Arizona's Numbers Game: Softball hurler Evans; field goal expert Zendejas

2013-06-19T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T12:17:39Z Arizona's Numbers Game: Softball hurler Evans; field goal expert ZendejasPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

For two weeks, we've asked you to choose the best Arizona Wildcats football and basketball players to ever wear the numbers on their jerseys.

Today, we up the ante.

Now, we ask you to compare UA players who wore the same numbers across sports. It's our Numbers Game, All-Star Edition.

Enjoy the debate.

Who wore it best?

The number: 13

The showdown: Softball star Nancy Evans vs. kicker Max Zendejas

The comparison

Max Zendejas (1982-85)

The stats: Zendejas' 360 career points are still a school record. His 79 career field goals made - on 107 attempts - are the most in UA history, as are his 123 PATs made. Zendejas made a then-school-record 22 field goals in 1985. His 73.8 percent career rate was the best in school history at the time.

The details: Zendejas made two field goals over 50 yards - including one 57-yarder, tied for the longest in UA history - to knock Arizona State out of the Rose Bowl in 1985. He was the MVP of the 1985 Sun Bowl.

The postscript: A fourth-round pick by Dallas in 1986, Zendejas left the NFL in 1988 after playing for three teams. He ran Zendejas 13, a Mexican restaurant, near Arizona Stadium until closing it in April. He was indicted last month on damage and theft charges at the restaurant.

Nancy Evans (1994-98)

The stats: No one in NCAA history has a better winning percentage than Evans' 124-8 mark from 1994-95 and then 1997-98. (She redshirted in 1996.) She won the 1998 Honda Award, given to the nation's best player. Evans was a three-time all-Women's College World Series team member.

The details: Evans was more than a wonderful pitcher; she played shortstop and five other positions. When Evans left school, she held the UA's all-time wins record. She went 36-2 in both 1997 and 1998. Her 733 career strikeouts was second-most in school history at the time, and her 835 2/3 innings was the most. She won NCAA titles in 1994 and 1997.

The postscript: Evans won national titles as a UA assistant in 2001, 2006 and 2007 before leaving the program following the team's 2007 national title. Evans is now DePaul's pitching coach.

The one-sentence debate: No one was more clutch then Zendejas, but Evans had a hand in tons of titles.

results

• Monday's question: Which UA athlete wore No. 27 better: football player Lance Briggs or softball star Jennie Finch?

• Results: Finch wins with 91 percent of the vote.

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