Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 2 Softball Heads to Washington and No. 12 UCLA
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 13, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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This Week

The No. 2 Arizona softball team will travel to Washington and No. 12 UCLA from April 15-17. The Wildcats will take on Washington on Friday in Seattle at 1 p.m. at Husky Softball Stadium. The game will air taped delay on Fox Sports Net Arizona at 11 a.m. Sunday. On Saturday the Cats will take on No. 12 UCLA at Easton Stadium in Los Angeles at 2 p.m. That game will air live on ESPNU. Arizona will play a re-match with UCLA on Sunday at 1 p.m. That game will be shown live on ESPN.

Last Week

The second-ranked Wildcats hit the road last Wednesday to take on then-No. 20 Arizona State in Tempe. The Cats won, 1-0, scoring the only run in the top of the first off an ASU error. On Friday, Arizona was back in Tucson for a homestand against the Oregon schools. The Wildcats suffered a 1-0 loss to Oregon State despite Alicia Hollowell’s 11-K effort. On Saturday against Oregon, the Cats’ bats came back to life with an 8-1 win over the Ducks. Hollowell pitched seven innings and allowed five hits while striking out four. Offensively, Jen Martinez had a pinch-hit grand slam for the Cats after Crystal Farley, Adrienne Acton and Caitlin Lowe loaded the bases on three straight singles. Sunday’s matchup with the Ducks went much the same, with the Cats taking home another 8-1 win. This time, freshman pitcher Taryne Mowatt got the win, pitching five innings and allowing five hits and one run while striking out nine. Hollowell relieved her for the last two innings, giving up one hit and fanning four. Offensively, the Ducks struck first with a run in the first. After tying the game in the bottom half of the first on a Ducks error, senior Jackie Coburn went yard with one on and one out to give Arizona a 3-1 edge.

The Coach

Head Coach Mike Candrea is in his 20th year with Arizona and carries a career record of 1013-195. Candrea returned to Arizona after taking a year off to coach the U.S. Olympic softball team to a 9-0 record and a gold medal in Athens. Candrea was also awarded the Olympic Shield award, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s most prestigious award, in January. Candrea’s award, given for outstanding service to the USOC and the Olympic movement, marked the first time in history that the award was given to an Olympic coach. Candrea is also an eight-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year and a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He has led Arizona to six national championships and seven Pac-10 titles.

The Coaches

Larry Ray (Idaho State ?'74) took over as head coach for Mike acting assistant head coach this season, and carries an overall  record of 224-112, including five years as head coach of Florida.  Associate head coach Nancy Evans is a former Honda Award winner as a player at Arizona. Evans has been an assistant at UA since 1999.

The Rankings

As of April 12, the Cats are No. 2 in the Softball poll.The NFCA/USA Today poll, in which the Cats have been steadily ranked since 1989, will be released on April 13. Arizona was ranked preseason No. 3 in the NFCA poll, behind UCLA and Cal. Softball: 2(4/12), 2(4/5), 2(3/29), 2(3/22), 1(3/15), 1(3/8), 1(3/1), 1(2/22), 1(2/15)

NFCA/USA Today: 2(4/6), 2(3/30), 2(3/23), 1(3/16), 1(3/9), 1(3/2), 2(2/23), 2(2/16)

Wildcat Softball Quick Notes:

... Caitlin Lowe is still leading the Cats in batting average with a .512 mark. Over the weekend she logged three multiple-hit games against the Oregon schools and stole a pair of bases...

... Lowe leads Arizona in batting average, hits (62), runs (35), stolen bases (22) and fielding percentage (1.000)...

...Kristie Fox, while only going three-for-13 in four games last week, is still second behind Lowe with a .374 average. Against Oregon on Sunday, she went three-for-four with three runs and an RBI...

... Autumn Champion went five-for-12 last week against ASU, Oregon State and Oregon. She’s in third place for batting average with a .365 mark and along with Lowe, has a percent fielding percentage in the outfield...

... After giving up season-high hits to Stanford and Cal two weeks ago, Alicia Hollowell looked more like herself last week. She appeared in all four games, starting three, and came away with a 2-1 record. In total, she pitched 23 innings, allowing 12 hits and striking out 34, which puts her season strikeout total at 305 and her career total at 1,207...

... Taryne Mowatt got a solid win for Arizona on Sunday against Oregon, throwing five innings and fanning nine. Mowatt is second behind Hollowell in pitching, with an ERA of 0.91, an 8-1 record and 76 strikeouts...

... Freshman outfielder Adrienne Acton got the first hits of her career last weekend against Oregon. Acton went two-for-six in two games, scored three runs and stole a base...

... Jackie Coburn had a good game for the Cats on Saturday against Oregon. She went two-for-two with two runs, two walks and two RBI. On the season, Coburn is hitting .237 and is second behind Fox with 29 RBI and seven homers...

... Crystal Farley continued her stellar senior campaign last weekend, going four-for-11. On the year, Farley is hitting .333 and has 147 putouts at first base...

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