Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 3 Softball Hosts UCLA, Washington in Final Homestand
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 06, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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This Week

The No. 3 Arizona softball team will host No. 12 UCLA and No. 22 Washington from May 6-8 at Hillenbrand Stadium. The Cats will face UCLA on Friday at 7 p.m. in an ESPN2-cablecast game. Arizona will then have a double-header of sorts on Saturday against Washington. The Cats and the Huskies will finish their April 15th game that was delayed in Seattle because of rain at 3:30 p.m. at Hillenbrand. Arizona was leading that game, 4-0, when it was postponed. The Wildcats will then play Washington again at 5 p.m. in a game that will be shown live on ESPN. On Sunday the Cats will play Washington again at 1 p.m. at Hillenbrand Stadium in the Cats’ final home game of the season. That game will also be aired on ESPN.


Audio and video webcasts will be available for all three games this weekend - as well as the completion of the delayed game - on for All-Access subscribers. Brian Jeffries will call the action for both the audio and video webcasts. All-Access is $6/month for audio and $9/month for audio and video. Click here for more information on All-Access.

Last Week

The No. 3 Arizona softball team traveled to Oregon and Oregon State and took away a 1-2 record. On Friday, the Wildcats suffered a 3-0 loss to unranked Oregon and pitcher Amy Harris. Arizona struck out 10 times and got only three hits, never advancing a runner past second base. The Cats then traveled to Corvallis to take on No. 7 Oregon State, and rebounded from their loss to the Ducks with a 9-0 blanking of the Beavers. Alicia Hollowell pitched a one-hitter and struck out three in the win. Arizona’s hitters touched up OSU pitchers Amy Klever and Ta’Tyana McElroy for 11 hits and nine earned runs. Senior Jackie Coburn went two-for-three with two runs and four RBI in the game, while Kristie Fox went two-for-two with two runs and three RBI. However, on Sunday Arizona had to face Beavers pitcher Brianne McGowan, and the Cats suffered a 4-0 blanking. Leslie Wolfe pitched 5.1 innings for Arizona, giving up one unearned run and three hits before Hollowell relieved her. Hollowell gave up one hit and three runs in the form of a grand slam to OSU catcher Lisa Allen.

The Coach

Head Coach Mike Candrea is in his 20th year with Arizona and carries a career record of 1016-199. Candrea returned to Arizona after taking a year off to coach the U.S. Olympic softball team to a 9-0 record and a gold medal in Athens. Candrea was also awarded the Olympic Shield award, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s most prestigious award, in January. Candrea’s award, given for outstanding service to the USOC and the Olympic movement, marked the first time in history that the award was given to an Olympic coach. Candrea is also an eight-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year and a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He has led Arizona to six national championships and seven Pac-10 titles.

The Coaches

Larry Ray (Idaho State ?'74) took over as head coach for Mike acting assistant head coach this season, and carries an overall  record of 224-112, including five years as head coach of Florida. Associate head coach Nancy Evans is a former Honda Award winner as a player at Arizona. Evans has been an assistant at UA since 1999.

The Rankings

As of May 3, the Cats are No. 3 in the Softball poll.The NFCA/USA Today poll, in which the Cats have been steadily ranked since 1989, will be released on May 4. Arizona was ranked preseason No. 3 in the NFCA poll, behind UCLA and Cal. Softball: 3(5/3), 2(4/26), 3(4/19), 2(4/12), 2(4/5), 2(3/29), 2(3/22), 1(3/15), 1(3/8), 1(3/1), 1(2/22), 1(2/15)

NFCA/USA Today: 2(4/27), 4(4/20), 2(4/13), 2(4/6), 2(3/30), 2(3/23), 1(3/16), 1(3/9), 1(3/2), 2(2/23), 2(2/16)

Wildcat Softball Quick Notes:

... Caitlin Lowe still leads both Arizona and the Pac-10 in batting average with a .507 mark. She also leads the conference in hits (72) and is second in stolen bases with 26 steals in 29 tries...

... Kristie Fox is second in batting average behind Lowe with a mark of .375, good for fifth in the conference. However, she leads both Arizona and the Pac-10 in RBIs with 57...

... Alicia Hollowell, though suffering two losses last weekend to Oregon and No. 7 OSU, is second in the Pac-10 in ERA with a 1.06 mark and leads the Pac in strikeouts with 329. Her total career Ks tally up to 1,231...

... Fox and Lowe have success hitting with the bases loaded with averages of .583 and .429 in that category, respectively. But Jennifer Martinez leads the Cats in hitting with the bases juiced, with a .667 average...

... There’s still no good time to pitch to Lowe, as she hits .500 or above against lefties, righties, with runners on, with the bases empty and as a leadoff hitter. The only category in which she hits under .500 is with the bases loaded, when she drops to .429...

... Alicia Hollowell has a knack for getting right-handed hitters out, as she’s faced 571 righties and held them to a .119 average. But lefties seem to have a knack for touching her up, as they hold a .252 average against Hollowell...

... Hollowell’s 8.4:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio does not lead the Wildcats. In fact, that award belongs to Leslie Wolfe, whose K:BB ratio is 9:1 this season...

... Either Lowe or Fox leads Arizona in 18 of 25 major hitting categories, including batting average, runs, RBIs, hits, stolen bases and total bases...