The latest All Sports Tucson Talk podcast includes Arizona softball beat reporters Kim Doss of AZDesertSwarm.com and Troy Hutchison of GOAZCATS.com, both of whom will be in Oklahoma City this week to cover the Wildcats in the Women’s College World Series.
Both have covered Arizona softball within the last five years and have developed a keen understanding of the traditionally strong program as it transitioned from the legendary Mike Candrea to the guidance of the Wildcats’ four-time All-American and Olympic medalist Caitlin Lowe.
Doss and Hutchison touched on various topics regarding Arizona’s improbable run to the WCWS after the Wildcats endured a turbulent regular season, including an 0-8 start in the Pac-12 and last-place finish in the conference with an 8-16 record.
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Among the topics:
- The grit and efficiency of starting pitchers Hanah Bowen and Devyn Netz in five complete-game victories in the five games in the Columbia (Mo.) Regional and Starkville (Miss.) Super Regional.
- Arizona’s impeccable defense in the postseason with only one error in 108 putouts, a remarkable fielding percentage of .991.
- Lowe’s even-keel nature being vital in Arizona staying the course through the rocky beginnining to the Pac-12 season.
- Arizona’s lineup coming through at opportune times with big hits, mostly home runs (nine in the postseason).
- Their choice for the team’s most valuable player entering the WCWS.
Arizona (38-20) enters the WCWS as an unseeded team opening against No. 7 Oklahoma State (46-12) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Tucson time. The game will be televised live on ESPN.