THIS WEEKEND: No. 3 Arizona (37-9, 8-6) continues its season-ending homestand with a Friday night contest versus No. 7 California (40-10, 8-7) and a pair of games against No. 8 Stanford (34-12, 7-8). The Cats beat Arizona State, 10-0, Wednesday night in a six-inning run-rule romp.
FRIDAY, MAY 5 SPAN>vs.
SATURDAY, MAY 6 SPAN>vs. STANFORD 7 p.m. (MST)
Kids Night ?- Admission for youth 18 and under is $1
SUNDAY, MAY 7 SPAN>vs. STANFORD 1 p.m. (MST)
ON THE AIR:
NOTING THE SUN DEVILS: Clint Myers’ troops have had nearly identical Pac-10 results to their in-state counterpart. Both
ASU’s Kaitlin Cochran leads the Pac-10 with her .458 batting average, .817 slugging and .563 on-base percentage, as well as her 52 RBI. Second baseman Mindy Cowles is tied with
NOTING THE GOLDEN BEARS: Since splitting a pair of games against the Wildcats on April 21 and 22,
Cal’s top four hitters’ batting average are in a logjam for top billing with one another that is not dissimilar to the race for second place in the Pac-10 behind UCLA. Lindsay James, Haley Woods, Morgan Siegel and Alex Sutton all have batting averages of either . 385 or .384. Woods and Sutton are driving in the lion’s share of the runs with 50 and 35 apiece. In the circle, Thorson’s 0.87 ERA is good for second best ERA in the Pac-10. SPAN>A workhorse, Thorson also leads the Conference with 226.0 innings pitched.
NOTING THE CARDINAL: Stanford is desperate for a Pac-10 win after losing three of its last four games, including two shutout defeats to the
LAST WEEK RECAP:
ARIZONA HEAD COACH MIKE CANDREA is in his 21st season at
MOWATT (3/13-19, 3/20-26) AND HOLLOWELL (2/6-12; 2/13-19) NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Taryne Mowatt was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for two consecutive weeks from March 13-26. From March 24-26 against Louisiana-Lafayette, Mowatt became the first pitcher all year to shut out the prolific Ragin’ Cajun offense. Over the weekend she pitched 16.0 innings and gave up one run. The week before, Mowatt tossed a no-hitter and a perfect game at the Judi Garman Classic. In two games, Mowatt struck out 28 of the 37 opposing batters she faced. Alicia Hollowell has been named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week twice this year. Following the Kajikawa Classic (2/6-12), USA Softball named her its first National Player of the Week of the year for her performance. In three starts, Hollowell tossed no-hitters against No. 15 Northwestern and No. 6 Texas A&M, while surrendering one hit in a 2-0 win over Cal State Fullerton.
ALL-AMERICANS CLUTCH IN CONFERENCE: Over the last two years,
GET ?'EM ON, GET ?'EM OVER, NOT GETTING ?'EM IN: The Wildcats have been able to get runners on base during Pac-10 play this season, but have a nasty habit of leaving one another stranded at inning’s end. In its 13 conference games, UA averages nearly seven and a half runners left on per game, including eight or more stranded in seven of the contests.
LOWE BACK AT THE TOP: Two weeks ago, Caitlin Lowe was fully cleared to participate in games. The two-time All-American returned to her usual leadoff spot in the batting order and center field on defense. Prior to suffering an injury to her left hand on March 19, the
A REAL CATALYST: While Caitlin Lowe was recovering from the injury, o:p>
TOP CATS: In every year since 1992,
RE-WRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: B>Alicia Hollowell is now
For a complete list of
NO-NO: SPAN>Alicia Hollowell has 17 career no-hitters, the most recent of which came on Sunday against
OFFENSIVE HISTORY: With each passing game, outfielders Caitlin Lowe and Autumn Champion are climbing up the UA record books in several offensive categories, including hits, stolen bases and runs scored. Additionally, both rank in the top five in career batting average at
In Sunday’s 10-1 victory over
In the March 31 loss to
In the coming games, Caitlin Lowe could become just the fifth player in Wildcat history to steal 100 bases. SPAN>She has 96 in her career and a team-leading 22 swiped bags this season.
Lowe has 233 career hits and could challenge Allison McCutcheon’s (1995-98) 405 career base knocks come spring 2007. P>
Earlier in the season, Champion moved into sole possession of seventh place in career stolen bases. Entering this week, she has swiped 61 career bases.
THESE CATS DIG THE LONG BALL: Callista Balko’s solo home run against UCLA on April 8 brought UA’s team total to 34 homers in 37 games. Last year, the Wildcats hit 33 round-trippers all season (57 games); the team’s lowest output since 1992. With four home runs on Sunday,
NINE-NINE-TEN: Kristie Fox’s first-inning home run against
ENOUGH WITH THE STEROID JOKES: While Callista Balko’s eight home runs are a new career-high after hitting five last year; they are not a big surprise. The situations in which she is clubbing the four-baggers, however, are. Balko’s two home runs in the first half of Sunday’s doubleheader marked the first time a UA hitter has gone yard twice in a game since Kristie Fox did it against
GIVE HER ALL THE ICE SHE K-NEEDS : Callista Balko has been behind the plate for all 300.0 innings this year while UA has been in the field. Balko’s durability behind the plate while catching a pair of strikeout pitchers should put the sophomore from o:p>
IN THE PAC-10, EXPERIENCE COUNTS: When looking at
GO BIG OR GO HOME: Like the rest of her first-year teammates, Jenae Leles has needed some getting used to with Pac-10 play. One difference is that every one of Leles four Pac-10 hits have gone for extra-bases (three doubles, one home run).
CHAMPION DOUBLING UP: In 2003, Autumn Champion rapped out a career-high 89 hits... all singles. SPAN>In 2004 and 2005 she combined for three extra-base hits. This season, Champion already has five extra- base hits, including a triple, giving her two more XBH than she had accumulated in three years.
NOBODY EVER GOT ANYTHING FREE FROM UA: The Wildcat pitching staff has combined to strikeout 512 opponent hitters in 300 innings pitched this season. What’s more, they have issued a total of 47 walks to opposing hitters. SPAN>That’s one walk per 6.4 innings pitched and 10.9 strikeouts to the walk. In contrast, UA hitters have walked 155 times or 3.8 times per seven innings.
TAKING BALLS AND TAKING NAMES: When Kristie Fox isn’t driving in one of her team-leading 40 RBI on the year, she may be doing a number of things, but one of them is not striking out. Fox has drawn 20 walks this year, while striking out just 12 times. The junior from
THREE FOR THE MONEY: Caitlin Lowe moved into a four-way tie on Arizona’s all-time triples list, when she had her fourth three-bagger of the year and ninth of her career on March 18 against CSUN. Among the names Lowe had been tied with when she had eight career triples: UA senior associate athletics director Kathleen “Rocky” LaRose.
Lowe tied her career-high for most triples in a season with four.
RBI FOR EVERYONE!
Here’s a breakdown of the Wildcats’ RBI per-game: Fox .89, Mesa, .67, Roth .58, Leles .58, Lowe .58, Banister .54 and Mowatt .50*.
Last year, only two players (Kristie Fox and Jackie Coburn) ended the season with RBI-per-game ratios of better than .5.
*Mowatt’s games played do not include contests in which she pitched but did not hit. Jill Malina has one RBI in three plate appearances.
MULTI-HIT AND MULTI-RBI GAMES: Every
In the multi-hit game category, Caitlin Lowe leads with 20, despite missing 10 games. Fellow All-Americans Autumn Champion and Kristie Fox are catching up to her, however, as they both have 14 apiece. Chelsie Mesa (9) and Laine Roth, Adrienne Acton and Callista Balko (8 apiece) round out the top of the list. All told, UA batters have combined for 94 multi-hit and 57 multi-RBI games.
TRIPLE THE FUN: Last year,
Through its first 45 games,
Autumn Champion’s triple against Texas A&M on Feb. 24 was the first of her career. Prior to the third-inning hit, Champion had played in 185 games and had 578 at-bats before her first career triple. The slap hitter had 89 hits as a freshman in 2003 ?- all singles.
PERFECTO! Taryne Mowatt’s no-hitter against UNLV and perfect game against Cal State Northridge were both firsts in her career. Mowatt became the 20th pitcher in
PINCH WHAT? Taryne Mowatt (vs. UNLV on March 16) and Danielle Rodriguez (vs. UCLA on April 9) are the only two pinch hitters Coach Candrea has sent to the plate this year.
PINCH RUNNERS: Kelly Nelson has appeared as a pinch runner in 29 games for UA. SPAN>In doing so, she has scored 10 runs. Jill Malina and Danielle Rodriguez have appeared as a PR in 12 and 13 games, respectively. Rodriguez scored the game-winning run in UA’s 2-1, nine-inning victory over Baylor on March 12.
EXTRA ALMOST EVERY TIME:
DEFENSE WINS WHAT? With 24 only defensive hiccups in 1,046 fielding attempts, UA has a .979 fielding percentage, which is second to only Stanford’s .983 percentage in the Pac-10. Opponents, on the other hand, have committed 51 errors for a .958 fielding clip. UA is error-free in 26 games this season, including all three contests last weekend.
NOT AFRAID OF A CHALLENGE: As always,
EARLY SIGNINGS: Head coach Mike Candrea announced that UA has received four National Letters of Intent for the 2006-07 academic year from pitcher Amanda Williams of Brentwood, Calif., catcher/third baseman Stacie Chambers of Glendale, Ariz., shortstop/utility K’Lee Arrendondo of Tempe, Ariz., and pitcher/third baseman Sarah Akamine of Escondido, Calif.