Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 3 Softball No-Hits then Routs No. 15 Washington in Double Dip
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 01, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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SEATTLE, Calif. ?- The No. 3 Arizona softball team (36-9, 7-6) used an extra day’s rest from Saturday’s postponed game to its advantage in Sunday’s doubleheader against Washington.  In the first game, Alicia Hollowell recorded her 17th career no-hitter in a 2-0 Wildcat victory.  Then, the UA bats came to life in a 10-1 win in the second game of the day.


Game 1 ?- Arizona 2, Washington 0: Alicia Hollowell continued her dominance of the Husky hitters by pitching to just three batters over the minimum in the complete-game shutout.  Hollowell struck out 12 UW batters, and allowed only one Husky to reach base after the first inning.


On the receiving end of those dozen strikeouts, Callista Balko provided all the offense for UA, as she hit a pair of solo home runs.  In doing so, Balko had two of UA’s three hits in the pitcher’s duel, but made the base knocks stand up.  Balko’s blasts came in the second and fourth innings, and were her seventh and eighth on the year.


Game 2 ?- Arizona 10, Washington 1: After recording the no-no, Hollowell came right back out to the circle and tossed another complete-game, this time allowing four hits and one run.  UA’s all-time leader in strikeouts punched out another 13 UW batters in the win.  This time, however, she had the help of Arizona’s biggest offensive outburst in Pac-10 play this year.


Prior to today’s game, the anemic Wildcat offense had not scored more than four runs in a Pac-10 game.  In this one, Arizona scored 10, with the top of the Wildcat order stealing the show.


Caitlin Lowe opened the game with a walk, followed by an Autumn Champion sacrifice.  Then, Kristie Fox notched her career-high 10th home run of the year, bringing Lowe around to score the first of her four runs in the contest.


Still in the first inning, Jenae Leles drew a walk.  A Callista Balko single and a pair of illegal pitches called on UW hurler Caitlin Noble made Leles’ UA’s third run of the frame.


In the second, Adrienne Acton singled through the left side, setting the table for Lowe.  The two-time All-American promptly smacked her second home run of the year down the right field line, giving UA a 5-0 advantage.




After taking an inning off of scoring, Lowe catalyzed yet another rally in the fourth.  After drawing a leadoff walk, Lowe advanced to third on a Champion single.  Then, Fox came up clutch again with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Lowe for the third time.


In the fifth, Laine Roth led off with a walk and advanced to second on a Chelsie Mesa single.  Then, Taryne Mowatt advanced the two of them with a sacrifice bunt.  With runners on second and third, Acton drove pinch runner Jill Malina in to score with a ground ball, bringing Lowe to the plate for the fourth time.  UW pitcher Danielle Lawrie wisely pitched around Lowe to put runners at first and third, but could not handle a Champion come-backer.  The mishandled ball allowed Mesa to score Arizona’s eighth run of the day.


Lawrie would homer in the bottom of the fifth to prevent a run-rule, but that only allowed the Wildcat bats to stay hot for another few innings.  In the seventh, Lowe led off with her fourth walk of the game.  Champion then doubled to left-center, brining Lowe around to score for the fourth time.  Kristie Fox would tack on another hit, in which Champion would cross the plate due to Husky error.


Game notes:

-         Kristie Fox’s 10th home run of the year ties Jackie Coburn’s team-high from last year.

-         Autumn Champion’s seventh-inning double was her fourth of the year.  She had a total of three career two-baggers entering 2006.

-         Callista Balko’s two home runs in game one are the first multi-home run game of her career.  She is the first Wildcat to hit two round-trippers in one game since Kristie Fox did so on March 13, 2005 against North Carolina State

-         In three game against Washington this year, Alicia Hollowell gave up only one run in 21.0 innings pitched.  She surrendered only six hits and struck out 39 hitters in that time.


Up next: The Wildcats return home for the rest of the regular season.  UA will host No. 7 Arizona State on Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m.  All fans are asked to wear red for the Rivalry Red-Out.