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Weekly Notes 3-4-08
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/04/2008
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Up Next: ?No. 7 Arizona plays a three-game series against Creighton Thursday through Saturday and a pair of games against La Salle, on Friday and Saturday. The Wildcat Invitational was to include another team or two but now only features those games plus a 2 p.m. game Friday and Saturday between Creighton and La Salle. The games continue UAˇ?s 13-game home splurge and test the clubˇ?s nine-game winning streak.

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Thursday, March 6

7 p.m. ?C Creighton vs Arizona

Friday, March 7

2 p.m. ?C La Salle vs. Creighton

4 p.m. ?C La Salle vs. Arizona

6 p.m. ?C Creighton vs. Arizona

Saturday, March 8

2 p.m. ?C La Salle vs. Creighton

4 p.m. ?C La Salle vs. Arizona

6 p.m. ?C Creighton vs. Arizona

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Home Sweet Home : Not only is UA 5-0 at home, but the Cats have attracted average crowds around 1,800 for the contests at Rita? Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium this year, including the exhibitions. It makes for a Wildcat-positive softball experience, indeed. Over the years UA has played to a .930 winning percentage at Hillenbrand. Thatˇ?s 451 victories against 34 defeats in official games.

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Possible Arizona Lineup:

Brittany Lastrapes ?C lf

Kˇ?Lee Arredondo ?C ss

Sam Banister ?C 1b/ dp

Jenae Leles ?C 3b

Stacie Chambers ?C dp/c

Callista Balko-c or Laine Roth 1b

Victoria Kemp or Sarah Akamine ?C 2b

Lauren Schutzler or Cyndi Duran ?C rf

Adrienne Acton - rf

Taryne Mowatt/Lindsey Sisk/Sarah Akamine - p

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NOTING THE OPPONENTS:

Creighton: ?The Bluejays, defending Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament champions, carry a 12-5 record into a Tuesday game at Arizona State. They were 3-2 in Tempe last weekend in the Wilson/DeMarini Tournament hosted by ASU. The Jays have been on the road all year ?C at Denton, Texas; Riverside, Calif.; Fayetteville, Ark.; and in the Phoenix area. CU had a seven-game winning streak earlier and won its last two in the ASU tourney. MVC perennial power CU was 40-14-1 last year and played in the NCAA Championships. La Salle: The Explorers open their season this week at the Rebel? Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., a huge tournament with 34 Division I teams and more than 100 others in II, III and NAIA. The 2007 club was 16-23 a year ago and 8-11 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

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ON THE AIR:

Free Live Stats, powered by Tucson Electric Power, will be provided for all home games and many road games (depending on Internet access.) Many road opponents provide the service through their web sites as well. All-Access video streaming is also available through arizonaathletics.com. A number of games will be broadcast by UA partner IMG Sports and KCUB 1290 AM Radio.

Last Week: ?Arizona played five games in the Hillenbrand Invitational and won each. UA took five innings to top South Florida in the opener, 12-0, behind a combined no-hitter from Taryne Mowatt (4 innings) and Sarah Akamine (1), in her first pitching appearance of the year. Lauren Schutzler hit the first of 10 UA homes on the weekend. In the second game Friday, UA topped Iowa State with Lindsey Sisk throwing five strong innings before Mowatt came in with the bases loaded to earn a save in the sixth. Kˇ?Lee Arredondo and Jena Leles knocked four-baggers for UA. On Saturday, UA opened with an 18-3 romp over Illinois-Chicago in five innings, with six home runs including three in the fifth inning. The smacks came from Victoria Kemp with two, Akamine, Arredondo, Callista Balko and Laine Roth. UA had a season-high 15 hits. The nightcap against No. 24 Virginia Tech was a different affair. Mowatt (20) and VT ace Angela Tincher (21) combined for an NCAA-record 41 strikeouts and UA slipped past the Hokies, 4-3, in the bottom of the 12th on an RBI single by Brittany Lastrapes. The three-hour game saw Tincher blank UA from the end of the first ?C when it got its first three runs ?C until the 10th without a hit. Mowatt, however, also continued her mastery of tough situations, notably with the International Tie-breaker runner in scoring position or on third for five innings. On Sunday, UA took six innings to run-rule New Mexico State, 9-1. Sisk had a perfect game for four innings and UA had a pinch-hit two-run home run from Balko.

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Arizona Head Coach Mike Candrea: ? Mike Candrea is in his 23rd season at the helm of the Arizona softball program.? He boasts a 1,131-228-2 (.832) record in 21 seasons in the dugout.? This year, he is taking an eight-month partial leave of absence from January onward to serve as head coach for the U.S. Womenˇ?s National Team.? He poured it on his collegiate club with a 16-0 pasting at Hillenbrand Stadium Feb. 19. Candrea has earned 19 coach-of-the-year honors, including 10 Pac-10 Coach of the Year citations.? Last year, the Pac-10 tabbed Candrea as its coach of the year, and the NFCA named Candrea and his assistants its national staff of the year.? Similar to this season, Candrea took a leave of absence in 2004 to coach the USA Olympic softball team to a 9-0 record and a gold medal in Athens.? Candrea also was awarded the Olympic Shield award, the U.S. Olympic Committeeˇ?s most prestigious award, marking the first time in history the award was given to an Olympic coach.? He has led Arizona to eight national championships, 10 Pac-10 titles and is one of just five Division I coaches to have won over 1,100 career games. Despite his leave of absence he will be on hand periodically to infuse the leadership that has taken the UA softball program to the top of the game. He crossed paths at tournaments in Tempe and Palm Springs, for example, already and was in Tucson for games last week ?C of about 17 games heˇ?ll witness home and away.

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Interim Head Coach Larry Ray: With head coach Mike Candrea on leave, 17-year assistant coach Larry Ray has taken the reins of the Arizona softball program and assumes the historical record in 2008..? Ray has a 235-116 (.670) career record as a head coach, and five NCAA Championships as an assistant.? Ray possesses a powerful combination of head coaching experience and familiarity with Arizona softball.? Ray spent five years as Floridaˇ?s first head coach, and in 1998 he was named the SEC Coach of the Year after leading the Gators to an SEC Eastern Division title and a trip to the NCAA Regional Championships.? He returned to Arizona in 2002, and in 2004 he led the Wildcats to a 55-6 record and a Pacific-10 Championship. Ray is assisted by Dave Feinberg and volunteer pitching coach Gale Bundrick.

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Ding-Dong: ?UA has 24 home runs in its 15 games, a 1.6 per-game clip that would stand up hugely, however unlikely. The Catsˇ? juggernaut team in 2001 hit 126 for the NCAA-record of 1.83. UA hit 100 only one other time, also to lead the country in total round-trippers. Whatˇ?s good for UA is that itˇ?s being done by 10 different players in the lineup, or those awaiting duty like pinch-hit yard-balls by Callista Balko and Sarah Akamine. The team leader is DP/catcher Stacie Chambers with four. She was homerless last week, but had hers in the first 10 games.

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Long Ball II: ?UA does not have a grand slam yet among its 24 circuit blastsˇ? A bakerˇ?s-dozen of the home runs in 2008 have come with two outsˇ? Three players have led off an inning with a home run, including two by leadoff batter Brittany Lastrapes against Baylor and LSU. The other two ?C by Sarah Akamine in a pinch-hit performance against UIC, Stacie Chambers against Texas A&Mˇ?

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No-Hitter: The no-hitter thrown by Taryne Mowatt (4 IP) and Sarah Akamine (1) in the 5-inning game against USF Feb. 29 was Arizonaˇ?s first shared no-no since Alicia Hollowell (4) and Wendy Allen (1) did it in five innings April 23, 2004 against Oregon State. It was the 77th no-hitter in school history. The two missed a shared perfect game by one batter, a walk issued to Tara Toscano in the top of the fourth.

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Special K : Mowatt struck out 32 batters in 17.1 innings pitched last week, giving her 96 for the year and moving her closer to the 1,000 strikeout plateau above which only Alicia Hollowell (1,768 from 2003-06) and Jennie Finch (1,028 from 1999-2001) sit in UAˇ?s record book. Mowatt has 950, No. 3 on that chart. Sheˇ?s no. 7 in UA history with 76 victories (76-21). Her 42 victories as a junior in 2007 are a UA single-season record, as were her 370 innings pitched and 522 Ks. Along with the 20 sit-downs against No. 24 Virginia Tech she has four other double-digit strikeout games this year.

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Picking up Some Steam : Senior pitcher Taryne Mowatt, double ESPY Award winner of note for 2007, had what might be called, graciously, a rocky start ?C 10 earned runs in her first four appearances, a 1-3 start. Since, sheˇ?s begun to put on the game face that helped her help Arizona do amazing things at the end of last year. One factor, no doubt, migh have been the learngin curve of working with a different head coach (Larry Ray) and a different pitching coach (Gale Bundrick). Whatever. Sheˇ?s won her last four starts, earned a save with another solid effort and struck out 60 batters in that span, plus has not given up the long ball since the season opener.

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Keeping it in the Yard: ?While UAˇ?s bats are clubbing balls out of the yard left and right, its pitchers are doing just the opposite.? After setting a program record for most home runs allowed in a year in 2007 with 39, the Wildcat pitching staff has allowed just three home runs on the year and only one in the past 14 games.? The 24-3 edge in home runs UA enjoys has helped it build a 104-31 scoring edge to date. Thatˇ?s an average score of 7-2, with UA pitching appearing to be getting stronger.

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Now Pitching ˇ?: Sophomore Sarah Akamine, who was thrown into some serious early-season pitching duty a year ago (15 appearances, 12 starts, 8-2 record), made her first appearance of the year in the USF game, preserving a four-inning no-hitter by Mowatt by setting down the side in order in the fifth.? With freshman Lindsey Sisk on tap for the subsequent game, coaches brought in Akamineˇ? Speaking of pitching, UA pitching coach Gale Bundrick and Larry Ray appear to be matching sophomore catcher Stacie Chambers with Sisk. Senior Callista Balko normally catches, but Chambers has five starts behind the plate and all involve Sisk as starter in the circleˇ?? Siskˇ?s 6-1 mark compares favorably with Mowattˇ?s 8-1 freshman yearˇ?

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RPG : Not rocket-propelled anything (though it may have appeared so), but Runs Per Game. Four-time All-American and UA leadoff batter Caitlin Lowe had .89 of them a game last year. Sheˇ?s gone off with Team USA. 2008 freshman Brittany Lastrapes is a different kind of hitter but showing some signs of RPG prowess. She has 15 for a 1.0 figure. So, too, does cleanup hitter Jenae Leles, a fine sign for the junior third baseman.

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Hitting for the Cycle : ˇ?Is next to impossible in softball. No known UA player has done so in a game. Laine Roth is UAˇ?s only player with at least one of each this season, and her eight doubles, a triple and three jacks give her a team-best .952 slugging percentage.

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Turnstiles Turning ?C Again:? ?Including the twin exhibition dates against Teams USA and Canada as paying dates, UA already has drawn 9.444 in five home dates. Thatˇ?s an average of 1,888. In Division I games only Arizona has drawn 5,172 in three dates for a 1,724 average. For the second consecutive year in 2007, the Wildcats led the nation in home attendance with an average crowd of 1,534 per date and a total of 44,487 fans.? Hillenbrand Stadium nears 500,000 fans in cumulative attendance dating back to 1993.? Entering the season, Hillenbrandˇ?s aggregate attendance figure stands at 473,548.? With 1,845 season ticket holders signed up for what promises to be another exciting year of Wildcat softball, the goal of a half million fans is in sight.

Call (520) 621-CATS or log on to arizonaathletics.com for ticket information.

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Fluctuation Season : UA pushed its team batting up 17 percentage points to .323, it highest point to date, after the 15 hits against UIC on Saturday afternoon. Then they faced Angela Tincher of V-Tech later that night and it dropped back the same amount. After a slightly above (10 hits) average (8.8 per game) outing vs. NMSU it climbed up to .310.? UA hit .289 last year and won it all, so .310 is a decent startˇ? UA has nine or more hits in eight games this year and won eachˇ?

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Streaking : The sophomore designated player/catcher leads the club with a 12-game hitting streak. Itˇ?s helped her build a .378 batting average, second to freshman outfielder Lauren Schutzlerˇ?s .414 mark. Chambers also lead the club with four homers, 14 RBI and nine bases on ballsˇ? She sat out? the 2007 season due to a lingering head injuryˇ? Left fielcer Brittany Lastrapes is next best with a seven-game hitting streak, while catcher Callista Balko carries a five-game streak ?C during which she scored six runs and drove in eight ?C 34 percent of UAˇ?s scoring last weekˇ?

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Quick Hitting: ?Arizona is 9-0 on the year when scoring in the first inning and did it in all five games last week. In those five games the combined score after the first inning was 15-1.

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Cat Nips ˇ? Arizona continues to have more homers than stolen bases, an occurrence thatˇ?s happened only five times in its history ?C 1994 (93 HR/78 SB), 1995 (100/74), 2001 (126/83), 2002 (93/32) and 2003 (70/43). The common denominator in those figures is a lot of home runs, not a dearth of stolen bases. During the (Caitlin) Lowe years from 2004-07 UA had more stolen bases than homersˇ?

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Slow Start: ? ?Arizonaˇ?s 0-3 start this year was its worst since Mike Candreaˇ?s 1989 team opened 0-2 in a doubleheader against Oregon in Pac-10 play to open the year. His 1987 team also matched the 0-3 start. ? UAˇ?s three-game skid was its first since dropping three in a row April 8-14, 2006, against UCLA (twice) and at Arizona State.? Needless to say, less than two months later the Wildcats won the NCAA Championship.

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Defending the Title: ?Arizona has experienced exceptional success in years following a national title.? The Wildcats have appeared in the national title game after every one of their national championships and average 60-7 record in those seven campaigns.?

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The Rankings: ?Arizona has been ranked No. 1 in the country for at least part of the year every season since 1991.? This year is no different, as the Wildcats have been tabbed the preseason No. 1 team in the country both by the NFCA/USA Today and USA Softball/ESPN.com polls. This week UA is No. 7 in the oldest poll, the NFCAˇ?s, and 10th in the USA Softball poll.

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USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year ˇ?Watch List:ˇ±? ?For the second consecutive year Arizona senior pitcher Taryne Mowatt and senior catcher Callista Balko were named to the exclusive 50-name preseason list.? Arizona is scheduled to face 25 of the highly-touted players.

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Team USA in Red, White and Blue:

This spring, fans across the country can see former Wildcat greats Jennie Finch, Lovie Jung, Alicia Hollowell and Caitlin Lowe suit up for the U.S. Womenˇ?s National Team as it prepares for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.? The defending gold medalists made up of 18 of the nationˇ?s best players are led by UA head coach Mike Candrea and will play 60 games in over 40 cities in the coming months. Current Wildcats Kˇ?Lee Arredondo, Brittany Lastrapes and Lindsey Sisk played for the U.S. Junior Womenˇ?s National Team this past year, and Lastrapes was named the MVP of the ISF Junior Womenˇ?s World Championships in the Netherlands.

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Arizona Softball in Perspective : Arizona began play in 1974 and sports an all-time record of 1,447 - 415-2. NCAA Division I Softball play began in 1982 and Arizona is 1,273 - 314 since. The Cats are 355-98-1 in Pac-10 play, which began in 1987.? UA has appeared in 21 NCAA Championships, has won the Womenˇ?s College World Series eight times in 19 trips, and has secured 10 Pac-10 titles.

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Wildcat Signees: ?The Arizona coaching staff signed three high school seniors to National Letters of Intent during the November early signing period.? Kristen Arriola (INF, Pacifica High School, Garden Grove, Calif.), Perelini Koria (C, San Pedro High School, Gardena, Calif.) and Karissa Buchanan (OF, Sabino High School Tucson, Ariz.) are expected to enroll next fall.

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