Arizona softball kicked off the 2021 season with a sweep of the Hillenbrand Invitational, going 5-0 while outscoring its opponents 45-5 run-ruling four out of the five opponents.
During the invitational, Arizona’s pitching staff combined for an 0.50 ERA in 28 innings of work, with all five pitchers making an appearance. For the weekend, the star of the staff was junior pitcher/utility player Hanah Bowen who tossed her first career no-hitter in a 12-0 five-inning run-rule of New Mexico.
The Wildcats will be home playing in the Wildcat Invitational against BYU, Colorado State, Seattle, and Pac-12 opponent Oregon State in five games during the weekend.
However, the storyline for the invitational has nothing to do with the games. According to Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza, the team will have the opportunity to play in front of family for the first time all season. The players will be given four tickets to give to immediate family members only; the team hasn’t had fans since March 10, during a game against Saint Joseph’s when the 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are Palomino-Cardoza and Janelle Meono talking about the upcoming games and discussing the opportunity to play in front of their family for the first time in nearly a year:
Here’s Candrea talking about the upcoming games in the Wildcat Invitational and discussing how the non-conference game against Oregon State came about:
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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.