Feb. 10, 2003
Next Up for the Cats
The No. 2 Arizona softball team (10-1) have its season opener this weekend with the Pepsi Arizona Softball Classic. The Cats will face Minnesota (0-0) at 3 p.m. and Northwestern (3-2) at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. Arizona faces Florida International (4-6) at 3 p.m. and Arkansas (5-4) at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15. Arizona concludes the tournament with No. 6 Washington (6-0) at 1 p.m. on Feb. 16.
Fiesta Bowl Tournament
Arizona faced No. 24 Texas A&M in the first game of the Fiesta Bowl Tournament and won 6-0. Freshman Alicia Hollowell struck out a season-high 15 batters. Against Southwest Texas State in the second game, Arizona walked away with a 6-0 victory. Both senior Lisha Ribellia and sophomore Jackie Coburn hit home runs. In the second day of the Fiesta Bowl Tournament, Arizona faced Iowa State. Senior Lovie Jung hit three home runs to lead the Cats to an 11-2 win. The Wildcats then faced Wisconsin and won 1-0 by a solo home run by Coburn. Arizona faced Mississippi State in the third day of competition and defeated the Dogs, 9-2. Jung hit a grand slam. In the final game of the tournament, the Cats fell to No. 12 Texas, 1-2. Jung hit her fifth home run of the tournament.
Scouting the Pitching
Freshman Alicia Hollowell ended the weekend 2-1 with a 0.33 ERA. She pitched 21 innings and struck out 33 batters. Hollowell had a no-hitter against Wisconsin on Saturday. Hollowell is now 5-1 with a 0.17 ERA. She has pitched 42 innings and has struck out 66 batters. Hollowell also had two shut outs. Senior Wendy Allen ended the weekend 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00. Allen pitched eight innings, gave up seven hits and struck out eight batters. Allen is now 4-0 with a 0.43 ERA. Freshman Leslie Wolfe got her first win against Mississippi State on Sunday. She gave up nine hits and two runs.
Gotta Love It
Senior Lovie Jung once again had an impressive weekend. Jung ended the weekend with a team high .474 batting average. In 19 at-bats, Jung had eight runs, nine hits and three doubles. Jung hit five home runs and had 11 RBI. She hit three home runs in the game against Iowa State. Jung also hit a grand slam against Mississippi State. She leads the team in five categories, including batting average (.471), runs (12), doubles (5) and RBIs (18).
Last season the Cats finished the Fiesta Bowl Tournament with a 4-2 record, losing two games to Wisconsin, 0-3, and Mississippi State, 1-7. This season, Arizona ended the weekend with a 5-1 record, losing one game to No. 12 Texas. Arizona defeated Wisconsin, 1-0, and the Cats also beat Mississippi State, 11-2.
Arizona's Mike Candrea carries a career record of 936-185 (.835), accomplished in 17 years with the Wildcats. The 2002 Pac-10 co-Coach of the Year has led UA to six national titles and six Pacific-10 Conference championships. Last season, he became only the third Division I coach in history to win 900 games. During his tenure, Wildcat student-athletes have won the Honda Softball Award fives times (Susie Parra-1994, Jenny Dalton-1996, Nancy Evans-1998, Jennie Finch-2001, 2002). Candrea's Arizona teams have played in 16 consecutive NCAA Tournaments and 15 consecutive College World Series. Last season, Candrea's team made it to the College World Series Championship game before losing to California, 6-0. Candrea is joined by assistant coaches Nancy Evans and Larry Ray.
UA carries a record of 310-18 in Hillenbrand Stadium. The Cats had an average attendance of 1,755 and drew in a total of 49,140 in 2002. Arizona set an attendance record of 3,161 fans on April 9, 2002 against UCLA. Arizona had a three-season 70-game home winning streak snapped by UCLA on April 7, 2002.
A Look at the Newcomers
With six newcomers on the team, every game is a learning experience. Junior Wendy Allen's .394 batting average is second on the team to senior Lovie Jung. Allen has six runs, 13 hits, one home run and five RBI. This weekend, Allen had a .400 batting average, with three runs and eight hits. Freshman Autumn Champion is third on the team with a .390 batting average. She has 11 runs and 16 hits. She has a 1.000 fielding percentage. In the Fiesta Bowl Tournament, she had a .391 batting average. Champion had six runs and nine hits, including three runs against Mississippi State. Freshman Shelly Shultz has a .222 batting average with two runs and six hits.
UA Softball Notes
Arizona has outscored its opponents, 57-7... Lovie Jung has six multiple-hit games... Jung also has five multiple RBI games... Sophomore Jackie Coburn has a .667 batting average when she's the leadoff batter... The team has a .560 batting average when runners on are on third... Arizona faces two familiar faces when it plays Minnesota- Lisa Bernstein, the Co-Head Coach for the Gophers played for Arizona from 1983-86... Bernstein was also an assistant coach with the Cats... The assistant coach for Minnesota is former All-American Julie Standering... Standering played for Arizona from 1988-1991... Standering is No. 1 on the UA all-time record charts with games played career, 277, and assists in a season, 230...
Autumn Champion, lf Courtney Fossatti, rf Lovie Jung, ss Mackenzie Vandergeest, c Wendy Allen, dh/p Jackie Coburn, 3b Shelly Schultz, 1b Lisha Ribellia, 2b Crystal Farley, cf Alicia Hollowell, p