When you have six seniors returning, and the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class, causing a logjam of talent, you can expect to see existing players transfer out of a program.
That’s been the case for Arizona before today as three players — Carli Campbell, Ivy Davis, and Jenna Kean — have already announced that they’ve entered their names in the transfer portal.
Now, two more players have decided to leave the program and enter the transfer portal in sophomore pitcher-designated hitter Marissa Schuld (who announced her intentions on Instagram) as well as sophomore pitcher Vanessa Foreman, according to Ryan Kelapire of AZ Desert Swarm.
When Schuld came to Arizona, she was the two-time Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year. However, during her freshman year, she saw little playing time in the circle or on the field.
In her sophomore season, Schuld’s playing time increased as Arizona placed her in the designated hitter position. She started 15 games with a batting average of .350 and collected two home runs and six RBIs.
While at Arizona, Foreman saw little playing time her freshman season, starting in only two games. She didn’t see much success posting an ERA of 3.75 while giving up five runs in just 9 1/3 innings of work.
Then, during the shortened 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreman didn’t get an opportunity to see any playing time for a loaded Arizona roster.
In that top-ranked recruiting class, Arizona has two pitchers ranked in the top 30 in Jessie Fontes and local Ironwood Ridge pitcher Devyn Netz. With the return of Alyssa Denham and Mariah Lopez, Arizona will be four deep in the circle.
Here’s an updated roster (note that senior Dejah Mulipola is slated to be with Team USA next summer in the Olympics) including the talented freshman class joining the team next season. Arizona is now down to 22 players on the roster, 10 over the scholarship limit.
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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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.