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Lowe named National Player of Week

ClAIRE C. LAURENCE/Arizona Daily Wildcat
Freshman Caitlin Lowe scored five of the Wildcats' 13 runs during their three-game Bay area sweep this weekend.
By From staff and wire reports
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
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Arizona softball centerfielder Caitlin Lowe was selected by the Amateur Softball Association as the National Player of the Week for April 12-18. Lowe led the Wildcats to a 3-0 weekend with two wins over No. 4 California and one against No. 10 Stanford in the Bay area.

Keeping the No. 1 Wildcats perfect at 7-0 in Pac-10 play, Lowe recorded a .545 batting average over the weekend and was instrumental in every game. The 5'5" left-handed slapper from Tustin, Calif., connected on six of 11 at bats, four of which were infield base hits. She was responsible for five of Arizona's 13 runs and has totaled a team-high 65 for the season.

"This is really an honor to be associated with all the other players who have received this award throughout the season," Lowe said. "We had a good weekend showing the versatility of our team, coming out strong against Stanford and keeping the momentum high, and then having to battle from behind against California."

"This is quite an honor for an outstanding young lady," said Arizona acting head coach Larry Ray. "She really makes this team go with her offensive abilities. She is very deserving and had a great weekend against some outstanding teams."

In the opening contest against the Cardinal, Lowe recorded a perfect 3 of 3 day with three runs scored and a walk in the 8-0 victory. On Saturday, the outfielder led off the eighth inning of a 0-0 tie against the Golden Bears with her eighth double of the season before a home run from Mackenzie Vandergeest captured the 2-0 win.

In the final matchup over the Bears, the game was tied until the top of the eighth when Lowe reached on a fielder's choice with two outs. A base hit followed by a walk put the speedster on third before she scored on a wild pitch to give the Wildcats the eventual 3-2 win.

"Caitlin is definitely key to our offense this year," Ray said. "When she gets on base, we are successful in scoring. She can do a combination of things and sets the table for us in the lead off position. She possesses tremendous quickness."

The national honor is the second for Arizona this year. Sophomore pitcher Alicia Hollowell earned the award in March after winning five games at the Kia Klassic in Fullerton, Calif.

Lowe, Hollowell and sophomore

leftfielder Autumn Champion are among 25 finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year award, which will be given at ceremonies in Oklahoma City in May during the Women's College World Series.

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