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20070221 No. 4 Softball Welcomes No. 2 A&M for Three-Game Set
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Release: 02/21/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">THIS WEEK: </SPAN></B><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> continues its season-long homestand with a three-game series against No. 2 Texas A&amp;M.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 10.8pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Lucida Bright'">ARIZONA</SPAN></B></st1:place></st1:State><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Lucida Bright'"> SOFTBALL THIS WEEKEND</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 10.8pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Lucida Bright'">Feb. 23 vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Texas</st1:State></st1:place> A&amp;M - 7 p.m. MST<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 10.8pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Lucida Bright'">Feb. 24 vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Texas</st1:place></st1:State> A&amp;M - 7 p.m. MST<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 10.8pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Lucida Bright'">Feb. 25 vs. Texas A&amp;M - noon MST<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 10.8pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Lucida Bright'">Hillenbrand Stadium - <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 10.8pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Lucida Bright'">ON THE AIR: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Lucida Bright'">Fans can tune in to KCUB 1290 AM The Source to hear Brian Jeffries call the Wildcats&rsquo; games on Friday and Saturday night. Free Live Stats, powered by Tucson Electric Power, will be provided for all home games and many road games.</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">NOTING THE AGGIES: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Texas</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> A&amp;M enters the week 10-0 after sweeping the competition in five games in the Aggie Classic.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A&amp;M will host Stephen F. Austin for a mid-week doubleheader in <st1:City w:st="on">College Station</st1:City> before making the trip to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">The Aggies and Wildcats met at the Kajikawa Classic in what turned out to be a heartbreaking defeat for UA.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, as <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77421"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77421">Adrienne Acton</A></A> scored on a passed ball.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A&amp;M responded in the fifth inning on a Jami Lobpries RBI double to tie the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With the top of its order up in the seventh, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> appeared to secure the game when <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> gave UA a 2-1 advantage on a <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508">Kristie Fox</A></A> sacrifice fly, but as the designated home team the Aggies still had to take their last at-bat.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Amanda Scarborough led off the frame with a double, bringing up the 2006 Big 12 batting champion Megan Gibson.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> had previously intentionally walked Gibson twice in the contest, but this time the pitcher/first baseman was trying to bunt <st1:place w:st="on">Scarborough</st1:place> over. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After fouling off a pair of bunt attempts, Gibson swung away and hit a shot to center field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA&rsquo;s Lowe tracked the ball to and through the temporary fencing, but the hit sailed just long enough to be a home run to end the game, 3-2.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">The Aggies and Wildcats faced off three times in 2006, including once in the Kajikawa Classic.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Behind <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A>&rsquo;s second no-hitter of the season and seven runs in the first inning, UA run-ruled A&amp;M 8-0 in five innings.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats enjoyed another emphatic victory over the Aggies at the Palm Springs Classic on Feb. 24, as UA defeated the Big 12 favorite 12-0 in a Hollowell one-hitter.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the third and final meeting of the season, A&amp;M upset <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> with a 1-0 victory at the Judi Garman Classic.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The loss sent <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> into a spiral during which it would win just 10 of its next 18 games.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">RECAPPING THE WORTH WILDCAT: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> won its only home tournament of the season last weekend with a 5-0 record in the Worth Wildcat Invitational.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> opened its home slate with a 9-1, five-inning drubbing of <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Temple</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All nine Wildcat runs came in the fourth inning, and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=650732"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=650732">Sarah Akamine</A></A> pitched her first career complete-game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425">Taryne Mowatt</A></A> stole the show in the second game by tossing the third no-hitter in her career.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The junior hurler struck out 14 batters and scattered seven walks and at one point pitched out of a no-out, bases loaded jam.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After breaking a scoreless tie in the <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Temple</st1:place></st1:City> game, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189678"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189678">Jenae Leles</A></A> came up with her second game-winning hit of the night ? a one run-scoring single for the game&rsquo;s only run.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> bats came alive against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Virginia</st1:place></st1:State>, as UA hit a season-high four home runs in the 12-3, six-inning victory.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413">Callista Balko</A></A> paced the Wildcats with two home runs and four RBI.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Later that night, UA got a scare as the Wildcats found themselves trailing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Middle</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> 3-1 in the sixth inning.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats scratched out five hits and six runs, capped off by a pinch-hit, two-RBI single by <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425">Taryne Mowatt</A></A> to take back the lead.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> would end up defeating the Blue Raiders 7-3.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sunday&rsquo;s championship game was more of the same ? dominant pitching by Mowatt and a merciless offense.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508">Kristie Fox</A></A> staked the Wildcats to a 3-0 lead in the first inning with her team-high fourth home run on the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt limited Tech to one run on one hit, as she struck out 11 Red Raider hitters in UA&rsquo;s 8-1 victory.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">ARIZONA</SPAN></B></st1:State><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> HEAD COACH MIKE CANDREA ? </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">is in his 22<SUP>nd</SUP> season at the helm of the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> softball program.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He boasts a 1,090-216 (.835) record in 21 seasons in the dugout.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Candrea has earned 17 coach of the year honors, including nine Pac-10 Coach of the Year citations, and is a member of the NFCA Hall of Fame.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">In 2004, Candrea took a year off to coach the <st1:country-region w:st="on">USA</st1:country-region> Olympic softball team to a 9-0 record and a gold medal in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Athens</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Candrea was also awarded the Olympic Shield award, the U.S. Olympic Committee&rsquo;s most prestigious award, marking the first time in history the award was given to an Olympic coach.</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">STEALING THE SHOW: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Entering the week, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> leads the Pac-10 as a team in successful stolen bases with 30.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>If <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> keeps up the pace and plays 60 games, which it has done nine of the last 10 years, the Wildcats are on track to swipe 164 bases ? 28 more than the school record.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Individually, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> leads the conference with 12 stolen bases, and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189674"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189674">Chelsie Mesa</A></A> ranks fourth with six SB.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">THE LOWE-DOWN ON THE RECORD BOOK: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">As a three-time, first-team NFCA All-American <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> has already cemented her name into the annals of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> softball.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In addition to the inevitable single-season marks she will set or challenge throughout 2007, Lowe is already climbing up the school record book and has a legitimate shot to finish in the top 10 in four categories in NCAA history.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Lowe in top 10 <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> history<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 63.0pt 1.5in"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Category</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 2"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Ariz.</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> Rank<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 63.0pt 1.5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Batting Avg.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>.468<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>1<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 63.0pt 1.5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Runs<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>196<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>10<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 63.0pt 1.5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Stolen Bases<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>119<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>4<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">(Lowe is currently 10 hits away from cracking the top 10 in career hits at UA)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">T-MO TOSSING THE NO-NO: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425">Taryne Mowatt</A></A> earned her third career no-hitter last Friday in UA&rsquo;s 1-0 victory over Texas Tech.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Her first no-hitter came at <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fullerton</st1:place></st1:City>&rsquo;s Judi Garman Classic against UNLV on March 16, 2006, just two before registering a perfect game against Cal State Northridge.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt currently stands tied for seventh all-time at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> for no-hitters.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Current UA assistant coach <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47507"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47507">Nancy Evans</A></A>&rsquo; five no-no&rsquo;s is sixth, and undergraduate assistant coach <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A> holds the school record with 17 no-hitters.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Please refer to page 46 of the 2007 <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> media guide for more information on no-hitters in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> history.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">SHE KEPT IT IN THE PARK: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Junior pitcher <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425">Taryne Mowatt</A></A> bounced back from a tough first week, in which she was touched up for six home runs in 22.1 innings pitched, by allowing no home runs in 22.0 IP.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">SWITCH IT UP: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">This year, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=648723">K'Lee Arredondo</A> became the first switch hitter during <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47531"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47531">Mike Candrea</A></A>&rsquo;s 22-year tenure.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The frosh from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tempe</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></st1:place>, has started every game this season in left field, batting second.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This past weekend, she batted .500 (4-for-8) with five RBI from the right side of the plate and .143 (1-for-7) with no RBI from as a lefty.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arredondo hit three home runs in 13 at-bats during <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State>&rsquo;s fall tournament and batted .542 with 14 runs scored in eight games with the U.S. Junior Women&rsquo;s Pan American Qualifier team in <st1:place w:st="on">Puerto Rico</st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">TWO OUT RALLIES: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">During the Worth Wildcat Invitational, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> had 19 of its 35 RBI come with two outs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the year, UA is hitting .350 (35-for-100) with two outs and .314 (59-for-188) in all other situations.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">START IT UP RIGHT: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> has reached base safely to start eight of UA&rsquo;s 11 games, including reaching twice via error.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats as a team have experienced considerable success starting off innings this year, as they have reached safely in 52 percent of the time to start an inning.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">SMOOTH WITH THE GLOVES: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">&rsquo;s .983 fielding percentage leads the Pac-10, due in no small part to UA&rsquo;s error-free defense in its last six and a half games (43.1 innings entering the week).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">HITTING STREAKS: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189674"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189674">Chelsie Mesa</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189678"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189678">Jenae Leles</A></A> were the only Wildcats to reach base safely via hit every game last weekend.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> leads the team with an eight-game hitting streak entering the week, while Leles is in the midst of a career-long five-game run.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">CAMPAIGN ISSUES ? A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> has experienced exceptional success in years following a national title.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have appeared in the national title game after every one of their national championships, won five of six Pac-10 Championships and average 62-6 record in those six campaigns.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:country-region w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">USA</SPAN></B></st1:country-region><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> SOFTBALL NATIONAL COLLEGIATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR &ldquo;WATCH LIST&rdquo;: </SPAN></B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> senior shortstop <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508">Kristie Fox</A></A>, senior center fielder <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A>, junior catcher <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413">Callista Balko</A></A> and junior pitcher <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425">Taryne Mowatt</A></A> were named to the exclusive 50-name preseason list.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA led all schools with four players on the list that included 33 teams and 11 conferences.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lowe was a finalist for the award in 2005, while <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A> was a finalist last year.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">LIKE CLOCKWORK: </SPAN></B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> has been ranked No. 1 in the country for at least part of the year every season since 1991.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">NOTHING COMES EASILY: </SPAN></B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> always plays a difficult schedule and this year will be no different.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA is scheduled to play 14 games against teams ranked in the top 10 of this week&rsquo;s ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and an additional 18 contests against other squads ranked 11<SUP>th</SUP> through 25<SUP>th</SUP>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">REPRESENTING THE OTHER RED, WHITE AND BLUE: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">This past off-season <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> completed her second summer with the U.S. Women&rsquo;s National Team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lowe started all 17 games of the ISF World Championships and the II World Cup of Softball for Team <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">USA</st1:place></st1:country-region>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She batted .393 (22-for-56) in the two tournaments, stole a team-high nine bases in as many attempts and scored 23 runs to help lead the U.S. to a pair of tournament victories.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413">Callista Balko</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508">Kristie Fox</A></A> helped lead the <st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region> to a gold medal in the <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">World</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> games in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Taiwan</st1:place></st1:country-region> this past July.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">WELCOMING THE NEWCOMERS: </SPAN></B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> brings in seven newcomers, including six freshmen to its 18-player squad.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Freshmen third baseman/pitcher <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=650732"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=650732">Sarah Akamine</A></A>, utility player <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=648723">K'Lee Arredondo</A> and catcher/third baseman <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=648721"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=648721">Stacie Chambers</A></A> could make an immediate impact on the starting lineup.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additional frosh third baseman/catcher <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=741810"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=741810">Lauren Erb</A></A>, outfielder <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=741813"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=741813">Lisa Odom</A></A> and junior outfielder <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=648719"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=648719">Cyndi Duran</A></A> could give UA some depth off the bench.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">FOUR TIMES THE FUN: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Before the year is over, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> will cement her name in both the NCAA and Arizona record books in several offensive categories such as batting average, hits, runs scored and stolen bases.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She also has the chance to become just the fifth player in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> program&rsquo;s storied history to be a four-time NFCA All-American.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Amy Chellevold, Leah Braatz, Lauren Bauer and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A> are the only Wildcats to be cited four times.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, Lowe could join Braatz as the only player in that distinguished group to earn each of those citations as a first-teamer.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">REPLACING THE ACE: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425">Taryne Mowatt</A></A>&rsquo;s task of replacing four-time All-American <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A> as <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s first pitching option.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>While the job will not be easy, Moawtt is not the first <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> pitcher asked to replace a legend.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Every year since 1991, UA has had at least one pitcher named to the All-America team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Of the 17 citations ? UA had two pitchers named to the 1992 team ? seven different players have represented the Wildcats over that timeframe (Debby Day, Susie Parra, Carrie Dolan, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47507"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47507">Nancy Evans</A></A>, Becky Lemke, Jennie Finch and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A>).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Teresa Cherry was tabbed an All-American in 1988 as UA&rsquo;s first pitcher to be so honored.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <H4 style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">2006 REVIEW:</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal; FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal; FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">While national championships are the currency by which history measures on-field success, the results show that <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> continued its tradition of superb play in all aspects of the game in 2006.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Along with <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:place></st1:State>, UA was the only team to finish in the top 10 nationally in the following team categories: ERA, batting average and fielding percentage.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></H4> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">The Wildcats opened the year on a tear, winning 24 of their first 25 games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA dominated opponents over that span, winning games by an average of six runs a game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>However, on March 16 <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> entered a slide in which it went 10-8 over its next 18 contests.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Prior to UA&rsquo;s April 30 doubleheader at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>, the Wildcats found themselves in the bottom half of the Pac-10 standings.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">In the first game of the doubleheader, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A> ruined the Huskies&rsquo; Senior Day by tossing a no-hitter, leading to a 2-0 UA victory.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The win catalyzed a 14-game winning streak that elevated <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> to a second-place finish in the Pac-10 and within one game of reaching the Women&rsquo;s College World Series.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">After defeating LSU in the Tucson Super Regional to reach the WCWS, UA met Pac-10 foe <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> for an opening round date in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oklahoma City</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After defeating the Beavers in extra-innings, UA engaged in a game for the ages against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Texas</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A pair of four-time All-Americans, Hollowell and Cat Osterman in the circle, did not disappoint, as they allowed a total of five hits between them.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning, when <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413">Callista Balko</A></A> singled home <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> for what proved to be the game-winning run in a 2-0 Wildcat victory.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">Two days later, after a 1-0 loss to <st1:State w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:State>, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> responded emphatically with a 6-0 victory over the Lady Vols that sent the Wildcats to the championship series against Northwestern.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">UA opened exploded with an 8-0 win in Game 1, led by a one-hit performance by Hollowell.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The story of the game, and the series for that matter, was the Wildcats&rsquo; speed on the base paths.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA&rsquo;s slappers <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A>, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509">Autumn Champion</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77421"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77421">Adrienne Acton</A></A> combined for three infield hits, four runs and forced three NU infield errors.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">In Game 2, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> could smell the national championship, putting 12 hits on the board that led to an eventual 5-0 victory.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">Finally, after all the ups and downs the team endured, the Wildcats tasted the sweetest of victories and in doing so, they brought the national championship trophy home to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">USA</SPAN></B></st1:place></st1:country-region><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"> SOFTBALL NATIONAL COLLEGIATE PLAYER-OF-THE-YEAR FINALISTS:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A> was chosen as one of the three finalists for USA Softball Player of the Year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> had been included on the list of 10 finalists, and was one of just three non-pitchers to be so honored.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Finally, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508">Kristie Fox</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509">Autumn Champion</A></A> were named to the 50-name pre-season watch list.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">ALL-WCWS: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">Four <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> players were named to the All-WCWS Team, including <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A>&rsquo;s Most Outstanding Player performance.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425">Taryne Mowatt</A></A> led the Wildcats with a .389 (7-for-18) average in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oklahoma City</st1:place></st1:City> and had three of UA&rsquo;s five extra-base hits.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509">Autumn Champion</A></A> drove home a 2006 WCWS high and near-record seven runs in six games to go along with her .381 (8-for-21) clip.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> matched the fellow Foothill High alum Champion by reaching base via hit in eight of 21 at-bats, while stealing four bases in as many attempts and scoring a WCWS record eight runs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Hollowell, meanwhile, threw every pitch of UA&rsquo;s 43.0 innings in the field, striking out a WCWS record 64 batters and hurling a record six complete games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In six games Hollowell registered four shutouts and allowed only two earned runs, good for a 0.33 ERA at softball&rsquo;s biggest stage.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">ALL-AMERICANS: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"> had three players named to the NFCA All-<st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">America</st1:place></st1:country-region> team and one named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> earned her third first-team All-America honor in as many years, while fellow <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508">Kristie Fox</A></A> got a first-team nod for the second consecutive year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A> became the first pitcher in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> history to be cited as an All-American for all four years, and is just the fourth Wildcat to do so (Amy Chellevold, Leah Braatz and Lauren Bauer).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509">Autumn Champion</A></A>, who was alarmingly left off the NFCA All-America squad, garnered second-team Academic All-America honors.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">ALL-PAC-10 TEAM: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508">Kristie Fox</A></A>, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A>, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47512">Alicia Hollowell</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47509">Autumn Champion</A></A> were all named to the All-Pac-10 Team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Fox, Lowe and Hollowell earned first-team nods, while Champion garnered second-team honors.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Both Lowe and Hollowell have been named to the first team every year since they arrived, while Fox is a first-teamer for the second time, and Champion has a pair of first and second team citations.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425">Taryne Mowatt</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77413">Callista Balko</A></A> received honorable mentions.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoBodyText3 style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">ARIZONA</SPAN></B></st1:State><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> SOFTBALL ATTENDANCE: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">The <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> scores of the faithful came out Hillenbrand Stadium last weekend to get a glimpse at the Wildcats.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The fans helped <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> set a stadium record for Opening Night with 1,439 paid attendees last Friday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Through three dates, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has hosted 3,767 fans for an average of 1,256 per date.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">In 2006, 33,594 bodies pushed through turnstiles over 26 home dates, averaging 1,292 fans per date.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA drew over 1,000 fans in 19 of its 26 home dates and ended the year with a running total of 419,617 fans since Hillenbrand Stadium&rsquo;s opening in 1993.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> is currently in the middle of a season-long 15-game homestand through March 6.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Call (520) 621-CATS or log on to arizonaathletics.com for ticket information.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">WILDCAT SIGNEES: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Bright'"> has locked up five high school seniors who are expected to enroll in the fall of 2007.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lauren Schutzler, an outfielder from <st1:City w:st="on">Monterey</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State>; Brittany Lastrapes, an outfielder from <st1:City w:st="on">Laguna Hills</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State>; Lindsey Sisk, a pitcher and outfielder from <st1:City w:st="on">Murietta</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State>; Tawny Horton, an outfielder from <st1:City w:st="on">Gilbert</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State>; and Victoria Kemp, a second baseman from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Saugus</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place>, comprise the class.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Schutzler is the sister of Tennessee All-American Lindsay Schutzler, and Lastrapes&rsquo; older sister Dominique is an All-American at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Both Sisk and Lastrapes competed on the U.S. Junior Women&rsquo;s Team that captured the Junior Women&rsquo;s Pan Am Championship in <st1:place w:st="on">Puerto Rico</st1:place> in November 2006.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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