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Former Arizona Wildcats Pitching Ace Taylor McQuillin to Become Graduate Assistant at Arkansas

Former Arizona All-American pitcher Taylor McQuillin will be a graduate assistant at Arkansas next season, according to a person tied to the Wildcats’ softball program.

McQuillin, who studied criminal justice at Arizona, led the Wildcats to a berth in the Women’s College World Series this season, breaking a drought since 2010. She was selected by the Cleveland Comets of the National Pro Fastpitch in the second round of the 2019 NPF Draft.

Taylor McQuillin (ESPN screen shot)

She was slated to join Pima’s staff next season as an assistant to pitching coach Nicki Johnson. McQuillin could not be reached for comment, but Pima coach Rebekah Quiroz, also a former Wildcat, confirmed that McQuillin will not join her staff.

In addition to playing for the Comets, McQuillin (24-8 with a 1.52 ERA with the Wildcats in 2019) and another former Arizona ace, Danielle O’Toole, will represent Mexico in the Pan American Games Aug. 4-11 in Lima, Peru. They will challenge for an Olympic berth with Mexico in the Americans Olympic Qualifier Aug. 25-Sept. 1 at British Columbia, Canada.

Arkansas is coming off a 38-20 season and the Razorbacks have their top two pitchers returning — senior Autumn Storms (20-9, 1.63 ERA) and junior Mary Haff (18-11, 1.88 ERA).

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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