Arizona 2, Washington 0

Alicia Hollowell pitched a two hit shutout as the second ranked Arizona Wildcats spoiled the home opener for the third ranked Huskies with a 3-0 victory at Husky Softball Stadium on Friday afternoon.

After spending the first eight weeks of the season on the road and finally returning home with a 32-4-1 record, the Huskies just ran into a dominating pitcher in Hollowell.

The Arizona freshman and Gatorade National Player of the Year her senior season in high school, notched her 15th shutout and 20th complete game of the season. She struck out 12 batters to increase her Pac-10 leading total to 230.

The most serious threat faced by Hollowell came in the first inning when Husky leadoff batter Amanda Oleson walked and Rita Roach beat out a sacrifice for a base hit.

Unfortunately from that point on it was all Hollowell. She got Jaime Clark to pop out to shortstop and then struck out both Kristen Rivera and Kathy Fiske swinging to end the inning.

The only other runners allowed by Hollowell came in the second, when Aimee Minor got hit by a pitch, in the third when Roach reached on a throwing error by catcher Mackenzie Vandergeest, and finally in the fifth when Sarah Hyatt led off with a single.

Tia Bollinger started in the circle for the Huskies and went the distance for her 17th complete game of the season, allowing three runs on seven hits with one walk, while striking out six.

Bollinger got hurt by her defense in the first inning.

After Courtney Fossatti reached on an infield single and Lovie Jung walked with one out, Vandergeest hit what looked like a routine ground ball into the hole between first and second, but Oleson let the ball get under her glove and into right field for an error to load the bases.

After Bollinger struck out Jackie Coburn swinging, Wendy Allen singled to right center field to score Fossatti and Jung.

Arizona added an insurance run in the sixth when pinch runner Allyson von Liechtenstein stole home on the front end of a double steal.

With the loss, their second straight, the Huskies dropped to 1-3 in the Pac-10 and 32-5-1, while Arizona remained undefeated in the Pac-10 with a 4-0 mark and improved to 35-3 overall.

The Huskies look to resume their winning ways when they host Arizona State for a two game series, with the first game scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Top Stories