Cats Win Series Opener, 3-2, Over Alabama

May 22, 2003

OKLAHOMA CITY--Arizona freshman All-American Alicia Hollowell wasn't ather very best but struck out 13 and limited Alabama to two hits in herCollege World Series pitching debut, leading Arizona to a 3-2 victory overthe Crimson Tide in the Cats' first-round game.

UA (55-5) moved into a second-round game against the Washington-Oklahomawinner tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. Alabama will play the loser of that contest at11 a.m. Saturday.

Hollowell put herself in a jam in the second inning, walking the leadoffhitter, Tide pitcher Stephanie VanBrakle. Pinch runner Deasy Phillips stolesecond, and Hollowell walked Lacy Prejean. A sacrifice bunt by Staci Ramseymoved both runners up.

The next batter, Emily Currie, fouled a 1-1 pitch off the right side ofher face, causing a cut which required medical treatment and required herto leave the game. Pinch-hitter Capper Reed inherited the count and struckout, credited to Currie. Then Dominique Acceturro fouled out to catcher toend the threat.

UA put a runner in scoring position in the second when Wendy Allen walkedand was sacrificed to second by Jackie Coburn. But Vanbrakle got ErinPalomarez to fly to center and Lisha Ribellia struck out looking.

An inning later, Crystal Farley led off with an infield single, AutumnChampion walked and Courtney Fossatti slapped a single to load the bases.Arizona RBI leader Lovie Jung doubled to right-center to bring in two runs,and Wendy Allen drove in Fossatti with a ground ball to the right side tomake it 3-0.

A wild pitch by Hollowell hurt the Cats in a big way in the fifth, cuttingthe lead to 3-2.

Staci Ramsey hit a leadoff single for Alabama Hollowell struck out Reedlooking, then struck out Acceturro swinging for the apparent third out, butthe pitch went wild and she reached first safely. Ashley Courtney doubleddown the rightfield line to score both runners. Hollowell then recorded herfourth strikeout of the inning against Jen Reach but the damage was done.

Jung ended her streak of seven consecutive hits in post season play bystriking out in the fifth. She had a first-inning single to go with herdouble and is 11-for-15 in NCAA action.

Hollowell improved to 39-3, extending her school record. VanBrakle droppedto 18-6.

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