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Throwback Thursday: Arizona Softball All-Decade Teams (2000s)

Nov 18, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz. -- From team success – eight national championships, 23 trips to the Women's College World Series, 18 50-plus win seasons – to individual accomplishments – five national players of the year, 105 All-Americans, 10 Olympians – Arizona softball's tradition and history can stack up with just about any program in any sport at any level.
 
Softball royalty has walked in and out of Hillenbrand Stadium for decades, with some of the sport's best players composing some of the sport's best teams over the last four decades.

Over four Throwback Thursdays, ArizonaWildcats.com will reveal All-Decade Teams from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. The teams were selected based on honors, prioritizing All-Americans, while taking into account all-conference and all-region recognitions. Some positional flexibility was used where needed and careers that spanned multiple decades were placed based on fit.

Oct. 22 » 1980s
Oct. 29 » 1990s
Dec. 3 » 2000s
Dec. 10 » 2010s
 

Following five national titles in the 1990s, Arizona carried its dynasty into the new millennium, taking home three NCAA titles in the first decade of the 2000s.

The Wildcats opened the decade in championship fashion, going an incredible 65-4, including 19-2 in the Pac-10, winning both the national and conference titles in one of the most successful seasons in NCAA softball history.

Later in the decade, the Wildcats were back atop the NCAA softball world, winning back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007, the third set of back-to-back titles in school history.

In addition to the three national titles, UA finished runner-up for the title twice, finishing first or second in over half of its nine Women's College World Series appearances.

During the decade, the Wildcats won five Pac-10 championships, including a three-peat from 2003-2005, Arizona's only conference championship three-peat in school history.

Some of the best players in the history of the sport played for the Wildcats during this decade, with three of the best to ever take the circle leading the way. Jennie Finch, the National Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002 and two-time Olympian, highlights a pitching staff that also includes the Arizona career leader in wins and strikeouts, Alicia Hollowell, and the only Wildcat to ever win an ESPY, Taryne Mowatt.

During the decade, 32 Wildcats were named to All-America teams and took home plenty of conference honors. Wildcats took home three Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year honors, with Finch taking it home in 2001 and 2002 and Hollowell claiming the award in 2004. Caitlin Lowe was the Pac-10 co-Player of the Year in 2005. Arizona won three consecutive Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year awards from 2002 to 2004, with Lovie Jung (2002), Hollowell (2003) and Lowe (2004) taking home the honors for the Cats. 

THE PLAYERS

P Alicia Hollowell (2003-06)

  • Far and away Arizona's all-time leader in career strikeouts (1,768) and victories (144)
  • Winner of the 2006 National Championship and WCWS Most Outstanding Player
  • Finalist for the 2004 Honda Award and 2004 and 2006 USA Softball National Player of the Year Awards
  • Named 2004 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year a year after being named the 2003 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year
  • A four-time All-American
  • Struck out 12.1 batters per seven innings in 2004, an Arizona record, to lead the country
  • Struck out 20 batters in a perfect game against Indiana in 2004, second most in NCAA history for a seven-inning game
  • Had 22 solo shutouts in 2003, a school record, 22 of her 81 career shutouts, also a school record
  • Has UA freshman records in both victories (40) and strikeouts (394)
  • A member of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame

 
P  Jennie Finch (1999-02)

  • Two-time National Player of the Year (2001 and 2002)
  • 2001 National Champion and WCWS Most Outstanding Player
  • A winner of 60 consecutive games from 2000-02, an NCAA record, including a 32-0 2001 campaign, also an NCAA record
  • One of 14 players in Arizona history with 50 career home runs
  • Two-time Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year (2001 and 2002) and 2002 Pac-10 Conference Medal winner
  • A member of the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Teams
  • Three-time first-team All-American
  • Went 32-0 with a 0.54 ERA in 2001 in one of the best seasons in the circle in the history of the sport
  • Had a career 1.09 ERA
  • Third in Arizona history with 119 career victories
  • One of three players in Arizona history with over 1,000 strikeouts
  • Pitched 71 career shutouts, including eight no-hitters, tied for second in UA history
  • 2009 USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year
  • A member of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame

 
P Taryne Mowatt (2005-08)

  • 2007 Women's College World Series MVP after setting WCWS records in strikeouts, victories, complete games and innings pitched, earning a pair of ESPY's (Best Female Athlete and Best Female College Athlete) in the process
  • Two-time National Champion and two-time all-WCWS performer
  • Won 42 games in 2007, an Arizona record, helping her to 100 career victories, seventh most in Arizona history
  • Struck out 522 batters in 2007, an Arizona record
  • Second in career strikeouts in school history with 1,267
  • Threw six solo no-hitters
  • A member of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame

 
C Stacie Chambers (2008-11)

  • Second in Arizona history in career home runs with 87, fourth in NCAA history
  • Two-time All-American
  • Hit 31 home runs in 2009, second most in a season in UA history
  • Fourth in school history with 293 career RBI
  • Third all-time with 158 career walks
  • Led the country in homers (31) and RBI (96) in 2009

 
1B Leneah Manuma (2001-02)

  • A first-team All-American in each of her two seasons with the team
  • A member of the 2001 National Championship team
  • Led the country in home runs in 2002 (21)
  • Hit 19 home runs in 2001, third most by any freshman in school history

 
2B Lovie Jung (2001-02)

  • First-team All-American in 2003 when she hit .461, ninth best season in school history
  • In 2003, hit 21 doubles, tied for second in school history, as well as led the country with 25 home runs, tied for sixth in school history
  • Drove in 79 runs in 2003 to lead the NCAA
  • Set an Arizona record with a 1.022 slugging percentage in 2003
  • Finalist for 2003 National Player of the Year
  • A member of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame and winner of the 2003 Pac-10 Conference Medal

 
3B Toni Mascarenas (1998-01)

  • Three-time All-American, including two first-team nods
  • 1998 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year
  • A 2001 National Champion and all-WCWS performer
  • Posted career figures in the UA top 10 in hits, doubles, RBI, stolen bases, walks, at-bats, games played, assists and runs scored
  • Led the NCAA in home runs and RBI in 2001 with 25 and 84, respectively
  • Hit 17 doubles in 1998, a freshman record.

 
SS Kristie Fox (2004-07)

  • First-team All-American in 2005 and 2006
  • A two-time National Champion and all-WCWS performer in 2007
  • Tenth in Wildcat history with 230 career RBI
  • Led the NCAA with 1.12 RBI/game in 2005
  • Hit 48 career home runs, 17th most in UA history
  • Three-time first-team all-Pac-10 performer

 
OF Caitlin Lowe (2004-07)

  • One of two four-time first-team All-Americans in school history
  • Winner of the 2007 Senior CLASS Award
  • A two-time National Champion and all-WCWS performer
  • Second in career batting average in school history with a .446 career figure, helped out by her .510 performance in 2005, one of three seasons over .500 in Arizona history
  • Named 2005 Pac-10 Player of the Year, 2004 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year and 2007 Pac-10 Defensive Pac-10 Player of the Year
  • Arizona's all-time leader in steals with 156, including 56 straight, an Arizona record
  • Also in the top 10 in career hits, triples and runs scored
  • Holds the school record in runs scored by a freshman with 76 in 2004
  • Finalist for the 2005 and 2007 National Players of the Year
  • Earned the Adidas Golden Shoe Award in 2007
  • Silver Medalist at the Olympics in 2008
  • A member of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame

 
OF Brittany Lastrapes (2008-11)

  • A four-time All-American, including three first-team citations
  • Hit .481 in 2009, Arizona's best average in the last decade, helping her to a .417 career average, fourth highest in school history
  • Hit 66 career doubles, a school record
  • Third all-time in UA history with 253 career runs scored
  • Drew 137 walks, fourth most in Arizona history
  • Led the country in hits (104) and runs (79) in 2009
  • One of 14 players in school history with 50 home runs
  • Finalist for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
  • An all-WCWS performer in 2010

 
OF Autumn Champion (2003-06)

  • A first-team All-American in 2003 and 2004
  • A two-time National Champion and member of the 2006 all-WCWS team
  • Fifth in Arizona history with a .489 average in 2004, which led the country, helping her to a .417 career figure, tied for fourth in UA history
  • Top-10 in Arizona history in career hits and stolen bases as well
  • Academic All-American in 2006

 
DP Wendy Allen (2003-04)

  • A first-team All-American in 2004
  • Led the NCAA in RBI/game in 2004 (1.22)
  • Named all-region both seasons in Tucson
  • Recipient of the 2004 Pac-10 Medal
  • A second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2004

 
UTL K'Lee Arredondo (2007-10)

  • Selected a second-team All-American in 2010
  • Hit 19 doubles in 2008, fifth most all-time
  • A three-time all-Pac-10 performer
  • Selected to the all-WCWS team in 2010
  • Named a first-team CoSIDA All-American in 2010

 
AT-LARGE (C) Lindsey Collins (1998-01)

  • A third-team All-American in 2000
  • Has the best career fielding percentage in Arizona history (.997)
  • Hit 41 home runs in her career, 21st in Arizona history

 
AT-LARGE (OF) Courtney Fossatti (2002-05)

  • A second-team All-American in 2003
  • Named first-team all-region and all-conference in 2003
  • A member of the 2002 NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team

 
AT-LARGE (3B) Jenae Leles (2006-09)

  • A third-team All-American in 2009
  • Her 57 career home runs rank 12th in UA history
  • An NCAA champion in 2006 and 2007
  • Seventh in Arizona history with 132 walks
  • Two-time all-region honoree
  • A finalist for the 2009 Senior CLASS Award

 
AT-LARGE (1B) Laine Roth (2006-09)

  • Named a third-team All-American in 2008
  • An all-conference and all-region performer in 2008

 
AT-LARGE (C/OF) Mackenzie Vandergeest (2001-04)

  • A four-time all-conference performer
  • Drove in 248 career home runs, sixth most in Arizona history
  • Hit 59 career home runs, tied for 10th most in Arizona history
  • Her 48 career doubles are tied for 10th most in school history
  • Hit a then-Arizona-freshman-record 20 home runs in 2001 (currently second in Arizona freshman history)