Friday, Feb. 9 - No. 24 Texas 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10 - No. 8 LSU 11 a.m. (At ASU)
Saturday, Feb. 10 - No. 12 Nebraska 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11 - No. 18 S. Carolina 10 a.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11 - Missouri Noon
The Tournament This Week:
Third-ranked Arizona will play in the Fiesta Bowl Tournament hosted by Arizona State in Phoenix this weekend. The 17-team tourney will be played Friday through Sunday at the Cave Creek Sports Complex between Dunlap Road and Peoria just east of Interstate-17. One of the Cats games will be played at Farrington Stadium on the ASU campus in Tempe. Its UAs first action against ranked teams.
Last Time Out
Last weekend the Cats traveled to the Louisville Tournament in Tampa, Fla., and finished with a perfect 4-0 record. The Wildcats started with a 5-0 win over Florida Atlantic. Pitcher Becky Lemke tossed a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts. Both redshirt freshman Leneah Manuma and senior Lindsey Collins had home runs. Rain helped delay play on Saturday, but the Wildcats were still able to come up with wins over Tennessee and Northwestern. Arizona beat the Volunteers 8-0, led by pitcher Jennie Finchs one-hitter and hitting by Toni Mascarenas -- two homers and 5 RBI. Manuma hit her second home run of the year. The Wildcats beat Northwestern 6-0. Freshman pitcher Jenny Gladding allowed only one hit in her collegiate debut, with 13 strikeouts. Arizona finished the tournament on Sunday with a win over the home team, South Florida, 5-0. Centerfielder Lauren Bauer had 3 hits, 3 runs and an RBI. Collins also contributed with a home run. Pitcher Lemke only allowed 4 hits and had 10 strikeouts.
2001 Team Nucleus
Arizona returns eight starters in 2001 and five All-Americans. Junior pitcher Jennie Finch was a first-team at-large selection, three seniors were second-team picks outfielders Nicole Giordano and Lauren Bauer and third-baseman Toni Mascarenas. Catcher Lindsey Collins was a third-team pick. Six players were placed on the All-Pacific-10 team First team Giordano and Finch. Second-team picks were senior shortstop Allison Andrade, senior pitcher Becky Lemke, Mascarenas and Swan. Honorable mention honors went to Bauer and Collins. Other returning letterwinners include senior outfielder Erika Hanson, senior pitcher Teresa (Ayoub) Demeter and sophomore infielder Lisha Ribellia. Redshirt freshman Leneah Manuma (1b) joins freshmen Jenny Gladding (p), Kim Balkan (of), Candace Abrams (inf) and Mackenzie Vandergeest (c/of).
Arizona won 50 games in a season for the 10th time in school history and the 10th time in coach Mike Candreas 15 seasons at the helm. Candrea has recorded four seasons with 60+ victories - 66-6 in 1995, 64-3 in 1994, 61-5 in 1997 and an NCAA-record 67-4 mark in 1998. Arizonas winning percentage is .868.
National Fastpitch Coaches Association Poll
The first NFCA coaches poll was released on Wednesday, January 24. UA was listed No. 3 behind UCLA and Oklahoma. Arizona was No. 2 the entire 2000 season and finished No. 3 behind NCAA champion Oklahoma and runner-up UCLA. In this seasons preseason ranking UCLA is ranked No. 1 and Oklahoma No. 2. Arizona has been in the national rankings every single period since 1990.
Arizona Head Coach Mike Candrea
In his 16th season at Arizona, Candrea carries a record of 810-168. His Division I winning percentage (.830) is No. 2 all-time and No. 1 among active coaches. Candrea was named Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year, 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.
Cats Depth Chart
p- Becky Lemke Jennie Finch, Jenny Gladding
c- Lindsey Collins, Mackenzie Vandergeest
1b- Jennie Finch, Erika Hanson, Leneah Manuma
2b- Lisha Ribellia, Candace Abrams
ss- Allison Andrade
3b- Toni Mascarenas
lf- Lauren Bauer
cf- Nicole Giordano
rf- Mackenzie Vandergiest, Kim Balkan
dp- Jennie Finch, Erika Hanson, Teresa Demeter
Wildcat Notes... Lemkes no-hitter against FAU was the fourth of her career, all in the last two seasons... The Cats ERA of 0.00 is a nice start... Meantime six home runs in four games could be indicative of UAs potential power... Giordano and Bauer each college seven hits... Arizonas game against Hawaii in Tampa was canceled because rain changed the tourney schedule... UA was successful on six steal attempts in Florida including two each by Giordano and Bauer... Another good sign -- 1.000 defense on 99 chances in the USF tournament... Lemkes 23 strikeouts gives her735, moving her past former UA great Nancy Evans into the No. 2 spot on the UA career chart...