Caitlin Lowe

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Caitlin Lowe
File:Caitlyn Lowe 4.jpg
Playing outfield in Altamonte Springs February 2008
Born (1985-02-06) February 6, 1985 (age 32)
Tustin, California
Residence Austin, Texas
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Arizona
Employer US women's national softball team
Known for Professional Softball
Height 5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)
Parent(s) Dave and Dawn Lowe
Website http://triplethreatsoftball.com/
Caitlin Lowe
Medal record
Representing  United States
Women's Softball
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2007 Rio de Janeiro
World Cup of Softball
1st 2007 Oklahoma City
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place Beijing 2008 Team Competition

Caitlin Lowe (born February 6, 1985) is an American, former collegiate 4-time First Team All-American, left-handed hitting softball player originally from Tustin, California. She played for the University of Arizona Wildcats under head coach Mike Candrea and led her team in back-to-back NCAA Women's College World Series championships in 2006 and 2007. She won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Lowe played with National Pro Fastpitch's USSSA Pride for 6 seasons, winning three titles, before officially retiring in 2015. She is one of select players in NCAA Division I history to have accumulated over 300 hits, 200 runs and 100 stolen bases while batting .400 in her career.

Early Years[edit]

At Foothill High School in Tustin, California, Caitlin was selected as an All-American four years in a row, and helped lead her team to state and national championships in 2000. In addition, she led the school to league championships in 2001, 2002 and 2003. In 2001, she received the All-League and Foothill High School MVP Awards and in 2003, she received the Orange County "Player of the Year" Award.[1]

Arizona Wildcats[edit]

For her freshman season at the University of Arizona, Lowe earned First Team All-American status and was named the Pac-10 "Newcomer of The Year" and was a top-10 finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year.[2][3][4] She jumped into top-10 rankings in Wildcat history for her run and stolen base totals and posted career highs in doubles and base on balls; Lowe also led the conference in stolen bases.

The sophomore continued her success by earning all-season honors from both the NFCA and the Pac-10, including being named conference "Player of The Year."[5][6][7] Her career best season batting average still ranks second all-time and her hits total top-10 at Arizona (both topped the conference year), leading to a finalist spot for the Honda and USA Softball National Collegiate Player of The Year.[8] She also set career highs in home runs, triples and slugging percentage.

On February 26, she hit a career high four hits against the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters in a 7-0 win.[9] The next month on March 27, Lowe would drive in four RBIs for another career high over the ULL Ragin’ Cajuns.[10]

Lowe was named 2006 First Team All-American and Pac-10 for a third consecutive year.[11][12][13] She posted another top-10 school record for her 33 stolen bases and was caught just twice that year while also achieving a high in RBIs and again leading the conference for stolen bases.

From February 25 through March 18, Lowe achieved a 15 consecutive game hit streak. She batted .510 (26/51) and had 12 RBIs, a home run, four triples and two doubles to accompany a slugging percentage of over .750%, eventually ended by Cat Osterman on March 19.[14] Starting in a doubleheader sweep of the Oregon Ducks on May 12, Lowe stole two bags in the games to begin a consecutive stolen bases streak that would reach into her senior season.[15]

The Wildcats made it into the Women's College World Series as the No. 2 seed and eventually trumped the Northwestern Wildcats in the finals, outscoring them a combined 13-0 over the two-game series; Lowe scored four of those runs. Lowe went 2/4 in the June 6 finale and was named to the All-Tournament Team scoring a then new series record 8 runs.[16]

For a final season Lowe was named All-American, all-conference and newly bestowed with the conference "Defensive Player of The Year" Award.[17][18][19] She also stole a career high, school season second best and Pac-10 leading 49 bags, being caught just once. Her resumed streak of consecutive stolen bases concluded on May 19 when the one time she was thrown out was by Chelsea Bramlett of Mississippi State Bulldogs.[20] To that point, Lowe had amassed 47 consecutive stolen bases and 54 overall for the NCAA eighth best streak all-time.[21]

Lowe and the Wildcats returned to defend their title at the 2007 WCWS. After riding the arm of tournament MVP Taryne Mowatt and escaping elimination through four games (three straight), Lowe won another National Championship defeating the Tennessee Lady Vols 5-0 on June 6. Lowe ended her career with a perfect day at the plate going 4/4 off USA Softball Collegiate Player of The Year Monica Abbott.[22] She was named All-Tournament hitting .345 with two RBIs and three doubles.

Lowe is the Wildcat’s career leader in stolen bases, second in batting average and top-10 in hits, triples and runs.[23] She ranks top-10 for all the same marks in the since renamed Pac-12, minus the triples.[24] At Arizona, she was known for her welcoming and volunteering nature and helped other student athletes become acclimated to college through Arizona’s Peer Athletic Leaders (PAL). Her senior year, Caitlin was awarded the inaugural Lowe’s Senior CLASS Softball Award, which acknowledges personal qualities that define a complete student athlete, such as excellence in the classroom, character and community, as well as success in athletic competition.[25] Lowe is one of only six Wildcat players to be named an NFCA All-American in each of her four years with the program and joined Leah Braatz (1994, 95, 97, 98) as the only player in Arizona history to be awarded first-team All-America all four years.[26]

Team USA[edit]

Caitlin began her national career in 2004 as a member of the USA Schutt Elite Team at the Canada and Champions Cups, where she scored a team-high 16 runs. In 2005, Caitlin joined the United States National Team and helped the team earn silver medals in the Japan and World Cups. She was one of the youngest members of the 2006 World Championship team. Caitlin also helped the team win the World Cup in 2006 and 2007, where she posted a team high 6 hits with three runs scored. She earned a gold medal at the 2007 Pan American games, and that season tied for the most hits, a team high with two triples and scored 21 runs, the second best on the team. That year, Caitlin’s impressive base running and speed also earned her a perfect 9 stolen bases in 9 attempts.

Caitlin Lowe has been a member of the U.S. Women's National Softball Team since 2005. USA Softball Head Coach Mike Candrea says, "She's all out all the time and plays the game like a giant."[27]

Leading up the 2008 Olympics, Lowe hit .455 on the Bound 4 Beijing Tour and was tied leading the team in triples, second in stolen bases and had a perfect fielding percentage. At the Games, Lowe began her tournament with a 3/4 effort in a run-rule of Venezuela, including hitting the first-ever inside-the-park home run in Games history.[28] On August 20, Lowe and Team USA went extra innings in the semifinals vs. Japan and she hit the RBI single to take the lead before scoring on Crystl Bustos' winning three-run homer.[29] She had two hits in the gold medal game but made the last out in the 3-1 loss.[30] Lowe was tied in at-bats for the tournament and hit .357 overall.

National Pro Fastpitch[edit]

Lowe played her first two seasons in limited action but was later named All-NPF from 2012-2014, including nabbing the Diamond Spikes Award in 2012.[31][32][33] In 2012, she also led the league in batting average with a career best and had a hit in the championship finale, though her team was bested by the Chicago Bandits.[34] The Pride also made it to the Cowles Cup Championship every other year of her career, winning titles in 2010, 2013-2014, Lowe playing in all except 2009-2010.[35][36][37] She played her last season setting a career high in doubles.

Lowe announced her retirement as a player after the 2014 season. Subsequently, the Pride announced the Lowe would be inducted into the USSSA Hall of Fame, and that her jersey number 26 would be retired.[38]

Personal life[edit]

She graduated from the University of Arizona in the fall of 2007 with a degree in psychology and a minor in communications. Lowe comes from an athletic family. She is the daughter of Dave and Dawn Lowe and has a brother Tanner and three sisters Whitney, Paige, and McKenna Lowe. Paige and McKenna are part of the Oregon State University softball team. Four-time Wildcat All-American Caitlin Lowe has returned and joined the coaching staff as the team’s volunteer assistant coach in 2013 after serving as the program’s director of operations in 2012. Lowe will be working with the slappers, the outfielders and base running.[26] Lowe retired officially from softball in 2015.[39]

Statistics[edit]

Arizona Wildcats[edit]

YEAR G AB R H BA RBI HR 3B 2B TB SLG BB SO SB SBA
2004 61 190 76 83 .437 25 4 1 9 106 .558% 29 20 47 50
2005 57 196 57 100 .510 25 5 4 2 125 .637% 20 20 27 30
2006 56 186 52 79 .424 27 2 4 8 101 .543% 17 21 33 35
2007 64 215 57 89 .414 24 1 3 5 103 .479% 15 25 49 50
TOTALS 238 787 242 351 .446 101 12 12 24 435 .552% 81 86 156 165

Team USA[edit]

YEAR AB R H BA RBI HR 3B 2B TB SLG BB SO SB SBA
2008 239 91 106 .443 47 7 6 12 151 .632% 16 19 17 19

NPF USSSA Pride[edit]

YEAR AB R H BA RBI HR 3B 2B TB SLG BB SO SB
2009 46 6 10 .217 3 0 0 0 0 .217% 2 10 3
2010 38 9 14 .368 5 0 0 3 17 .447% 1 5 1
2011 105 17 31 .295 4 0 0 3 34 .324% 5 13 6
2012 130 36 59 .454 11 0 1 6 67 .515% 12 14 14
2013 180 40 60 .333 23 0 0 5 65 .361% 13 25 17
2014 155 31 55 .355 15 0 0 10 63 .406% 6 16 6
TOTALS 654 139 229 .350 61 0 1 27 256 .391% 39 83 47

Awards & Championships[edit]

Year Team Championship/Medal
2001–2003 Foothills High School National Champion
2000 All-CIF Second Team
2001 Foothill High School Softball Team MVP
2001 All-League MVP
2002 ASA U-18 Gordon's Panthers Gold Runner-Up
2001–2003 League Championship Champion
2003 Orange County Player of the Year
2003 All-League First Team
2003 All-County First Team
2003 All-State First Team
2003 All-CIF First Team
2003 All-American First Team
2003 USA Softball Player of the Week
2003 All Pac First Team
2003 Pacific Region First Team
2003 Pac 10 Newcomer of the Year
2003 USA Softball Top 10 Finalist for Player of the Year
2004 USA Schutt Elite Team Canada Cup
2004 USA Schutt Elite Team Champions Cup
2004 USA Softball Top 3 Finalist for Player of the Year
2004 All-PAC 10 First Team
2004 All Pacific Regions Honors
2004 All-American First Team
2004 World Cup Silver Medalist
2005 Japan Cup Silver Medalist
2005 All-PAC 10 First Team
2005 All Pacific Regions Honors
2005 USA Softball Top 10 Finalist for Player of the Year
2005 All-American First Team
2005 All-Women's College World Series Team Selection
2006 NCAA National Championship Champion
2007 All-American First Team
2007 All-PAC 10 First Team
2007 PAC-10 Conference Player of the Year
2007 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
2007 NCAA National Championship Champion
2007 Canada Cup Champion
2007 World Cup Champion
2007 Pan-American Games Champion
2008 Olympics Silver Medalist

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References[edit]

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