Softball keeps on winning

Arizona moved to 24-0 with two more wins at the Hillenbrand Invitational.

Arizona had a little more in its bats Saturday night and won a close game against Georgia Tech, 2-0, in Hillenbrand Invitational softball tournament action.

The No. 2 Cats and No. 24 Yellow Jackets played like a couple of ranked teams, with error-free defense and good pitching.

UA took its lead in the first inning. Caitlin Lowe singled and an out later Wendy Allen socked her fourth home run of the year down the right field line.

The victory moved UA to 24-0 on the year and dropp Georgia Tech to 17-5. UA is 3-0 in the tournament while the Yellow Jackets are 1-1 with another game scheduled Saturday night.

Allen held Tech to two hits in earning her fifth victory and third shutout. Jessica Sallinger gave up five hits to the Cats and dropped to 10-3.


Alicia Hollowell threw a perfect game and struck out a career-high 20 batters in leading Arizona to 6-0 victory over Indiana in Saturday afternoon action at the Hillenbrand Invitational tournament.

Hollowell allowed only a ground ball Abby Stark batting second in the third inning. The rest were whiffs. The 20 strikeouts are a school record for a regulation game, eclipsing several previous marks of 17 including one by Hollowell this year.

The perfect game was the third in UA history and the first since Susie Parra did the feat against California on April 18, 1993.

Arizona scored a run in the first, but potentially had a bigger opportunity with the bases loaded and one out. Caitlin Lowe was hit by a pitch, Autumn Champion hit an infield single, Wendy Allen struck out and Mackenzie Vandergeest walked. Shelly Schultz' sharp grounder to first brought in Lowe, but Champion was thrown out at the plate to complete a double play.

The UA's short game helped put the Cats on the board again in the third. Allyson Von Liechtenstein reached on a bunt single, Lowe hit a n infield single and both runners moved up when no one covered first base and the throw sailed past, then Champion's slap single up the middle brought in both runners.

In the fifth, Von Liechtenstein led off with a single, Lowe was hit by another pitch, and a double steal moved them to second and third. Champion's infield grounder brought in one run and Crystal Farley's pinch-hit roller also brought in a run to make it 5-0.

Kristie Fox hit a two-out solo home run, her sixth of the year, to give the the Cats another the top of the sixth. It was UA's 40th home run of the year in 23 games.

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