Tucson High School standout Carlie Scupin, who belted 44 home runs in her career, shortened by the closure of schools this spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is in position to be Arizona’s starting first baseman in 2021.
Arizona’s first baseman this season, junior Ivy Davis, has entered the transfer portal, according to a report by Justin’s World of Softball.
Scupin’s towering presence at 6-foot, and her gaudy stats, made it seem as if she could have played for the Wildcats this season even though she was a senior for the Badgers. She appeared to be that advanced physically and with her skill development.
Scupin, who committed to Arizona coach Mike Candrea before her high school career started, earned the prestigious Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year award last season after batting .683 with 17 home runs and 41 RBIs. She led the Badgers to the 6A state semifinals.
Davis. mostly a utility player in her three-year career at Arizona, started 21 games at first base for the Wildcats during the abbreviated 2020 season, batting a career-high .305 with three home runs and 13 RBIs. She started at least one game at seven different positions during her career.
Davis played in 87 games, with 61 starts, and finished with a .247 batting average, seven home runs and 33 RBIs.
Davis, of Huntington Beach, Calif., is the second Wildcat to enter the transfer portal, joining former CDO standout outfielder Carli Campbell, whose name appeared on April 10.
The Wildcats now have a total of 26 players on the 2021 roster, including seniors eligible to return next season, returning underclassmen and incoming freshmen. That number is 14 over the scholarship limit of 12. Some players will possibly have to walk-on with their schooling funded by other means.
Arizona Softball 2021 RosterNotes: Players without years listed are incoming freshmen. Seniors listed are returning because the NCAA has allowed another year of eligibility due to the 2020 season canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Hannah Bowen||P/INF||5-4||Jr.||Ramona (Calif.)||Ramona|
|Reyna Carranco||2B||5-6||Sr.||Oxnard (Calif.)||Oxnard|
|Aris Carroll||INF||5-9||--||Phoenix||Shadow Ridge|
|Sophia Carroll||INF||5-9||--||Phoenix||Shadow Ridge|
|Isabella Dayton||OF||5-6||Fr.||Wylie (Texas)||Wylie|
|Alyssa Denham||P||6-1||Sr.||Alvin (Texas)||Pearland|
|Jesse Fontes||P||5-10||--||Fillmore (Calif.)||Adolf Camarillo.|
|Jessie Harper||SS||5-6||Sr.||Stevenson Ranch (Calif.)||West Ranch|
|Alayna Hicks||INF||5-7||Fr.||Mesa||Red Mountain|
|Giulia Koutsoyanopulos||UTL||5-11||--||Mission Viejo (Calif..||Capistrano Valley|
|Mariah Lopez||P||5-8||Sr.||Saugus (Calif.)||Saugus|
|Hannah Martinez||OF||5-7||Jr.||Garden Grove (Calif.)||Pacifica|
|Malia Martinez||3B||5-7||Sr.||Poway (Calif.)||Poway|
|Janelle Meono||OF||5-4||Fr.||Hacienda Heights (Calif.)||Glenn A. Wilson|
|Dejah Mulipola||C||5-8||Sr.||Garden (Calif.)||Pacifica|
|Devyn Netz||P/INF||5-9||--||Sierra Madre (Calif.)||Ironwood Ridge|
|Izzy Pacho||C/INF||5-5||So.||Tucson||Ironwood Ridge|
|Sharlize Palacios||C||5-6||Fr.||Chula Vista (Calif.)||Eastlake|
|Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza||OF||5-10||Sr.||Mission Viejo (Calif.)||Mission Viejo|
|Jasmine Perezchica||OF||5-8||--||La Quinta (Calif.)||Palm Desert|
|Allie Skaggs||UTL||5-8||--||Louisville (Ky.)||Ironwood Ridge|
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