March 27, 2004
The 2004 Wildcats slipped past Cats of earlier days, 2-1, in alumni weekend activities Saturday afternoon at Hillenbrand Stadium.
More than competition, the game was a friendly five-inning affair featuring some of the great names in UA softball.
The veteran Cats had a nice edge in hitting, eight hits to four. Becky Lemke, Nancy Evans and Debby Day pitched for the Classic Cats, while Leslie Wolfe and Annalyn Hollingsworth threw for the '04 club.
Friday night, UA played the U.S. National team, which included four former players who returned Saturday -- Nicole Giordano, Leah O'Brien-Amico, Lovie Jung and Jennie Finch. But such players as Marcie Aguilar, Stacey Redondo, Jamie Heggen and Debby Day -- off UA's first national championship team in 1991 -- also came back.
Rocky LaRose, a player in 1978-79 and the coach in 1980 -- now UA's senior associate athletics director-- and Juanita Dyke, who played on Arizona's first team when the sport became an NCAA Division I sport in 1982, had the most tenure among returnees, along with Stacy Iveson off Mike Candrea's first team in 1987.
Others on hand Saturday included Allison Andrade, Andrea Doty, Amy Chellevold (Hillenbrand), Erika Hanson, Alison Johnsen, Becky Lemke, Toni Mascarenas, Lindsey Collins, Renee Rosas, Lisha Ribellia, Felicity Willis and Brandi Shriver were also on hand.
UA coach Mike Candrea, in town with the Olympic team for Saturday night's game, coached the veterans. Ever the competitor, in the end with the game on the line, he had seven former first-team All-Americans (and all four Olympians) on the field for the bottom of the fifth inning.