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Cats Welcome No. 1 Oregon for Senior Weekend
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/07/2014
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WEEK 14 (MAY 8-10): OREGON // Hillenbrand Stadium

#9/9 Arizona Wildcats (40-11, 13-8 Pac-12) vs. #1/1 Oregon Ducks (47-6-1, 18-2-1 Pac-12)

THE GAMES

Date Time (PDT) (Rank) Opponent Location
Thursday, May 8 5:00 p.m. (1) Oregon Hillenbrand Stadium
Friday, May 9 7:30 p.m. (1) Oregon Hillenbrand Stadium
Saturday, May 8 11:30 a.m. (1) Oregon Hillenbrand Stadium

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THIS WEEK: Ninth-ranked Arizona (40-11, 13-8 Pac-12) will try for its first undefeated season at home since 2001, but will have to get through the top ranked team in the country to do so. The Wildcats welcome No. 1 Oregon for a three-game series on senior weekend. Estela Piñon, Kelsey Rodriguez, Shelby Babcock, Kenzie Fowler and Alex Lavine will be playing their final regular season games inside Hillenbrand Stadium when the Cats welcome the Ducks Thursday (5:00 p.m.), Friday (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (11:30 a.m.).

LEADING OFF

- Arizona is at or near the top of nearly every offensive ranking in the NCAA. Arizona leads the nation in home runs (95), scoring (7.78 runs per game) and slugging percentage (.649). Arizona is second in batting average (.357) and on-base percentage (.445) while its 1.57 doubles per game rank 17th. Arizona’s .663 slugging percentage is on pace to set a new NCAA record.

- UA is getting done on the other side of the ball as well. Arizona’s .977 fielding percentage is seventh in the country.

- Catcher Chelsea Goodacre is third in the NCAA with 21 home runs, one behind the leaders. Freshman outfielder Katiyana Mauga is tied for seventh nationally with 18 homers. Goodacre has 69 RBI, fourth in the country while Kellie Fox’s 58 RBI are 15th in the nation.

- Arizona has the best home record in the country at 27-0, including 18 run-rule victories. Arizona is outscoring opponents by an average of 10.22 - 1.96 at home. On the road (neutral plus away games), Arizona is 13-11 with just three mercy wins. On the road, Arizona’s average margin of victory is just 1.5 runs, compared to the 8.24 run average margin of victory at home. Arizona is hitting .441 at home while batting just .268 on the road.  

- Arizona has hit six grand slams in its last 22 games: Katiyana Mauga vs. UNLV (game 2), Hallie Wilson vs. Oregon State (game 1), Chelsea Goodacre vs. Oregon State (game 3), Katiyana Mauga vs. Stanford (game 1), Mo Mercado vs. Stanford (game 1) and Hallie Wilson vs. New Mexico State (game 1). The six grand slams in the 19-game span betters Arizona’s entire 59-game total from 2013, when UA hit two grand slams. On the season, Arizona has hit 10 grand slams. Mauga has hit four grand slams this season, third most ground slams in a season in NCAA history, while Wilson has hit three, seventh most in NCAA history.

- 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 21 opponents on the season in just 45 chances after run-ruling eight opponents in 59 games in 2013.

- Katiyana Mauga became the first freshman to sweep national weekly awards when she was named USA Softball and NFCA National Player of the Week for her performance against Stanford. Mauga was 5-for-8 with four home runs and 11 RBI, which included a walkoff homer in the series finale.

- Arizona has had three players named Pac-12 Player of the Week this season - Kelsey Rodriguez (week 4), Hallie Wilson (week 5) and Wilson (week 12). Most recently, Wilson hit five home runs, batted .533 and drove in nine runs, helping lead Arizona to a perfect 5-0 week with sweeps of New Mexico State and Utah.

- In 48 games this year, Arizona has tossed 13 shutouts, and has allowed just one run 11 times. In 59 games in 2013, UA allowed one run or fewer seven total times, including three shutouts. UA pitchers have thrown six one-hitters this season and one no-hitter (Estela Piñon and Kenzie Fowler, Feb. 9 vs. Southern Miss).

- Arizona leads the conference in batting average (.357), slugging percentage (.649), runs scored (397), RBI (367), home runs (95), total bases (844), opposing batting average (.197) and fielding percentage (.977). Additionally, Arizona has the Pac-12 leader in slugging percentage (Katiyana Mauga - .934), runs scored (Hallie Wilson - 65), RBI (Chelsea Goodacre - 69), doubles (Kelsey Rodriguez - 17), home runs (Chelsea Goodacre - 21), total bases (Kellie Fox - 120), sac bunts (Chelsea Suitos - 8) and opposing batting average (Kenzie Fowler - .144).

- Arizona’s .357 average would be the best in Arizona history since 1998 (.385) while its 2.65 ERA would be the best since the 2010 team’s 2.19 ERA. Also, the Wildcats’ .977 fielding percentage would be tied for fourth best in school history.

- On the season, Arizona has 182 extra-base hits. Its opponents have 224 total hits.

- Opponents are just 9-for-56 (.161) batting with the bases loaded. Meanwhile, Arizona is 26-for-73 (.356) with the bases loaded, including the aforementioned 10 grand slams.

ARIZONA AGAINST OREGON: The Wildcats and the Ducks have met an even 100 times in the programs’ histories, with Arizona winning 80 percent of the games. However, it has been mostly Oregon of late, with the Ducks taking each of the last three series and winning 9 of the last 13 meetings overall between the two teams.

OPPONENT

Oregon: The Ducks (28-12, 8-8 Pac-12) are the top-ranked team in the country for the fifth straight week after splitting with No. 3 ASU in Eugene last week. Oregon will look to clinch the Pac-12 title this weekend, needing two victories to do so. The Ducks combine a great offense with a dominant pitching staff. Oregon’s .345 batting average is fifth in the country while its team ERA of 1.73 ranks 10th. Offensively, the team is led by Courtney Ceo, who is first in the Pac-12 with a .479 batting average. In the circle, Cheridan Hawkins leads the Pac-12 with a 1.42 ERA. 

 

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 1,383-333-2 (.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.

THE RANKINGS: Arizona remained ninth in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll and moved down a spot to ninth in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25. UA began the season unranked, marking the first time since the NFCA began publishing polls in the early 90s that Arizona was unranked in the preseason poll.

RECENT RESULTS: In a rain-altered series in Seattle, Arizona dropped the series to the 11th-ranked Huskies. Washington came back to win game 1 11-7. After Saturday’s game was rained out, the teams split a doubleheader on Sunday with UW winning game 1 8-0 (5 innings) and UA avoiding a sweep with a 2-0 victory in the late game. Kellie Fox led the way offensively with four hits and a pair of doubles in seven at-bats.

5/2/14 - Huskies Come Back, Win Game One: Facing two separate three-run deficits, Washington scored eight of the game’s final nine runs to earn an 11-7 victory over Arizona softball to take game one of the series 11-7 on a walkoff Hooch Fagaly grand slam.

Seven of Washington’s 11 runs were scored by players who did not earn their way aboard. Six of 10 UA pitcher walks scored while an error led to run in the fifth. Additionally, Washington scored a run after an illegal pitch extended the first inning.

Arizona took a three-run lead in the first and, after Washington chipped away to tie the game, scored three runs in the fourth to take another three-run lead. Washington would score eight runs on just three hits the rest of the way to win the game.

5/4/14 - Pitchers Dominate in Doubleheader Split: Through on-again, off-again rain, Arizona and Washington split a doubleheader Sunday at Husky Softball Stadium thanks to a pair of pitching gems. Bryana Walker’s five-inning one-hitter led Washington to a game 1 mercy victory, 8-0 while Estela Piñon’s seven-inning two-hit performance helped Arizona avoid a sweep in game 2.

The doubleheader was delayed 90 minutes due to rain after Saturday’s game was postponed thanks to weather.

After the removal of the tarp, Washington’s bats were hot, needing just five innings to win game 1, 8-0. In game two, Piñon was able to cool the Huskies’ bats while Kelsey Rodriguez’s two-run homer in the third would be all the support she would need.

RECENT RESULTS AGAINST OREGON: Arizona was swept in three games at Oregon, dropping 5-3, 8-0 (5 innings) and 9-0 (5 innings) decisions in 2013. Arizona was held without a hit over the final two games, including a perfect game by Oregon starter Jessica Moore in Sunday’s game.

4/12/13 - UO’s Four-Run Sixth Dooms Cats: Seventh-ranked Oregon hit game-tying and go-ahead two-run home runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to earn a come-from-behind win from 17th-ranked Arizona.

Through five innings, Arizona led 3-1 and starter Shelby Babcock had allowed just three hits. In the sixth,

Oregon recorded four extra-base hits, including two home runs against Babcock and reliever Nancy Bowling to take a 5-3 lead.

4/13/13 - Cats Fall in Five, 8-0: Oregon pitcher Cheridan Hawkins threw a no-hitter and Arizona fell in five innings, 8-0 in game two at Oregon.

Hawkins struck out 11 over five innings, including seven of the first eight batters she faced. The Oregon

freshman allowed a walk in the first and two hit batsmen in the fourth, but was perfect otherwise.

4/14/13 - Arizona Drops Series Finale: Oregon pitcher Jessica Moore was perfect as seventh-ranked Oregon completed its sweep of 17th-ranked Arizona with a 9-0, five-inning victory.

Arizona, which was no-hit Saturday, failed to put a runner on base against Jessica Moore, who struck out six of the 15 batters she faced.

In the final two games of the series, Oregon’s offense scored 17 runs while its pitchers limited the Wildcats to just three base runners (0 hits).

       
       
       
       
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