April 25, 2001
No. 2 Arizona (46-4 overall, 8-2 Pac-10) travels to Arizona State (30-14, 5-6 Pac-10) on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. to begin the second round of Pacific-10 Conference play. The Wildcats will then play host to the Oregon schools on Friday, April 25-Sunday, April 29. Arizona will take on No. 16 Oregon State (35-16 overall, 4-5 Pac-10) in a doubleheader on Friday at 6 p.m. The Cats will be making up the game that was rained out at Oregon State earlier in the season. In their first meeting this season, pitcher Jennie Finch threw a no-hitter in the Cats 5-0 victory. The Wildcats will face Oregon (25-29 overall, 1-10 Pac-10) on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Finch had two home runs and a double with 9 RBI in the Cats win against Oregon (11-1) in Eugene.
Last Time The Cats Played
Arizona is at the top spot in the Pac-10 with wins over No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 California last weekend. The Cats opened the week with its last non conference games against No. 14 Fresno State. In the first game of the doubleheader, Arizona hit four home runs in a mercy-ruled 9-1 game. Finch allowed only two hits on the mound and struck out 10. Senior Allison Andrade collected three home runs on the night, two in the second game to lead the Cats with the sweep in a come-from-behind 8-7 victory. Andrade had five hits on the night, while senior Lauren Bauer had six. Bauer continued her hitting streak with a home run against Stanford on Friday. It was Arizona's 101th homer of the year, setting the NCAA single-season team record . Finch struck out 14 and allowed three hits in the 7-0 victory. Saturday's game with California was postponed in the first inning after rain and was resumed in a doubleheader on Sunday. Bauer and Finch scored runs in the Cats 2-1 win, with pitcher Becky Lemke striking out nine. In the second game, senior Toni Mascarenas RBI single brought in Bauer in the first and scored herself in the third from a single by freshman Leneah Manuma. Arizona's 2-1 victory extended its home-field winning streak to 37 games. Bauer's stolen base moved her into a tie for second in Arizona history with 129 career stolen bases. Finch won her sixth game in nine day on Sunday.
The Wildcat pitching staff of seniors Becky Lemke, junior Jennie Finch, Gladding and Teresa Demeter in 50 games have a combined ERA of 0.69 in 314 innings of play. They have struck out 464 batters, and an average of 10 strikeouts a game. Lemke has 156 strikeouts, Finch has 179 and Gladding has 127. The Cats have 31shutouts and have only allowed 131 hits compared to Arizona's 468 hits. Finch is 20-0 with a 0.28 ERA, Lemke is 14-2 with a 1.02 ERA and Gladding is 12-2 with a 0.90 ERA. Arizona's ERA is the lowest in the nation.
Bangin' Them Silly
Lauren Bauer hit Arizona's 101th home run of the season to set the NCAA team single-season record against No. 3 Stanford on Saturday, April 20. Arizona now holds the top three spot in NCAA history- the 1995 club hit 100 and the 1993 team hit 93. Mascarenas (16), Manuma (15) and Vandergeest (15) lead the way, with every other usual starter hitting at least one... The Cats are averaging 2.02 homers a game... The all-time collegiate record is 1.39 for a season by the Arizona teams in 1994 and 1995. Those teams had a couple of sluggers who outpaced the rest of the club ?? Laura Espinoza, Jenny Dalton, Leticia Pineda, Leah Braatz. In 1998, for example Braatz (25) and Pineda (20) led, but the next highest totals were seven homers by Mascarenas and Nancy Evans. This year's team is spreading the wealth a bit more...The Cats hit 6 home runs against Bowling Green, which is tied for the No. 2 spot in NCAA history. 28 times Arizona has had multiple homers in a game, 6 times they have hit 5 or more and one time more than 5.
Leaders of the Pac
Arizona leads the Pac-10 Conference in a number of categories including team batting average (.349), Slugging percentage (.635), on base percentage (.431) and runs scored (379). Senior Lauren Bauer is first in the conference in batting average (.439), runs scored (63) and hits (75). Senior Toni Mascarenas is tied for first with home runs (16). On the mound, Arizona's team ERA is lowest (0.69), as well as opposing batting average (.123). Finch has the lowest ERA (0.28), as well as opposing batting average (.105). On defensive, the Cats have the highest fielding percentage (.980) in the conference. A complete listing of conference stats is available at www.pac-10.org.
Going for the Gold
Nine Wildcats were selected to participate in the USA Softball Women's National Team Camp last Thursday (April 12). USA Softball will select two 16-player teams to represent the U.S. in international competition. Six current Cats were selected including Lauren Bauer, Lindsey Collins, Jennie Finch, Nicole Giordano, Becky Lemke and Toni Mascarenas. Transfer Lovieanne Jung, assistant coach Nancy Evans and former assistant coach Amy Chellevold were also selected.. Mike Candrea was among the 12 coaches selected to participate at the camp and has a chance to coach one of the two U.S. National Teams. The head coach for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team will be chosen from the pool of coaches.
Pac-10 Player of the Week
Two Arizona players have been named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week. Leneah Manuma was named on March 2 where she had three home runs, six RBI and hit .600 in seven games. Jennie Finch was named pitcher of the week on April 9 after she struck out 15 and allowed only thre hit in 13 innings pitched.
Arizona has 468 hits compared to its opponents' 131...The team is hitting .349 on the season with its opposition's .123... With 50 games under its belt, Arizona's 101 home runs are a new NCAA record... It also has given Arizona a slugging percentage of .635, compared to the school?record mark of .608 by the '95 team.... Lauren Bauer leads the team with hits (75) and runs scored (63), including 24 multiple hit games... Two Cats are hitting over .400 - Bauer (.439) and Mascarenas (.410)... When Jenny Gladding pitches, opponents are hitting .111... She has struck out 31 batters looking... Lemke's career strikeout total of 829 is No. 2 on the UA chart and within reach of Susie Parra's No. 1 figure of 874 from 1991 to 1994... She could become only the fourth Wildcat to win 100 career games. She has a career mark of 97?19. Parra is No. 3 on the UA chart with a 101?9 record... Jennie Finch has won 73 career games against 10 defeats and is No. 5 on Arizona's career chart. Her career total of 541 K's is No. 4 behind Parra, Lemke and Nancy Evans... Opponent batters are hitting .105 when Finch pitches, the lowest in the Pac-10... Each of Arizona's three starting pitchers is averaging more than 10 stikeouts per seven innings. Lemke is tops with an 10.6 mark, Gladding averages 10.3 strikeouts per seven innings and Finch has a 10.1 mark... The three have combined for 30 shutouts this year and Lemke combined with Teresa Demeter for a 31th shutout... Opposing batters are hitting .123 against Arizona... The team has played 16 five?inning mercy rule games and three six?inning run?rule games... Arizona has played five extra inning games... Lauren Bauer has stolen 34 bases in 39 attempts, No. 10 in Arizona history. Her career total of 129 is 19 short of the school record set by Allison McCutcheon (148) from 1995 to 1998 and puts Bauer tied for No. 2 on that list with Vivian Holm (129)... Arizona's team on?base percentage is .431, meaning every single player has been getting on base about half the time... The Cats' 29-0 victory over Bowling Green State on Feb. 16 is believed to be a school record for runs, as is the 17-run fourth inning UA put together... The Pepsi Softball Classic was one of the best opening weekend crowds in school history with a three-day average of 1562... Arizona has a 32-game home winning streak dating to a 4-3 lost to Stanford on April 9, 2000...The attendance for the Hillenbrand Invitational marks the second largest crowd in history with 2751 out to see Arizona play against No. 5 Oklahoma... The game against Arizona State on March 14 was the fifth largest crowd in Hillenbrand stadium history with 2623...
National Fastpitch Coaches Association Poll
Arizona is No. 2 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I coaches poll. UCLA is No. 1, Stanford is No. 3, No. 4 is California and LSU is at the five spot. Seven Pac-10 school are currently ranked in the top 25 with five in the top 10. Arizona has been in the national rankings every single period since 1990. Ranking are available at www.nfca.org.
The Poll: Preseason: No. 3, Feb. 21 - No. 2, Feb. 28 - No. 2, March 7- No. 2, March 14- No. 2, March 21- No. 2, March 28- No. 2, April 4- No. 2, April 11 - No. 2, April 18 - 2
Typical Arizona Lineup
Lauren Bauer - cf
Nicole Giordano - lf
Toni Mascarenas - 3b
Leneah Manuma - dh/1b
Lindsey Collins - c
Jennie Finch - 1b/p
Mackenzie Vandergeest - rf - or a c batting fifth
Allison Andrade - ss
Lisha Ribellia - 2b or Erika Hanson/Kim Balkan - rf
Becky Lemke - p
When Jenny Gladding pitches, she normally bats eighth and Ribellia is the defo.
Arizona Head Coach Mike Candrea
After 15 seasons at Arizona, Candrea carries a record of 849-172. His Division I winning percentage (.831) is No. 2 all-time and No. 1 among active coaches. On Tuesday, March 6, Candrea coached his 1000th game. Candrea was named Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year in 2000, his sixth time. Last season, he won his 800th game, only the eighth NCAA softball coach in history to do so. His players have earned 54 All-America honors and six Academic All-America honors, plus he has coached three players to the Honda Softball Award as national player of the year. He has taken the Wildcats to the College World Series the past 13 years and reached the championship game in eight of the last 11 years.
The Wildcats Next Action
Arizona softball will travel to the Bay Area to take on California at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 4 and Stanford on Saturday, April 5 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 at 1 p.m.