Cats Shutout San Diego State

March 2, 2003

TUCSON - Freshman pitcher Alicia Hollowell threw a two-hit shutout andArizona made the most of nine hits to beat San Diego State, 6-0, in thefinal game of Arizona's Hillenbrand Invitational softball tournament.

UA jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a single by Autumn Champion and a homerun by Mackenzie Vandergeest in the bottom of the first.

Wendy Allen blooped a double to drive in two runs in the third, then LishaRibellia followed a Shelly Shultz walk with another two-run double to makeit 6-0.

San Diego State loaded the bases in the fourth but came away scoreless.Arizona stranded three runners in the fifth and sixth but couldn't get akey hit to blow the game open.

Hollowell improved to 12-2 and losing pitcher Celena Velasquez is 3-2.

Arizona (21-2) finished 4-0 in the tournament, while San Diego State(12-8) finished 3-2 in the matchup of the top records in the round-robinformat.

The Wildcats did not allow a run in its four games and blasted 12 home runs.

In the preliminary game early Sunday, Northern Iowa beat New Mexico State3-1 in morning action The Panthers (8-6) finished 2-2 in the tournament.NMSU (2-20) finished 0-5.

UNI took a 1-0 lead in the first with a walk, a sacrifice and two errorsby NMSU, then added to the lead in the second with a two-run home run byAngela Higgins.

Christine Stephens hit a two-out solo home run for New Mexico State to cutthe lead to 3-1 in the top of the fourth

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