Softball team's season ends abruptly

Arizona's season came to an abrupt end when they dropped two straight games and were eliminated from the NCAA Softball Region 1 bracket. A 5-0 drubbing to Louisiana-Lafayette ended an NCAA record 16 straight appearances at the College Softball World Series in Oklahoma City.

It was a strange day for the Wildcats and pitcher Alicia Hollowell. Hollowell took a loss in both of the day's games. The two losses were as many as the sophomore had all season.

"Alicia was not at her best today, but I give credit to Louisiana-Lafayette," said Arizona coach Larry Ray.

The Cats had only a single post season game at Hillenbrand Stadium coming into Saturday's action. The two losses in a row was the first streak of that kinds since Cal did it in last year's Word Series. They were also shut out for the first time since 2003.

The Cajuns got on the board early in the first. Danyelle Gomez hit s solo shot in the first inning that proved to be the game winner. Lead-off hitter Holly Tankersly blasted a three-run homer in the second inning and pitcher Brooke Mitchell escaped a few early jams to coast to the win.

Arizona loaded the bases in the first inning, but failed to capitalize and really never seriously threatened again.

The Wildcats fall to 55-6. Hollowell finishes 41-4. Her 508 strikeouts are the third best all time in Division I softball, trailing only Courtney Blades of Southern Miss (663) and Texas' Cat Osterman (554).

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