Hollowell Pitches 'Cats Into Regional Championship

May 17, 2003

TUCSON--Freshman Alicia Hollowell set an Arizona school record with her37th pitching victory, tossing a two-hit, 3-0 shutout over Texas A&M to put theWildcats in the championship game of the NCAA Region 1 playoff.

Hollowell struck out only three batters but allowed only one Aggiebaserunner to reach second base, Jennifer Davis after she singled in thethird, and faced only 30 batters, with no walks. Cheryl Fowler had theother A&M hit.

Arizona made the most of its first scoring opportunity by plating two runsin the top of the first inning. With two outs and runners on first andsecond, Wendy Allen drove a single into center field that scored CourtneyFossatti. Lovieanne Jung also scored from first base on the play followingan errant throw to the plate by A&M center fielder Cheryl Fowler.

A one-out single by Lisha Ribellia, followed by a stolen base and atwo-out single by Autumn Champion gave the Wildcats another run in thesecond inning.

Hollowell broke the single-season pitching victories record held by NancyEvans, UA's assistant coach. She had identical 36-2 records in both 1997and 1998. She won the Honda Softball Award the latter year as a senior.Hollowell is just two victories shy of hitting Arizona's career pitchingvictories chart, where Ginnie Scheller sits at No. 10 with a 38-12 markfrom 1987-90 during Arizona Coach Mike Candrea's early tenure at Arizona.

Texas A&M (37-21) plays South Carolina for the right to meet Arizona(53-5) in Sunday's title game. If either team beats the Wildcats Sunday, asecond game will be played to determine the region's participant in theWomen's College World Series next week in Oklahoma City.

Arizona Coach Mike Candrea:
'The bottom line is to win, and we did that. Alicia pitched a good game. Wescored some runs early and I think we could have gotten a lot more on them,which was disappointing for me. I thought in the first four innings we werea little blase.'

UA pitcher Alicia Hollowell
'They were pretty aggressive and they came out early, hitting pitches earlyin the count. The defense did a good job.'

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