POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUP
1. Caitlin Lowe CF .493 Perfect 13-for-13 SB
2. Autumn Champion LF .400 Leads UA with 23 R
3. Kristie Fox SS .448 Hitting 94 points better than ’05 AVG
4. Chelsie Mesa 2B .386 Leads team with 18 RBI, .737 SLG
5. Jenae Leles 3B .273 Leads UA with four HBP
6. Callista Balko C .200 Hit .500 with two HR last weekend
7. Laine Roth DP .362 Led UA with 10 RBI last weekend
8. Sam Banister 1B .237 Tied for UA lead with four HR
9. Adrienne Acton RF .281 Two multi-hit games and two SB last weekend
W-L ERA Note
Alicia Hollowell 11-0 0.22 123 career victories
Taryne Mowatt 9-1 0.56 New career high in victories
THIS WEEK: No. 1
FRIDAY, MARCH 10 vs. Baylor 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11 vs. Baylor 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12 vs. Baylor Noon
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NOTING BAYLOR: The Bears are coming off their own tournament victory, as they hosted and won the Compass Bank Invitational last weekend. Brette Reagan leads a Bears offense which averages 5.5 runs a game. Reagan boasts a .475 batting average to go along with her five home runs and 22 RBI.
LAST WEEK RECAP: The top-ranked
Five UA players hit .500 or better in the five games, led by Kristie Fox’s .583 average. With the exception of slappers Autumn Champion and Adrienne Acton, all UA starters hit at least one home run.
UA’s pitchers were just as dominant, as the Wildcat batters, as Alicia Hollowell and Taryne Mowatt faced 90 batters in 27.0 innings, while giving up only one run and seven hits.
TOP CATS: In every year since 1992,
RE-WRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: Alicia Hollowell,
For a complete list of
OFFENSIVE HISTORY: Junior center fielder Caitlin Lowe joined 15 other Wildcats when she reached the 200-hit plateau, at the Worth Wildcat Invitational on Feb. 19. Twenty-one games into her junior season, Lowe has 218 hits and could challenge Allison McCutcheon’s (1995-98) 405 career base knocks come spring 2007.
Also at the Worth Wildcat, Lowe moved up in the record books in another category. With 13 stolen bases this year, Lowe has swiped 87 career bases, good for fifth on UA’s all-time list. If she wants top-billing as
Autumn Champion moved into sole possession of seventh place in career stolen bases at UA this past weekend. She has swiped 59 career bases.
HOLLOWELL NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK (2/6-12; 2/13-19): Alicia Hollowell has named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week twice this year. Following the Kajikawa Classic (2/6-12), USA Softball named her its first National Player of the Week of the year for her performance in last week’s games. In three starts, Hollowell tossed no-hitters against No. 15 Northwestern and No. 6 Texas A&M, while surrendering one hit in a 2-0 win over Cal State Fullerton.
ARIZONA HEAD COACH MIKE CANDREA is in his 21st season at
OVERMATCHED IN EVERY SHAPE OF THE WORD:
... It took UA batters 21 games to strikeout a combined 100 times. Its opponents accomplished the dubious feat eight games into the year
... Slap-hitting Caitlin Lowe has as many doubles (7) as opponents have runs (7)
... Caitlin Lowe has as many stolen bases (13) as opponents have walks (13)
... UA’s opponents have 41 hits in 21 games. Wildcat batters had 48 hits in its first six games
This past weekend...
AND THEN THERE WERE EIGHT: Okay, here’s the bad news:
WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM: In addition to freshman infielders Laine Roth, Jenae Leles and Sam Banister, and as 2005 NJCAA Player of the Year Chelsie Mesa, UA delved into the rest of the athletic department for additional players.
With only 12 rostered players and three weeks to Opening Day, UA brought in senior outfielder Kelly Nelson, freshman outfielder Jill Malina and sophomore infielder Danielle Rodriguez. Nelson is a four-year letterwinner with UA’s soccer team, Malina was originally slated to be a softball manager, and Rodriguez made the squad in an open tryout. For more information regarding the three late additions, log on to ArizonaAthletics.com to see their bios.
NEWCOMERS CATCH FIRE: Laine Roth, Jenae Leles, Sam Banister and Chelsie Mesa have started all 21 of UA’s games this season. The quartet of newbies has combined to hit .314, with 14 of UA’s 21 home runs, four of the team’s six triples and 56 percent of
LEADING THE PAC:
GOING FOR THREE: Last year,
Autumn Champion’s triple against Texas A&M on Feb. 24 was the first of her career. Prior to the third-inning hit, Champion had played in 185 games and had 578 at-bats before her first career triple. The slap hitter had 89 hits as a freshman in 2003 ?- all singles.
RBI FOR EVERYONE!
Last year, only two players (Kristie Fox and Jackie Coburn) ended the season with RBI-per-game ratios of better than .5.
BALANCE THROUGHOUT THE ORDER: While
MULTI-HIT AND MULTI-RBI GAMES: Every
In the multi-hit game category, Caitlin Lowe has a stranglehold over her teammates with 14 games with two or more hits. Kristie Fox (7), Autumn Champion (6) and Chelsie Mesa (5) round out the top of the list. All told, UA batters have combined for 49 multi-hit and 32 multi-RBI games.
HITTING STREAK: Caitlin Lowe currently leads UA with an eight-game hitting streak. Chelsie Mesa’s 11-game hitting streak, which was snapped against
PITCHER/HITTER/LEFT FIELDER: Entering her sophomore season, Taryne Mowatt was expected to mature from her frosh campaign, in which she went 8-1 with a 1.80 ERA. She has done that and more.
In the circle, Mowatt is 9-1, with three complete-game shutouts, and her numbers have an uncanny resemblance to three-time All-American Alicia Hollowell.
Here are a couple of ratios to compare the two hurlers:
ERA K/7 IP K:BB Opp. AVG
Mowatt 0.56 13.3 19.6 .111
Hollowell 0.21 14.2 19.7 .080
Three weeks ago, in lieu of Autumn Champion in the lineup, Mowatt also became the first UA pitcher since Wendy Allen to pick up a bat. The sophomore from
STRIKEOUTS ARE NOW DOUBLE THE FUN: When Taryne Mowatt struck out Longhorn first baseman Jacqueline Williams on Feb. 26, she joined Alicia Hollowell as the first Wildcat pitching duo since 2002 to have 100 strikeouts apiece. In 2002, Jennie Finch and Jenny Gladding both topped the century mark in punch outs. Entering this weekend, Mowatt has 118 strikeouts on the year.
NOBODY EVER GOT ANYTHING FREE FROM UA: Alicia Hollowell and Taryne Mowatt have combined to strikeout 256 opponent hitters in 130.0 innings pitched this season. What’s more, they have issued a total of 13 walks to opposing hitters. That’s one walk per 10.0 innings pitched and 19.7 strikeouts to the walk. In contrast, UA hitters have walked 77 times.
LIVE BY THE HOMER, DIE BY THE HOMER:
FAST STARTS: With three All-Americans occupying the first three spots in the batting order,
TOP OF THE ORDER CLEANS UP: The Wildcats had experienced some difficulty coming through with runners in scoring position... until last weekend. In the Hillenbrand Invitational, UA hit .500 (26-for-52) with runners in scoring position. The prolific set upped UA’s RISP numbers from .268 to .327.
Leading the way, on the season, with runners in scoring position are Caitlin Lowe (.500, 9-for-18), Autumn Champion (.435, 10-for-23), Kristie Fox (.346, 9-for-26) and Chelsie Mesa (.367, 11-for-30). Incidentally, those four have been
PINCH WHAT? Head coach Mike Candrea has yet to send a pinch hitter to the plate this year.
JUST LIKE THE GOOD OL’ DAYS: This season,
EXTRA ALMOST EVERY TIME:
NOT GOING DOWN QUIETLY, OR QUICKLY:
THE OLD RED, WHITE & BLUE: Caitlin Lowe and Alicia Hollowell return to
THROWN INTO THE HOT CORNER: Freshman Jenae Leles is the freshman since Jackie Coburn (2002) and Toni Mascarenas (1998) to start regularly at third base. Should Leles get moved to another position, fellow frosh Sam Banister waits in the wings to share the left side of the infield with Kristie Fox.
A LITTLE HELP HERE? In each of the last three years, Alicia Hollowell has eaten up over 70 percent of UA’s innings pitched. She should get some help from returning hurlers Leslie Wolfe and Taryne Mowatt. Wolfe started six of the final 16 games for UA in 2005, after delivering the first pitch in only three of the first 41 contests. Additionally, a healthy and mature Mowatt should also help out, after winning eight games last season.
Thus far, Mowatt has started 10 of UA’s 21 games and tossed 47.8 percent of the innings.
THE FIRST TWIN KILLING: In UA’s Feb. 12, 9-1, win over
DEFENSE WINS WHAT?: When your pitchers strikeout opponents in 56 percent of their plate appearances, a team’s defense has the pressure taken off it a bit. Nevertheless, when
NOT AFRAID OF A CHALLENGE: As always,