THIS WEEK: No. 3
FRIDAY, APRIL 28 at UCLA 1 p.m. (MST/PDT)
SATURDAY, APRIL 29 at
SUNDAY, APRIL 30 at
NOTING THE BRUINS: The nation’s top-ranked team stormed into
NOTING THE HUSKIES:
LAST WEEK RECAP:
ARIZONA HEAD COACH MIKE CANDREA is in his 21st season at
MOWATT (3/13-19, 3/20-26) AND HOLLOWELL (2/6-12; 2/13-19) NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Taryne Mowatt was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for two consecutive weeks from March 13-26. From March 24-26 against Louisiana-Lafayette, Mowatt became the first pitcher all year to shut out the prolific Ragin’ Cajun offense. Over the weekend she pitched 16.0 innings and gave up one run. The week before, Mowatt tossed a no-hitter and a perfect game at the Judi Garman Classic. In two games, Mowatt struck out 28 of the 37 opposing batters she faced. Alicia Hollowell has been named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week twice this year. Following the Kajikawa Classic (2/6-12), USA Softball named her its first National Player of the Week of the year for her performance in last week’s games. In three starts, Hollowell tossed no-hitters against No. 15 Northwestern and No. 6 Texas A&M, while surrendering one hit in a 2-0 win over Cal State Fullerton.
CANDREA ON THE MEND: For the second consecutive weekend, head coach Mike Candrea was absent from the third base coaching box for the first time since he was away throughout the 2004 season. On April 12, the 1,061-game winner underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
ALL-AMERICANS CLUTCH IN CONFERENCE: Over the last two years,
GET ?'EM ON, GET ?'EM OVER, NOT GETTING ?'EM IN: The Wildcats have been able to get runners on base during Pac-10 play this season, but have a nasty habit of leaving one another stranded at inning’s end. In its 10 conference games, UA averages over seven runners left on per game, including eight or more stranded in six of the contests.
LOWE BACK AT THE TOP: Last week, Caitlin Lowe was fully cleared to participate in games. The two-time All-American returned to her usual leadoff spot in the batting order and center field on defense. Prior to suffering an injury to her left hand on March 19, the
A REAL CATALYST: While Caitlin Lowe was recovering from the injury,
TOP CATS: In every year since 1992,
RE-WRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: Alicia Hollowell is now
For a complete list of
OFFENSIVE HISTORY: With each passing game, outfielders Caitlin Lowe and Autumn Champion are climbing up the UA record books in several offensive categories, including hits, stolen bases and runs scored. Additionally, both rank in the top five in career batting average at
In the March 31 loss to
This weekend, with two runs scored Champion could also crack the top 10 for runs in a career. The
Lowe has 233 career hits and could challenge Allison McCutcheon’s (1995-98) 405 career base knocks come spring 2007.
Additionally, with 22 stolen bases this year, Lowe has swiped 96 career bases, good for fifth on UA’s all-time list. If she wants top-billing as
Earlier in the season, Autumn Champion moved into sole possession of seventh place in career stolen bases. Entering this week, she has swiped 60 career bases.
THESE CATS DIG THE LONG BALL: Callista Balko’s solo home run against UCLA on April 8 brought UA’s team total to 34 homers in 37 games. Last year, the Wildcats hit 33 round-trippers all season (57 games); the team’s lowest output since 1992. With a pair of four-baggers last weekend against ASU,
NINES-NINES-NINES: With her game-winning home run on Saturday, Kristie Fox now has nine home runs this year. That is the same total she finished with in both 2004 and 2005.
THEY LIKE TRIPLES TOO: Last year,
Through its first 37 games,
Autumn Champion’s triple against Texas A&M on Feb. 24 was the first of her career. Prior to the third-inning hit, Champion had played in 185 games and had 578 at-bats before her first career triple. The slap hitter had 89 hits as a freshman in 2003 ?- all singles.
GIVE HER ALL THE ICE SHE K-NEEDS : Callista Balko has been behind the plate for all 280.0 innings this year while UA has been in the field. Balko’s durability behind the plate while catching a pair of strikeout pitchers should put the sophomore from
IN THE PAC-10, EXPERIENCE COUNTS: When looking at
GO BIG OR GO HOME: Like the rest of her first-year teammates, Jenae Leles has needed some getting used to with Pac-10 play. One difference is that every one of Leles four Pac-10 hits have gone for extra-bases (three doubles, one home run).
THREE FOR THE MONEY: Caitlin Lowe moved into a four-way tie on Arizona’s all-time triples list, when she had her fourth three-bagger of the year and ninth of her career on March 18 against CSUN. Among the names Lowe had been tied with when she had eight career triples: UA senior associate athletics director Kathleen “Rocky” LaRose.
Lowe tied her career-high for most triples in a season with four.
RBI FOR EVERYONE!
Here’s a breakdown of the Wildcats’ RBI per-game: Fox .88,
Last year, only two players (Kristie Fox and Jackie Coburn) ended the season with RBI-per-game ratios of better than .5.
*Mowatt’s games played do not include contests in which she pitched but did not hit. Jill Malina has one RBI in three plate appearances.
MULTI-HIT AND MULTI-RBI GAMES: Every
In the multi-hit game category, Caitlin Lowe has a stranglehold over her teammates with 20 games with two or more hits, despite missing the last four weeks. Autumn Champion (13), Kristie Fox (13), Chelsie Mesa (9) and Laine Roth (8) round out the top of the list. All told, UA batters have combined for 91 multi-hit and 54 multi-RBI games.
WINNING STREAKS: UA’s longest winning streak this year is 15 games, which were its first 15 contests of the year. The Wildcats’ March 16 loss to Texas A&M snapped a nine-game run.
PERFECTO! Taryne Mowatt’s no-hitter against UNLV and perfect game against Cal State Northridge were both firsts in her career. Mowatt became the 20th pitcher in
NO-NO: Alicia Hollowell has 16 career no-hitters. To put that figure in perspective, you can take any other two Wildcat hurlers (Susie Parra, Jennie Finch, Nancy Evans, Becky Lemke or Teresa Cherry, et al), combine their no-hit totals and they still will not amount to Hollowell’s total. As for UA’s other current pitchers, Taryne Mowatt and Leslie Wolfe have two and one career no-no’s, respectively.
NOBODY EVER GOT ANYTHING FREE FROM UA: The Wildcat pitching staff has combined to strikeout 481 opponent hitters in 280 innings pitched this season. What’s more, they have issued a total of 38 walks to opposing hitters. That’s one walk per 7.4 innings pitched and 12.7 strikeouts to the walk. In contrast, UA hitters have walked 134 times or 3.6 times per seven innings.
TAKING BALLS AND TAKING NAMES: When Kristie Fox isn’t driving in one of her team-leading 37 RBI on the year, she may be doing a number of things, but one of them is not striking out. Fox has drawn 19 walks this year, while striking out just nine times. The junior from
STEALING WITH ACCURACY:
PINCH WHAT? Taryne Mowatt (vs. UNLV on March 16) and Danielle Rodriguez (vs. UCLA on April 9) are the only two pinch hitters Coach Candrea has sent to the plate this year.
PINCH RUNNERS: Kelly Nelson has appeared as a pinch runner in 26 games for UA. In doing so, she has scored 10 runs. Jill Malina and Danielle Rodriguez have appeared as a PR in 12 games apiece. Rodriguez scored the game-winning run in UA’s 2-1, nine-inning victory over Baylor on March 12.
EXTRA ALMOST EVERY TIME:
DEFENSE WINS WHAT? With 24 only defensive hiccups in 1,046 fielding attempts, UA has a .977 fielding percentage, which is second to only Stanford’s .982 percentage in the Pac-10. Opponents, on the other hand, have committed 48 errors for a .957 fielding clip. UA is error-free in 23 games this season and has allowed only four unearned runs. Opponents have allowed 33 unearned runs to score.
NOT AFRAID OF A CHALLENGE: As always,
EARLY SIGNINGS: Head coach Mike Candrea announced that UA has received four National Letters of Intent for the 2006-07 academic year from pitcher Amanda Williams of Brentwood, Calif., catcher/third baseman Stacie Chambers of Glendale, Ariz., shortstop/utility K’Lee Arrendondo of Tempe, Ariz., and pitcher/third baseman Sarah Akamine of Escondido, Calif.