Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Wrap Up Sooners in Minutes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 28, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz.-- The Wildcats (43-10)  took six minutes to wrap up an NCAA Super Regional softball victory over Oklahoma (50-16) Saturday afternoon at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Alicia Hollowell (30-7) set the Sooners down in order in the top of the seventh, striking out pinch hitter ALison Horne, getting Jessica Leslie on a fly ball to center and striking out Norelle Dickson.

The game was resumed from Saturday night, stopped after six complete innings because of rain, with Arizona leading by the final margin. Hollowell finished with nine strikeouts. Kami Keiter (32-7) took the loss.

Arizona staged a big two-out rally in the bottom of the third to take the lead. Caitlin Lowe and Kristie Fox had hits to put runners at the corners, but Lowe was thrown out on a Jackie Coburn squeeze bunt try. But Schelly Schultz singled to load the bases, and Callista Balko drew a walk to drive in the first run.

Crystal Farley hit a squibber down the third base line and Schultz beat the only possible throw -- to third base -- while Coburn scored. Courtney Fossatti drove in the third run with a fielder's choice, helped when Balko beat another throw to third.

The Cats pushed it to 5-0 in the fifth. Farley and Fossatti singled, everyone was safe on a fielder's choice by Adrienne Acton, and Lowe drew a run-scoring walk. Relief pitcher Denes allowed another run with a wild pitch.

In the sixth inning, Farley came to the plate with one out and runners at the corners. After popping to short, Balko tagged from first base, drawing the attention of the Sooner defense, and allowing pinch runner Courtney Nix to score the game's sixth run.