UA Blanks ASU, 8-0
TUCSON - The top of Arizona's batting order collected nine hits to paceUA's offense and Alicia Hollowell threw a one-hit shutout over No. 12Arizona State, 8-0, in college softball Friday night at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Arizona had successive singles by Champion and Fossatti to open the first,then ASU pitcher Desiree Serrano intentionally walked home-run Lovie Jung.The ploy worked as Mackenzie Vandergeest and Jackie Coburn hit intoshort-to-home fielder's choices and Wendy Allen struck out to end the threat.
Arizona batted around two innings later to blow the game open. Championand Fossatti singled again, and this time ASU pitched to Jung and shesmacked her 22nd home run of the year to give UA a 3-0 lead.
After walking the next batter, Vandergeest, Serrano (17-8) was pulled.Reliever Susan Aguilar gave up a single to Coburn, Allen advanced bothrunners with a sacrifice bunt and Lisha Ribellia hit a sacrifice fly tomake it 4-0. Shelly Shultz doubled to right-center to make it 5-0.
The Cats picked up a couple more runs in the fourth. Fossatti singledagain in the fourth and Jung doubled to right-center to drive in anotherrun. After moving up on a ground ball, Jung scored on Allen'sopposite-field single to left.
Crystal Farley singled with one out in the bottom of the fifth, Championsingled again and Fossatti singled to drive in Farley with the final run,on the mercy rule.
Hollowell won her 25th game against three defeats to break Becky Lemke's1998 freshman record of 25 victories in a season.
Top-ranked Arizona improved to 40-4 and 9-1 in Pac-10 play. The Sun Devilsdropped to 28-14 and 5-5. The two teams complete their two-game seriesSaturday at 7 p.m.
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