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No. 1 Softball Team to Hit the Road
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/21/2003
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April 21, 2003

Next Up for the Cats

The No. 1 Arizona softball team (41-4, 10-1) will hit the road to take on No. 12 Arizona State (28-15, 5-6) on Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. The Cats then travel to Oregon to take on the Beavers (24-14, 4-8) on Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Arizona will face Oregon State (26-22, 2-10) on Saturday, April 26 at 2 p.m. and again on Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m.

Duel in the Desert

The Cats ended the weekend at home with a perfect 2-0 record against the Sun Devils. Lovie Jung's three run home run on Friday, April 18, helped Arizona to a 1-0 win over ASU. On Saturday, the Cats beat the Sun Devils, 2-1. Freshman Autumn Champion was 3-for-4.

Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week

Freshman Alicia Hollowell has been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for April 15-20. Hollowell was 2-0 against ASU and had a 0.00 ERA. She had a one-hit shutout on Friday. Hollowell struck out nine batters in 9.1 innings pitched. This is the third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award for Hollowell. Hollowell received the award on March 18 and April 8. This also marks the 79th all-time weekly award for the Cats.

Hollowell in Hallowed Company

Freshman pitching sensation Alicia Hollowell stacks up quite nicely against some of the outstanding performances by Wildcat freshman over the years, including National Player of the Year (Honda) award winners Susie Parra, Nancy Evans and Jennie Finch. Hollowell's 27 victories set the school record for victories by a freshman. Becky Lemke who had 25 victories in 1998 held the record. Here's a look at the freshman season for five Wildcat greats:

Player                   Year       W-L     ERA     ShO    K     BB   IP
Susie Parra              1991       14-3    0.43    12     128   42   129.1
Nancy Evans              1994       17-0    1.39    5      75    24   106
Becky Lemke              1998       25-2    1.67    10     161   32   151
Jennie Finch             1999       24-8    2.08    11     179   64   202.1
Alicia Hollowell         2003	    27-3    0.63    20     259   37   189.2

Leaders of the Pac

Arizona leads the Pac-10 in a number of categories, including batting average (.337), runs scored (279), total bases (649), on base percentage (.422), runs batted in (259) and home runs (58). Lovie Jung leads the Pac-10 in runs scored (48), doubles (17), total bases (142), runs batted in (64) and home runs (22). Jung's 22 home runs are also the best in the NCAA. Autumn Champion's 73 hits are the best in the Pac-10. Alicia Hollowell leads the Pac-10 in ERA (0.63), batters struck out (259) and wins (27).

Jennie Finch Jersey Retired

Former Arizona softball pitcher and current volunteer assistant coach, Jennie Finch will have her jersey retired on May 9. The ceremony will take place at 6:45 prior to the UA-UCLA game. Finch will also throw out the first pitch.

The Rankings

Arizona is ranked No. 1 in the latest USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll. The Cats are also ranked No. 1 in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll. The ESPN.com poll comes out again on April 21, and the USA Today poll comes out on Wednesday, April 23.

The Coach

Arizona's Mike Candrea carries a career record of 967-188 (.837), 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. He's on his way to become only the second coach to win 1,000 games. Margie Wright from Fresno State is the other coach to win 1,000 games. Smith won 1,028 games in 23 years. 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.

Hillenbrand Stadium

UA carries a record of 329-21 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.

Amateur Softball Player of the Year

The Amateur Softball Association announced the 25 finalists for the 2003 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. Freshman Alicia Hollowell and senior Lovie Jung are among the finalists for the award. The list of 25 will be reduced to 10 players on April 29 and three finalists will be announced on May 13. The winner will be announced on May 21at the opening ceremonies of the College World Series. Last season, UCLA's Stacey Nuveman received the award.

UA Softball Notes

... The Cats had a season high 2,811 people show up on for Saturday's game against ASU ... Lovie Jung's 17 doubles moves her to No. 3 on the chart for doubles in a season... Jung's 22 home runs also move her to No. 7 on the season home run chart... Junior Mackenzie Vandergeest has 1,024 career putouts, which moves her from No. 10 to No. 7... Freshman Alicia Hollowell's 259 season strikeouts put her at No. 4 and No. 10 for career strikeouts... Alicia Hollowell is No. 4 in the NCAA with earned run average and No. 2 for victories... Vandergeest is No. 12 in the NCAA with runs batted in...

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