THIS WEEK: No. 3
THURSDAY, MAY 11 vs.
Team Photo Night ?- The first 800 fans in attendance will receive an
FRIDAY, MAY 12 vs.
Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Night
SATURDAY, MAY 13 vs.
ON THE AIR: All four games remaining regular season games can be heard on the radio or Internet. Brian Jeffries, The Voice of the Wildcats, will bring all the action live on 1290 AM KCUB in Tucson, or fans that have subscribed to UA’s All Access package can hear the games on their computer.
NOTING THE DUCKS:
NOTING THE BEAVERS:
LAST WEEK RECAP:
PAC-10 POSSIBILITIES: There is still a glimpse of hope for
ARIZONA HEAD COACH MIKE CANDREA is in his 21st season at
FOX (4/31-5/7, 3/6-12), MOWATT (4/10-16) AND
MOWATT (3/13-19, 3/20-26) AND HOLLOWELL (2/6-12; 2/13-19) NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Taryne Mowatt was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for two consecutive weeks from March 13-26. From March 24-26 against Louisiana-Lafayette, Mowatt became the first pitcher all year to shut out the prolific Ragin’ Cajun offense. Over the weekend she pitched 16.0 innings and gave up one run. The week before, Mowatt tossed a no-hitter and a perfect game at the Judi Garman Classic. In two games, Mowatt struck out 28 of the 37 opposing batters she faced. Alicia Hollowell has been 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 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.
ALL-AMERICANS CLUTCH IN CONFERENCE: Over the last two years,
GET ?'EM ON, GET ?'EM OVER, NOT GETTING ?'EM IN: The Wildcats have been able to get runners on base during Pac-10 play this season, but have a nasty habit of leaving one another stranded at inning’s end. In its 17 conference games, UA averages 7.3 runners left on per game, including eight or more stranded in eight of the contests.
LOWE BACK AT THE TOP: Three weeks ago, Caitlin Lowe was fully cleared to participate in games. The two-time All-American returned to her usual leadoff spot in the batting order and center field on defense. Prior to suffering an injury to her left hand on March 19, the
A REAL CATALYST: While Caitlin Lowe was recovering from the injury,
TOP CATS: In every year since 1992,
RE-WRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: Alicia Hollowell is now
For a complete list of
NO-NO: Alicia Hollowell has 17 career no-hitters, the most recent of which came on April 30 against
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 six in career batting average at
In the coming weeks, Champion has a chance to move up several spots UA’s all-time hits list. With 288 hits, Champion stands 10th all-time, but is only five hits away from the seventh spot.
In the coming games, Caitlin Lowe could become just the fifth player in Wildcat history to steal 100 bases. She has 98 in her career and a team-leading 24 swiped bags this season, and has 241 base hits in just under three years at UA.
Earlier in the season, Champion moved into sole possession of seventh place in career stolen bases. Entering this week, she has swiped 64 career bases.
THESE CATS DIG THE LONG BALL: Last year, the Wildcats hit 33 round-trippers all season (57 games); the team’s lowest output since 1992. Despite the strength of its schedule and the pitching throughout the Conference,
HITTING JACKS LEFT AND RIGHT: Kristie Fox’s first-inning home run against
ENOUGH WITH THE STEROID JOKES: Callista Balko continues to hit balls that land over the outfield fencing, as she has hit four in the last six games. This year, Balko’s 10 homers are double her 2005 total of five.
GIVE HER ALL THE ICE SHE K-NEEDS : Callista Balko has been behind the plate for all 327.0 innings this year while UA has been in the field. Balko’s durability behind the plate while catching a pair of strikeout pitchers should put the sophomore from
IN THE PAC-10, EXPERIENCE COUNTS: When looking at
SETTING THE TABLE FOR
CHAMPION DOUBLING UP: In 2003, Autumn Champion rapped out a career-high 89 hits... all singles. In 2004 and 2005 she combined for three extra-base hits. This season, Champion already has five extra-base hits, including a triple, giving her two more XBH than she had accumulated in three years.
TAKING BALLS AND TAKING NAMES: When Kristie Fox isn’t driving in one of her team-leading 44 RBI on the year, she may be doing a number of things, but one of them is not striking out. Fox has drawn 25 walks this year, while striking out just 14 times. The junior from
THREE FOR THE MONEY: Caitlin Lowe moved into a four-way tie on Arizona’s all-time triples list, when she had her fourth three-bagger of the year and ninth of her career on March 18 against CSUN. Among the names Lowe had been tied with when she had eight career triples: UA senior associate athletics director Kathleen “Rocky” LaRose. Lowe tied her career-high for most triples in a season with four.
MULTI-HIT AND MULTI-RBI GAMES: Every
In the multi-hit game category, Caitlin Lowe leads with 22, despite missing 10 games. Fellow All-Americans Autumn Champion and Kristie Fox are catching up to her, however, as they both have 16 apiece. Chelsie Mesa (10) and Laine Roth, Adrienne Acton and Callista Balko (8 apiece) round out the top of the list. All told, UA batters have combined for 94 multi-hit and 57 multi-RBI games.
TRIPLE THE FUN: Last year,
Through its first 45 games,
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.
PERFECTO! Taryne Mowatt’s no-hitter against UNLV and perfect game against Cal State Northridge were both firsts in her career. Mowatt became the 20th pitcher in
PINCH WHAT? Taryne Mowatt (vs. UNLV on March 16) and Danielle Rodriguez (vs. UCLA on April 9) are the only two pinch hitters Coach Candrea has sent to the plate this year.
PINCH RUNNERS: Kelly Nelson has appeared as a pinch runner in 33 games for UA. In doing so, she has scored 12 runs. Jill Malina and Danielle Rodriguez have appeared as a PR in 12 and 14 games, respectively. Rodriguez scored the game-winning run in UA’s 2-1, nine-inning victory over Baylor on March 12.
EXTRA ALMOST EVERY TIME:
DEFENSE WINS WHAT? With 26 only defensive hiccups in 1,224 fielding attempts, UA has a .979 fielding percentage, which is second to only Stanford’s .983 percentage in the Pac-10. Opponents, on the other hand, have committed 55 errors for a .957 fielding clip. UA is error-free in 28 games this season.
NOT AFRAID OF A CHALLENGE: As always,
EARLY SIGNINGS: Head coach Mike Candrea announced that UA has received four National Letters of Intent for the 2006-07 academic year from pitcher Amanda Williams of Brentwood, Calif., catcher/third baseman Stacie Chambers of Glendale, Ariz., shortstop/utility K’Lee Arrendondo of Tempe, Ariz., and pitcher/third baseman Sarah Akamine of Escondido, Calif.