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No. 4 Softball to Host No. 12 Stanford, Cal
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/11/2007
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The fourth-ranked Arizona softball team (28-8, 4-1 Pac-10) continues Pac-10 play and a three-week homestand, as it will host No. 12 Stanford (26-9, 3-3) on Friday and Cal (25-20, 2-4) on Saturday and Sunday at Hillenbrand Stadium.

 

ARIZONA SOFTBALL THIS WEEKEND

Friday, April 13, vs. Stanford ?- 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 14 vs. Cal ?- 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 15 vs. Cal ?- 1 p.m.

 

RECAPPING LAST WEEKEND: Arizona remained at the top of the Pac-10 standings with a two-game sweep of visiting Arizona State this past weekend.  The Wildcats improved to 26-0 all-time at Hillenbrand Stadium against the Sun Devils with a pair of 1-0 victories over their in-state rivals. 

 

On Friday, Taryne Mowatt tossed a no-hitter and Kristie Fox plated pinch runner Jill Malina with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to give UA its first 1-0 victory of the weekend.  The game drew 2,729 fans for the 13th-largest crowd in Hillenbrand Stadium history and largest since Team USA visited the Old Pueblo in 2004.

 

Saturday’s game was more of the same.  Mowatt limited ASU to two hits in another 1-0 win; this time the game-winning run was driven in by a K'Lee Arredondo fielder’s choice in the second inning.  Once again, over 2,500 fans came to see the contest and many more saw UA’s win as ESPN2 broadcast the game to a national audience.

 

Mowatt totaled 21 strikeouts to just two hits and one walk in 14 shutout innings on the weekend.

 

ARIZONA HEAD COACH MIKE CANDREA ?- is in his 22nd season at the helm of the Arizona softball program.  He boasts a 1,109-222 (.833) record in 21 seasons in the dugout.  Candrea is one of five Division I softball head coaches to have won 1,110 games and was the fastest to do so.  He has earned 17 coach of the year honors, including nine Pac-10 Coach of the Year citations, and is a member of the NFCA Hall of Fame.  In 2004, Candrea took a year off to coach the USA Olympic softball team to a 9-0 record and a gold medal in Athens.  Candrea was also awarded the Olympic Shield award, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s most prestigious award, marking the first time in history the award was given to an Olympic coach.  During his tenure, Arizona has won nine Pac-10 titles and seven national championships.

 

1,100 WINS FOR CANDREA: On March 16 in Fullerton’s Judi Garman Classic, Arizona head coach Mike Candrea won his 1,110th career game in an 11-0 rout of Pacific.  Incidentally, Candrea’s son Mikel was on hand as Pacific’s hitting coach.

 

With the win, Candrea joined Margie Wright (Fresno State), JoAnne Graf (Florida State) and Gayle Blevins (Iowa) as one of only four coaches to accumulate 1,100 Division I softball coaching victories.  Since then, LSU’s Yvette Giourard joined the illustrious group with her 1,100th win.  Additionally, as this is his 21st season in the dugout, Candrea is now the fastest of the four to reach the 1,100-win plateau.  The feat took Wright 24, Graf 22, Blevins 28 and Giourard 27 years, respectively, to get to 1,100 wins.

 

NOTING THE CARDINAL: Stanford enters the week 26-9 with a 3-3 clip in Pac-10 play, having dropped two out of three to rival Cal last weekend.  Stanford is slated to host St. Mary’s on Wednesday for a non-conference tilt.  The Cardinal offense features five players hitting .320 or better on the year.  That quintet does not included sluggers Rosey Neill (.291, 5 HR, 28 RBI) or Michelle Smith (.282, 6 HR, 31 RBI) who are responsible for nearly half of SU’s home run out put on the year.  In the circle, Missy Penna (19-3, 1.63 ERA) strikes out 9.5 batters per seven innings pitched.

 

NOTING THE GOLDEN BEARS: Cal bounced back from an 0-3 Pac-10 start by winning two of its next three games to bring itself to a 2-4 Pac-10 mark and a 25-20 overall record.  The Golden Bears, if nothing else, are well-traveled.  Cal, which has played a total of six home games, having made trips to San Diego, Las Vegas (twice), Palm Springs, Sunnyvale, Calif., Honolulu, and Louisville for non-conference tournaments.

 

ARIZONA TOPS NFCA RPI, STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: The Wildcats have the top RPI and strength of schedule, according to the NFCA’s simulated ratings percentage index, which can be found at http://www.fullysports.com/softball/2007/rpi.  Arizona had received top-billing on the ranking’s initial list last week and saw its RPI increase after two victories against a top-10 opponent.  According to these rankings, the Wildcats’ outlook only gets “easier” from here on out.  UA has already faced the top three Pac-10 squads in the RPI and nine teams in the top 20.  However, upcoming opponents Oregon (20), Stanford (27), and Oregon State (36) check in at respectable marks as well.

 

MOWATT NAMED USA SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Arizona pitcher Taryne Mowatt was named Co-USA Softball Player of the Week for her efforts the week of April 2-8 against then-No. 9 Arizona State.  Mowatt tossed a pair of 1-0 shutouts, including a no-hitter on Friday and a two-hitter on Saturday.  She combined to strikeout 21 Sun Devil hitters, while walking only one batter over 14 innings.  She limited an ASU team that entered the weekend averaging over six runs per game and a .300 team batting average to no runs and a .045 clip in the two contests.

 

Mowatt was also named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for her work against ASU and earlier in the season (March 13-19) for leading UA to a runner-up finish at Fullerton’s Judi Garman Classic, in which she posted victories over NC State, Pacific, Michigan and Louisiana-Lafayette.

 

MO-HITTERS: On April 6 against ASU, Taryne Mowatt tossed her fourth career no-hitter and second of 2007.  That places her seventh in UA history for no-no’s, with all six Wildcat greats ahead of her garnering at least one All-America citation during their careers.

 

STRIKE THREE! This past weekend, Taryne Mowatt reached the 400 career-inning plateau that qualifies her for a place on NCAA ratio-based career record lists, such as ERA.  Entering the week, Mowatt’s 10.6 strikeouts per seven innings rank her seventh on the all-time list, right behind Alicia Hollowell and fourth among active players.

 

A NEW WORKHORSE: When four-time All-American pitcher Alicia Hollowell’s eligibility expired with the 2006 Women’s College World Series championship last season, the Wildcats knew that they had to replace someone who had pitched in over 75 percent of Arizona’s games since 2003.  Mowatt has pitched every inning of Pac-10 play, seen action in at least part of 32 of UA’s 36 games this year and has recorded over 75 percent of the total outs. 

 

USA SOFTBALL NATIONAL COLLEGIATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR “WATCH LIST”: Arizona senior shortstop Kristie Fox and senior center fielder Caitlin Lowe were named to the list of 25 finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year award.  Junior catcher Callista Balko and junior pitcher Taryne Mowatt had been named to the preseason 50-name list.  Lowe was one of three finalists for the award in 2005, while Alicia Hollowell was a top-three finalist last year.

 

LOWE NAMED CANDIDATE FOR LOWE’S SENIOR CLASS AWARD:  Caitlin Lowe was named one of 20 candidates for the 2007 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Candidates were selected based on personal qualities that define the complete student athlete.  While on-the-field performance during their collegiate softball careers is a factor in determining candidates and the eventual winner, their personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community are major areas of focus.  Finalists for the award will be announced on April 26.

 

THE LOWE-DOWN ON THE RECORD BOOK: As a three-time, first-team NFCA All-American Caitlin Lowe has already cemented her name into the annals of Arizona softball.  In addition to the inevitable single-season marks she will set or challenge throughout 2007, Lowe is already climbing up the school record book and has a legitimate shot to finish in the top 10 in four categories in NCAA history. 

 

Lowe in top 10 Arizona history

Category

 

Ariz. Rank

NCAA Rank

Batting Avg.

.458

2

5

Hits

315

6

t-22

Runs

222

8

17

Stolen Bases

139

2

16

Triples

10

4

 

 

300-200-100 CLUB: Caitlin Lowe is one of 11 players in NCAA Div. I softball history to have accumulated 300 hits, 200 runs and 100 stolen bases over her career.  Arizona has three former Wildcats plus Lowe on the list and is the only program represented by more than one athlete.

 

Nicole Barber, Georgia 379 hits, 266 runs, 257 stolen bases
Lauren Bauer, Arizona 349 hits, 238 runs, 133 stolen bases
Amy Chellevold, Arizona 371 hits, 252 runs, 113 stolen bases

*Norrelle Dickson, Oklahoma 309 hits, 219 runs, 100 stolen bases
Kelly Krestchman, Alabama 368 hits, 288 runs, 133 stolen bases
*Caitlin Lowe, Arizona 315 hits, 222 runs, 139 stolen bases

Alison McCutcheon, Arizona 405 hits, 289 runs, 148 stolen bases

*Lindsay Schutzler, Tennessee 327 hits, 217 runs, 105 stolen bases

Tiff Tootle, South Carolina 351 hits, 207 runs, 114 stolen bases

Natasha Watley, UCLA 395 hits, 252 runs, 158 stolen bases

Shamalene Wilson, Florida St. 310 hits, 223 runs, 161 stolen bases
 

*current players

 

 

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: On March 6 Caitlin Lowe (Feb. 26-March 4) became the first Arizona player to be named the Conference’s player of the week this season.  The honor was well-deserved, as Lowe helped Arizona sweep Missouri by batting .700 (7-for-10), scoring eight runs with four RBI and nine stolen bases.  She scored multiple runs and had multiple hits in all three games and had a pair of four-stolen base contests.

 

SENIORS LEADING THE WAY: In 22 of the last 23 games, Arizona has started seniors in the first, second and third spots in the batting order.  Caitlin Lowe, Chelsie Mesa and Kristie Fox are the first trio of seniors to be penciled in to the top of the order since Lauren Bauer, Nicole Giordano and Toni Mascarenas started up the majority of games during UA’s 2001 title run.

 

Below are the seniors’ combined numbers in relation to the other six spots in the batting order throughout the year: 

 

 

Avg.

Runs

RBI

SB

Seniors

.380

98

81

46

Non-seniors

.250

100

100

22

 

 

FOX RACKS UP THE RIBBIES: Kristie Fox enters the weekend ranked seventh on UA’s career RBI list with 208.

 

Fox leads Arizona with 41 RBI, 15 more than Chelsie Mesa’s 26 ribbies that are good for second on the team.  A two-time, first-team NFCA All-American, Fox also leads the Wildcats in home runs (10), slugging percentage (.670) and total bases (75).

 

ACTION ACTON: Arizona right fielder Adrienne Acton entered the year as a .274 hitter with one career extra-base hit.  However, after last weekend she finds herself at the top of Arizona’s conference hitting charts with a .357 clip against Pac-10 foes.  The nine-hole slapper is batting .321 on the year ?- which is good for fourth on the team ?- and has four extra-base hits including two of UA’s four triples.  On April 1 at UCLA, Acton had her second career three-hit game in a 3-for-4, two-RBI effort against UCLA.

 

Since splitting time with Cyndi Duran at the beginning of the year, Acton has started UA’s last 22 games and is hitting .345 since Duran went down with an injury to her left hand on Feb. 28.  One game after Duran was sidelined, Acton took off with a career-long, 11-game hitting streak. 

 

HITTING STREAKS: In Arizona’s March 17 victory over Michigan, Chelsie Mesa’s Pac-10 leading 22-game hitting streak came to an end.  The senior infielder batted .444 (32-for-72) with 10 extra-base hits, 15 RBI and eight stolen bases over the duration of the streak that lasted from Feb. 10 through March 16.  The streak was the longest for an Arizona player since Autumn Champion had a base knock in 25 straight games in 2003.  Adrienne Acton’s career-long 11-game streak was snapped the very next game against Louisiana-Lafayette.

 

The following is a list of the longest hitting streaks in the Pac-10 over the last two years.

 

Player

School

Year

Streak in games

Chelsie Mesa

ARIZ

2007

22

Anna Beardman

STAN

2006

17

Marnie Koziol

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