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20070317 Candrea Wins 1100th Game
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Release: 03/17/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">FULLERTON</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State> ? </B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> head coach Mike Candrea became the fourth coach in Division I softball history to win 1,100 games on Friday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Candrea&rsquo;s fifth-ranked Wildcats defeated Pacific, 11-0, in pool play as part of <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fullerton</st1:place></st1:City>&rsquo;s Judi Garman Classic.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t even know that this was my 1100<SUP>th</SUP> win.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It just means there were a lot of victories by a lot of good athletes,&rdquo; Candrea said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;To be honest, I don&rsquo;t keep track of that stuff.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">With his 1100<SUP>th</SUP> victory, Candrea joined <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Fresno</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType>&rsquo;s Margie Wright, <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Florida</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType>&rsquo;s JoAnne Graf and <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Iowa</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s Gayle Blevins as the only coaches in Division I softball history to have reached the 1100-win plateau.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, as this is his 21<SUP>st</SUP> season in the dugout, Candrea is the fastest of the elite quartet to accomplish the feat.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It took Wright 24, Graf 22 and Blevins 28 years, respectively, to get to 1100 wins.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Wright and Graf were both on hand at the Titan Sports Complex with their teams and congratulated their colleague on the rare achievement.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think people realize what a difficult feat this is,&rdquo; Wright said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s very difficult for anyone to get to 1,000 wins and it only gets tougher to get anything beyond that.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I&rsquo;m happy for him and he deserves all the recognition he gets for his achievements.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;Mike is one of the best coaches in the country and achieving 1100 wins is a credit to his ability and his knowledge of softball,&rdquo; Graf said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;I think he one of the classiest individuals there is and I congratulate him on his achievement.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The victory improved <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State>&rsquo;s record to 19-6 on the year and places <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> in the Championship Bracket for the tournament.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats will take on seventh-ranked <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Michigan</st1:State></st1:place> on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">A number of Wildcats moved up the program&rsquo;s record book, including Caitlin Lowe reaching the 300-hit mark and scoring her 212<SUP>th</SUP> career run for eighth place on UA&rsquo;s all-time list.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Kristie Fox tied Wildcat great Jennie Finch with 195 career RBI, and Chelsie Mesa promoted her hitting streak to 22 games.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the circle, Taryne Mowatt improved to 13-6 on the year, behind four shutout innings of work in which she gave up four hits and one walk while striking out six opposing hitters.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Pacific&rsquo;s Chelsea Engle (6-7) drew the loss and gave up three runs on eight hits before leaving after pitching 3.2 innings.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sarah Akamine earned her first career save with three shutout innings in which she allowed only one Pacific hitter to reach base.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> got on the board in the first inning behind Caitlin Lowe&rsquo;s speed and a clutch single by Sarah Akamine.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lowe led off with an infield single and stole her 24<SUP>th</SUP> base of the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Two outs later, Lowe was standing on third with Akamine at the plate in her first career at-bat as a cleanup hitter.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Akamine lined Chelsea Engle&rsquo;s full-count offering through the right side to plate Lowe, giving <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> a 1-0 edge.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The run was Lowe&rsquo;s 212<SUP>th</SUP> of her career, moving her past Toni Mascarenas for eighth place on <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s all-time list.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats rallied for a pair of runs in the third inning to increase its lead to 3-0. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Caitlin Lowe led off with her second hit of the game and the 300<SUP>th</SUP> of her career.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>One out later, Kristie Fox doubled her classmate home to double <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s lead.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Next, Akamine traded places with Fox on a two-bagger of her own for <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s second run of the inning and third of the game.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> staged another two-out rally in the fifth inning, as the Wildcats scored two runs to increase their lead to 5-0.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With two out and nobody on base, Sam Banister reached base via a Pacific fielding error.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Callista Balko singled and K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo was hit by a pitch to load the bases for the Wildcats. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Adrienne Acton then extended her hitting streak and UA&rsquo;s lead with a two-run single down the right-field line, plating a pair of Wildcat runners.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats put the game out of Pacific&rsquo;s reach with six runs in the seventh inning and made it their most robust offensive effort since the season-opener 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>All six runs came with two outs in a rally that saw five consecutive hits, capped off by a Jenae Leles&rsquo; fifth home run of the year.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Game Notes: <o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Chelsie Mesa extended her career and Pac-10-long hitting streak to 22 games in the seventh inning.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Caitlin Lowe&rsquo;s first-inning run was the 212<SUP>th</SUP> of her career, moving her past Toni Mascarenas for eighth place on <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s all-time list.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Caitlin Lowe became the seventh player in program history to have 300 career hits.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Adrienne Acton&rsquo;s RBI single in the fifth inning pushed her hitting streak to 10 games.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Kristie Fox tied Jennie Finch for eighth place on <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s all-time list with 195 career runs batted in.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Sarah Akamine started as the cleanup hitter for the first time in her career and had a career night.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The frosh 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBI.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She was one of five <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> hitters to have more than one hit in the game.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Up Next: </B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> moves to the Championship Bracket in the Judi Garman Classic, as the Wildcats will take on No. 7 Michigan at 9 a.m. in the first round of the Championship Bracket.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Log on to www.arizonaathletics.com for free live stats, and check in with www.fullertontitans.com to see updated scores and brackets from the Judi Garman Classic.</P>
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