No. 1 Cats shutout Cal 1-0

TUCSON - Crystal Farley's slap single over the pitcher's head scored the only run in the game as top-ranked Arizona beat No. 6 California, 1-0, in college softball Sunday.

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The hit capped a pitching duel between California's Kelley Anderson and Arizona's Wendy Allen.

Neither team mustered much offense through five innings, with the Cats getting singles from Lovie Jung and Autumn Champion and Cal center fielder Kaleo Eldredge collecting a single.

Arizona blew a solid opportunity in the sixth. Courtney Fossatti beat out an infield slap hit and Lovie Jung followed with a double to open the inning. But Fossatti was picked off third by Cal catcher Courtney Scott. Mackenzie Vandergeest walked, but was forced by Jackie Coburn's ground ball, and second baseman Eryn Manahan caught Jung in a third-home rundown to end the inning with a double play.

California had a similar chance in the top of the seventh, putting runners on second and third after a couple of hits by Manahan and Chelsea Spencer, but Allen got two ground-ball outs to end the inning.

Allen walked to lead off the UA seventh, moved to second on a sacrifice by Lisha Ribellia and to third on a ground ball by Erin Palomarez to set up Farley's chop single.

Arizona improved to 39-4 overall and 8-1 in league play. The Golden Bears dropped to 34-12 and 4-5. Allen improved to 11-1 and Anderson dropped to 14-6.

No. 1 Wildcats defeat No. 6 Cal 7-5 

Sat., April 12

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TUCSON - Jackie Coburn's grand slam punctuated a six-run fourth inning to break open a tight game and lead top-ranked Arizona to a 7-5 victory over No. 6 California before a college softball crowd of 2,471 Saturday night.

The Cats had to weather a three-run rally by California in the top of the seventh to hang on for the victory.

It took UA a while to get untracked. The Cats loaded the bases in the first but failed to score. Autumn Champion led off with an infield single, wasdorced at second by Courtney Fossatti and Lovie Jung and Mackenzie Vandergeest drew walks. But Cal pitcher Kristina Thorson struck out Jackie Coburn and Wendy Allen to end the threat.

The Bears (34-11 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-10) answered to fill the bases in the top of the second, but took advantage to take a 2-0 lead. Kaleo Eldridge tripled down the right-field line to lead off the frame, then an out later Jessica Pamanian and Chelsea Spencer drew walks. Kristen Morley singled off UA pitcher Alicia Hollowell's glove to push Eldredge and Pamanian across, then UA second baseman Lisha Ribellia turned a double play off a liner to end the rally.

UA (38-4, 7-1) scored an unearned run to cut it to 2-1 in the bottom of the inning. Crystal Farley doubled with two outs, then scored on a throwing error on Champion's bouncer to second.

The Golden Bears threatened again in the third, loading the bases on hits by Lindsay James, Veronica Nelson and Eldridge, but Hollowell got a pop up and a liner to end the inning.

Arizona sent eight batters to the plate in the fourth. Lisha Ribellia singled and later scored on another throwing error by shortstop Spencer to let Farley reach base. After singles by Champion and Fossatti, Farley scored when Vandergeest was hit by a pitch to force in a run, setting up Coburn's blast to right field. It was her 12th home run of the year and first grand slam of the season.

Arizona managed only six hits off Thorson (10-5). UA winner Hollowell, who lost to Stanford on Friday night, wasn't at her best, giving up a career-high 11 hits and striking out only five.

Hollowell gave up four hits and hit two batters in the seventh inning alone. Cal had a sacrifice fly by Courtney Scott and a two-run double by Eldridge to finish the scoring before Hollowell struck out Pamanian with the bases loaded to end the game.

Hollowell set a UA freshman record with her 25th victory of the year, against three losses.

The two teams complete the two-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday.

No. 1 Wildcats fall to No. 16 Stanford 4-3

Fri., April 11

Tucson, Ariz.- The No. 1 Arizona softball team (37-4, 6-1) fell to No. 16 Stanford (31-14, 3-4), 4-3. Stanford freshman Catalina Morris hit back-to-back home runs in her first two at-bats.

Morris opened the inning with a home run to left field. A double by Elizabeth Bendig scored Lauren Lappin and the Cardinal went up, 2-0. Morris hit her second home run in the top of the second inning.

Arizona's offense came to life in the bottom of the fifth inning when the Cats scored two runs. Junior Mackenzie Vandergeest hit a double to centerfield to score freshman Autumn Champion and sophomore Jackie Coburn.

Senior Maureen LeCocq hit Stanford's third home run of the game in the top of the sixth innng to put the Cardinal up, 4-2.

Senior Lovie Jung hit her 21st home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh inning to spark a late-game rally, but the Cats came up a run short, falling 3-4 to the Cardinal.

The last time the Cats lost to Stanford at home was on April 9, 2000. The Cats will take on California on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at Hillenbrand Stadium.

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