OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Leading the No. 1 University of Arizona to the Pac 10 Conference title, Wildcat pitcher Alicia Hollowell (Suisun, CA) was announced today by the Amateur Softball Association and USA Softball as the Player of the Week for May 3-9. A perfect three win weekend against top ranked opponents, this marks the second ‘Player of the Week’ honor for the 6’1” sophomore as she was selected for her performance March 15-21.
“It is definitely an honor to be recognized by USA Softball for the Player of the Week again,” Hollowell said. “This weekend I felt like we needed to really play well as a team and we did. They make things so easy for me by putting runs on the board and then I just tried to do my best to try to keep the opponents off the board.”
“This is again an outstanding honor for a tremendously gifted young lady,” Arizona head coach Larry Ray said. “She really keeps us where we are and she continues to limit good offensive teams and make things easy on our defense.”
In the 5-0 victory against No. 10 Oregon, she combined for a four-hit shutout issuing three walks and nine strikeouts. In game one against No. 17 Oregon State, Hollowell led the Cats to a 2-0 victory posting 11 strikeouts in the seven inning shutout. Clinching the Pac 10 title, Hollowell recorded her third shutout of the weekend in a 3-0 decision tallying 11 strikeouts.
“Alicia has been very steady the entire year and seems to always rise to the occasion,” Ray said. “She can really nullify a team’s offense and she did that this weekend against two very good Oregon teams.”
Hollowell moved to 38-2 overall and currently posts a 0.67 season ERA with 19 individual shutouts and three combined. Her season total strikeouts, 466, is within reach of a 10-year-old Pac 10 record of 484 by Michele Granger of California in 1993.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 91 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture back-to-back gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com.
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