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Arizona’s O’Toole earns spot on Team USA softball

Danielle O’Toole at the Team USA tryout camp. (Photo courtesy USA Softball)

Arizona senior pitcher Danielle O’Toole has been selected to the U.S. National Team.

O’Toole made the cut from 51 players to 20, it was announced Friday, and she will be part of the 2017 team that competes at the World Cup of Softball XII in July in Oklahoma City, Okla. and at a Pan American Games/World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship Qualifier.

O’Toole is one of only four newcomers to the national team. She now has her foot in the door on Team USA as competition for roster spots will heat up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, when softball returns to the docket for the first time since 2008.

Arizona redshirt freshman outfielder Alyssa Palomino also was part of the tryout camp, which ended Thursday, but she did not make the cut this time.

Earlier in the week, two UA freshmen — catcher Dejah Mulipola and infielder Jessie Harperwere selected to the USA Junior Women’s National Training Team.

The left-handed O’Toole went 26-12 with a 2.17 ERA in 2016, her first season of eligibility with the Wildcats after her transfer from San Diego State. She struck out 192 in 216 innings.

O’Toole is one of five players who can pitch on Team USA.

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