WEEK 7 (MARCH 19): UNLV // Las Vegas, Nev.
#7/9 Arizona Wildcats (23-6, 0-3 Pac-12) vs. UNLV Runnin’ Rebels
Date Time (PDT) Opponent Location
Wednesday, March 19 12:00 p.m. UNLV Eller Media Stadium
2:00 p.m. UNLV Eller Media Stadium
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THIS WEEK: Seventh-ranked Arizona (23-6) concludes its 10-game road swing with a doubleheader at UNLV Wednesday at Eller Media Stadium beginning at noon PDT. UA will then return to Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium to continue conference play with a visit from Oregon State in Saturday, Sunday, Monday series in Tucson. The Cats are looking to bounce back after being swept by third-ranked UCLA in their Pac-12-opening series.
ARIZONA AGAINST UNLV: The Wildcats and Runnin’ Rebels met earlier this season at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., with Arizona run-ruling the Rebels 14-1 in five innings on Feb. 22. All-time, the Wildcats hold a 6-2 advantage over UNLV. Kellie Fox homered and drove in four runs in the early season matchup while Kelsey Rodriguez added a three-run homer as a part of her 2-for-3 day at the plate. Michelle Floyd and Kenzie Fowler combined to throw a three-hitter in the contest.
- Despite having just 12 hits in a three-game series at UCLA, Arizona continues to lead the country with a .364 team batting average. The Cats lead the country by .015 points.
- Arizona has five players with batting averages in the .400s, led by Kelsey Rodriguez’s .462 clip, which ranks 25th nationally.
- The Cats are second in the country in home runs with 41 big flies. Catcher Chelsea Goodacre is tied for NCAA lead with 11 home runs. Shortstop Kellie Fox is not far behind with 10 homers, which is tied for sixth nationally. Goodacre and Fox each have 40 RBI, which is tied for third in the country.
- From Feb. 22 to March 4, Arizona run-ruled eight consecutive opponents, setting a school record. The previous record was six straight mercy wins, accomplished thrice (2003, 2001 and 1994). The Cats have run-ruled 16 opponents on the season in just 29 chances after run-ruling eight opponents in 59 games in 2013.
- Arizona is set to embark on a 10-game road swing, its longest regular-season road swing since an 11-gamer in 2010.
- Arizona is the only team in the country that ranks in the top 16 in the country in batting average (1st - .364), ERA (16th - 1.52) and fielding percentage (7th - .979).
- Arizona’s pitching staff has allowed just 37 earned runs this season in 29 games and has a 1.52 ERA. In 29 games this year, Arizona has tossed 11 shutouts. In 59 games in 2013, UA threw just three shutouts. UA pitchers have thrown five one-hitters this season and one no-hitter (Estela Piñon and Kenzie Fowler, Feb. 9 vs. Southern Miss).
- Offensively, Arizona has the Pac-12 leader in slugging percentage (Kellie Fox - .947), on-base percentage (Kellie Fox - .576), runs scored (Hallie Wilson - 35), RBI (Chelsea Goodacre, Kellie Fox - 40), home runs (Chelsea Goodacre - 11), total bases (Kellie Fox - 71) and sacrifice bunts (Chelsea Suitos - 7).
- With Pac-12 play just beginning, it will be difficult to keep these figures up, but as of right now, Arizona’s .364 average would be the best since 1998 (.385) while its 1.52 ERA would be the best since the 2006 team’s 1.10 ERA. Also, the Wildcats’ .979 fielding percentage would be the second best in school history.
- On the season, Arizona has 89 extra-base hits. Its opponents have 110 total hits.
- Hallie Wilson was named Pac-12 Player of the Week in week 5, marking the second consecutive week that an Arizona player received the recognition (Kelsey Rodriguez - week 4). Wilson hit .650 with seven extra-base hits during the week, including three triples, after entering the week with just a single triple in her career.
- Opponents are just 2-for-21 (.095) batting with the bases loaded. Meanwhile, Arizona is 15-for-47 (.319) with the bases loaded, including four grand slams.
HEAD COACH MIKE CANDREA: Arizona head coach Mike Candrea is in his 29th year at the helm of the Arizona softball program with a career record of 1,366-328-2 (.806). A winner of eight national championships (1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2007), Arizona has made 22 trips to the Women’s College World Series under his guidance, missing just four times in the last 26 years (2004, 2011, 2012, 2013). In 2012, Candrea became the sport’s fastest ever, and second all-time, to reach 1,300 wins. Under Candrea, Arizona has a spectacular postseason record of 152-47. An even 50 All-Americans with a staggering 90 total citations have played in the program since Candrea took over.