From one extreme to another.
Arizona softball transfer and Tucson native Carli Campbell is trading the desert heat for the frigid cold in upstate New York, as she will continue her college career at Syracuse.
The move was first reported by 520SportsTalk. It comes after the redshirt junior outfielder spent four years at Arizona, hitting .275 in 146 career games (75 starts).
The speedy slapper once said playing for the Wildcats was a “dream come true”, but she entered the transfer portal after they announced they would be returning their entire senior class in 2021.
A starter on the 2019 Women’s College World Series team, the Canyon del Oro product appeared in 18 of 25 games in the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season, but only logged seven at-bats, losing playing time to freshmen Bella Dayton and Janelle Meono, as well as juniors Jenna Kean and Peanut Martinez.
Kean also transferred, though her future destination is still unknown. Arizona’s other three transfers have found a home, with junior utility Ivy Davis landing at Tennessee, sophomore left-hander Vanessa Foreman signing with Louisiana-Lafayette, and two-way player Marissa Schuld joining ASU.
Sophomore outfielder Riley Kuderca recently left the program too, but she is planning to remain a student at the UA.
Campbell was a walk-on at Arizona but is likely receiving scholarship money to attend Syracuse, a big benefit of transferring. She has two years of eligibility left and can play immediately in 2021.
The Orange were 10-10 when the 2020 season was canceled in mid-March. They did not play a single home game. Due to the cold weather in upstate New York, their first homestand wasn’t scheduled until late March.
Syracuse typically plays 15 home games a year. Arizona regularly hosts 30 or more.
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