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Softball Welcomes No. 16 Oregon
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/25/2012
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April 25, 2012

ARIZONA WILDCATS  OREGON DUCKS

Record: 31-12

Record: 33-12

Pac-12:  8-7 Pac-12:  9-7
NFCA Ranking:  13 NFCA Ranking:  16
USA Ranking: 11 USA Ranking: 15
RPI Ranking: 9 RPI Ranking: 8
Head Coach: Mike Candrea; 1,303-289-2 (27th year) Head Coach:  Mike White; 107-45 (third year)
Streak: W2 Streak: L1
Last 5: 3-2  Last 5: 3-2 
Last 10: 7-3 Last 10: 7-3
Last 20: 13-7 Last 20: 13-7
Team Stats (Pac-12 // NCAA) Team Stats (Pac-12 // NCAA)
Batting Avg: .295 (7th // 44th) Batting Avg: .313 (5th // 23rd)
Home Runs: 61 (4th // 7th) Home Runs: 41 (5th // 36th)
ERA: 2.34 (4th // 48th) ERA: 2.41 (5th // 54th)
Fld Percentage: .983 (1st // 2nd) Fld Percentage: .952 (9th // 198th)
Individual Leader (Pac-12 // NCAA) Individual Leader (Pac-12 // NCAA)
Batting Avg:  Shelby Pendley, .357 (N/A // t218th) Batting Avg: Courtney Ceo, .378 (N/A // 119th)
Home Runs: Shelby Pendley, 17 (t2nd // t8th) Home Runs: Chambers & Howard, 8 (N/A // t166th)
RBI: Shelby Pendley, 45 (6th // 31st)

RBI: Kelsey Chambers, 40 (N/A // 55th)

ERA: Shelby Babcock, 2.27 (7th // 114th) ERA: Jessica Moore, 1.99 (4th // 79th)
Strikeouts: Kenzie Fowler, 149 (6th // N/A) 

Strikeouts:  Jessica Moore, 176 (3rd // N/A)

Series History:

All-Time: Arizona, 79-15
2011: Oregon, 2-1
2011 Results (Tucson): 4.29.11, Oregon 2-0 // 4.30.11, Oregon 12-6 // 5.1.11, Arizona 7-6
Streak: Arizona, W1

THE GAMES

Date Time (PDT) Opponent Location
Friday, April 27 7:00 p.m. No. 16 Oregon Hillenbrand Stadium
Saturday, April 28 7:00 p.m. No. 16 Oregon Hillenbrand Stadium
Sunday, April 29 11:00 a.m. No. 16 Oregon Hillenbrand Stadium
 

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OPPONENT
Oregon: The Ducks (33-12, 9-7 Pac-12) are ranked 16th by both the NFCA and 15th by USA Softball after taking one game from top-ranked California in Eugene last weekend and sweeping a midweek series with Portland State. Jessica Moore is third in the Pac-12 with 176 strikeouts and fourth with a 1.99 ERA.

HEAD COACH Mike Candrea: Arizona head coach Mike Candrea is in his 27th year at the helm of the Arizona softball program with a career record of 1,303-289-2 (.819). A winner of eight national championships (1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2007), Arizona has made 22 trips to the Women's College World Series under his guidance, missing just twice in the last 24 years (2004, 2011). In 2012, Candrea became the sport's fastest ever, and second all-time, to reach 1,300 wins. Under Candrea, Arizona has a spectacular postseason record of 148-43. An even 50 All-Americans with a staggering 90 total citations have played in the program since Candrea took over.

THE RANKINGS: Arizona remained 13th in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll and improved to 11th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25. The Wildcats started the season ranked eighth in both polls (its highest ranking of the season) and finished 2011 ranked 11th in both.

STARING AT THE STATS: ...Arizona's .295 batting average would represent only its third sub-.300 mark in the last 10 years if it held up. The Cats hit .289 in their last NCAA title year (2007) and checked in at .297 in 2005. UA also hit .291 in 2002 to snap a nine-year streak of .300 hitting started in 1993 when it first hit over .300 as a team (.328). So, overall since 1993 UA has hit .300 or better all but three years... UA has 44 stolen bases (48 attempts), its highest total in five years since the 2007 squad led by Caitlin Lowe who swiped 101 in 109 attempts. It's a three woman show, with Karissa Buchanan (15-15), Chelsea Suitos (11-12) and Brigette Del Ponte (10-11) combining for 36 of the SBs... The Cats are averaging 25.6 at-bats per game. With 11 regular-season games remaining, that projects possibly to the fewest total number at bats since 1985 (802 in 33 games). UA should finish up somewhere near the 1,384 at bats posted by the 1993 NCAA title team, one of only five UA squads that had fewer than 1,500 at bats in the 30 Division I years. But, any long run in the postseason would alter that one... Shelby Pendley's 17 home runs rank right up there in terms of Arizona freshman sluggers. Del Ponte hit 21 in 2010 to set the Arizona frosh record. Mackenzie Vandergeest (20) and Leneah Manuma (19) had big years in 2001, and Leah Braatz hit 18 as as frosh in 1994. Stacie Chambers hit 15 in her first year in 2008...

PLAYER NOTES
Hallie Wilson: Has reached base in 17 consecutive games, a streak dating back to March 25. During the stretch, Wilson has 19 hits, eight walks and two HBP, contributing to a .373 batting average and a .475 on-base percentage. Wilson's 17-game streak is one off Arizona's season long of 18-straight, notched by Brigette Del Ponte early in the year.

Shelby Pendley: Has hit 17 home runs on the season, including each of her last three hits. The figure is already good for t20th on Arizona's all time list. Pendley needs five more to break the freshman homer record, set by Brigette Del Ponte (21) in 2010. The freshman has more extra base hits (24 - 17 HR, 7 2B) than singles (21).

Brigette Del Ponte: Speaking of "more extra base hits than singles", Del Ponte is the queen of the statistic. Like Pendley, Del Ponte has 24 extra base hits (12 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR) and only has 17 singles on the season. On her career, Del Ponte has 93 XBH (43 2B, 1 3B, 49 HR) and only 69 singles.

Chelsea Goodacre: Is hitting 78 points better in Pac-12 play than non-conference contests. Curious, obviously, given the typical prowess of Pac-12 pitching. Goodacre has nine hits in her last 20 at-bats (.450) with three RBI and a home run.

LEARNING QUICKLY: Arizona has four freshman in its starting lineup and all four have been imperative to the Wildcats' offensive success. First-year players Shelby Pendley (.357), Hallie Wilson (.350) and Chelsea Suitos (.331) lead the team in batting average. Three freshmen lead the team in conference batting average as well (Wilson - .348, Pendley - .340, Goodacre - .321). The last time a freshman led Arizona in batting average was in 2008 when Brittany Lastrapes paced the Cats at .364.

MAKING THE PLAYS: The Wildcats boast a fielding percentage of .983, which would be best in school history if kept up. Only one other club posted a figure above .980, the 2001 National Champions (.981). UA has committed only 19 errors on the season, which is on track to shatter the 2001 program-low of 34 errors committed.   

 
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