Arizona Softball

Social media reactions of Arizona advancing to its 24th Women’s College World Series

Arizona is headed to its 24th Women’s College World Series following Saturday’s 4-1 win at Arkansas in the Fayetteville Super Regional, the first time since 2009 the Wildcats have made it to Oklahoma City away from Hillenbrand Stadium.

Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza hit a home run on her 24th birthday, Tucson High grad Carlie Scupin produced a two-run single and senior pitcher Alyssa Denham gutted out a complete-game performance against the Razorbacks.

The victory over Arkansas, after Arizona trailed 1-0 without a hit entering the bottom of the fifth, drew plenty of reaction on social media. Here is a sampling of that:

First, some highlights in case you missed the game:

Mike Candrea’s press conference from Fayetteville:

Palomino-Cardoza’s presser:

The look on freshman Sharlize Palacios’ face says it all about the respect Palomino-Cardoza’s teammates have for her:

Former ace Danielle O’Toole-Trejo offers her support …

To think that Candrea has done this 24 times and some have asked if he has anything left in the tank or if replacing him would be a good idea. Candrea will leave on his own terms.

Couldn’t have happened at a better time, on her birthday and in Arizona’s most important game of the season to date:

CDO grad and Arizona standout pitcher Kenzie Fowler, now a college softball broadcaster, offers her reaction to the win and to Palomino-Cardoza’s home run:

Dejah Mulipola’s intensity and confidence has rubbed off on this group of seniors:

Another former Arizona standout weighs in:

Hard to believe but at this time last year Carlie Scupin was graduating from Tucson High School ….

Candrea has talked about being proud of his players, past and present, for who they are not only on the field but even more so off of it, and Jenny Dalton-Hill is an example:

Denham deserves much respect for how she kept battling against Arkansas on Saturday. Much like Hanah Bowen did in Friday’s 10-4 win, Denham prevented the Razorbacks from gaining sustained momentum. She kept shutting the door.

Erika Hanson-Barnes, once a member of Arizona’s softball team, was seen on ESPN’s TV cameras throughout sitting in the stands enjoying this one …

Takes a G.O.A.T. to know one, right?

Proud family moment: Former Arizona standout Toni Mascarenas — Palomino-Cardoza’s aunt — loved what she saw from her niece’s home run:

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District

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