Carlie Scupin Column

Midterms, spring break and memorializing Katie Meyer

Hello Wildcat fans,

Last week was a stressful week for athletes due to midterms. We all had to complete exams throughout the week, followed by a five-game weekend.

I am a business major, currently in my second year, working on my prerequisites. On the team, we have a wide variety of majors. Most players are psychology or communication majors, but we also have sports broadcasting majors, education, English and business majors.


School can be demanding, especially during softball season. I had three tough midterms last week for Business Communications, Accounting and Analytics. Having multiple midterms followed by a long weekend of hard-fought games was physically and mentally demanding and I am so glad that we have a week off of school. I am also glad that I will have two less classes from now on because they were half-semester classes.

We will still have a heavy schedule this week, playing two double-headers over six games, but this week off gives us the opportunity to fully lock in on the games as well as being able to spend time together as a team. This week we will be going out to dinner as a team for the first time since before the season started.

Last week we lost a member of the Pac-12 family. My teammates and I were devastated to hear the news about Katie Meyer. It’s a tragedy and on behalf of the Arizona Softball team, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Meyer family, friends, and the Stanford community.

Katie is being memorialized by the college sports community in many ways. A member of our team, Allie Skaggs, began taping her wrists before games with Katie’s initials KM written on them in her memory, which has spread to other members of our team.

This has also sparked conversation about other ways we can memorialize Katie in the future. It’s great to see the support throughout the country for Katie and the spread of mental health awareness. Mental health is an important part of athletics, and I am glad to see the trend of college athletics taking the mental health of athletes more seriously. I am grateful to have a staff that is invested in the mental health of its athletes, that provides constant access to mental health experts for all athletes.

Athletics is so much more than just playing a game. A crucial part of any sport, that is often forgotten, is the mental aspect. Supporting athletics also means supporting the mental health of athletes and the support and love received from the Wildcat Community is greatly appreciated.

Carlie Scupin is a standout first baseman with the Arizona Wildcats under new coach Caitlin Lowe. She is a native Tucsonan recruited by legendary coach Mike Candrea since she was in middle school. She is a 2020 graduate of Tucson High School. Last season as a freshman, Scupin was a Pac-12 All-Freshman selection and an NFCA All-West Region third-team pick. As a junior at Tucson High, she was named the 2019 Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year. She was also selected to the USA Today All-America second team in 2019. She hit 44 home runs while hitting .623 during her high school career, which was cut short her senior season of 2020 due to COVID-19.

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