FRIDAY, MARCH 24 vs. LOUISIANA-LAF. 7 p.m. (MST) College Night (Free with CatCard)
SATURDAY, MARCH 25 vs. LOUISIANA-LAF. 7 p.m. (MST) Girl Scouts Night
SUNDAY, MARCH 26 vs. LOUISIANA-LAF. Noon (MST)
ON THE AIR : Saturday's game can be heard live on the radio on 1290 AM or over the Internet by subscribing to All Access at www.arizonaathletics.com. Brian Jeffries will provide play-by-play. Additionally, All-Access subscribers will have an opportunity to watch all three games this weekend via live streaming on the internet.
NOTING LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE: The Ragin’ Cajuns were undefeated until last weekend’s Judi Garman Classic. ULL finished third in their pool, defeating
Danyele Gomez leads the ULL offense with her .475 batting average and 15 home runs. Lacey Bertucci boasts a .422 average, has 13 long balls and leads the team with 38 RBI.
In the circle, Ashley Kirchberg (10-0) and Krystal Lewallen (13-2) have started all 26 of ULL’s games. The two hurlers have 1.18 and 1.26 ERAs, respectively, and have combined to strike out 180 opposing hitters.
LAST WEEK RECAP: The top-ranked
In bracket play, UA defeated No. 6 Alabama, 2-0, as Alicia Hollowell tossed her tenth shutout of the year. UA scored its two runs by playing a little small ball. In the fifth inning, Caitlin Lowe reached on a fielder’s choice, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on an Autumn Champion bloop single. In the seventh, the Wildcats tacked on an insurance run. Sam Banister led off with a single and was pinch run for by Kelly Nelson. Nelson was advanced to third with a pair of sacrifice bunts, and scored when Caitlin Lowe drove her in with an infield single.
The Wildcats hit .280 as a team over the five games, with three home runs, two triples, two doubles and six stolen bases. UA’s pitchers limited opposing hitters to a .063 batting averages and two runs over 34.2 innings pitched.
INJURY BUG BITES CATS: All-Americans Alicia Hollowell and Caitlin Lowe have been sidelined with injuries they suffered at the Judi Garman Classic last weekend. Hollowell was struck in the head with a line drive in the sixth inning against
TOP CATS: In every year since 1992,
RE-WRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: As mentioned earlier Alicia Hollowell is now
For a complete list of
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 five in career batting average at
Lowe has 230 career hits and could challenge Allison McCutcheon’s (1995-98) 405 career base knocks come spring 2007. Champion has 263 career base hits, five away from cracking UA’s top 10.
Additionally, with 19 stolen bases this year, Lowe has swiped 93 career bases, good for fifth on UA’s all-time list. If she wants top-billing as
Three weeks ago, Autumn Champion moved into sole possession of seventh place in career stolen bases. Entering this week she has swiped 60 career bases.
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 this past weekend. 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.
TRIPLE THE FUN: Last year,
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.
FOX NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (3/6-12): Kristie Fox was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of March 6-12, for her two home runs, seven RBI and .750 batting average. Fox numbers could have been more gaudy, but they were tapered when the opponent elected not to pitch to her. After six RBI in game one of the series, Fox saw only two strikes in the second game of the series. One of those strikes went over the left field wall for a home run and the other came in one of her three walks during the game. In game three, Fox went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and yet another walk.
The honor is the first of Fox’s career. She was named USA Softball Player of the Week for her season-opening performance the week of Feb. 1-7, 2005. The Pac-10 did not name any players of the week until Feb. 8-14.
MOWATT (3/13-19) AND HOLLOWELL NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK (2/6-12; 2/13-19): Taryne Mowatt was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for her no-hit and perfect game performances 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 last week’s games. 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.
ARIZONA HEAD COACH MIKE CANDREA is in his 21st season at
AND THEN THERE WERE EIGHT: Okay, here’s the bad news:
WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM: In addition to freshman infielders Laine Roth, Jenae Leles and Sam Banister, and as 2005 NJCAA Player of the Year Chelsie Mesa, UA delved into the rest of the athletic department for additional players.
With only 12 rostered players and three weeks to Opening Day, UA brought in senior outfielder Kelly Nelson, freshman outfielder Jill Malina and sophomore infielder Danielle Rodriguez. Nelson is a four-year letterwinner with UA’s soccer team, Malina was originally slated to be a softball manager, and Rodriguez made the squad in an open tryout. For more information regarding the three late additions, log on to ArizonaAthletics.com to see their bios.
NEWCOMERS CATCH FIRE: Laine Roth, Jenae Leles, Sam Banister and Chelsie Mesa have started all 29 of UA’s games this season. The quartet of newbies has combined to hit .300, with 19 of UA’s 28 home runs, four of the team’s nine triples and 53 percent of
LEADING THE PAC:
Caitlin Lowe is tied with Kaitlin Cochran for the conference lead in batting average at .490. In the circle, Alicia Hollowell and Taryne Mowatt are tied for second behind Anjelica Selden for lowest ERA. Beh
IF WE SCORE, WE WIN:
RBI FOR EVERYONE!
Here’s a breakdown of the Wildcats’ RBI per-game:
(In order of last game’s batting order)
Last year, only two players (Kristie Fox and Jackie Coburn) ended the season with RBI-per-game ratios of better than .5.
BALANCE THROUGHOUT THE ORDER: While
MULTI-HIT AND MULTI-RBI GAMES: Every
In the multi-hit game category, Caitlin Lowe has a stranglehold over her teammates with 19 games with two or more hits. Kristie Fox (9), Autumn Champion (7), Laine Roth (6) and Chelsie Mesa (6) round out the top of the list. All told, UA batters have combined for 60 multi-hit and 37 multi-RBI games.
HITTING STREAK: Caitlin Lowe’s career-high 15-game hit streak was snapped in UA’s March 19 loss to
WINNING STREAKS: Speaking of streaks, UA’s longest winning streak this year is 15 games, which were its first 15 contests of the year. The Wildcats’ March 16 loss to Texas A&M snapped a nine-game run.
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
PITCHER/HITTER/LEFT FIELDER: Taryne Moawtt got her first career hit when she hit for herself in the fifth inning against UNLV. The base knock was a bases-loaded, two-RBI single through the right side.
During the Worth Wildcat Invitational, in lieu of Autumn Champion in the lineup, Mowatt also became the first UA pitcher since Wendy Allen to pick up a bat. The sophomore from
ACE IN THE HOLD: With opponents fearful of facing three-time All-American Alicia Hollowell, some may feel relieved when they see Taryne Mowatt’s name next to position ?'1’ on the UA lineup card. Given Mowatt’s performance in her 13 starts, they should no such ease.
Here are a couple of ratios to compare the two hurlers:
ERA K/7 IP K:BB Opp. AVG
Mowatt 0.57 12.8 15.7* .101
Hollowell 0.57 13.7 18.9 .103
Mowatt walked two batters intentionally in the March 19 contest against
STRIKEOUTS ARE NOW DOUBLE THE FUN: When Taryne Mowatt struck out Longhorn first baseman Jacqueline Williams on Feb. 26, she joined Alicia Hollowell as the first Wildcat pitching duo since 2002 to have 100 strikeouts apiece. In 2002, Jennie Finch and Jenny Gladding both topped the century mark in punch outs. Entering this weekend, Mowatt has 157 strikeouts on the year.
NOBODY EVER GOT ANYTHING FREE FROM UA: Alicia Hollowell and Taryne Mowatt have combined to strikeout 346 opponent hitters in 184.2 innings pitched this season. What’s more, they have issued a total of 20 walks to opposing hitters. That’s one walk per 9.2 innings pitched and 17.3 strikeouts to the walk. In contrast, UA hitters have walked 103 times.
LIVE BY THE HOMER, DIE BY THE HOMER:
GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD:
THAT’S WHY THEY’RE ALL-AMERICANS:
SO THAT’S HOW HE FILLS OUT THE LINEUP CARD: Not to beat a dead horse, but the way a batter performs with runners in scoring position can decide where she bats in the batting order. The lineup card that UA head coach Mike Candrea wrote out for the last six games followed his players’ performances in RISP situations almost to a T.
Beginning with Caitlin Lowe all the way through the end of the order with Adrienne Acton , the batting order read the same as the RISP average leaders. (See “That’s why they’re All-Americans” for first four averages) 5. Jenae Leles (.290), 6. Laine Roth (.276) 7. Sam Banister (.278) 8. Callista Balko (.227) 9. Adrienne Acton (.227).
PINCH WHAT? Taryne Mowatt’s at-bat against UNLV marked the first time Coach Candrea has sent a pinch-hitter to the plate this year.
PINCH RUNNERS: Kelly Nelson has appeared as a pinch runner in 19 games for UA. In doing so, she has scored 10 runs. Jill Malina and Danielle Rodriguez have appeared as a PR in nine and seven games, respectively. Rodriguez scored the game-winning run in UA’s 2-1, nine-inning victory over Baylor on March 12.
JUST LIKE THE GOOD OL’ DAYS: This season,
EXTRA ALMOST EVERY TIME:
NOT GOING DOWN QUIETLY, OR QUICKLY:
THE OLD RED, WHITE & BLUE: Caitlin Lowe and Alicia Hollowell return to
THROWN INTO THE HOT CORNER: Freshman Jenae Leles is the freshman since Jackie Coburn (2002) and Toni Mascarenas (1998) to start regularly at third base. Should Leles get moved to another position, fellow frosh Sam Banister waits in the wings to share the left side of the infield with Kristie Fox.
THE FIRST TWIN KILLING: In UA’s Feb. 12, 9-1, win over
DEFENSE WINS WHAT?: When your pitchers strikeout opponents in 53 percent of their plate appearances, a team’s defense has the pressure taken off it a bit. Nevertheless, when
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.