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No. 1 Softball Team to Take On No. 12 ASU
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/22/2004
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April 14, 2003

Next Up for the Cats

The No. 1 Arizona softball team (39-4, 8-1) will take on intra-state rival, No. 12 Arizona State (28-13, 5-4) on Friday, April 18 and on Saturday, April 19. The Cats will play the Sun Devils on Friday at 7 p.m. Arizona will face ASU on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Last Time Out

The Cats ended a weekend against No. 16 Stanford and No. 6 Cal with a, 2-1 record. A home run by senior Lovie Jung in the bottom of the seventh inning wasn't enough for the Cats and they fell to Stanford, 3-4 on Friday night. A grand slam by sophomore Jackie Coburn helped the Cats to a 7-5 win over Cal on Saturday. Arizona defeated Cal on Sunday, 1-0. Sophomore Crystal Farley had a game winning slap hit over the pitchers head and junior Wendy Allen scored from third.

Amateur Softball Player of the Year

 
 

The Amateur Softball Association announced the 25 finalists for the 2003 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. Freshman Alicia Hollowell and senior Lovie Jung are among the finalists for the award. The list of 25 will be reduced to 10 players on April 29 and three finalists will be announced on May 13. The winner will be announced on May 21at the opening ceremonies of the College World Series. Last season, UCLA's Stacey Nuveman received the award.

Hollowell in Hallowed Company

Freshman pitching sensation Alicia Hollowell stacks up quite nicely against some of the outstanding performances by Wildcat freshman over the years, including National Player of the Year (Honda) award winners Susie Parra, Nancy Evans and Jennie Finch. Hollowell's 25 victories ties the school freshman record set by Becky Lemke in 1998. Hollowell already has tied the school single-season record of 22 shutouts, set by Debby Day in 1992. Here's a look at the freshman season for five Wildcat greats:

Player             Year       W-L    ERA   ShO    K     BB   IP
Susie Parra        1991      14-3   0.43   12     128   42  129.1
Nancy Evans        1994      17-0   1.39   5      75    24  106
Becky Lemke        1998      25-2   1.67   10     161   32  151
Jennie Finch       1999      24-8   2.08   11     179   64  202.1
Alicia Hollowell   2003      25-3   0.66   22     250   33  180

Women's National Team Camp

USA Softball announced on Monday, April 14 the list of 45 players invited to participate in a selection team camp, June 4-8 at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. These players will compete for spots on two teams that will represent USA in international competition this summer. Senior Lovie Jung, freshman Alicia Hollowell and junior Mackenzie Vandergeest are among the players on the list. Former Wildcats, Leah O'Brien-Amico, Jennie Finch, Toni Mascarenas and Nicole Giordano are also on the list. The two teams will be selected following the camp.

The Rankings

Arizona is ranked No. 1 in the latest USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll. The Cats are also ranked No. 1 in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll. The ESPN.com poll began on Feb. 25 and is voted on by NCAA Division I coaches and by selected media members. The ESPN.com poll comes out again on April 14, and the USA Today poll comes out on Wednesday, April 16. ASU is No. 12 in both polls.

The Coach

Arizona's Mike Candrea carries a career record of 965-188 (.837), accomplished in 17 years with the Wildcats. The 2002 Pac-10 co-Coach of the Year has led UA to six national titles and six Pacific-10 Conference championships. Last season, he became only the third Division I coach in history to win 900 games. He's on his way to become only the second coach to win 1,000 games. Margie Wright from Fresno State is the other coach to win 1,000 games. Smith won 1,028 games in 23 years. During his tenure, Wildcat student-athletes have won the Honda Softball Award fives times (Susie Parra-1994, Jenny Dalton-1996, Nancy Evans-1998, Jennie Finch-2001, 2002). Candrea's Arizona teams have played in 16 consecutive NCAA Tournaments and 15 consecutive College World Series. Last season, Candrea's team made it to the College World Series Championship game before losing to California, 6-0. Candrea is joined by assistant coaches Nancy Evans and Larry Ray.

Hillenbrand Stadium

UA carries a record of 327-21 in Hillenbrand Stadium. The Cats had an average attendance of 1,755 and drew in a total of 49,140 in 2002. Arizona set an attendance record of 3,161 fans on April 9, 2002 against UCLA. Arizona had a three-season 70-game home winning streak snapped by UCLA on April 7, 2002.

UA Softball Notes

... The game against Cal on Saturday, April 12 drew in a crowd of 2,471, the most this season... 2,471 is No. 14 on the top 30 crowds in Hillenbrand... ... The last time Arizona played Arizona State was on May 25, 2002 in the College World Series... The Cats defeated ASU, 1-0 in eight innings... ... Arizona currently leads the Pac-10 in home runs with 57... The Cats have hit 10 grand slams... Jung has hit 21 home runs with five grand slams... ... Hollowell's 250 strikeouts this season is No. 6 on the UA chart for strikeouts in a season... Jung moves to No. 7 on the UA chart for home runs in a season... ... Freshman Shelly Schultz has a .667 batting average when she's sixth in the batting order... Lovie Jung has a .562 on base percentage... ... Autumn Champion has had 19 multiple hit games... The team has a .534 batting average when advancing runners...

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