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Finch has two games set at UA in October

2010-09-02T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T15:49:30Z Finch has two games set at UA in OctoberPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 02, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Jennie Finch will pitch again at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Arizona Wildcats coach Mike Candrea said Wednesday he expects the recently retired Olympian to appear twice at the UA in October.

Here's a look at the events and an update on the UA's current pitching star:

• The NPF All-Stars: The Wildcats will host the National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars at 6 p.m. on Oct. 4.

Candrea said the team isn't assembled yet but could feature former Wildcats currently playing in the NPF. Taryne Mowatt, Chelsie Mesa and Mackenzie Vandergeest play in the league; Caitlin Lowe does, too, but she suffered a knee injury this summer and won't play.

"The NPF wanted to pick up some games, and I thought I'd do it if it had an Arizona flavor," Candrea said. "We could definitely draw some people."

As for Finch?

"Jennie's going to throw," he said.

• The alumni game: Candrea said Finch will "probably" pitch for the last time this year in the Wildcats annual alumni game. It will be held Oct. 22, one day before the homecoming football game. Finch would team with former Wildcats against the current team.

• Fowler update: Sophomore Kenzie Fowler rested her sore right arm this summer and is now throwing about 60 pitches per day. The injury shouldn't be chronic, Candrea said.

She will be aided by the Wildcats' addition of star freshman Shelby Babcock from Colorado.

"There were some muscle imbalances, little things we're going to try to work on," Candrea said. "I think the key is that we have someone else that can help out and give us some quality innings."

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