Wildcats Rout New Mexico State, 16-0
Feb. 28, 2003
TUCSON - Arizona blasted six home runs among 14 hits to back up two-hitpitching by Alicia Hollowell as the No. 4-ranked Wildcats whipped NewMexico State in five innings, 16-0, in first-day action of the UA'sHillenbrand Invitational softball tournament at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Hollowell struck out eight in three innings of pitching and improved herrecord to 10-2. Leslie Wolfe pitched the last two innings for the Cats adstruck out four. The home runs tied a school record set by the Cats againstBowling Green on Feb. 16, 2001 for single game roundtrippers.
UA jumped to a quick 1-0 lead in the first as the visiting team. AutumnChampion and Courtney Fossatti hit infield singles, Lovie Jung walked andMackenzie Vandergeest singled in a run. But New Mexico State pitcherJennifer Bride (2-10) started a nifty 1-2-3 double play on a ground ball byJackie Coburn to thwart the rally.
In the second, Shelly Shultz walked, Crystal Farley singled, both playersmoved up on a wild pitch and Champion singled in Shultz.Fossatti reached oncatcher's interference to re-load the bases and Jung smacked her 10th homerun of the year and second grand slam. Vandergeest dropped a double downthe leftfield line and Wendy Allen dropped a double in the gap inleft-center to make it 7-0.
Jasmine Flores and Bride collected the first two hits off UA's AliciaHollowell with one out in the bottom of the second but the freshman hurlercollected her fifth and sixth strikeouts to end the threat.
Crystal Farley reached base on an error in the third, then UA sophomoreCourtney Fossatti, normally a slap hitter, knocked her first career homerun just inside the rightfield foul pole. Jung walked and Vandergeestsocked her fifth homer of the year to make it 11-0.
Farley followed walks by pinch-hitter Erin Palomarez and Lisha Ribellia inthe fourth inning with her first career home run to make it 14-0.Coburn andCandace Abrams hit back-to-back solo home runs in the top of the fifth tofinish the scoring.
New Mexico State dropped its second game of the tournament and to 2-18overall. The Cats improved to 18-2 overall.
UA's second game of the day, an exhibition match against the DutchNational Team, was rained out and will not be rescheduled.