#3 Arizona Sweeps Huskies, 2-0 And 10-1
April 30, 2006
SEATTLE-- The 15th-ranked Washington softball team had a tough go of it Sunday, falling to third-ranked Arizona 2-0 and 10-1. UA senior Alicia Hollowell no-hit the Huskies in the opener, marking the first time Washington has been held hitless since March 30, 2003 when Stanford did it in Palo Alto. It was Hollowell's 17th no-hitter of her career.
The losses dip Washington to 30-19 overall and 4-11 in the Pac-10, while the Wildcats improve to 36-9 overall and 7-6 in the Pac-10.
Sunday was 'Senior Day' and the Huskies recognized seniors Sarah Hyatt and Aimee Minor who played in the final regular-season home games of their careers. Washington has put in a bid to host postseason play but the Huskies will not learn their postseason fate until Sunday, May 14.
GAME 1: Arizona 2, Washington 0
Arizona used a pair of solo home runs by Calista Balko to win the opener, 2-0. Huskies' starter Danielle Lawrie surrendered just three hits in the game, including Balko's homers and a single by Adrienne Acton in the seventh inning.
The Huskies had two runners on in the first inning on a fielder's choice and walk but Hollowell recorded to strikeout to get out of the inning. It would be Washington's only base runners until the seventh when Minor drew a leadoff walk but the Huskies could not find a way to hit her in.
Lawrie (18-12) took the loss as she allowed two runs on three hits and struck out 11.
Hollowell (18-4) earned the win as she allowed no runs on no hits and struck out 12.
GAME 2: Arizona 10, Washington 1
UA used a first inning two-run home run by Kristie Fox and an RBI-single by Balko to take the 3-0 lead in the nightcap.
UW Leadoff hitter Dominique Lastrapes opened the bottom half of the inning with a single up the middle off of Hollowell for the team's first hit of the day but the Huskies couldn't figure out a way to advance her.
Arizona added two more runs in the second with a two-run home run by leadoff hitter Caitlin Lowe as the Wildcats took the 5-0 lead.
Freshman Ashlyn Watson singled in the second but Hollowell struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning and extinguish any UW rally.
Arizona added another run in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Fox to take the 6-0 lead.
Washington showed some discipline at the plate in the bottom of the fourth when Minor and Hyatt drew back-to-back leadoff walks but Hollowell fanned the next three Huskies to get out the inning.
The Wildcats scored two more runs in the fifth on an RBI ground out by Acton and a fielding error by Lawrie to go up 8-0.
Lawrie made up for the error in the bottom half of the inning when she connected for her second home run of the season- this one a towering shot over the left field wall. The hit put the Huskies on the scoreboard and helped UW avoid the eight-run lead mercy-rule.
Arizona scored two more runs in the seventh frame with an RBI-double by Autumn Champion and an error by Ashley Charters at shortstop for the final score of 10-1.
Washington starter Caitlin Noble (12-7) took the loss as she gave up eight runs on seven hits over five innings. She struck out seven batters but walked nine. Lawrie pitched two innings of relief, allowing two runs on one hit with a struck and four walks.
Hollowell (19-4) picked up the win as she held Washington to one run on four hits and struck out 13.
The Huskies look to rebound next week when they hit the road to face Oregon State and Oregon, May 5-7. The weekend opens at OSU on Friday at 3 p.m. before Washington closes out the series at Oregon on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.