POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUP
1. Caitlin Lowe CF .510 Led off all 57 games for UA in 2005.
2. Autumn Champion LF .331 .419 career batting average, entering 2006
3. Kristie Fox SS .356 Led nation with 64 RBI in 2005
4. Chelsie Mesa 2B (.500) 10 RBI in 14 fall at-bats
5. Callista Balko C .205 18 of 23 RBI in 2005 came with two out
6. Sam Banister DP (.308) Two doubles and two sac bunts in 15 fall PA
7. Jenae Leles 3B (.300) .533 OBP in five fall games
8. Laine Roth 1B (.615) Led all newcomers with .615 BA in fall games
9. Adrienne Acton RF .175 Led team with 33 appearances as a sub in ?'05
W-L* ERA* Note
Alicia Hollowell 31-9 0.88 Perfect in UA’s only Kajikawa game in ?'05
Leslie Wolfe 6-2 1.64 0 ER in 9.0 IP in the postseason
Taryne Mowatt 8-1 1.80 Only career loss came to ?'05 champ
*Stats from 2005
(Fall batting average)
THIS WEEK: No. 5
The schedule for this week’s games has changed since the publication of the media guide and other materials. Please refer to ArizonaAthletics.com or the .pdf version of this week’s notes for an updated schedule.
NOTING THE OPPONENTS:
FRIDAY, FEB. 10 AT ASU’S FARRINGTON STADIUM
NORTHWESTERN ?- For the first time in program history, Northwestern opens its season ranked in the
SATURDAY, FEB. 11 AT THE
SUNDAY, FEB. 12 AT THE
NEW MEXICO?- Back in October, the Lobos came to
WILDCATS IN THE KAJIKAWA:
ARIZONA HEAD COACH MIKE CANDREA enters his 21st season at
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.
STILL USING A SHARPIE: With only five position players returning, one may think that Coach Candrea has a tough time filling out his lineup card. Although that may or may not be true, he doesn’t have to worry too much about the top three spots. In every one of UA’s 57 games in 2005, the top three spots of the Wildcat batting order read:
1. Caitlin Lowe
2. Autumn Champion
3. Kristie Fox
WATCHING VERY CLOSELY: Last year’s national RBI leader, Kristie Fox, maintained uncanny discipline at the plate in 2005. Fox led UA with 27 base on balls, while striking out only 15 times in 180 at-bats. Those numbers give her 1.8 walks to strikeout, and she struck out in just eight percent of her at-bats. Not bad, in comparison to the rest of UA’s squad, which had 0.55 walks for every strikeout and went down 21 percent of the time with a K in the scorecard.
START IT UP RIGHT:
AIMING AT HISTORY: Alicia Hollowell already holds a plethora of
THE OLD RED, WHITE & BLUE: Caitlin Lowe and Alicia Hollowell return to
TERRIFYING WITH TWO OUT: Of Callista Balko’s 23 RBI during her freshman campaign, 15 of her ribbies came with two out.
THROWN INTO THE HOT CORNER: This Friday, Jenae Leles could be the first 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.
NOT AFRAID OF A CHALLENGE: As always,
LAST SEASON RECAP
ARIZONA SOFTBALL REVIEW: The softball team made its 17th trip to the Women’s College World Series in the last 18 years, while sharing the Pac-10 title with three other teams, during its 2005 season. The shared conference championship makes four titles in the last five years for the Wildcats. University of Arizona was in the top four throughout the season in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball and NFCA/USA Today polls. Arizona
ARIZONA ALL-AMERICANS: Three players earned All-America honors, including two first-team selections. Player of the Year finalist Caitlin Lowe batted .510, while slugging .638 as UA’s leadoff hitter. Prior to the WCWS, Lowe was in line to take home the nation’s batting title, which would have been the second consecutive year a UA outfielder did so. Lowe’s classmate Kristie Fox’s 64 RBI and .356 batting average got the Arizona , native a first team at-large All-America selection. Fox led the nation in RBI throughout the year, and finished that way, although opponents elected not to pitch to her. Fox had 63 RBI in her first 46 games, before having just one in the final 11 contests. In those final 11 games, Fox was walked 13 times. With Lowe on base all the time, Fox made opponents pay, capitalizing with a .419 average with runners on. Finally, Alicia Hollowell made her third straight appearance on the All-America team, this time as a second team selection. Hollowell led the Wildcats with her 31-9 record and 0.88 ERA. In 54 postseason innings pitched, Hollowell surrendered just one earned run, good for a 0.13 ERA. San Diego, Calif. ’s strikeout queen had 446 punchouts in her third campaign, while limiting opponents to a .148 batting average. Arizona
softball players Caitlin Lowe, Alicia Hollowell, Kristie Fox and Autumn Champion earned 2005 Pacific All-Region honors. Hollowell is a three-time first-team pick, outfielder Caitlin Lowe is a two-time selection, shortstop Fox earned her first honor and outfielder Champion, a second-team pick this year, earned her third All-Pacific honor. Arizona
ALL-PAC-10 TEAM: The All-Pac-10 team had a big resemblance to that of the All-Pacific-Region team, when it came to UA players on the squad. Caitlin Lowe, Alicia Hollowell, and Kristie Fox once again earned first team honors, while Autumn Champion was honored on the second team
PACIFIC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Jennifer Martinez and Autumn Champion were named to the Pacific-10 All-Academic Team, along with 18 other Pac-10 softball players.
THE CONFERENCE OF CHAMPIONS: The Pac-10 had an unprecedented four teams tie for the conference title, while fifth place UCLA played for its third consecutive national championship in the WCWS championship series. All eight teams advanced to postseason play, while five went on to play in a super regional.
2005 Pac-10 STANDINGS
Stanford*^ 13-8 43-16
UCLA^# 11-10 40-20
* = Co-Pac-10 Champions
^ = NCAA Regional Participant
AT THE WCWS: Arizona had a tough time hitting the ball in Oklahoma City last year, as the Wildcats combined for a .106 team batting average in three games. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they had a tough time fielding the ball, as well. After boasting a .977 team fielding percentage in their first 54 games, the Wildcats collapsed with a .957 fielding percentage in WCWS games, allowing three unearned runs to score. The good news for