POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUP
1. Caitlin Lowe CF .481 Leads team with 1.093 OPS, 12 SB
2. Autumn Champion LF .343 Has team-leading five-game hit streak
3. Chelsie Mesa 2B .341 Leads team with .636 SLG%, two 3B
4. Kristie Fox SS .413 Led team with six RBI last weekend
5. Jenae Leles 3B .233 Went 3-for-4 vs.
6. Callista Balko C .105 Three-quarters of hits have been XBH
5. Sam Banister 1B .283 Leads UA with 15 RBI
7. Laine Roth DP .349 Four of five RBI came last weekend
9. Adrienne Acton RF .238 Two hits vs.
W-L ERA Note
Alicia Hollowell 8-0 0.14 120 career victories
Taryne Mowatt 7-1 0.67 100 K this year
Leslie Wolfe 0-0 0.00 0 ER in 9.0 IP in ?'05 postseason
THIS WEEK: No. 1
FRIDAY, MARCH 3:
9 a.m. (MST)
11 a.m. (MST) South Florida vs.
1 p.m. (MST)
3 p.m. (MST)
5 p.m. (MST)
SATURDAY, MARCH 4
9 a.m. (MST) South Florida vs.
11 a.m. (MST) Sam Houston vs.
1 p.m. (MST) Sam Houston vs.
3 p.m. (MST)
5 p.m. (MST)
SUNDAY, MARCH 5
9 a.m. (MST) No. 4 vs. No. 5
11 a.m. (MST) No. 3 vs. Winner of 9 a.m. game
1 p.m. (MST) No. 1 vs. No. 2
NOTING THE OPPONENTS:
FRIDAY, MARCH 4
SAM HOUSTON (5-6) ?- The Bearkats opened their season on a four-game winning streak, before dropping six of their next seven contests. Sam Houston has not played an easy schedule, however, as three of the Bearkats losses have come to
Lauren Boone leads the team in most offensive categories including, batting average (.414), runs (12), hits (12), doubles (3), walks (12) and stolen bases (3-for-3). Elizabeth Gibson provides the power for the offense, with her .345 batting average, three home runs and nine RBI.
Shalayne Blythe and Brandi Crnkovic have split most of the innings this year, as they have combined to pitch 53.0 of SHSU’s 65.2 innings. Among them, they have all but one of the Bearkats’ pitching decisions.
LONG BEACH STATE (8-6) ?- The defending Big West champs have an up and down season, with several of their losses coming to No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 13
SATURDAY, MARCH 5
SOUTH FLORIDA (10-6) ?- The Bulls have played only two games away from home this year, but are ready to take their show on the road, after hosting three tournaments. USF will play
SUNDAY, FEB. 19
TO BE DETERMINED
LAST WEEK RECAP: The top-ranked
Senior Autumn Champion returned to the lineup and led the team with her .500 (7-for-14) batting average. Champion’s classmate Alicia Hollowell moved into sole possession of second place on UA’s all-time victories list, with her 120th career win.
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. Just 16 games into her junior season, Lowe has 209 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 12 stolen bases this year, Lowe has swiped 86 career bases, good for fifth on UA’s all-time list. If she wants top-billing as
Autumn Champion is currently tied for eighth on the all-time stolen bases list, with 57 career SB. She is currently tied with Julie Standering and is one behind Toni Mascarenas’ 58 swiped bags.
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
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 ON QUICKLY: Laine Roth, Jenae Leles, Sam Banister and Chelsie Mesa have started all 16 of UA’s games this season. The quartet of newbies has combined to hit .301, with seven of UA’s 10 home runs, three of the team’s four triples and 56 percent of
LEADING THE PAC:
GOING FOR THREE: Last year,
Autumn Champion’s triple against Texas A&M 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. Incidentally, Caitlin Lowe, who had four of UA’s five triples in 2005 has not hit one, thus far.
HITTING STREAK: When Chelsie Mesa’s team-leading 11-game hitting streak 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 7-1, 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 0.67 13.5 16.7 .115
Hollowell 0.14 14.4 26.3 .083
Two 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.
NOBODY EVER GOT ANYTHING FREE FROM UA: Alicia Hollowell and Taryne Mowatt have combined to strikeout 205 opponent hitters in 103.0 innings pitched this season. What’s more, they have issued a total of 10 walks to opposing hitters. That’s one walk per 10.3 innings pitched and 20.5 strikeouts to the walk. In contrast, UA hitters have walked 38 times.
LIVE BY THE HOMER, DIE BY THE HOMER:
A-RROR PRONE: In the Worth Wildcat Invitational sophomore right fielder Adrienne Acton accomplished the rare feat of having two error-driven inside-the-park “home runs” against Tennessee Tech. In back-to-back innings,
FAST STARTS: With two or three All-Americans occupying the first three spots in the batting order,
THAT’S WHY THEY ARE ALL-AMERICANS: The Wildcats have had some struggles this season when it comes to hitting with runners in scoring position. UA is batting .268 (41-for-153) with one or more RISP, while hitting .339 (83-for-245 in non-RISP situations.
Only a few Wildcats who have thrived in big spots this year, three are All-Americans and the other is UA’s RBI leader. Veterans Caitlin Lowe (.429, 6-for-14), Autumn Champion (.333, 5-for-15) and Kristie Fox (.300, 6-for-20) are joined by freshman Sam Banister (.333, 8-for-24) as the only Wildcats hitting .300 or better in RISP situations
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:
HOW DO YOU DEFINE DOMINATION? For four years, opposing hitters have found themselves completely over-matched against Alicia Hollowell. This year is no different, as she is yet to allow a run. Additionally, she has allowed the opposition to reach third base only four times in 51.0 innings. She has given up only one extra-base hit and has struck out 60 percent of opposing hitters.
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.