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20070208 Top-Ranked Softball Opens Season at Kajikawa Classic
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Release: 02/08/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">THIS WEEK: </SPAN></B><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> begins its defense of its 2006 national championship in the Kajikawa Classic in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tempe</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></st1:place>, on Friday, Feb. 9. The Cats play Ohio State at 5:30 p.m. and Nevada at 7:30 p.m.</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">ON THE AIR: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Fans in <st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City> who are unable to travel up to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tempe</st1:City></st1:place> can tune in to KCUB 1290 AM The Source for the Wildcats&rsquo; two games on Friday, Feb. 9.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Paul Johnson, the voice of the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> women&rsquo;s basketball team, will call the action.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A href="http://www.arizonaathletics.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml">Free Live Stats,</A> powered by Tucson Electric Power, will not be available for Friday's games, but should available for the remainder of the weekend. Livestats will be provided for all 30 home games and many road games.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">NOTING THE OPPONENTS:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">FRIDAY, FEB. 9 ? AT THE <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">TEMPE</st1:place></st1:City> SPORTS COMPLEX<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">OHIO</SPAN></B></st1:PlaceName><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">STATE</st1:PlaceType>: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA will open the season against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Ohio</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>OSU returns eight position starters and its entire pitching staff from the 2006 squad that saw its season come to a close at the Tucson Regional.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Head coach Linda Kalafatis enters her 11<SUP>th</SUP> season and can pencil four-year starting pitcher Jamee Juarez in as her first pitching option.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">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.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A number of Wildcats had success at the plate against OSU in 2006, including <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189678"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189678">Jenae Leles</A></A> (.500, 3-6), <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189676"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189676">Sam Banister</A></A> (.500, 2-4, HR, 3 RBI) and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> (.429, 3-7, RBI, 2-2 SB).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">NEVADA</SPAN></B></st1:place></st1:State><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">The Pack, which were picked to finish third in the WAC, feature junior pitcher Jordan McPherson.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Simi Valley</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place>, native was selected as an at-large selection on the pre-season All-WAC team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> volunteer assistant coach <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=218298"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=218298">Dave Feinberg</A></A> has earned two degrees from <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Nevada</st1:place></st1:State> and has had two stints as an assistant coach for the Wolfpack baseball team.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">SATURDAY, FEB. 10 ? AT ASU&rsquo;s FARRINGTON STADIUM<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">FLORIDA</SPAN></B></st1:State><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">This is the first meeting between <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> and UF since Wildcat assistant coach <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47536"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47536">Larry Ray</A></A> left the program he guided through its inaugural four seasons.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In Ray&rsquo;s time with the Gators from 1996-2000, he led them to a 169-106 (.615) record.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Incidentally, UF&rsquo;s winning percentage in the six years since his departure has declined.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In 1998, Ray led <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Florida</st1:place></st1:State> to a 47-22 season, claiming the SEC regular-season title and was named SEC Coach of the Year for his efforts.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>For more information on Ray and his time with <st1:State w:st="on">Florida</st1:State>, please refer to page 29 of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s 2007 media guide.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">This year&rsquo;s UF squad features sophomore right fielder Kim Waleszonia, who hit .309 in 68 games last year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Gators return a pitching duo of Stacey Nelson and Stacey Stevens, who drew 55 of the team&rsquo;s 68 decisions and earned 34 of the 43 victories.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">NORTHWESTERN: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Fourth-ranked Northwestern is coming off its best season in program history and one of the greatest Cinderella stories since <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s 1991 national championship run.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>NU returns six starters, including four All-Big Ten selections and three All-Americans.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>NU head coach Kate Drohan enters her sixth year and has three players ? senior pitcher Eileen Canney, senior first baseman Garland Cooper and sophomore infielder Tammy Williams ? named to the USA Softball Player of the Year &ldquo;Watch List.&rdquo;<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> faced the purple-clad Wildcats three times in 2006, and won by scores of 8-0 (Feb. 10, Kajikawa Classic), 8-0 (June 5, WCWS) and 5-0 (June 6, WCWS).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>While <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A> threw complete games in all three contests, several returning UA players experienced considerable success at the plate.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425">Taryne Mowatt</A></A> batted .714 (5-for-7) with a home run and three RBI in the two WCWS games, while four other returning Wildcat hitters batted .300 or better in the games against NU.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">SUNDAY, FEB. 11 ? AT THE <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">TEMPE</st1:place></st1:City> SPORTS COMPLEX<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">WISCONSIN</SPAN></B></st1:place></st1:State><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">The Badgers are coming off a season in which they finished 10<SUP>th</SUP> in the Big Ten with an overall record of 22-22.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UW returns senior pitcher Eden Brock, who boasts 50 career victories and is coming off an 18-13 season with a 3.37 ERA.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">TEXAS</SPAN></B></st1:place></st1:State><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> A&amp;M: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">The Aggies and Wildcats faced off three times in 2006, including once in the Kajikawa Classic.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Behind <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A>&rsquo;s second no-hitter of the season and seven runs in the first inning, UA run-ruled A&amp;M 8-0 in five innings.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats enjoyed another emphatic victory over the Aggies at the Palm Springs Classic on Feb. 24, as UA defeated the Big 12 favorite 12-0 in a Hollowell one-hitter.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the third and final meeting of the season, A&amp;M upset <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> with a 1-0 victory at the Judi Garman Classic.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The loss sent <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> into a spiral during which it would win just 10 of its next 18 games.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">The Aggies lose only one starter from last year&rsquo;s squad that finished fourth in the Big 12.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They will be led by 2005 first-team All-American junior pitcher/first baseman Amanda Scarborough. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">WILDCATS IN THE KAJIKAWA: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> dominated its competition in the 2006 Kajikawa Classic, as it outscored the opposition by a margin of 36-1.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A> tossed a pair of no-hitters, and the Wildcats registered victories over No. 15 Northwestern, No. 4 Texas and No. 6 Texas A&amp;M.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">ARIZONA</SPAN></B></st1:State><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> HEAD COACH MIKE CANDREA ? </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">is in his 22<SUP>nd</SUP> season at the helm of the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> softball program.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He boasts a 1,081-214 (.835) record in 21 seasons in the dugout.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Candrea has earned 17 coach of the year honors, including nine Pac-10 Coach of the Year citations.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">In 2004, Candrea took a year off to coach the <st1:country-region w:st="on">USA</st1:country-region> Olympic softball team to a 9-0 record and a gold medal in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Athens</st1:place></st1:City> in 2004.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Candrea was also awarded the Olympic Shield award, the U.S. Olympic Committee&rsquo;s most prestigious award, marking the first time in history the award was given to an Olympic coach.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Candrea is also an nine-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year and a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He has led <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> to seven national championships and nine Pac-10 titles.</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">DEFENDING THE TITLE: </SPAN></B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> has experienced exceptional success in years following a national title.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have appeared in the national title game after every one of their national championships and average 62-6 record in those six campaigns.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:country-region w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">USA</SPAN></B></st1:country-region><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> SOFTBALL NATIONAL COLLEGIATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR &ldquo;WATCH LIST&rdquo;: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> senior shortstop <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508">Kristie Fox</A></A>, senior center fielder <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A>, junior catcher <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413">Callista Balko</A></A> and junior pitcher <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425">Taryne Mowatt</A></A> were named to the exclusive 50-name preseason list.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA led all schools with four players on the list that included 33 teams and 11 conferences.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lowe was a finalist for the award in 2005, while <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A> was a finalist last year.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">STARTING THE YEAR: </SPAN></B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"> has traditionally had success on Opening Day, as well as the weeks after.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Last year, UA won its first 15 contests before dropping a 1-0, extra-inning contest to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Texas</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Incidentally the Wildcats won their first 20 games of 2005 before dropping another 1-0, extra-inning affair to the Longhorns.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In 2003 and 2004, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> won its first nine and 34 games, respectively.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">LIKE CLOCKWORK: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> has been ranked No. 1 in the country for at least part of the year every season since 1991.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">NOTHING COMES EASILY: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> always plays a difficult schedule and this year will be no different.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In Pac-10 play, UA is scheduled to play 16 games against teams ranked in the top 10 of the USA Today/NFCA poll and an additional 11 contests against other squads ranked in the Top 25.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In addition to having six Pac-10 opponents ranked 12<SUP>th</SUP> or better, UA has non-conference match-ups with No. 4 Northwestern, four games against No. 13 Texas A&amp;M, No. 16 Oklahoma, a three-game series versus No. 18 Baylor .<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">REPRESENTING THE OTHER RED, WHITE AND BLUE: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">This past off-season <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> completed her second summer with the U.S. Women&rsquo;s National Team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lowe started all 17 games of the ISF World Championships and the II World Cup of Softball for Team <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">USA</st1:place></st1:country-region>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She batted .393 (22-for-56) in the two tournaments, stole a team-high nine bases in as many attempts and scored 23 runs to help lead the U.S. to a pair of tournament victories.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413">Callista Balko</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508">Kristie Fox</A></A> helped lead the <st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region> to a gold medal in the <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">World</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> games in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Taiwan</st1:place></st1:country-region> this past July.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">WELCOMING THE NEWCOMERS: </SPAN></B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> brings in seven newcomers, including six freshmen to its 18-player squad.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Freshmen third baseman/pitcher <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=650732"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=650732">Sarah Akamine</A></A>, utility player <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=648723">K'Lee Arredondo</A> and catcher/third baseman <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=648721"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=648721">Stacie Chambers</A></A> could make an immediate impact on the starting lineup.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additional frosh third baseman/catcher <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=741810"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=741810">Lauren Erb</A></A>, outfielder <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=741813"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=741813">Lisa Odom</A></A> and junior outfielder <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=648719"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=648719">Cyndi Duran</A></A> could give UA some depth off the bench.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">SWITCH IT UP: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=648723">K'Lee Arredondo</A> is slated to be the first switch hitter during <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47531"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47531">Mike Candrea</A></A>&rsquo;s 22-year tenure.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The frosh from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tempe</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></st1:place>, should succeed <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509">Autumn Champion</A></A> as UA&rsquo;s two-hole hitter.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arredondo hit three home runs in 13 at-bats during <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State>&rsquo;s fall tournament and batted .542 with 14 runs scored in eight games with the U.S. Junior Women&rsquo;s Pan American Qualifier team in <st1:place w:st="on">Puerto Rico</st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">HITTING STREAKS: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">While they may appear small on paper, any carry over hitting streak that dates back to the WCWS is significant.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Four returning Wildcats (<A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A>, 4 games; <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77421"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77421">Adrienne Acton</A></A>, 3; <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413">Callista Balko</A></A>, 3; and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425">Taryne Mowatt</A></A>, 3) open the season hitting streaks of three games or larger.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189677"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189677">Laine Roth</A></A> will begin the 2007 campaign with a modest one-game carry over streak.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">FOUR TIMES THE FUN: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Before the year is over, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> 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.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She also has the chance to become just the fifth player in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> program&rsquo;s storied history to be a four-time NFCA All-American.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Amy Chellevold, Leah Braatz, Lauren Bauer and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A> are the only Wildcats to be cited four times.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, Lowe could join Braatz as the only player in that distinguished group to earn each of those citations as a first-teamer.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">FOX IN THE CLUTCH: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508">Kristie Fox</A></A> has built a reputation as one of the great clutch hitters in college softball.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>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.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>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.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">FOX TO BE HONORED BY SAN DIEGO HALL OF CHAMPIONS: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">On Feb. 13 <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508">Kristie Fox</A></A> will be honored as one of 10 Stars of the Year by the San Diego Hall of Champions.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The <st1:City w:st="on">San Diego</st1:City> <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place>, native will be joined by NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson, UA alum and San Diego Padres pitcher Trevor Hoffman, eight-time Pro Bowl selection John Lynch, two-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson and six others.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>For more information, log on to www.sdhoc.com.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">REPLACING THE ACE: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425">Taryne Mowatt</A></A>&rsquo;s task of replacing four-time All-American <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A> as <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s first pitching option.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>While the job will not be easy, Moawtt is not the first <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> pitcher asked to replace a legend.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Every year since 1991, UA has had at least one pitcher named to the All-America team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Of the 17 citations ? UA had two pitchers named to the 1992 team ? seven different players have represented the Wildcats over that timeframe (Debby Day, Susie Parra, Carrie Dolan, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47507"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47507">Nancy Evans</A></A>, Becky Lemke, Jennie Finch and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A>).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Teresa Cherry was tabbed an All-American in 1988 as UA&rsquo;s first pitcher to be so honored.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <H4 style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">2006 REVIEW:</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal; FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal; FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">While national championships are the currency by which history measures on-field success, the results show that <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> continued its tradition of superb play in all aspects of the game in 2006.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Along with <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:place></st1:State>, UA was the only team to finish in the top 10 nationally in the following team categories: ERA, batting average and fielding percentage.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></H4> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">The Wildcats opened the year on a tear, winning 24 of their first 25 games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA dominated opponents over that span, winning games by an average of six runs a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>However, on March 16 <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> entered a slide in which it went 10-8 over its next 18 contests.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Prior to UA&rsquo;s April 30 doubleheader at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>, the Wildcats found themselves in the bottom half of the Pac-10 standings.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">In the first game of the doubleheader, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A> ruined the Huskies&rsquo; Senior Day by tossing a no-hitter, leading to a 2-0 UA victory.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The win catalyzed a 14-game winning streak that elevated <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> to a second-place finish in the Pac-10 and within one game of reaching the Women&rsquo;s College World Series.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">After defeating LSU in the Tucson Super Regional to reach the WCWS, UA met Pac-10 foe <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> for an opening round date in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oklahoma City</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After defeating the Beavers in extra-innings, UA engaged in a game for the ages against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Texas</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A pair of four-time All-Americans, Hollowell and Cat Osterman in the circle, did not disappoint, as they allowed a total of five hits between them.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning, when <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413">Callista Balko</A></A> singled home <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> for what proved to be the game-winning run in a 2-0 Wildcat victory.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">Two days later, after a 1-0 loss to <st1:State w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:State>, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> responded emphatically with a 6-0 victory over the Lady Vols that sent the Wildcats to the championship series against Northwestern.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">UA opened exploded with an 8-0 win in Game 1, led by a one-hit performance by Hollowell.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The story of the game, and the series for that matter, was the Wildcats&rsquo; speed on the base paths.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA&rsquo;s slappers <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A>, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509">Autumn Champion</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77421"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77421">Adrienne Acton</A></A> combined for three infield hits, four runs and forced three NU infield errors.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">In Game 2, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> could smell the national championship, putting 12 hits on the board that led to an eventual 5-0 victory.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">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 <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">USA</SPAN></B></st1:place></st1:country-region><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"> SOFTBALL NATIONAL COLLEGIATE PLAYER-OF-THE-YEAR FINALISTS:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A> was chosen as one of the three finalists for USA Softball Player of the Year. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> had been included on the list of 10 finalists, and was one of just three non-pitchers to be so honored.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Finally, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508">Kristie Fox</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509">Autumn Champion</A></A> were named to the 50-name pre-season watch list.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">ALL-WCWS: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">Four <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> players were named to the All-WCWS Team, including <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A>&rsquo;s Most Outstanding Player performance.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425">Taryne Mowatt</A></A> led the Wildcats with a .389 (7-for-18) average in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oklahoma City</st1:place></st1:City> and had three of UA&rsquo;s five extra-base hits.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509">Autumn Champion</A></A> drove home a 2006 WCWS high and near-record seven runs in six games to go along with her .381 (8-for-21) clip.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> matched the fellow Foothill High alum Champion by reaching base via hit in eight of 21 at-bats, while stealing four bases in as many attempts and scoring a WCWS record eight runs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Hollowell, meanwhile, threw every pitch of UA&rsquo;s 43.0 innings in the field, striking out a WCWS record 64 batters and hurling a record six complete games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In six games Hollowell registered four shutouts and allowed only two earned runs, good for a 0.33 ERA at softball&rsquo;s biggest stage.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">ALL-AMERICANS: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"> had three players named to the NFCA All-<st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">America</st1:place></st1:country-region> team and one named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> earned her third first-team All-America honor in as many years, while fellow <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508">Kristie Fox</A></A> got a first-team nod for the second consecutive year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A> became the first pitcher in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> history to be cited as an All-American for all four years, and is just the fourth Wildcat to do so (Amy Chellevold, Leah Braatz and Lauren Bauer).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509">Autumn Champion</A></A>, who was alarmingly left off the NFCA All-America squad, garnered second-team Academic All-America honors.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">ALL-PAC-10 TEAM: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508">Kristie Fox</A></A>, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A>, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509">Autumn Champion</A></A> were all named to the All-Pac-10 Team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Fox, Lowe and Hollowell earned first-team nods, while Champion garnered second-team honors.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>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.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425">Taryne Mowatt</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413">Callista Balko</A></A> received honorable mentions.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoBodyText3 style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">ARIZONA</SPAN></B></st1:State><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> SOFTBALL ATTENDANCE: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Once again, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s loyal fans showed up in bunches during the 2006 season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In 26 home dates, 33,594 bodies pushed through turnstiles, averaging 1,292 fans per date.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA drew over 1,000 fans in 19 of its 26 home dates and has a running total of 419,617 fans since Hillenbrand Stadium&rsquo;s opening in 1993.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> will open its home slate with a season-long 15-game homestand beginning on Feb. 16 against <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Temple</st1:place></st1:City> in the Worth Wildcat Tournament.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Call (520) 621-CATS or log on to arizonaathletics.com for ticket information.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">WILDCAT SIGNEES: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> has locked up five high school seniors who are expected to enroll in the fall of 2007.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lauren Schutzler, an outfielder from <st1:City w:st="on">Monterey</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State>; Brittany Lastrapes, an outfielder from <st1:City w:st="on">Laguna Hills</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State>; Lindsey Sisk, a pitcher and outfielder from <st1:City w:st="on">Murietta</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State>; Tawny Horton, an outfielder from <st1:City w:st="on">Gilbert</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State>; and Victoria Kemp, a second baseman from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Saugus</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place>, comprise the class.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Schutzler is the sister of Tennessee All-American Lindsay Schutzler, and Lastrapes&rsquo; older sister Dominique is an All-American at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Both Sisk and Lastrapes competed on the U.S. Junior Women&rsquo;s Team that captured the Junior Women&rsquo;s Pan Am Championship in <st1:place w:st="on">Puerto Rico</st1:place> in November 2006.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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