstop, followed by a three-run homer by Fox to left field, giving the Wildcats a six-run advantage.
After scoreless third and fourth innings, the Cats posted yet another three-run inning in the fifth. Champion led off with another single to short and Fox walked before OSU brought in McElroy to relieve Klever on the mound. Coburn hit an RBI double, scoring Champion safely. Fox was thrown out at home on the play, and with two out, Crystal Farley walked to put a pair of runners on the bases. Freshman Callista Balko then hit a two-RBI double to left, giving Arizona a 9-0 lead.
Saturday’s win marked the first time Arizona has mercy-ruled a team since March 20 vs. Fresno State, and the first Pac-10 mercy rule the Cats have been on the winning end of.
Arizona (34-7, 8-5 Pac-10) will take on Oregon State again on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Corvallis.