2007 Softball Year In Review
Aug. 21, 2007
The Arizona Wildcats repeated as NCAA Champions in 2007, defeating Tennessee in the championship series, two games to one. After dropping the first game to the Lady Vols, Arizona pulled out a 1-0 win in 10 innings in game two, then broke through for a 5-0 win in the deciding contest. The Wildcats also won their 10th Pac-10 Championship with a 15-5-1 record. For the fifth time in history, all eight Pac-10 teams qualified for postseason play, with Arizona State and Washington also reaching the Women's College World Series. The Huskies finished third while the Sun Devils came in seventh.
Arizona State sophomore Kaitlin Cochran was named Pac-10 Player of the Year as well as winning the Pac-10 Batting Championship. Arizona State sophomore Katie Burkhart was honored with the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, Oregon freshman Jennifer Salling earned Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year and Arizona senior Caitlin Lowe received Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors. Arizona Head Coach Mike Candrea was named the 2007 Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the 10th time in his career.
The Pac-10 had 11 players earn All-America honors, including six athletes receiving first-team recognition. Seven out of the eight Pac-10 teams finished the season ranked in the final 2007 ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. National champion Arizona finished the season as the No. 1 team in the country, followed by No. 3 Washington, No. 7 Arizona State, No. 17 Oregon State, No. 18 UCLA, No. 21 Stanford and No. 23 Oregon.