Feb. 12, 2006
TEMPE, AZ - Senior right-hander Alicia Hollowell tossed 5 1/3 perfect innings and freshman Jenae Leles drove in both Arizona runs as the No. 5 Wildcats shutout Cal State Fullerton, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon in the final game for both teams at the 2006 Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
Titan junior Candice Baker (1-1) pitched very well in the loss, scattering nine hits and striking out nine - just two short of her career high. She was matched by Hollowell (3-0), who retired the first 16 batters she faced and struck out 11 in the victory (including the final five batters she faced) while holding Fullerton to a single hit.
Arizona finally broke through in the fourth as the Wildcats put a pair on with one out and Jenae Leles at the plate. Leles then hit a sharp bouncing single to the right side that bounced into right field, scoring pinch runner Kelly Nelson for the 1-0 lead.
Hollowell held the Titans in check through five innings until Fullerton's senior catcher Ashlee Weatherford looped a 1-2 pitch into short centerfield to break up the no-hit bid. It was the first hit allowed by Hollowell in her last 16 2/3 innings. The Fullerton rally was stifled, however, as Hollowell struck out the next two batters to end any threat.
Arizona added an insurance run in the sixth as Leles hit her first home run of the year to dead center to make it 2-0.
Cal State Fullerton returns to action next weekend (Feb. 17-19) as the Titans travel to Las Vegas for the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic hosted by UNLV. Fullerton opens the tournament against a pair of nationally ranked foes in California and Northwestern at UNLV's Eller Media Stadium at 3:45 and 6 p.m., respectively.