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BlueSky

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USF Invitational

I'm guessing Candrea will start McQ in the circle vs Michigan on Friday and Florida on Saturday.

Who will be the first reliever for TM? When does Schuld get her first start?

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USF Invitational

I'm guessing Candrea will start McQ in the circle vs Michigan on Friday and Florida on Saturday.

Who will be the first reliever for TM? When does Schuld get her first start?


Put her in the ring immediately. Rachel Garcia is her idol.
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will it be ready for the first game?
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On Twitter it was said that the work is ahead of schedule with the first game set for Feb. 14th.

The new padding
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That looks nice, looks like they did a good job. 
SJ28

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Here's how it looked on Dec. 5, 2018

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29 home games in it's inaugural season. (if I counted right) How Sweet!
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USF INVITATIONAL Game Notes from Arizona website 

https://arizonawildcats.com/documents/2019/2/1//SBNotes_2019_1_USF_Opening_Weekend_Invitational.pdf?id=17496

OPPONENTS

#19 Michigan: The Wolverines return seven starters and 14 total letterwinners from last season's 44-13 season in which they won their 20th Big Ten Championship and qualifi ed for the NCAA Tournament. Michigan, led by the winningest coach in NCAA history Carol Hutchins, returns two All-Americans, second baseman Faith Canfi eld and pitcher Meghan Beaubien. The Wildcats are 9-8 all-time vs. the Wolverines, but Michigan has won the last six meetings, dating back to 2008. In their last meeting, Michigan defeated Arizona 3-0 on March 7, 2014 in the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, California.

South Florida: The Bulls are receiving votes in the preseason NFCA Top 25 following a 39-23 season and an American Athletic Championship in 2018. USF was selected to repeat as conference champions by the coaches in the preseason poll. South Florida returns reigning American Athletic Conference co-Pitcher and Rookie of the Year Georgina Corrick, who went 15-8 with a 1.61 ERA in 2018. This will be the fi rst of two matchups between UA and USF; the Bulls will participate in the Hillenbrand Invitational in week 2 of the season. Arizona is 9-0 all-time vs. South Florida and defeated the Bulls twice in the 2009 USF Wilson Tournament in Tampa. 

#5 Florida: The Gators are preseason SEC favorites once again, picked by the league coaches to win the conference for the fifth straight season. Florida, ranked fi fth in the preseason NFCA Top 25, went 56-11 and advanced to the Women's College World Series in 2018. Three Gators, Kelly Barnhill, Kendyl Lindaman and Amanda Lorenz, were named to the 2019 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List; Barnhill won the award in 2017. Arizona is 5-4 all-time against Florida, but the Gators have won each of the last four matchups, including a 10-0, five-inning win in the teams' last matchup on March 6, 2015 in the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, California.

Illinois State: The Redbirds were selected fi fth in the preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference team following a 21-33 season in 2018. Illinois State is led by Andrea Coursey, who was named preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference following a campaign in which she hit .269 with six doubles, a homer and nine RBI. Arizona is 4-0 all-time vs. Illinois State, but the two have not met since Feb. 18, 1995, when the Wildcats defeated the Redbirds 13-0 in fi ve innings at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona. 

North Carolina State: The Jennifer Patrick-Swift era is set to commence at New Mexico; the former Saint Francis head coach takes over a club that went 23-31 in 2018. Chandly Gardner, who led the team with 11 home runs a season ago, returns to lead the off ense. Arizona is 3-0 all-time against North Carolina State, with the two programs' last meeting coming March 15, 2007 at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, California (UA 2, NC State 0).

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Shouldn't there be a rabbit in center field? Curious why Candrea is playing Palomino there instead of LF or RF.

Hillary Edior starting in RF today.

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I don’t understand why Schuld and foreman have not gotten action? And why Edior is the starting RF when we haven Kean, Kuderca, Campbell and Ashner.. just some interesting lineup decisions, no ?
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Edior is an automatic out, always has been, and Az is already living and dying by the homerun on BOTH offense and defense.  Nothing has changed.


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When are we going to get a coach who elevates our batting ? This seems to be the same as last year and we willl again miss out on the WS because we can’t score. Ridiculous
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Seems like some small ball mixed into the hitting plan would be helpful.
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To lose to a frosh pitcher is bad.
To go 0 for 14 at first base is bad
To have players not give 100% at all times
Including practices and warm ups is bad
Hence the unusual lineups
To wrongfully manage players is bad
The bottom of the lineup was listless/useless


So you seem to have some particular insight that no one else has such as the reporters who cover the Wildcats.  On the 5th during preseason press conference the outfielders were slotted to be Campbell, Palomino and Kean and then two days later a shortstop and catcher end up starting in the outfield.  The implication from your post is that Campbell and Kean were not giving 100% so the line-up changed.

Do you know that for a fact or are you stirring stuff up ?




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No matter how you spin it, the loss to NC State was a perfect indicator of that has prevented Arizona from getting back to OKC. Poor situational hitting, living and dying by the HR, and some questionable line-up choices.  
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No matter how you spin it, the loss to NC State was a perfect indicator of that has prevented Arizona from getting back to OKC. Poor situational hitting, living and dying by the HR, and some questionable line-up choices.  


Exactly.
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No matter how you spin it, the loss to NC State was a perfect indicator of that has prevented Arizona from getting back to OKC. Poor situational hitting, living and dying by the HR, and some questionable line-up choices.  


Yeah. All that.

The weekend was like a deja vu from the last several seasons. Can't bring the runners in.

Total hits: Wildcats 38, opponents 19. Not bad, but 5 Wildcat batters got 35 of the hits.

Total LOB: Wildcats 35, opponents 16. Ugh.

Total Runs: Wildcats 18, opponents 10. Got to do better soon or won't make out to or out of the Supers. Again.



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Yeah. All that.

The weekend was like a deja vu from the last several seasons. Can't bring the runners in.

Total hits: Wildcats 38, opponents 19. Not bad, but 5 Wildcat batters got 35 of the hits.

Total LOB: Wildcats 35, opponents 16. Ugh.

Total Runs: Wildcats 18, opponents 10. Got to do better soon or won't make out to or out of the Supers. Again.





It's frustrating to no end, so I find myself not nearly as excited this year as I have been in past years...to see them finally break through...cuz they don't.

Lol.  Nothing has changed.
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Yeah. All that.

The weekend was like a deja vu from the last several seasons. Can't bring the runners in.

Total hits: Wildcats 38, opponents 19. Not bad, but 5 Wildcat batters got 35 of the hits.

Total LOB: Wildcats 35, opponents 16. Ugh.

Total Runs: Wildcats 18, opponents 10. Got to do better soon or won't make out to or out of the Supers. Again.




It also doesn't help when your ace pitcher gives up 3 HR in 10 IP. McQuillin can be brilliant, but it seems like when the pressure hits she just can't hang.  The frustrating thing is knowing she can be a top pitcher and carry the team. I still remember that 2-hit shutout of Oklahoma last year....that was probably the best I've ever seen her. 
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It also doesn't help when your ace pitcher gives up 3 HR in 10 IP. McQuillin can be brilliant, but it seems like when the pressure hits she just can't hang.  The frustrating thing is knowing she can be a top pitcher and carry the team. I still remember that 2-hit shutout of Oklahoma last year....that was probably the best I've ever seen her. 



We have seen for over 3 years now that McQuillin folds under pressure...quite easily.  I do not consider that carrying a team.

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It's frustrating to no end, so I find myself not nearly as excited this year as I have been in past years...to see them finally break through...cuz they don't.

Lol.  Nothing has changed.




Agreed. And the elephant in the room remains.

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Agreed. And the elephant in the room remains.


Is it bad that for the last 2-3 seasons I have thought that it really may be time for Candrea to retire more so than ever before?  He seems to have lost his own killer instinct, because the Az teams of the past were relentless!
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The bottom of the lineup was listless/useless


Dear God. I just looked and saw the 6 through 9 slots went 4 for 53 with 6 bb. That's a .076 BA and .170 obp.

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It also doesn't help when your ace pitcher gives up 3 HR in 10 IP. McQuillin can be brilliant, but it seems like when the pressure hits she just can't hang.  The frustrating thing is knowing she can be a top pitcher and carry the team. I still remember that 2-hit shutout of Oklahoma last year....that was probably the best I've ever seen her. 


No sh$t. I'd bet that my memories of that game are even more vivid than yours.
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She has Oklahoma again in the Nutter.


I'm hoping for better (for OU) results this time around.

She's an elite pitcher, though I can understand janie's and Mojo's frustrations with her.
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Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium Grand Re-Opening Set For Thursday

Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium Set for Grand Re-Opening on Thursday


Very nice.
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Week 1 Wildcats OPS leaders

Palomino, 1.806

Mulipola, 1.793

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Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium Grand Re-Opening Set For Thursday

Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium Set for Grand Re-Opening on Thursday

What is the glassed in area above the first base side used for

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Spazsdad, see bullet #2 (https://arizonawildcats.com/news/2019/2/12/hillenbrand-memorial-stadium-set-for-grand-re-opening-on-thursday.aspx):

NOTES ON THE NEW DIGS
  • A shade structure will provide the majority of the infield seats with limited cover from the sun during the spring and early summer day games.
  • Two premium seating areas will feature unique experiences for fans. The Club Level, a 40-seat air-conditioned indoor section, will offer a luxury atmosphere with a private restroom and access to food and drinks. The Field Level will provide premier vantage points with chairback seating behind home plate.
  • Pole-less netting will stretch from dugout to dugout, protecting all fans in infield seats from foul balls without obstructions caused from supporting poles. The removal of poles behind home plate will provide improved sightlines for every seat behind home plate.  
  • The Alumni plaza, a standing-room only viewing area will be located above the seating areas down the third base line, will recognize the rich and storied tradition of Arizona softball and provide an area for Arizona softball alumnae to watch the game together.
  • A brand new concourse will feature upgraded restrooms and concession areas to go along with a new ticket office, A Store and entrances to the stadium.
  • Amenities for players include enlarged home and visiting dugouts, complete with restrooms as well as a water station. The bullpens have been renovated as well as the padding on outfield and infield walls.

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