The downside of the seven seniors returning to Arizona softball in 2021 is that it caused several sophomores and juniors to transfer from the program in search of more playing time.
Now that the season is over, let’s recap how they fared at their new schools. (Note: Outfielder Riley Kuderca also left the UA program last offseason but remained at the school as a student.)
Ivy Davis, Tennessee
- 2021 stats: 57 GP, 57 GS, .283 AVG, 8 2B, 16 HR, 47 RBI, .346 OBP, .626 SLG
- Overview: The redshirt junior played all over the field at Arizona but started every game at shortstop, her natural position, for the Volunteers. The Huntington Beach native led Tennessee in homers and RBI, helping the Volunteers secure the No. 9 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, they lost to James Madison and Liberty in the Knoxville Regional.
Jenna Kean, Louisiana
- 2021 stats: 50 GP, 17 GS, .226 AVG, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 19 R, 29 SB, .281 OBP, .302 SLG
- Overview: Just like at Arizona, Kean was a part-time starter in the outfield for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Whether she started or not, her speed was a tremendous asset. The junior stole 29 bases, two more than Arizona stole all season. UL went 47-12 and won the Sun Belt before being eliminated by LSU in the Baton Rouge Regional.
Vanessa Foreman, Louisiana
- 2021 stats: 16 GP, 17.2 IP, 2.77 ERA, 22 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 7 K, .306 BAA
- Overview: The sophomore left-hander logged the fewest innings among the five UL pitchers who saw action this season. All 16 of her appearances came out of the bullpen.
Marissa Schuld, Arizona State
- 2021 stats: N/A
- Overview: The Scottsdale native was ineligible for the 2021 season due to the Pac-12’s intraconference transfer rule. The two-time Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year will have three years of eligibility starting in 2022 and should be a key arm and bat for the pitching-challenged Sun Devils, who were eliminated by Virginia Tech in the Tempe Regional. Schuld and ASU will visit Hillenbrand Stadium next season, what should make for an interesting matchup. The Sun Devils took three of four from the Wildcats in 2021.
Carli Campbell, Syracuse
- 2021 stats: 4 GP, 4 GS, .182 AVG, 2 RBI, 1 BB
- Overview: The Tucson native and former Women’s College World Series starter suffered an injury in February and missed the rest of the season. The Syracuse program came under controversy when some former players accused head coach Shannon Doepking of creating a toxic team culture, but current players defended her. Campbell, a redshirt junior outfielder, said via text that “I absolutely love my team and my coach and can say I am very happy I went there!” The Orange went 20-24 including a 12-20 mark in ACC play.