Carlie Scupin Column

CARLIE’S SCOOP: Getting back on track, March Madness & rivalry weekend

Hello Wildcat fans,

Last weekend we kicked off Pac-12 play at UCLA. It is always fun getting into conference play and competing. The games are always competitive and each one is important to win. However, the weekend did not go our way. We weren’t able to make adjustments at the plate all weekend. It was a frustrating weekend for us as a team but we know what we need to work on to be better. We will make the necessary adjustments leading up to this weekend’s games. Despite the tough weekend, it was great to see all the Arizona fans at the game. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported, it is always nice to see our fans on the road. My family was unable to come to this weekend’s games, but luckily my boyfriend and his family were able to come and show support.


Last week was also the start of March Madness. Both Arizona men’s and women’s basketball were playing in the tournament. We were able to watch the men’s game as a team on Friday night after we landed in L.A. We also got to watch the women’s game on Monday night at the airport when we were leaving L.A. for Tucson. We were heartbroken that the women’s team was knocked out of the tournament. We are such big fans of them, and they had an amazing season that they should be proud of. Speaking on behalf of Arizona softball, we are happy for both teams and all their successes this season and will be rooting for the men’s team throughout the rest of the tournament.

This weekend we face our rival Arizona State at Hillenbrand. This week we will be preparing for their pitchers and defensive strategies, but more importantly, preparing mentally. We are excited for the series against ASU. They are always competitive and have high energy. We’re also glad to be hosting this year’s rivalry weekend. The energy the fans bring is amazing and like nothing else. These are some of the most fun games we play all year and it’s because of the energy of the fans. We can’t wait to get back home and get back to work on improving our game. We hope you all can come out and support us in this weekend’s games. Friday’s game is a red out, Saturday’s game is a white out, and Sunday’s game is a blue out.

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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