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WATCH: Mike Candrea, players discuss upcoming Arizona softball season

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Candrea, Taylor McQuillin, Jessie Harper, Alyssa Denham, and Aleah Craighton spoke to the media Thursday

Aleah Craighton

We’re about a month away from the start of Arizona Wildcats softball season, so we got to speak with head coach Mike Candrea and a few players before Thursday’s practice to get their thoughts on the upcoming year.

Watch what they had to say.

Head coach Mike Candrea

Junior pitcher Taylor McQuillin

Context: The left-hander is poised to be Arizona’s ace, replacing Danielle O’Toole who graduated after last season.

ULL transfer pitcher Alyssa Denham

Context: The right-hander transferred in from Louisiana-Lafayette after being the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year. She figures to be a big part of UA’s rotation.

Sophomore shortstop Jessie Harper

Context: After a stellar freshman season at first base, Harper is moving to her natural position at shortstop.

ULL transfer outfielder Aleah Craighton

Context: Like Denham, Craighton arrives from Louisiana-Lafayette (their coach was fired amid allegations of verbal and physical abuse). The senior is a two-time All-American outfielder, and will likely be one of Arizona’s best players in 2018.

Arizona softball opens its season on Feb. 9 in Tempe against Northwestern.