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
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.
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
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.
Arizona 2, Washington 0
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