Friday, March 30 Oregon 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31 Oregon State 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1 Oregon State 1 p.m.
This Week:No. 2 Arizona (36-2) travels to Oregon to open Pacific-10 Conference play. The Cats will take on Oregon (21-6) on Friday, March 30 at 2 p.m. Arizona then travels to Corvallis to play No. 15. Oregon State (27-10-1) on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 1 at 1 p.m. Arizona won its three games against Oregon last season. In the first meeting, pitcher Becky Lemke allowed only two hits in the Cats 3-2 victory in extra innings. At Oregon, the Ducks held Arizona to 3 hits, one of the lowest turnout for the Cats last year, in Arizona's 2-0 win. The Wildcats won the final game 1-0. The Cats took both games against the Beavers in the 2000 season, an 11-0 five inning mercy-ruled game and 4-0 both played in Corvallis, Ore.
Last Time The Cats PlayedArizona hosted Utah at Hillenbrand Stadium March 23-24. On Friday, senior Allison Andrade went 2-3 at the plate with two hits, including a homerun, one run, four RBI and two stolen bases in the Cats 8-3 win over the Utes. The game was the 22 time this season Arizona has hit multiple homers in a game- freshman Leneah Manuma and senior Lindsey Collins also added long balls. Arizona continued its home game winning streak to 30 games with a 10-2 win on Saturday. Senior Lauren Bauer went 5-4 with 2 RBI, while freshman Mackenzie Vandergeest hit her 13th home run of the year. The Wildcats played Central Arizona in an exhibition doubleheader on Monday. The Cats took both games, 10-1 and 7-2.
Pitching FuryThe Wildcat pitching staff of seniors Becky Lemke, junior Jennie Finch, Gladding and Teresa Demeter in 38 games have a combined ERA of 0.59 in 225 innings of play. They have struck out 351 batters, averaging 9 strikeouts a game. Lemke has 124 strikeouts, Finch has 110 and Gladding has 116. The Cats have 27 shutouts and have only allowed 82 hits compared to Arizona's 388 hits. Finch is 12-0 with a 0.47 ERA, Lemke is 12-1 with a 0.93 ERA and Gladding is 12-1 with a 0.38 ERA.
Bangin' Them SillyIn 38 games, the Wildcats have hit 83 home runs with their opponents only hitting 8. Mascarenas (15), Manuma (14) and Vandergeest (13) lead the way, with every other usual starter hitting at least one. The school and NCAA record is 100 by the 1995 Arizona team. The Cats hit 6 home runs against Bowling Green, which is tied for the No. 2 spot in NCAA history. 22 times Arizona has had multiple homers in a game, 6 times they have hit 5 or more and one time more than 5.
NFCA Player of the WeekFreshman Leneah Manuma was named Louisville/NFCA Player of the Week for the Week of Feb. 26-March 4. Manuma had a batting average of .600 in seven games, with nine hits, three home runs and six RBI. For the season, Manuma is hitting .432 with 11 homers and 34 RBI. She was also named Pac-10 player of the week on March 2. Arizona has 388 hits compared to its opponents' 82...The team is hitting .386 on the season with its opposition's .109... with 38 games under its belt, Arizona's 83 home runs are No. 3 in Wildcat history and sixth in NCAA history...The 1995 club's 100 round?trippers set the NCAA standard and the 1994 club hit 93... The Cats are averaging 2.18 homers a game... The all-time collegiate record is 1.39 for a season by the Arizona teams in 1994 and 1995. All those teams had a couple of sluggers who outpaced the rest of the club ?? Laura Espinoza, Jenny Dalton, Leticia Pineda, Leah Braatz. In 1998, for example Braatz (25) and Pineda (20) led, but the next highest totals were seven homers by Mascarenas and Nancy Evans. This year's team is spreading the wealth a bit more. Mascarenas (15), Vandergeest (13) and Manuma (14) lead the way, but Andrade (8), Bauer (6), Finch (7) and Gladding (9) can hit the long ball in bunches, too, as can Collins and Balkan. It makes for a Murderer's Row of some substance. It also has given Arizona a slugging percentage of .705, compared to the school?record mark of .608 by the '95 team... Arizona favors the fourth inning the best, scoring 76 of its 388 runs in that inning.. Lauren Bauer leads the team with 53 runs scored, including 21 multiple hits in a game... Five Cats are hitting over .400 - Bauer (.488), Giordano (.470), Mascarenas (.462), Vandergeest (.417), and Manuma (.404)... Nicole Giordano currently has the longest hitting streak with 11 games... Jenny Gladding has allowed only 5 hits in her 13 appearances on the mound. Opponents are hitting .103 when she is pitching. She has struck out 30 batters looking... Lemke's career strikeout total of 809 is No. 2 on the UA chart and within reach of Susie Parra's No. 1 figure of 874 from 1991 to 1994... She could become only the fourth Wildcat to win 100 career games. She has a career mark of 96?19. Parra is No. 3 on the UA chart with a 101?9 record... Jennie Finch has won 65 career games against 10 defeats and is tied for No. 6 on Arizona's career chart. Her career total of 493 K's is No. 4 behind Parra, Lemke and Nancy Evans... Each of Arizona's three starting pitchers is averaging more than 10 stikeouts per seven innings. Lemke is tops with an 11.9 mark, Gladding averages 11.2 strikeouts per seven innings and Finch has a 10.9 mark... The three have combined for 22 shutouts this year and Lemke combined with Teresa Demeter for a 23rd shutout... Opposing batters are hitting .100 against Arizona... The team has played 15 five?inning mercy rule games and three six?inning run?rule games... Lauren Bauer has stolen 31bases in 35 attempts, No. 10 in Arizona history. Her career total of 126 is 22 short of the school record set by Allison McCutcheon (148) from 1995 to 1998 and puts Bauer at No. 3 on that list behind McCutcheon, Vivian Holm (129) and Amy Chellevold (113)... Arizona's team on?base percentage is .472, meaning every single player has been getting on base about half the time... The Cats' 29-0 victory over Bowling Green State on Feb. 16 is believed to be a school record for runs, as is the 17-run fourth inning UA put together... The Pepsi Softball Classic was one of the best opening weekend crowds in school history with a three-day average of 1562... Arizona has a 30-game home winning streak dating to a 4-3 lost to Stanford on April 9, 2000...The attendance for the Hillenbrand Invitational marks the second largest crowd in history with 2751 out to see Arizona play against No. 5 Oklahoma...
National Fastpitch Coaches Association PollArizona is No. 2 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I coaches poll. UCLA is No. 1, California is No. 3, No. 4 is Alabama and Stanford is at the five spot. Seven Pac-10 school are currently ranked in the top 25 with five in the top 10. Arizona has been in the national rankings every single period since 1990. Ranking are available at www.nfca.org.
The Poll: Preseason: No. 3; Feb. 21 - No. 2; Feb. 28 - No. 2, March 7- No. 2, March 14- No. 2, March 21- No. 2
Typical Arizona LineupLauren Bauer - cf
Nicole Giordano - lf
Toni Mascarenas - 3b
Leneah Manuma - dh/1b
Lindsey Collins - c
Jennie Finch - 1b/p
Mackenzie Vandergeest - rf - or a c batting fifth
Allison Andrade - ss
Lisha Ribellia - 2b or Erika Hanson/Kim Balkan - rf
Becky Lemke - p
When Jenny Gladding pitches, she normally bats eighth and Ribellia is the defo.
Arizona Head Coach Mike CandreaAfter 15 seasons at Arizona, Candrea carries a record of 839-170. His Division I winning percentage (.832) is No. 2 all-time and No. 1 among active coaches. On Tuesday, March 6, Candrea coached his 1000th game. Candrea was named Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year in 2000, his sixth time. Last season, he won his 800th game, only the eighth NCAA softball coach in history to do so. His players have earned 54 All-America honors and six Academic All-America honors, plus he has coached three players to the Honda Softball Award as national player of the year. He has taken the Wildcats to the College World Series the past 13 years and reached the championship game in eight of the last 11 years.
Next Up for the WildcatsThe Arizona softball team continues on the road against Washington on Friday, April 6 and UCLA on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8.