Arizona's Caitlin Lowe Named Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week
March 6, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA senior Caitlin Lowe has been named the Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week for Feb. 27-Mar. 5, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Lowe helped Arizona to a sweep of Missouri by batting .700 (7-for-10), scoring eight runs with four RBI and nine stolen bases in as many attempts. The Tustin, Calif., native scored multiple runs and had multiple hits in all three games and had a pair of four-stolen base contests.
Lowe played a critical role in each of Arizona's victories this weekend, beginning with Friday's 5-4 over the Tigers. With the game tied 4-4, Lowe led off the seventh inning with a single, stole second and third, before scoring the game winning run. She touched home for three of the Wildcats' five runs and was 4-for-4 in steal attempts.
On Saturday, Lowe went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a career-high four RBI, a triple and a stolen base. She led off the bottom of the first with a single, stole second and scored on a double. In the second inning, she came to the plate with the bases loaded, promptly drove three Wildcats home with a bases-clearing triple and would eventually score. Later in the game she would hit a sac fly for her fourth RBI on the night.
On Sunday, Lowe led off the first with a single, stole second and scored on a single. The exact same result would happen in both the second and fourth innings, leading to three base hits, three stolen bases and three runs scored. She would steal one more base for good measure in the sixth after she was walked.
All told, Lowe was involved in 12 of Arizona's 21 runs on the weekend.
Lowe's weekend raises her season average to .509 (28-for-55) gives her 21 runs scored and a perfect 22-for-22 stolen bases. She has now moved into a tie for fourth on the Pac-10's career stolen base charts with 129 overall.
Second-ranked Arizona (14-3) hosts a double-header with Creighton tomorrow before traveling to face 14th-ranked Baylor for a three-game series, Mar. 9-11.
This is the third career Player of the Week honor for Lowe, and the 103rd Player/Pitcher of the Week all-time for Arizona. Lowe last won Player of the Week March 25, 2005.
ALSO NOMINATED: Bianca Cruz, ASU; Christina Schallig, CAL; Ann Marie Topps, ORE; Michelle Smith, STAN; Jodie Legaspi, UCLA, Dena Tyson, WASH.
2007 PAC-10 SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 13 - Kaitlin Cochran, ASU; Feb. 20 - Lisa Dodd, UCLA; Feb. 27 - Jennifer Salling, ORE; Mar. 6 - Caitlin Lowe, ARIZ.