“I didn’t even know that this was my 1100th win. It just means there were a lot of victories by a lot of good athletes,” Candrea said. “To be honest, I don’t keep track of that stuff.”
With his 1100th victory, Candrea joined
Wright and Graf were both on hand at the Titan Sports Complex with their teams and congratulated their colleague on the rare achievement.
“I don’t think people realize what a difficult feat this is,” Wright said. “It’s very difficult for anyone to get to 1,000 wins and it only gets tougher to get anything beyond that. I’m happy for him and he deserves all the recognition he gets for his achievements.”
“Mike is one of the best coaches in the country and achieving 1100 wins is a credit to his ability and his knowledge of softball,” Graf said. “I think he one of the classiest individuals there is and I congratulate him on his achievement.”
The victory improved
A number of Wildcats moved up the program’s record book, including Caitlin Lowe reaching the 300-hit mark and scoring her 212th career run for eighth place on UA’s all-time list. Kristie Fox tied Wildcat great Jennie Finch with 195 career RBI, and Chelsie Mesa promoted her hitting streak to 22 games.
In the circle, Taryne Mowatt improved to 13-6 on the year, behind four shutout innings of work in which she gave up four hits and one walk while striking out six opposing hitters. Pacific’s Chelsea Engle (6-7) drew the loss and gave up three runs on eight hits before leaving after pitching 3.2 innings. Sarah Akamine earned her first career save with three shutout innings in which she allowed only one Pacific hitter to reach base.
The Wildcats rallied for a pair of runs in the third inning to increase its lead to 3-0. Caitlin Lowe led off with her second hit of the game and the 300th of her career. One out later, Kristie Fox doubled her classmate home to double
The Wildcats put the game out of Pacific’s reach with six runs in the seventh inning and made it their most robust offensive effort since the season-opener against
- Chelsie Mesa extended her career and Pac-10-long hitting streak to 22 games in the seventh inning.
- Caitlin Lowe’s first-inning run was the 212th of her career, moving her past Toni Mascarenas for eighth place on
- Caitlin Lowe became the seventh player in program history to have 300 career hits.
- Adrienne Acton’s RBI single in the fifth inning pushed her hitting streak to 10 games.
- Kristie Fox tied Jennie Finch for eighth place on
- Sarah Akamine started as the cleanup hitter for the first time in her career and had a career night. The frosh 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBI. She was one of five