Wildcats Clip Sun Devils

April 19, 2003

TUCSON - Arizona slipped past Arizona State, 2-1, in college softballSaturday night at Hillenbrand Stadium in a closely played game featuringthe freshman pitching of Sun Devil Desiree Serrano and the Wildcats' AliciaHollowell.

Hollowell (26-3) gave up two hits in winning in relief. Serrano (17-9)held top-ranked Arizona to five hits.

UA squandered a big opportunity in the first, stranding three of the ninerunners it left on base during the game. Autumn Champion led off with abunt single, Courtney Fossatti walked, and ASU pitcher Desiree Serranointentionally walked national home run leader Lovie Jung to load the bases.But Serrano got out of the jam by striking out Mackenzie Vandergeest andJackie Coburn and getting UA starting pitcher Wendy Allen on a pop foul.

Phelan Wright led off the ASU second with a home run to left field to givethe Sun Devils a 1-0 lead. A hit batsman and a single by Cheryl Evans putrunners on first and second, but third baseman Coburn turned a 5-3 doubleplay.

Singles by Jen McCard and Jennifer Forner in the top of the third helpedchase Allen, who's been troubled by a hand injury most of the year, and UAbrought in Hollowell for her fourth relief appearance of the year.Hollowell got a groundball out, intentionally walked Wright and struck outAdriana Garcia to end the rally.

The Cats (41-4, 10-1 in Pac-10 action) tied the score with an unearned runin the fourth. Lisha Ribellia drew a two-out walk, moved to third on anerror and scored on Crystal Farley's single up the middle.

UA took the lead in the fifth. Jung walked, and to third when Serranothrew Vandergeest's sarifice bunt into center field trying to get Jung atseconde. Coburn hit a sac fly to give UA the 2-1 lead.

ASU (28-15, 5-6 in league play) threatened in the top of the sixth whenHollowell walked Kara Brun and Wright, got two outs, then walked CherylEvans to load the bases. A high Hollowell pitch got past catcherVandergeest, but she chased it to the screen and flipped it to Hollowellfor the tag on a sliding Brun at the plate.

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