Arizona’s roster is loaded with seven seniors in Dejah Mulipola, Jessie Harper, Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza, Reyna Carranco, Malia Martinez, Alyssa Denham, and Mariah Lopez. The class all chose to come back to play for coach Mike Candrea one more season after the 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Arizona and the senior class will face No. 2 UCLA in the season’s final week with a chance to host a Super Regional on the line. The Wildcats must win two out of the four games to at least have a shot at landing one of the coveted top eight seeds.
In the recent NFCA poll, Arizona fell from seventh to eighth after splitting a four-game series against Oregon. The Wildcats are 4-10 versus top 25 opponents, with all 14 games coming on the road.
It was a series where both teams struggled to get the offense going, with Arizona averaging an underwhelming 1.75 runs a game. The Wildcats pitching staff stepped up when the team needed it the most, with an era of 1.50 against the Ducks keeping the struggling offense in games.
During the 2019 season Arizona went on the road to UCLA winning 2-of-3 games sealing a top eight seed allowing them to host a Super Regional. The Wildcats went on to beat Ole Miss to advance to the program’s first WCWS in nine years ending the longest drought in the Candrea era.
Here’s the senior class talked what they’ll miss most about playing for Candrea and discussed the upcoming series against rival UCLA:
Here’s Candrea talking about the senior class and discussing the upcoming series against rival UCLA:
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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.