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A look at Arizona softball’s 2021 roster and a starting lineup projection

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: MAR 07 Boise State at Arizona Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

After returning all seven seniors because of the coronavirus crisis and seeing six players leave the program because of the resulting roster crunch, Arizona softball currently has 22 players on board for the 2021 campaign.

No more player movement is expected, so now is a good time to take stock. Here is a breakdown of UA’s roster (first by year, then by position) along with a starting lineup projection.

By year

Seniors (7)

  • Jessie Harper, SS
  • Reyna Carranco, 2B
  • Mariah Lopez, RHP
  • Alyssa Denham, RHP
  • Malia Martinez, 3B
  • Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza, OF
  • Dejah Mulipola, C

Juniors (2)

  • Hanah Bowen, P/UT
  • Peanut Martinez, OF

Sophomores (1)

  • Izzy Pacho, C

Returning freshmen (4)

  • Bella Dayton, OF
  • Alayna Hicks, INF
  • Janelle Meono, OF
  • Sharlize Palacios, C

Incoming freshmen (8)

  • Aris Carroll, INF
  • Sophia Carroll, INF
  • Carlie Scupin, 1B
  • Jessie Fontes, RHP
  • Devyn Netz, RHP/UT
  • Jasmine Perezchica, OF
  • Allie Skaggs, UT
  • Giulia Koutsoyanopulos, UT

By position

Catchers

  • Dejah Mulipola, Sr.
  • Izzy Pacho, So.
  • Sharlize Palacios, Fr.

Infielders

  • Jessie Harper, Sr.
  • Reyna Carranco, Sr.
  • Malia Martinez, Sr.
  • Carlie Scupin, Fr.
  • Alayna Hicks, Fr.
  • Aris Carroll, Fr.
  • Sophia Carroll, Fr.

Outfielders

  • Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza, Sr.
  • Peanut Martinez, Jr.
  • Bella Dayton, Fr.
  • Janelle Meono, Fr.
  • Jasmine Perezchica, Fr.

Utility

  • Allie Skaggs, Fr.
  • Giulia Koutsoyanopulos, Fr.

Pitchers

  • Mariah Lopez, Sr.
  • Alyssa Denham, Sr.
  • Hanah Bowen, Jr. (can also hit and play infield)
  • Jessie Fontes, Fr.
  • Devyn Netz, Fr. (can also hit and play infield)

A starting lineup projection (with 2020 stats)

  1. Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza, CF (.373 AVG, 7 HR, 26 RBI)
  2. Reyna Carranco, 2B (.360 AVG, 1 HR, 10 RBI)
  3. Jessie Harper, SS (.395, 10 HR, 29 RBI)
  4. Dejah Mulipola, C (N/A)
  5. Malia Martinez, 3B (.333, 3 HR, 21 RBI)
  6. Carlie Scupin, 1B (N/A)
  7. Sharlize Palacios, DP (.324 AVG, 1 HR, 7 RBI)
  8. Peanut Martinez, LF (.239 AVG, 3 HR, 8 RBI)
  9. Bella Dayton, RF (.302 AVG, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 10 SB)

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