Softball To Hit the Road

March 31, 2003

Next Up for the Cats

The No. 2 Arizona softball team (34-3, 3-0) hits the road to play two of the top teams in the nation and in the Pac-10. On Friday, April 4 the Cats take on No. 3 Washington (32-4-1, 1-2) at 2 p.m. in Seattle Washington. Arizona will face No. 1 UCLA (31-2, 3-0) on Saturday, April 5 at 2 p.m. in Los Angeles, Calif. and again on Sunday, April 6 at 1 p.m.

PAC-10 Opener

The Wildcats opened its Pac-10 home opener with a 3-0 record last weekend. On Friday, the Cats took on No. 20 Oregon State. Freshman pitcher Alicia Hollowell had her third no-hitter of the season on the way to a, 8-0 win over the Beavers. On Saturday, Arizona defeated No. 20 Oregon, 4-1. Freshman Autumn Champion was 3-for-4 with two runs. Home runs by senior Lovie Jung and sophomore Jackie Coburn in the third inning helped the Cats to a, 8-0 win over the Ducks on Sunday.

Going, Going, Gone

In 37 games the Cats have hit 54 home runs. Senior Lovie Jung has hit 19 home runs including two last weekend against Oregon. Sophomore Jackie Coburn is second on the team with 11 home runs. The Cats have hit eight grand slams. Jung leads the team with four grand slams. Thirteen of Arizona's home runs have been leadoff home runs. Fourteen have come with at least one runner on base and four have come with two runners on base.

In the Circle

Alicia Hollowell pitched all three games against Oregon State and Oregon last weekend and ended with a 3-0 record. Hollowell had a 0.39 ERA with two shutouts. She pitched 18 innings and struck out 19 batters. On Friday against Oregon State, Hollowell had her third no-hitter this season. On the season, Hollowell has a 21-2 record with a 0.33 ERA. She has pitched 147 innings and has struck out 218 batters. Hollowell has given up 50 hits and only eight runs. Opposing batters have a .105 batting average against her. The team ERA is 0.91. Freshman Leslie Wolfe is 3-0 with a 1.11 ERA and junior Wendy Allen is 10-1 with a 2.41 ERA.

The Rankings

Arizona is ranked No. 3 in the latest USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll. The Cats are also ranked No. 2 in the latest Softball Top 25 poll. The poll began on Feb. 25 and is voted on by NCAA Division I coaches and by selected media members. The poll comes out again on April 7, and the USA Today poll comes out on Wednesday, April 2. UCLA is ranked No. 1 in both polls. Washington is No. 2 in the USA Today poll and No.3 in the poll.

The Coach

Arizona's Mike Candrea carries a career record of 960-187 (.837), accomplished in 17 years with the Wildcats. The 2002 Pac-10 co-Coach of the Year has led UA to six national titles and six Pacific-10 Conference championships. Last season, he became only the third Division I coach in history to win 900 games. He's on his way to become only the second coach to win 1,000 games. During his tenure, Wildcat student-athletes have won the Honda Softball Award fives times (Susie Parra-1994, Jenny Dalton-1996, Nancy Evans-1998, Jennie Finch-2001, 2002). Candrea's Arizona teams have played in 16 consecutive NCAA Tournaments and 15 consecutive College World Series. Last season, Candrea's team made it to the College World Series Championship game before losing to California, 6-0. Candrea is joined by assistant coaches Nancy Evans and Larry Ray.

Hillenbrand Stadium

UA carries a record of 325-20 in Hillenbrand Stadium. Arizona had a total crowd of 2,560 for the Hillenbrand Invitational. The Cats had an average attendance of 1,755 and drew in a total of 49,140 in 2002. Arizona set an attendance record of 3,161 fans on April 9, 2002 against UCLA. Arizona had a three-season 70-game home winning streak snapped by UCLA on April 7, 2002.

UA Softball Notes

... This is the second consecutive year that the Cats have won all three games of its Pac-10 opener...

... Freshman Autumn Champion had her 27-game hitting streak snapped on Friday, March 28 against Oregon State... Champion has had 16-multiple hit games...

... Arizona has had 25 shutouts; freshman pitcher Alicia Hollowell has 17 of those shutouts... The Cats have had 16-mercy ruled games...

... Last season the Cats had a 1-2 record against UCLA and a 1-2 record against Washington... Arizona and UCLA have gone head-to-head in the title game of the College World Series, seven times... The Cats have the edge, winning the national title four times when they face UCLA in the title game... Arizona has only faced Washington once in the title game of the College World Series back in 1996, Arizona won, 6-4...

... Senior Lovie Jung leads the team in runs scored (42), doubles (15), RBI (55) and home runs (19)... Jung has moved to No. 12 on the UA chart for home runs in a season, she's tied with Leneah Manuma... Jung has also moved to No. 9 for home runs in a career with 35...

... Alicia Hollowell has struck out 218 batters which moves her to No. 10 in the UA chart for strikeouts in a season... Hollowell has already struck out more batters than All-Americans Nancy Evans, Susie Parra and Jennie Finch did when they were freshmen and her 0.33 ERA is better than all three when they were freshmen...

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