USA Softball heads to Tucson

March 25, 2004, 9:41 a.m. (ET)
USA Softball heads to Tucson for a battle of the No. 1’s
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – In a showdown of the No. 1 team in the country and the No. 1 team in the world, the stage is set for Friday, March 26 at 6 p.m. as the USA Women’s National team will take the field against the University of Arizona Wildcats. A homecoming for USA head coach Mike Candrea (Casa Grande, AZ), who has taken a leave of absence as the Wildcat head coach, and UA alumni, Leah O’Brien-Amico (Chino Hills, CA), Jennie Finch (La Mirada, CA), Lovieanne Jung (Fountain Valley, CA), and Nicole Giordano (Saugus, CA), the Red, White and Blue will square off at Hillenbrand Stadium as they continue their ‘Aiming for Athens’ tour.
The team will meet with the media from 7:00-7:30 p.m. prior to its workout at Hillenbrand Stadium on Thursday, March 25.
Currently posting a 23-0 overall tour record, Team USA has outscored its collegiate opponents 212-8 posting 47 home runs. They have played just four games through seven innings noting 16 mercy rule victories. From the circle, they have combined for a team 0.37 ERA recording five no-hitters including two solo performances from right-handed pitcher Jennie Finch.
Pushing a 138 game pre-Olympic tour win streak dating back to May 3, 1996, Team USA is comprised of six Olympic gold medalists, the U.S. squad returns 16 members of the 2003 Pan American gold medal roster and 13 members of the 2002 World Championship team. The undisputed No. 1 team in the World for 18 consecutive years, the U.S. has claimed two Olympic gold medals, seven World Championship titles and six Pan American gold medals in the team’s history.
Led by head coach Candrea and assistants Ken Eriksen (Temple Terrace, FL) and John Rittman (San Jose, CA) the U.S. will complete the collegiate portion of the tour on Sunday, March 29 against No. 2 UCLA at 1 p.m. Following a month long tour of Italy in April, the team will begin a grassroots go round from May-July through the U.S. before traveling to Athens in August.