Eight Women’s College World Series were held without the Arizona Wildcats. The eight-year drought matched the eight titles the storied program has won.
Fans, alumnae, media, and the softball community have responded. What’s everyone saying?
Softball alumnae who have been there
- Tucson native and former Arizona pitcher Kenzie Fowler Quinn was on the 2010 team that made the Wildcats’ last trip to Oklahoma City.
- Wildcat legend Jennie Finch had something to say, too.
- Leah O’Brien-Amico brought an Olympic feel to the party.
- Toni Mascarenas, former Wildcat and aunt of Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza, has something to say about those butterflies, eyeblack, and getting Candrea back to Oklahoma City.
Softball alumnae who experienced the heartbreak of the drought
- Danielle O’Toole was on the last team that hosted a Super Regional. She watched some of her former teammates complete the journey they couldn’t quite get done in 2017.
Very proud to be an alum of @ArizonaSoftball right now.— Danielle O’Toole (@Oh_tooly3) May 26, 2019
- Arizona’s current career home-run queen watches as current Wildcat Jessie Harper makes a run at her record.
Other great Wildcats
- You have to be tough to play football, too, I guess.
- Harper gets the Wildcats back into the dugout in the bottom of the sixth inning.
- A young pitcher who deals with the same challenges as the Arizona ace gets a picture with her hero.
My daughter met her hero after the UofA victory! A pitcher just like her who only has vision in one eye! Thank you Taylor for taking a moment to take a picture with Rori! @ArizonaSoftball pic.twitter.com/QOcInVIsrK— Andrea L Divijak (@a_divijak) May 26, 2019
The softball community
- Alyssa Denham spent her first year at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette before her coach was fired. His admiration for her game hasn’t waned, though. He reached out with congratulations for Denham and her current coach.
@DenhamAlyssa @CoachCandreaUA CONGRATS,so happy 4 both of y’all. The journey back to the WCWS is worth IT.Enjoy it! don’t take it 4 granted. It’s a “special” accomplishment & indescribable experience whether it’s your 1st time or 20th something. No better feeling pic.twitter.com/HDpayrRbVs— Michael Lotief (@CoachMikeLotief) May 26, 2019
- Cindy Bristow, the pitching coach at UC-Riverside, weighs in on the importance of having Arizona in the Women’s College World Series.
- UCLA softball alum Jen Schroeder is excited for her former opponent.
I didn’t realize I would be THIS excited for Arizona Softball to be back in #OKC.— Jen Schroeder (@jen_schro) May 26, 2019
Seeing Candrea emotional yesterday made me emotional.
I am VERY happy for the Wildcats.
- As soon as the game was over, the Wildcats ran to the outfield to change the sign on the outfield wall.
Arizona softball players took, what, 2 minutes, to affix a large "23'' sticker to outfield wall at Hillenbrand Stadium tonight, 23rd time in school history it is going to College World Series. That's planning ahead and then some.— Greg Hansen (@ghansen711) May 26, 2019
- Did the Wildcats complete a unique feat on their way to the postseason?
If UCLA, Washington and Florida get in (all three hosting, up a game in their super regionals and could get in as early as tonight), and Arizona gets in, too, @ArizonaSoftball will have played ALL 7 other #WCWS teams. Serious question: Is that something that happens often? https://t.co/U1OuDFlbpl— Brett Fera (@brettfera) May 26, 2019
- ESPN’s Michele Smith is impressed by the effect pitching coach Taryne Mowatt has had on two different pitching staffs.
Current and former members of the UA Athletic Department
- Former Arizona women’s basketball coach Joan Bonvicini got to watch Adia Barnes have a spectacular year turning around the Wildcats on the hardwood just a few months ago. On Saturday, she got prime seats to watch softball clinch their WCWS berth.
- Cheering in the press box? How can you blame Arizona’s communications staff, especially Danny Martinez, who is there every day with the team?
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