Carlie Scupin Column

CARLIE’S SCOOP: Wildcats have each other’s back, appreciate Team Hoyt Arizona

Dear Wildcat fans,

We have had a rocky start to pac-12 play so far. We have started out 0-6 against UCLA and Arizona State. There is not much to say other than we need to improve as a team. We have two options heading forward for the rest of the season, stepping up or backing down. We have not played to our full potential thus far in the season, but I know we have all the pieces necessary to turn things around. We have a strong coaching staff that backs us 100 percent and although we have not been playing to the standard of Arizona softball, we have not faltered as a team. We all have each other’s backs and refuse to allow these last few weeks to sow division within our team. To turn our losing streak around we have to switch our collective mentality. We must focus more on the little things and winning every pitch, breaking the game down and not allowing the moment to become too big.


This weekend is an opportunity for us to climb out of this hole and play like we know we can. But that’s going to require us to be dialed in for every play and focus on winning each inning. We thank everyone who came out this past weekend and showed support despite a disappointing performance. We really appreciate the support from the fans, it means a lot to all of us and we will need your continued support going forward. We have also received a lot of encouragement through social media from fans. It is easy to kick players while they are down at times like this but your continued support has been graciously received by all players and staff.

Members of Team Hoyt with some of the Arizona Wildcats last weekend (Scupin photo)

Team Hoyt Arizona is a nonprofit volunteer organization in Southern Arizona. People with special needs join for free with volunteers and we race together! Click here to learn more.

We also appreciate all the young fans that stay after each game to take pictures and ask for autographs. A lot of parents are apprehensive about taking their kids to see the players after a bad game, but we always love taking pictures and signing autographs after each game regardless of the outcome. It means a lot to our team to be there for our fans and it is always fulfilling to see the joy that we can bring to those kids by signing a ball or taking a picture with them. We love knowing that despite how we may feel in the moment we will still be able to make someone’s day and we always look forward to meeting our young fans because they make our day as well. Special shoutout to Team Hoyt Arizona for coming out to this Sunday’s game and throwing the first pitch. Team Hoyt is a non-profit organization that allows people with special needs to participate in 5K runs. We appreciate them for staying after the game and allowing us to meet all the amazing members.

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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