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Head Coach Kirk Walker recently earned his 400th career head coaching victory and returns 2005 All-American and Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year Brianne McGowan. The junior from
LAST WEEK RECAP:
Chelsie Mesa, batting in the two-hole for the first time in her Wildcat career, batted .636 (7-for-11) with five RBI in the three games.
INJURY BUG BITES CATS: All-Americans Alicia Hollowell and Caitlin Lowe have been sidelined with injuries they suffered against
Lowe’s absence from the
TOP CATS: In every year since 1992,
RE-WRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: Alicia Hollowell is now
For a complete list of
OFFENSIVE HISTORY: With each passing game, outfielders Caitlin Lowe and Autumn Champion are climbing up the UA record books in several offensive categories, including hits, stolen bases and runs scored. Additionally, both rank in the top five in career batting average at
In Sunday’s victory, Champion climbed into
This weekend, with five runs scored Champion could also crack the top 10 for runs in a career. The
Lowe has 230 career hits and could challenge Allison McCutcheon’s (1995-98) 405 career base knocks come spring 2007.
Additionally, with 19 stolen bases this year, Lowe has swiped 93 career bases, good for fifth on UA’s all-time list. If she wants top-billing as
Earlier in the season, Autumn Champion moved into sole possession of seventh place in career stolen bases. Entering this week she has swiped 60 career bases.
THREE FOR THE MONEY: Caitlin Lowe moved into a four-way tie on Arizona’s all-time triples list, when she had her fourth three-bagger of the year and ninth of her career on March 18 against CSUN. Among the names Lowe had been tied with when she had eight career triples: UA senior associate athletics director Kathleen “Rocky” LaRose.
Lowe tied her career-high for most triples in a season with four.
TRIPLE THE FUN: Last year,
Through its first 32 games,
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.
HOMER HAPPY: One of UA’s most glaring deficiencies in 2005 was a lack of power. As a team, the Wildcats had the lowest slugging percentage (.399) in the program’s history since 1992 and had the fewest home runs (33) since that year, as well.
This year, however,
NEWCOMERS MUSCLE UP: Aside from last minute roster additions Kelly Nelson, Jill Malina and Danielle Rodriguez; UA had brought in four new players this year who have helped to fix last year’s power problem.
Chelsie Mesa, Laine Roth, Jenae Leles and Sam Banister have started all 32 games this year and have had a noticeable impact on the UA offense. The quartet of newbies has 22 of
MOWATT (3/13-19, 3/20-26) AND HOLLOWELL (2/6-12; 2/13-19) NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Taryne Mowatt was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the second consecutive week. Against Louisiana-Lafayette, Mowatt became the first pitcher all year to shut out the prolific Ragin’ Cajun offense. Over the weekend she pitched 16.0 innings and gave up one run. The week before, Mowatt tossed a no-hitter and a perfect game at the Judi Garman Classic. In two games, Mowatt struck out 28 of the 37 opposing batters she faced. Alicia Hollowell has been 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
AND THEN THERE WERE EIGHT: Okay, here’s the bad news:
To cope with the lack of returners, UA brought in Chelsie Mesa, Laine Roth, Jenae Leles and Sam Banister (see “Newcomers Muscle Up”), as well as former soccer standout Kelly Nelson, manager Jill Malina and former Tucson High infielder Danielle Rodriguez.
LEADING THE PAC:
IF WE SCORE, WE WIN:
RBI FOR EVERYONE!
Here’s a breakdown of the Wildcats’ RBI per-game: Fox .87,
Last year, only two players (Kristie Fox and Jackie Coburn) ended the season with RBI-per-game ratios of better than .5.
MULTI-HIT AND MULTI-RBI GAMES: Every
In the multi-hit game category, Caitlin Lowe has a stranglehold over her teammates with 19 games with two or more hits. Kristie Fox (11), Autumn Champion (10), Laine Roth (8) and Chelsie Mesa (8) round out the top of the list. All told, UA batters have combined for 77 multi-hit and 48 multi-RBI games.
Both Champion and
HITTING STREAK: Caitlin Lowe’s career-high 15-game hit streak was snapped in UA’s March 19 loss to
WINNING STREAKS: Speaking of streaks, UA’s longest winning streak this year is 15 games, which were its first 15 contests of the year. The Wildcats’ March 16 loss to Texas A&M snapped a nine-game run.
PERFECTO! Taryne Mowatt’s no-hitter against UNLV and perfect game against Cal State Northridge were both firsts in her career. Mowatt became the 20th pitcher in
NO-NO: Alicia Hollowell has 16 career no-hitters. To put that figure in perspective, you can take any other two Wildcat hurlers (Susie Parra, Jennie Finch, Nancy Evans, Becky Lemke or Teresa Cherry, et al), combine their no-hit totals and they still will not amount to Hollowell’s total. As for UA’s other current pitchers, Taryne Mowatt and Leslie Wolfe have two and one career no-no’s, respectively.
ACE IN THE HOLE: With opponents fearful of facing three-time All-American Alicia Hollowell, some may feel relieved when they see Taryne Mowatt’s name next to position ?'1’ on the UA lineup card. Given Mowatt’s performance in her 15 starts, they should no such ease.
Here are a couple of ratios to compare the two hurlers:
ERA K/7 IP K:BB Opp. AVG
Mowatt 0.55 12.6 15.3* .111
Hollowell 0.57 13.7 18.9 .103
Mowatt walked two batters intentionally in the March 19 contest against
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 157 strikeouts on the year.
NOBODY EVER GOT ANYTHING FREE FROM UA: The Wildcat pitching staff hascombined to strikeout 374 opponent hitters in 203.2 innings pitched this season. What’s more, they have issued a total of 23 walks to opposing hitters. That’s one walk per 8.9 innings pitched and 16.3 strikeouts to the walk. In contrast, UA hitters have walked 112 times or 3.5 times a game.
TAKING BALLS AND TAKING NAMES: When Kristie Fox isn’t driving in one of her team-leading 28 RBI on the year, she may be doing a number of things, but one of them is not striking out. Fox has drawn 17 walks this year, while striking out just six times. The junior from
STEALING WITH ACCURACY:
LIVE BY THE HOMER, DIE BY THE HOMER:
AN ANOMALY! This past weekend, when No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette came to town, the Ragin’ Cajuns brought with them the title of being the most prolific home run hitting team in the country with 66 bombs in 26 games.
GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD:
THAT’S WHY THEY’RE ALL-AMERICANS:
PINCH WHAT? Taryne Mowatt’s at-bat against UNLV marked the first time Coach Candrea has sent a pinch-hitter to the plate this year.
PINCH RUNNERS: Kelly Nelson has appeared as a pinch runner in 19 games for UA. In doing so, she has scored 10 runs. Jill Malina and Danielle Rodriguez have appeared as a PR in 10 and eight games, respectively. Rodriguez scored the game-winning run in UA’s 2-1, nine-inning victory over Baylor on March 12.
JUST LIKE THE GOOD OL’ DAYS: This season,
EXTRA ALMOST EVERY TIME:
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.
THE FIRST TWIN KILLING: In UA’s Feb. 12, 9-1, win over
The Wildcats turned a 6-4-3 GDP this past weekend, in the first inning of Friday’s victory over Louisiana-Lafayette.
DEFENSE WINS WHAT?:. With 15 only defensive hiccups in 739 fielding attempts, UA has a Pac-10 leading .980 fielding percentage. Opponents, on the other hand, have committed 39 errors for a .951 fielding clip. UA is error-free in 19 games this season.