May 19, 2004
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Arizona pitcher Alicia Hollowell took home the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year award on Wednesday, and freshman centerfielder Caitlin Lowe received the Newcomer of the Year award. The All-Pac-10 Conference Teams were also announced, with seven Wildcats receiving honors.
Hollowell, a sophomore from Suisun, Calif., is in the midst of one of the best seasons in Pac-10 history. She is currently the national leader in strikeouts per seven innings with a 12.4 average and is fourth in the nation with 39 wins. Hollowell currently has 480 strikeouts this season, just four shy of the Pac-10 record of 484. With just four more wins Hollowell will break the Pac-10 record of 43 wins in a season. Hollowell was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week five times and USA Softball National Player of the Week twice. She is one of three finalists for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.
Lowe, a freshman from Tustin, Calif., had one of the best freshman campaigns in Pac-10 history. Lowe is currently second in the Conference with a .458 average. She has an astonishing 74 runs scored this season, topping the rest of the conference by nearly 30 runs. She is second in the nation with a 1.30 runs per game average. Lowe has stolen a Pac-10 best 47 bases, in 49 attempts. One of ten finalists for USA Softball Player of the Year, Lowe was named USA Softball Player of the Week once this season and was the Player of the Week in the Pac-10 once. Lowe is the third consecutive Newcomer of the Year from Arizona.
Washington catcher Kristen Rivera was named Pac-10 Player of the year, and seven-season Stanford head coach John Rittman received the honor of Coach of the Year.
Hollowell, Lowe, Wendy Allen and Autumn Champion were named to the All-Pac-10 First Team, while veteran catcher Mackenzie Vandergeest received Second-team honors. Freshman Kristie Fox and sophomore Shelly Schultz were given honorable mention accolades.
Player School Yr Pos Hometown Wendy Allen ARIZ SR DP Moreno Valley, Calif. Jessica Allister STAN SR C Nacogdoches, Texas Caitlin Benyi UCLA SO 2B Scottsdale, Ariz. Autumn Champion ARIZ SO OF Tustin, Calif. Kaleo Eldredge CAL JR OF Kahului, Hawaii Alicia Hollowell ARIZ SO P Suisun, Calif. Lauren Lappin STAN SO SS Anaheim, Calif. Caitlin Lowe ARIZ FR OF Tustin, Calif Ani Nyhus ORE JR P White Rock, B.C. Stephanie Ramos UCLA SR OF Elk Grove, Calif. Kristen Rivera WASH JR C Perris, Calif. Dana Sorensen STAN SR P San Diego, Calif. Kristina Thorson CAL SO P Lake Forest Park, Wash. Phelan Wright ASU SR 3B Los Alamitos, Calif.
Player School Yr Pos Hometown Adrienne Alo OSU SO 3B Carson, Calif. Ashley Boek WASH JR P Redding, Calif. Kathy Fiske WASH JR 3B Temecula, Calif. Vicky Galindo CAL JR 3B Union City, Calif. Keira Goerl UCLA SR P Moreno Valley, Calif. Vanessa Iapala OSU SO 1B San Diego, Calif. Lindsay James CAL SO OF San Carlos, Calif. Jodie Legaspi UCLA FR SS Garden Grove, Calif. Catalina Morris STAN SO OF Sonoita, Ariz. Jenn Poore ORE SR C San Diego, Calif. Val Sevilla ASU JR OF Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Chelsea Spencer CAL JR SS San Leandro, Calif. Claire Sua UCLA SR 1B Cooper City, Fla. Mackenzie Vandergeest ARIZ SR C Newbury Park, Calif.
Player School Yr Pos Hometown Kelly Anderson CAL JR P Woodland, Calif. Beth Boskovich ORE SO DP Camarillo, Calif. Lisa Dodd UCLA FR P/OF San Diego, Calif. Andrea Duran UCLA SO 3B Selma, Calif. Kristin Farber ASU SR OF Los Alamitos, Calif. Kristie Fox ARIZ FR SS San Diego, Calif. Monica Hoffman OSU SR P Vancouver, Wash. Sarah Hyatt WASH SO 1B Sedro-Wooley, Wash. Dominique Lastrapes WASH FR 2B Laguna Hills, Calif. Mia Longfellow OSU FR OF/UTL Ramona, Calif. Amanda Oleson WASH SR SS Agoura Hills, Calif. Jessica Pamanian CAL JR 2B Milpitas, Calif. Kelly Petersen OSU JR SS San Diego, Calif. Ashley Richards ORE JR 3B/C Richland, Wash. Jackie Rinehart STAN FR OF Reno, Nev. Shelly Shultz ARIZ SO 1B Phoenix, Ariz. Haley Woods CAL SO C Burlingame, Calif. Emily Zaplatosch UCLA SO C Scottsdale, Ariz.