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Cats Rake in All-Pac-10 Honors
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/16/2007
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The top-seeded and Pac-10 champion Arizona softball team had four players named to the All-Pacific-10 team on Wednesday.  Seniors Caitlin Lowe and Kristie Fox, as well as junior Taryne Mowatt earned first-team honors, while Chelsie Mesa was listed on the second team.  Arizona head coach Mike Candrea was cited as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the 10th time.

 

Caitlin Lowe
Lowe, a four-time, first-team All-Pac-10 honoree, also became the first player in Arizona history to be named the Pac-10’s Defensive Player of the Year.  The center fielder from Tustin, Calif., is a three-time, first-team NFCA All-American and is hitting .431 on the season and leads the country in stolen bases at a perfect 46-for-46.  Arizona’s career steals leader is one of just 11 players in NCAA history to have accumulated 300 hits, 200 runs and 100 stolen bases. 

 

This is Fox’s third year as an All-Pac-10 first team selection.  The San Diego, Calif., native has been named a first-team NFCA All-American the last two years and currently leads Arizona with 13 home runs and 55 RBI.  The shortstop ranks eighth on the career home run list at UA with 46 dingers and is 15th in NCAA history with 222 RBI.

Kristie Fox

 

Mowatt, who assumed the esteemed role of being the Arizona ace this year, is a first time honoree after being tabbed as an honorable mention in 2006.  Mowatt boasts a 31-10 record with 409 strikeouts in 277 innings pitched.  The strikeout mark is the fifth best in a single season for a UA pitcher, as is the aforementioned innings total.  The hurler from Corona, Calif., has appeared in all but five of UA’s 52 games this season and has posted 25 wins against teams that made the NCAA Tournament.

 

Mike Candrea
For Candrea, who has been named coach of the year by every conceivable association or media outlet over the course of his illustrious career, his 10th Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor coincides with the 10th Pac-10 title for Arizona softball.  Earlier this year, the 22-year UA head coach earned his 1,100th Division I coaching victory and reached the benchmark victory faster than any of the other four coaches that have done so.

 

Mesa, a second-year letterwinner from Yuma, Ariz., earned her first yearly honor in an Arizona uniform thanks to a .377 batting average, eight home runs and 16 stolen bases.  The second baseman came to the Wildcats after having won a pair of NJCAA national championships up the road at Phoenix College.  She has yet to complete a season of intercollegiate softball without a national championship.

Chelsie Mesa

 

Three Wildcats ?- Adrienne Acton, K’Lee Arredondo and Callista Balko ?- were listed as honorable mentions.  It is the first such honor for Acton or Arredondo and the second for Balko, who earned the same distinction in 2006.

 

Beginning Friday, Arizona will play host to an NCAA Regional for the 13th time in the last 15 years.  The Wildcats will open the four-team, double-elimination tournament against MEAC champion Howard at 6:30 this Friday.  For tickets, call (520) 621-CATS or log on to arizonaathletics.com.

 

Player of the Year: Kaitlin Cochran, ASU

Pitcher of the Year: Katie Burkhart, ASU

Defensive Player of the Year: Caitlin Lowe, ARIZ

Newcomer of the Year: Jennifer Salling, ORE

Coach of the Year: Mike Candrea, ARIZ

 

FIRST TEAM

Katie Burkhart, ASU

Ashley Charters, WASH

Kaitlin Cochran, ASU

Krista Colburn, UCLA

Bianca Cruz, ASU

Lisa Dodd, UCLA

Kristie Fox, ARIZ

Danielle Lawrie, WASH

Jodie Legaspi, UCLA

Caitlin Lowe, ARIZ

Cambria Miranda, OSU

Taryne Mowatt, ARIZ

Jennifer Salling, ORE

Dena Tyson, WASH

 

SECOND TEAM

Suzie Barnes, ORE

Mindy Cowles, ASU

Alissa Haber, STAN

Sari-Jane Jenkins, ORE

Natalie Johnson, OSU

Megan Langenfeld, UCLA

Dominique Lastrapes, WASH

Mia Longfellow, OSU

Brianne McGowan, OSU

Chelsie Mesa, ARIZ

Missy Penna, STAN

Jackie Rinehart, STAN

Alex Sutton, CAL

Ann Marie Topps, ORE


HONORABLE MENTION

Adrienne Acton, ARIZ

Tricia Aggabao, STAN

K’Lee Arredondo, ARIZ

Callista Balko, ARIZ

Neena Bryant, ORE

Maddy Coon, STAN

Jaisa Creps, UCLA

Joanna Gail, ORE

Sherina Galvan, OSU

Lauren Greer, WASH

Tara Henry, UCLA

Whitney Holum, UCLA

Heidi Knabe, ASU

Shannon Koplitz, STAN

Marnie Koziol, WASH

Kristi Leiter, ORE

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