Arizona Softball

Arizona softball: press conference with Mike Candrea

After a four-game series sweep of Utah last week, No. 9 Arizona was set to begin a four-game series with Cal at Hillenbrand Stadium, but after COVID-19 issues struck the Golden Bears program, the four-game series has been reduced to two games.

The Wildcats and Cal will play on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at noon.

With a record of 31-8 overall and 9-5 in the Pac-12, Arizona will continue its push towards the NCAA tournament, hoping to secure a top-eight seed to host a super regional.

Ahead of the weekly press conference involving Mike Candrea and his players, the NFCA announced the top 30 for Freshman of the Year with two Wildcats on the watch list — outfielder Janelle Meoño and catcher Sharlize Palacios. Here’s Palacios talking about the honor and what it means to her:

Here are Palacios and Carlie Scupin, a Tucson High graduate, talking about the two-game series with Cal and discussing their thoughts on the upcoming road trip to Oregon:

Here’s Candrea talking about the canceled games and discussing his team’s chances of hosting a super regional:

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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.

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