The date may have been 6-6-06 but it was lucky number seven for the Arizona Wildcat softball team. The Wildcats' 5-0 victory over Northwestern earned them their seventh national championship, their first in four years.

For five innings it was a pitchers' duel. Arizona scored once in the bottom of the first and until they broke open the game in the fifth it looked as if the game was going to be won or lost on the arm of pitcher Alicia Hollowell.

In the end the one run would have been enough. Hollowell struck out 13 and worked out of two bases loaded jams to lead the Cats.

Northwestern, who failed to score in the two games against Arizona, made things interesting in the seventh inning. They got three straight two-out hits to load the bases but Hollowell settled down and a called third strike ended the game.

"It's so exciting," Hollowell told ESPN2's broadcast team. "It is a dream come true. This is what you work so hard for."

Hollowell went 5-1 in the World Series, striking out an NCAA record 64 batters.

"When I recruited Hollowell she said she would win me a national championship," Candrea told ESPN2. "It took her four years but she got it done."

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