Hello Wildcat fans,
This past Tuesday was International Women’s Day and to commemorate this holiday we hosted the local Monsoon T-ball team. We planned on having them come to the Tuesday doubleheader against UTEP to be honored before the game to celebrate International Women’s Day and the 50th anniversary of Title IX. However, the games were canceled, so instead, we invited them out to our practice to hang out with the team and have a chance to hit and run the bases on our field. It was nice to be able to give back to the younger generation of little girls who have a dream of playing softball at Arizona. It reminded me of when I was young and how I looked up to the girls who played softball for Arizona.
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Growing up in Tucson, I played for the El Rio Fastpitch League and looked up to the Arizona softball players. Back then my biggest aspirations were to win the city tournament. Now, my goal is to win the Women’s College World Series. Moments like these come full circle and inspire those girls, and all girls who watch our games, to achieve their dreams of playing sports like me and my teammates have done. Realizing how impactful I can be to these young girls inspires me to live up to those expectations. It makes me want to be the best role model that I can be and be more involved in the community.
Growing up, there have been many women who have impacted my life. The most influential woman in my life has been my mom. She has made me the woman I am today. She always supported me and my dream of playing softball. My mother is the reason that I can attend college and play softball at the collegiate level, because of all the sacrifices she has made over the years that allowed me to pursue my dreams. I can also say that she is the hardest worker that I know. She is a hard worker that was able to balance a full-time career as an overnight nurse, with the full-time job of being a mother, while still being able to fully support all of her children.
I’m blessed to have so many amazing females in my life to look up to and learn from. I am constantly surrounded by women who I admire, who have achieved so much success. The women I am around push me and inspire me to be the best that I can be and I hope that I can be an inspiration to other young women, as they are to me.
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.