ON THE AIR: Fans in
NOTING THE OPPONENTS:
FRIDAY, FEB. 9 ?- AT THE
Last year, UA defeated the Buckeyes 5-1 in the Palm Springs Classic on Feb. 25 and by a 6-3 margin in the second round of the Tucson Regional on May 19. A number of Wildcats had success at the plate against OSU in 2006, including Jenae Leles (.500, 3-6), Sam Banister (.500, 2-4, HR, 3 RBI) and Caitlin Lowe (.429, 3-7, RBI, 2-2 SB).
SATURDAY, FEB. 10 ?- AT ASU’s FARRINGTON STADIUM
This year’s UF squad features sophomore right fielder Kim Waleszonia, who hit .309 in 68 games last year. The Gators return a pitching duo of Stacey Nelson and Stacey Stevens, who drew 55 of the team’s 68 decisions and earned 34 of the 43 victories.
NORTHWESTERN: Fourth-ranked Northwestern is coming off its best season in program history and one of the greatest Cinderella stories since
SUNDAY, FEB. 11 ?- AT THE
The Aggies lose only one starter from last year’s squad that finished fourth in the Big 12. They will be led by 2005 first-team All-American junior pitcher/first baseman Amanda Scarborough.
WILDCATS IN THE KAJIKAWA:
DEFENDING THE TITLE:
STARTING THE YEAR:
NOTHING COMES EASILY:
REPRESENTING THE OTHER RED, WHITE AND BLUE: This past off-season Caitlin Lowe completed her second summer with the U.S. Women’s National Team. Lowe started all 17 games of the ISF World Championships and the II World Cup of Softball for Team
WELCOMING THE NEWCOMERS:
SWITCH IT UP: K'Lee Arredondo is slated to be the first switch hitter during Mike Candrea’s 22-year tenure. The frosh from
HITTING STREAKS: While they may appear small on paper, any carry over hitting streak that dates back to the WCWS is significant. Four returning Wildcats (Caitlin Lowe, 4 games; Adrienne Acton, 3; Callista Balko, 3; and Taryne Mowatt, 3) open the season hitting streaks of three games or larger. Laine Roth will begin the 2007 campaign with a modest one-game carry over streak.
FOUR TIMES THE FUN: Before the year is over, Caitlin Lowe will cement her name in both the NCAA and Arizona record books in several offensive categories such as batting average, hits, runs scored and stolen bases. She also has the chance to become just the fifth player in
FOX IN THE CLUTCH: Kristie Fox has built a reputation as one of the great clutch hitters in college softball. In 2006, she batted .430 with runners in scoring position and set a career high with 66 RBI, but her career numbers are even more telling. The shortstop is a career .385 (84-for-218) hitter with runners in scoring position and hits .335 (112-for-334) in non-RISP situations.
FOX TO BE HONORED BY SAN DIEGO HALL OF CHAMPIONS: On Feb. 13 Kristie Fox will be honored as one of 10 Stars of the Year by the San Diego Hall of Champions. The
REPLACING THE ACE: Taryne Mowatt’s task of replacing four-time All-American Alicia Hollowell as
2006 REVIEW: While national championships are the currency by which history measures on-field success, the results show that
continued its tradition of superb play in all aspects of the game in 2006. Along with Arizona , UA was the only team to finish in the top 10 nationally in the following team categories: ERA, batting average and fielding percentage. Tennessee
The Wildcats opened the year on a tear, winning 24 of their first 25 games. UA dominated opponents over that span, winning games by an average of six runs a game. However, on March 16
In the first game of the doubleheader, Alicia Hollowell ruined the Huskies’ Senior Day by tossing a no-hitter, leading to a 2-0 UA victory. The win catalyzed a 14-game winning streak that elevated
After defeating LSU in the Tucson Super Regional to reach the WCWS, UA met Pac-10 foe
Two days later, after a 1-0 loss to
UA opened exploded with an 8-0 win in Game 1, led by a one-hit performance by Hollowell. The story of the game, and the series for that matter, was the Wildcats’ speed on the base paths. UA’s slappers Caitlin Lowe, Autumn Champion and Adrienne Acton combined for three infield hits, four runs and forced three NU infield errors.
In Game 2,
Finally, after all the ups and downs the team endured, the Wildcats tasted the sweetest of victories and in doing so, they brought the national championship trophy home to
ALL-PAC-10 TEAM: Kristie Fox, Caitlin Lowe, Alicia Hollowell and Autumn Champion were all named to the All-Pac-10 Team. Fox, Lowe and Hollowell earned first-team nods, while Champion garnered second-team honors. Both Lowe and Hollowell have been named to the first team every year since they arrived, while Fox is a first-teamer for the second time, and Champion has a pair of first and second team citations. Taryne Mowatt and Callista Balko received honorable mentions.