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Candrea Named Pac-10 Softball Co-Coach of Year
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Arizona softball coach Mike Candrea was named Pacific-10 Conference co-coach of the year, league commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Eight Wildcats earned All-Pac-10 honors including two first-team selections.

Candrea shared the honor with Washington's Teresa Wilson, whose team leads the Wildcats by a game in the standings entering the final weekend of play. It was the fourth time league coaches picked co-honorees.

It's the sixth time Candrea has earned the honor. Since sharing it in the league's first year in 1987, he also earned the distinction in 1988, 1994, 1997 and 1998.

UA sophomore first baseman Jennie Finch and junior outfielder Nicole Giordano both were named first-team All-Pac-10, while four players earned second-team honors -- shortstop Allison Andrade, pitcher Becky Lemke, third baseman Toni Mascarenas and second baseman Katie Swan.

Junior left fielder Lauren Bauer and junior catcher Lindsey Collins earned honorable mention.

Stanford outfielder Jessica Mendoza was named league Player of the Year, Washington pitcher Jennifer Spediacci earned Pitcher of the Year honors and UW catcher Jenny Topping was named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.

Finch leads Arizona with 16 home runs and trailed Collins in runs batted by eight, with 47. She's hitting .363 and also carries a 24-2 pitching record with an ERA of 0.78. Giordano has been the Cats' leading hitter all season and is No. 7 nationally and No. 2 in the league (behind national leader Mendoza at .478) with a .445 batting average.