POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUP
1. Caitlin Lowe CF .506 Ranks second in Pac-10 batting avg.
2. Autumn Champion LF .424 Leads UA with 28 R
3. Kristie Fox SS .485 Leads UA with .595 OBP
4. Chelsie Mesa 2B .388 Leads team with five HR, .731 SLG
5. Jenae Leles 3B .254 Batting .318 with two outs
6. Callista Balko C .190 More than half of hits are XBH
7. Laine Roth DP .371 Two grand slams in last six games
8. Sam Banister 1B .224 Has three three-RBI games
9. Adrienne Acton RF .303 Has multi-hit games in 4 of last 6 G
W-L ERA Note
Alicia Hollowell 13-0 0.62 1,507 career strikeouts
Taryne Mowatt 10-1 0.59 Only one R in last three starts
THIS WEEK: No. 1
THURSDAY, MARCH 16 vs. UNLV 9 a.m. (PST)
vs. No. 18
FRIDAY, MARCH 17 vs. CS Northridge 4 p.m. (PST)
SATURDAY, MARCH 18 vs. TBD TBA
SUNDAY, MARCH 19 vs. TBD TBA
For championship and consolation bracket listings, log on to fullertontitans.com and access the softball page and Judi Garman Classic link.
NOTING THE OPPONENTS
UNLV (13-14): The Rebels were beaten earlier in the week by UCLA, 11-4, prior to playing in the Judi Garman Classic. Shannon Crisp leads the Rebels with her .371 batting average. Marissa Nichols, who hit 18 home runs while batting .426 last year, is hitting .300 with no long balls in 2006. Christine Robinson (4-4, 1.95 ERA) and Shannon Crisp (6-6, 3.32 ERA) lead UNLV in the circle with 19 appearances, apiece.
Quick Stats in two games vs. the Aggies:
Avg. OBP Runs XBH ERA
LAST WEEK RECAP: The top-ranked
The Wildcats hit .388 as a team over the three games, averaging just over eight runs per game and committed just one defensive error in the series. In 20.0 innings pitched, UA hurlers gave up no walks and struck out the Lady Bears 29 times.
In the final game, senior pitcher Alicia Hollowell passed Nancy Evans as the all-time winningest pitcher at
TOP CATS: In every year since 1992,
RE-WRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: As mentioned earlier Alicia Hollowell is now
For a complete list of
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
Twenty-four games into her junior season, Lowe has 223 hits and could challenge Allison McCutcheon’s (1995-98) 405 career base knocks come spring 2007.
Additionally, with 15 stolen bases this year, Lowe has swiped 89 career bases, good for fifth on UA’s all-time list. If she wants top-billing as
Two weeks ago, Autumn Champion moved into sole possession of seventh place in career stolen bases. Entering this week she has swiped 60 career bases.
FOX NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kristie Fox was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of March 6-12, for her two home runs, seven RBI and .750 batting average this past weekend. Fox numbers could have been more gaudy, but they were tapered when the opponent elected not to pitch to her. After six RBI in game one of the series, Fox saw only two strikes in the second game of the series. One of those strikes went over the left field wall for a home run and the other came in one of her three walks during the game. In game three, Fox went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and yet another walk.
The honor is the first of Fox’s career. She was named USA Softball Player of the Week for her season-opening performance the week of Feb. 1-7, 2005. The Pac-10 did not name any players of the week until Feb. 8-14.
HOLLOWELL NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK (2/6-12; 2/13-19): Alicia Hollowell has 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 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.
NEWCOMERS CATCH FIRE: Laine Roth, Jenae Leles, Sam Banister and Chelsie Mesa have started all 24 of UA’s games this season. The quartet of newbies has combined to hit .310, with 16 of UA’s 25 home runs, four of the team’s seven triples and 56 percent of
LEADING THE PAC:
GOING FOR THREE: Last year,
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.
RBI FOR EVERYONE!
Here’s a breakdown of the Wildcats’ RBI per-game:
(In order of last game’s batting order)
Last year, only two players (Kristie Fox and Jackie Coburn) ended the season with RBI-per-game ratios of better than .5.
BALANCE THROUGHOUT THE ORDER: While
MULTI-HIT AND MULTI-RBI GAMES: Every
In the multi-hit game category, Caitlin Lowe has a stranglehold over her teammates with 16 games with two or more hits. Kristie Fox (9), Autumn Champion (7), Laine Roth (6) and Chelsie Mesa (6) round out the top of the list. All told, UA batters have combined for 60 multi-hit and 37 multi-RBI games.
HITTING STREAK: Caitlin Lowe currently leads UA with an 11-game hitting streak. Lowe’s streak is tied with Chelsie Mesa’s since-broken 11-game hitting streak, which was snapped against
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 9-1, 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 0.59 12.4 21.0 .113
Hollowell 0.62 14.1 22.7 .109
During the Worth Wildcat Invitational, in lieu of Autumn Champion in the lineup, Mowatt also became the first UA pitcher since Wendy Allen to pick up a bat. The sophomore from
STRIKEOUTS ARE NOW DOUBLE THE FUN: When Taryne Mowatt struck out Longhorn first baseman Jacqueline Williams on Feb. 26, she joined Alicia Hollowell as the first Wildcat pitching duo since 2002 to have 100 strikeouts apiece. In 2002, Jennie Finch and Jenny Gladding both topped the century mark in punch outs. Entering this weekend, Mowatt has 126 strikeouts on the year.
NOBODY EVER GOT ANYTHING FREE FROM UA: Alicia Hollowell and Taryne Mowatt have combined to strikeout 285 opponent hitters in 150.0 innings pitched this season. What’s more, they have issued a total of 13 walks to opposing hitters. That’s one walk per 11.5 innings pitched and 21.9 strikeouts to the walk. In contrast, UA hitters have walked 89 times.
LIVE BY THE HOMER, DIE BY THE HOMER:
GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD: When Baylor’s Brett Reagan hit a solo home run in the first inning of the of early Sunday game, Arizona found itself trailing for only the second time all season. The Wildcats trailed until the fourth inning of the contest, before going on to win in nine innings. The only other time UA was behind to the opposition was in its only loss of the season.
THAT’S WHY THEY’RE ALL-AMERICANS:
OTHERS ARE CATCHING ON, TOO: In addition to the All-Americans, other Wildcats have stepped up with runners in scoring position. Chelsie Mesa (.378), Jenae Leles (.310) and Laine Roth (.308) round out the other UA hitters with RISP averages above .300.
TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND! Since
SO THAT’S HOW HE FILLS OUT THE LINEUP CARD: Not to beat a dead horse, but the way a batter performs with runners in scoring position can decide where she bats in the batting order. The lineup card that UA head coach Mike Candrea wrote out for Sunday’s nightcap against Baylor followed his players’ performances in RISP situations almost to a T.
Beginning with Caitlin Lowe all the way through the seventh hitter in the lineup (Sam Banister, .290), the batting order read the same as the RISP average leaders.