Feb. 28, 2003
Complete Tournament Results
TUCSON - Arizona blasted six home runs among 14 hits to back up two-hit pitching by Alicia Hollowell as the No. 4-ranked Wildcats whipped New Mexico State in five innings, 16-0, in first-day action of the UA's Hillenbrand Invitational softball tournament at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Hollowell struck out eight in three innings of pitching and improved her record to 10-2. Leslie Wolfe pitched the last two innings for the Cats ad struck out four. The home runs tied a school record set by the Cats against Bowling Green on Feb. 16, 2001 for single game roundtrippers.
UA jumped to a quick 1-0 lead in the first as the visiting team. Autumn Champion and Courtney Fossatti hit infield singles, Lovie Jung walked and Mackenzie Vandergeest singled in a run. But New Mexico State pitcher Jennifer Bride (2-10) started a nifty 1-2-3 double play on a ground ball by Jackie Coburn to thwart the rally.
In the second, Shelly Shultz walked, Crystal Farley singled, both players moved up on a wild pitch and Champion singled in Shultz.Fossatti reached on catcher's interference to re-load the bases and Jung smacked her 10th home run of the year and second grand slam. Vandergeest dropped a double down the leftfield line and Wendy Allen dropped a double in the gap in left-center to make it 7-0.
Jasmine Flores and Bride collected the first two hits off UA's Alicia Hollowell with one out in the bottom of the second but the freshman hurler collected her fifth and sixth strikeouts to end the threat.
Crystal Farley reached base on an error in the third, then UA sophomore Courtney Fossatti, normally a slap hitter, knocked her first career home run just inside the rightfield foul pole. Jung walked and Vandergeest socked her fifth homer of the year to make it 11-0.
Farley followed walks by pinch-hitter Erin Palomarez and Lisha Ribellia in the fourth inning with her first career home run to make it 14-0.Coburn and Candace Abrams hit back-to-back solo home runs in the top of the fifth to finish the scoring.
New Mexico State dropped its second game of the tournament and to 2-18 overall. The Cats improved to 18-2 overall.
UA's second game of the day, an exhibition match against the Dutch National Team, was rained out and will not be rescheduled.