Caitlin Lowe (born February 6, 1985) is a 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.
Caitlin Lowe interviewed on The Fastpitch TV Show
Produced By Gary Leland
Caitlin Lowe answers My 10 Questions
Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?
A. 6 yrs. old t-ball with dad, it was a lot different then cause everyone would hit a home run, everyone would go after the ball.
Q. Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?
A. Parents really helped become a great player. They had nothing to do with the skill level or the physical stuff, but more to fall in love with the game. They helped me put heart and passion in anything that I do in practice hitting, running, or anything else in life. My dad didn’t really teach me one mechanical thing besides maybe pitching but i think thats an invaluable lesson that a lot of people don’t get and I’m very blessed to have been able to have that.
Q. How do you get ready for a game?
A. I try to stay extremely focused.You might have fun that happens on game day, you go to breakfast where you aren’t focused at all and you have your time to chill, but on the bus ride to an away game or on the drive over to the field is where i kinda get into the zone, have my quiet time with a little bit of music, It’s what you think about what you’re gonna face. I do stuff that is more routine and consistency, things you do to know that you need to get ready like taking bp one way or getting sprints in to not only warm you up but also to calm your heart rate, people don’t understand that there are nerves going on so anything to calm you down make it more of “this is just another day on the field”.
Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?
A. I have 2 dogs so it’s a lot of time outside. My husband coaches soccer so now I’m a number one soccer fan. I love shopping, being outdoors, anything really. I love watching sporting events, softball games. People think I’m crazy but I’ll even go watch a spring training baseball game. People think you just want to get away from the field but i just love it.
Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?
A. I’ve had so many great coaches, and been truly blessed because growing up at a young age i had my dad, but he knew how to pass me off to someone else which i think a lot of parents struggle with giving up that control. He passed me off to the 14 and under to a great coach Dale Moore who taught me a lot about the game, what was important, and how to play it the right way and respect it. Really everyone from my hitting coach Doug Myers to my high school coach Jill and Mike Gonzalez all knew how to play the game the right way. I wouldn’t be the player i am today if they didn’t teach me those lessons outside of slapping and out fielding and all that stuff which they did but it was getting down to the nitty gritty.
Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?
A. As the national anthem is played I think about and what I’m visualizing the game to look like. It’s calming myself down right before and picturing what is going to happen and how its going to go. I have a lot of little ones like my glove can’t sit one way it has to be on the right side and bad things won’t happen but its just consistency and what i do.
Q. What is your favorite softball memory?
A. I don’t really have one specific one, being at the olympics is huge. I think about certain pitchers that I have faced and how amazing and spot on they could be. How when 2 people are at the top of their game how amazing that feels or those little moments when people are throwing the perfect game. When 9 of you are clicking on all cylinders and even knowing that you and your team have failed in the game already but still knowing you’re gong to succeed in the end.
Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?
A. I don’t think there is a whole lot you can do to prepare yourself for it, you have to go through it and learn to respond the right way. We do a lot of team activities but not until you are in those tough mental moments will you learn how to respond the right way. I have been lucky enough to have been in a lot of tough mental moments and responded to them the wrong way and thats how you lear. I’ve also been lucky enough to have coaches that gear you towards the right path and hopefully i can be that way towards my future team.
Q. What is life like after playing softball?
A.Its more softball, but a different kind of softball. It’s dealing with 18 different individuals and you have to get them on the same page and learn what motivates them and what fires them up, and realizing not everyone is going to react the same way as you. Some will react way better and some will react in a different way and thats what I am starting to learn and what my coach was so good at in passing over to me. People are different, some you need to get on and some you just need to pat them on the back for a while. It’s a lot harder then playing because, when you’re on a team, you worry about your teammates but try to take care of your own business and not worried about all 18 people so for me thats where I’ve been growing the most.
Q. What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?
A. Myself, 100%. I was the most hard on myself and there wasn’t a bigger critic, so I had to learn to get over that. A specific moment I remember is when I was on tour with the olympic team and I had failed on bat not horribly but I was still hard on myself and Christa Lusis told me the longer you keep thinking about that the less your thinking about the steps after that. I started learning from my mistakes and realized you had to squash those negative thoughts real quick and learn how to one up the pitcher next time. This all came from a team member so always have those open years and don’t shut anyone down.
A Few Accomplishments
• Gold medalist at the Pan American Games (2007)
• Two-time World Cup Champion (2006 & 2007)
• World Champion (2006)
• Olympic Silver medalist (2008)
National Team Experience
• Silver Medalist at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China
– recorded the first ever inside the park home run in Olympic history, August 12, 2008, USA wins 11-0 over Venezuela
• Along with Natasha Watley, led team over the summer with 27 hits; tied a team-high with two triples and a second- best 21 runs scored and was perfect on the base paths with nine stolen bases
• Gold medalist at Pan American Games
• World Cup Champion
Hit .500 (8-for-16) with six runs scored and four stolen bases
Posted a team-high six hits with three runs scored for a .462 average
• At Canada Cup, scored 12 runs with a .448 average (13-for-29); had a team-high two triples with eight RBI
• One of the youngest members of the 2006 World Championship team
Hit .314 (11-for-35) with a team-tying high 14 runs scored; was a perfect 6-6 in stolen bases; Started in all 11 games in outfield
• World Cup Champion
Hit .524 (11-for-21) and had an on-base-percentage of .545 with three stolen bases
• Silver medalist at the Japan Cup
Hit .313 (5-16) with three runs
• Silver medalist at the World Cup
Hit .417 (5-12) with three runs
• Member of USA Schutt Elite Team at Canada Cup and Champions Cup
Hit .404 (23-57) with a team-high 16 runs
• Two-time National Champion (2006 & 2007)
• Four-time NFCA All-American (2004 – 2007)
• Two-time Top Three Finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year (2005 & 2007)
• Two-time Top 10 Finalists for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year (2005 & 2007)
• Two-time member of All-Women’s College World Series team (2006 & 2007)
• Graduate of Foothill High School in Tustin, Calif. (2003)