Marissa Schuld came to Arizona in the summer of 2018 as one of the top pitchers in the nation with a 54-11 record from the circle for Phoenix Pinnacle while collecting 617 strikeouts, which translated to over 10 Ks an outing. Schuld also batted .470 in her high school career with 177 RBI and 37 home runs.
She went the distance against Chandler Hamilton in the 2018 6A championship game with 14 strikeouts in the 4-0 2-hit shutout. She helped herself out at the plate by going 2-for-4 with a home run. Her performance at the highest level cemented her claim to her second straight Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year award and it propelled her to a National Player of the Year nod by FloSoftball.
At only 5-foot-3, Schuld went 2-0 with eight strikeouts in 14.2 innings of work as a freshman for the University of Arizona and she transitioned to the primary designated player for the Wildcats in her sophomore season, batting .350 with six RBI on a double and two home runs on 40 at bats.
Schuld announced her decision to enter the transfer portal in April and Arizona State announced her selection late Thursday. Cielo Meza led ASU with a 10-2 record this past spring and the senior announced her return to the Sun Devil roster. Senior Madison Preston was 5-4 with 15 appearances. Schuld is expected to be in the mix in two years depending on her release from Arizona.
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