Arizona's Numbers Game: Amazing ace Mowatt; coaching legend Kindall

2013-06-20T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T12:09:20Z Arizona's Numbers Game: Amazing ace Mowatt; coaching legend KindallPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 20, 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 Wildcats who wore the same numbers across sports. It's our Numbers Game, All-Star Edition.

Enjoy the debate.

Who wore it best?

The number: 9

The showdown: Softball star Taryne Mowatt vs. baseball coaching legend Jerry Kindall

The comparison

Taryne Mowatt (2005-08)

The stats: Mowatt won the 2007 Women's College World Series Most Outstanding Player as a pitcher and made the all-tournament team as a hitter in 2006, as the Wildcats won both titles. With 1,267 career strikeouts she ranks second only to Alicia Hollowell.

The details: Mowatt's 2007 WCWS was one for the ages. She set records when she pitched 60 innings, eight complete games, 76 strikeouts and six wins over seven days. Her 42 wins in 2007 are a school record, as are her 522 strikeouts that season. No Wildcat has thrown more innings than Mowatt's 370 in 2007.

The postscript: Mowatt won 2007 ESPYs for best Female Athlete and Best Female College Athlete. She plays professionally and coaches for Cal Baptist.

Jerry Kindall (1972-96)

The stats: Kindall - who played in eight big-league seasons for three teams - coached the Wildcats to the 1976, 1980 and 1986 College World Series titles during his 24 seasons at UA. He retired in 1996, days before his 61st birthday, after three straight losing seasons. He had a 861-580-6 record.

The details: Kindall's teams made five CWS appearances and earned 12 postseason berths, and he coached future big-leaguers Terry Francona, J.T. Snow and Trevor Hoffman, among others.

The postscript: Kindall,'s number was retired by the UA. In 2004, the on-campus stadium was rechristened Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. Kindall was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

The one-sentence debate: Few have transcended softball the way Mowatt did - but few have coached college baseball better than Kindall, either.

On StarNet: What's your take? Visit the Arizona Daily Star online at azstarnet.com/polls and vote for who you think wore it best.

Who wore it best?

No. 9

results

• Tuesday's question: Which UA athlete wore No. 13 better: softball player Nancy Evans or kicker Max Zendejas?

• Results: Evans wins with 77 percent of the vote.

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