POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUP
1. Caitlin Lowe CF .486 No. 5 at UA with 85 SB. 11-11 in ?'06
2. Autumn Champion LF .238 Lone senior in Arizona's batting order
Or Adrienne Acton RF .207 Just two strikeouts in 33 PA this year
3. Kristie Fox SS .452 Hit .692 with 9 RBI in first home tourney of ?'05
4. Chelsie Mesa 2B .393 Has an 8-game hitting streak
5. Sam Banister 1B .267 Leads UA with 10 RBI
6. Callista Balko C .143 Slugging 1.167 in last two games
7. Laine Roth DP .393 11 hits, but only 1 RBI
8. Jenae Leles 3B .222 Leads UA with 2 HBP
9. Adrienne Acton RF .207 See two slot
Or Taryne Mowatt LF .000 Had first collegiate AB last week
W-L ERA Note
Alicia Hollowell 6-0 0.00 0 R allowed in 39.0 IP this year
Taryne Mowatt 5-0 0.45 Has 63 K and walked 2 BB
Leslie Wolfe 0-0 0.00 0 ER in 9.0 IP in ?'05 postseason
THIS WEEK: No. 1 Arizona (11-0) goes to the Palm Springs Classic, where it will play five games, including No. 8 Texas A&M (7-2) and No. 4 Texas (10-1). UA’s Sunday match-up against the Longhorns will be televised on ESPNU.
With the Cats moving into the top spot in the polls,
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NOTING THE OPPONENTS:
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In two of the last three years,
LAST WEEK RECAP: The third-ranked Wildcats opened their home schedule with the Worth Wildcat Invitational. UA went 5-0 in round-robin play and scored 22 runs to its opponents’ one. On the weekend, Kristie Fox hit .500 (7-for-14) and cleanup hitter Chelsie Mesa batted .467.
Alicia Hollowell continued her dominance in the circle, tossing complete-game shutouts against all three of her opponents. Hollowell improved her record to 6-0 on the year and now has 118 career victories. She will tie Jennie Finch (119) for second place at Arizona with her next win, and is in sight of Nancy Evans’ 124 victories, which is the benchmark win total in the program’s history.
RE-WRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: Entering her senior year, Alicia Hollowell was already UA’s career strikeout leader, and she has the top three season strikeout marks for any Wildcat, as well. In
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OFFENSIVE HISTORY: Junior center fielder Caitlin Lowe joined 15 other Wildcats this past weekend when she reached the 200-hit plateau. Just 11 games into her junior season, Lowe could challenge Allison McCutcheon’s (1995-98) 405 career base knocks come spring 2007.
Lowe moved up in the record books in another category last weekend, as she swiped four more bases. Lowe is fifth on UA’s all-time list with 85 career stolen bases, and she is a perfect 11-for-11 this season. If she wants top-billing as
HOLLOWELL NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK (2/6-12): For the second consecutive week, Alicia Hollowell was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. Last week, USA Softball named her its first National Player of the Week of the year for her performance in last week’s games. 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.
ARIZONA HEAD COACH MIKE CANDREA is in his 21st season at
AND THEN THERE WERE EIGHT: Okay, here’s the bad news:
WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM: In addition to freshman infielders Laine Roth, Jenae Leles and Sam Banister, and as 2005 NJCAA Player of the Year Chelsie Mesa, UA delved into the rest of the athletic department for additional players.
With only 12 rostered players and three weeks to Opening Day, UA brought in senior outfielder Kelly Nelson, freshman outfielder Jill Malina and sophomore infielder Danielle Rodriguez. Nelson is a four-year letterwinner with UA’s soccer team, Malina was originally slated to be a softball manager, and Rodriguez made the squad in an open tryout. For more information regarding the three late additions, log on to ArizonaAthletics.com to see their bios.
INSTANT CONTRIBUTORS: Laine Roth, Jenae Leles, Sam Banister and Chelsie Mesa have started all 11 of UA’s games this season. The quartet of infielders combined to hit .318, with five of UA’s seven home runs and 25 of the team’s 47 RBI.
It's a nice sign for a team that last year had only five home runs by newcomers -- all by then-freshman Callista Balko. Balko is the only returning player to hit a home run for UA, thus far.
HITTING STREAK: Chelsie Mesa currently has an eight game hitting streak. Kristie Fox and Caitlin Lowe each hold three game streaks.
CHANGE IN THE SEASON: For the first time since the 2004 NCAA Regionals there was something missing in
On Feb. 18 against Texas Tech, Champion played left field, but did not bat. In UA’s final two games, she did not play at all.
PITCHER/HITTER/LEFT FIELDER: Entering her sophomore season, Taryne Mowatt was expected to mature from her frosh campaign, in which she went 8-1 with a 1.80 ERA. She has done that and more.
In the circle, Mowatt is 5-0, with three complete-game shutouts, and her numbers have an uncanny resemblance to three-time All-American Alicia Hollowell.
Here are a couple of ratios to compare the two hurlers:
ERA K/7 IP K:BB Opp. AVG
Mowatt 0.45 14.2 31.5 .089
Hollowell 0.00 14.0 39.0 .085
In lieu of Champion in the lineup, Mowatt also became the first UA pitcher since Wendy Allen to pick up a bat. The sophomore from
NOBODY EVER GOT ANYTHING FREE FROM UA: Alicia Hollowell and Taryne Mowatt have combined to strikeout 141 opponent hitters in 70.0 innings pitched this season. What’s more, they have issued a total of four walks to opposing hitters. That’s one walk per 17.5 innings pitched and 35.3 strikeouts to the walk. In contrast, UA hitters have walked 38 times.
A-RROR PRONE: Sophomore right fielder Adrienne Acton accomplished the rare feat of having two error-driven inside-the-park “home runs” against Tennessee Tech. In back-to-back innings,
FAST STARTS: With two or three All-Americans occupying the first three spots in the batting order,
THAT’S WHY THEY ARE ALL-AMERICANS: The Wildcats have had some struggles this season when it comes to hitting with runners in scoring position. UA is batting .267 (27-for-101) with one or more RISP, while hitting .340 (55-for-162) in non-RISP situations.
Two Wildcats who have thrived in big spots are All-Americans Caitlin Lowe and Kristie Fox. Lowe (5-for-10) and Fox (4-for-12) are UA’s only players hitting above .300 with runners in scoring position.
PINCH WHAT? Head coach Mike Candrea has yet to send a pinch hitter to the plate this year. With Autumn Champion coming off the bench, there’s a chance he could do it some time soon.
EXTRA EVERY TIME:
NO MORE FOX TROTS: All-American Kristie Fox has done many great things at
HOW DO YOU DEFINE DOMINATION? For four years, opposing hitters have found themselves completely over-matched against Alicia Hollowell. This year is no different, as she is yet to allow a run. Additionally, she has allowed the opposition to reach third base only three times in 39.0 innings. She has not yet given up an extra-base hit and has struck out 59 percent of opposing hitters.
WHERE IS SHE TODAY? Freshman Sam Banister has enjoyed varying success this year, depending on where she is in the batting order. In the three games she has batted in the seventh or eighth positions, she is hitting .571 and slugging 1.429. In the eight games, she hits in the fifth or sixth slots, the
SNAP OUT OF IT! From UA’s Feb. 10 game against Northwestern until the fourth inning of the Feb. 18 contest against
THE OLD RED, WHITE & BLUE: Caitlin Lowe and Alicia Hollowell return to
THROWN INTO THE HOT CORNER: Freshman Jenae Leles is the freshman since Jackie Coburn (2002) and Toni Mascarenas (1998) to start regularly at third base. Should Leles get moved to another position, fellow frosh Sam Banister waits in the wings to share the left side of the infield with Kristie Fox.
A LITTLE HELP HERE?: In each of the last three years, Alicia Hollowell has eaten up over 70 percent of UA’s innings pitched. She should get some help from returning hurlers Leslie Wolfe and Taryne Mowatt. Wolfe started six of the final 16 games for UA in 2005, after delivering the first pitch in only three of the first 41 contests. Additionally, a healthy and mature Mowatt should also help out, after winning eight games last season.
Thus far, Mowatt has started five of UA’s 11 games and tossed 44 percent of the innings.
THE FIRST TWIN KILLING: In UA’s Feb. 12, 9-1, win over
DEFENSE WINS WHAT?: When your pitchers strikeout opponents in 59 percent of their plate appearances, a team’s defense has the pressure taken off it a bit. Nevertheless, when
NOT AFRAID OF A CHALLENGE: As always,
EARLY SIGNINGS: Head coach Mike Candrea announced that UA has received four National Letters of