The Arizona softball team has bolstered its pitching for the 2018 season, as Purdue transfer Gina Snyder said she will play for the Wildcats.
Snyder, who attended Sahuaro High School, pitched two seasons with the Boilermakers but redshirted last season after suffering brain swelling in the spring. She returned home to Tucson after the spring semester.
Snyder told AllSportsTucson.com that she received medical clearance Thursday morning.
“I wanted to come home,” she told Andy Morales of AllSportsTucson.com. “It was a two-week tryout and we were waiting for my medical clearance and it came in this morning. I’m excited to be playing in the town I grew up in.”
Snyder was 5-8 in 2016 for a Purdue team that went 27-28. She had a 4.47 ERA, striking out 69 batters in 72 innings, the second-most on the team. She held opponents to a .227 batting average and threw a no-hitter against Florida-Gulf Coast.
She was 7-3 with a 3.45 ERA as a freshman, striking out 71 in 65 innings and holding opponents to a .206 average.
Snyder was AllSportsTucson.com’s 2014 Southern Arizona Pitcher of the year.
She said she is enrolled at Arizona for the fall semester and physically ready to pitch right now.
“I would say I just want to do what I can,” she said of helping the Wildcats in the 2018 season. “Whatever role I’m given, just do the best at that I can.”
Arizona loses ace Danielle O’Toole but brings back Taylor McQuillin, who will be a junior. She was 16-4 with a 1.94 ERA last season, striking out 159 in 120 1/3 innings. Head coach Mike Candrea added freshmen Taylor Gilmore from Broomfield, Colo., and Hannah Bowen from Ramona, Calif.
Arizona went 52-9 last season and won the Pac-12 title, but lost to Baylor in an NCAA Tournament Super Regional.