Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Candace Abrams
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 15, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Arizona This Year: Abrams should provide a variety of contributions to UA softball in her senior year, whether in the outfield, catching, or pinch-hitting... Started four of five fall exhibition games for Arizona... Hit .400, with four hits in 10 at-bats... Scored two runs and drove in two runs... Had a home run and a slugging percentage of .700.


2005: Led the team with three pinch hits on the year ... Went two for four with her first home run of the year in a 5-4 loss at UCLA on April 17 ... Stepped up with a pinch-hit RBI single in a win over Long Island on March 14 ...  Had a two-out pinch-hit double for two RBIs in a win over UT-Chattanooga on Feb. 13.


2004: Abrams was the Cats’ leading pinch-hitter at .462 in more than a dozen such plate appearances... Started 13 games, two as a DP and 11 in right field... Also performed well at the plate overall in 38 games, contributing a .350 mark with runners in scoring position, moving runners along at a .514 rate and hitting .400 leading off an inning... Socked three home runs and drove in 14 runners in 56 at-bats...


2003:  Hit in 24 games for the Cats, posting a .300 batting average with nine hits and three runs... Hit two home runs on the season versus New Mexico State on February 28 and Columbia on March 7.


2002:  One of the team’s hardest workers during her redshirt freshman season... Primarily used as an outfielder and utility player, with 21 starts in 42 games... Started eight Pac-10 games... Collected 12 runs, 24 hits, and two home runs, posting a .293 average... Hit her first career home run on February 23 versus Drake... Had four pinch hits in 17 attempts... Career-high three hits against Drake... Had a seven-for-nine (.778) streak in February.


2001:  Served as a bullpen catcher during a redshirt freshman season.


High School:  Flowing Wells High School, Tucson, Ariz., 2000... Earned three letters in golf, four letters in soccer and four letters in softball.


Personal:  Academic major is physical education... Daughter of Chris and Kori Abrams of Tucson... Father works at Abrams Airborne, and mother is a teaching assistant at Homer Davis Elementary... Enjoys golfing, writing poetry and listening to music... Born in Tucson... Full name is Candace Amanda Abrams.