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Arizona Desert Swarm 6 hours ago
Arizona baseball notes: Cesar Salazar’s stardom, Jay Johnson to Alabama, and Oregon State’s Pac-12 domination

Arizona baseball notes: Cesar Salazar’s stardom, Jay Johnson to Alabama, and Oregon State’s Pac-12 domination

Some notes from the final week of the regular season for the Wildcats This time next week, the Arizona Wildcats will know their postseason fate and if they’ll have to travel from Tucson. Awaiting them is a three-game home series with the California Golden Bears to close out the regular season, a series that Arizona will need to perform well in to potentially host some postseason games next week. But first, here are some things going on around the program including a good story about the Cats’ primary catcher, some Greg Byrne/Alabama things happening, and some other minor stuff from...
Arizona Desert Swarm 15 hours ago
Arizona softball: Mandie Perez’s 2014 ACL injury a blessing in disguise for her and the 2017 Wildcats

Arizona softball: Mandie Perez’s 2014 ACL injury a blessing in disguise for her and the 2017 Wildcats

Arizona’s left fielder wasn’t even supposed to be part of the 2017 squad originally When Mike Candrea recruited Mandie Perez to come to Tucson, having her around for the 2017 season wasn’t part of the original plan. “I feel really blessed to be part of this team because I wasn’t supposed to be,” Perez said after the Arizona Wildcats clinched the Tucson Regional on Sunday. “I’m just so fortunate that I even get to see this weekend and next weekend.” Perez wasn’t supposed to be part of this team because she started her college career in 2013, and redshirts aren’t a...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 23, 2017
Arizona basketball: Wildcats have options at point guard in 2017-18

Arizona basketball: Wildcats have options at point guard in 2017-18

But are their options good enough? Since T.J. McConnell’s departure at the end of the 2014-15 season, the Arizona Wildcats have struggled to find high-quality point guard play. Kadeem Allen and Parker Jackson-Cartwright ran the offense the past two seasons and the results were mixed. Allen was the team’s best perimeter defender and averaged 9.1 points per game, but he was not a natural distributor, tallying just 3.3 assists per game with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.67 Jackson-Cartwright has shot the ball well (39.8 percent from 3) and compiled a respectable assist-to-turnover...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 23, 2017
Arizona basketball: Sean Miller surprised by Chance Comanche’s decision to leave the Wildcats

Arizona basketball: Sean Miller surprised by Chance Comanche’s decision to leave the Wildcats

He was not caught off guard by Kobi Simmons’ departure, though When Chance Comanche decided to test the NBA Draft waters, most believed he was just doing his due diligence before ultimately returning to the Arizona Wildcats for his junior season. Instead, Comanche eventually announced that he was hiring an agent and forgoing his final two years of eligibility, which caught a lot of people off guard. Sean Miller included. The UA head coach admitted Monday that he was surprised to see Comanche leave the Wildcats. “I was surprised that Chance went but along the lines of Rawle (Alkins),...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 23, 2017
Arizona football recruiting: 3-star cornerback Dominique Hampton has solid communication with Wildcats staff

Arizona football recruiting: 3-star cornerback Dominique Hampton has solid communication with Wildcats staff

The in-state corner likes that he has option to become a Wildcat The Arizona Wildcats are in their second year of the new defensive scheme and that means different looking players on that side of the ball. Dominique Hampton fits that mold. The 6-foot-2, 180 pound cornerback from Centennial High School (Peoria, AZ) is starting to see his recruitment speed up a little. Right now, Hampton has six total offers. They are from Arizona, Arizona State, San Diego State, Oregon State, Colorado, and Fresno State. Extremely blessed to receive an offer from the University of Arizona! ⬇️...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 23, 2017
Arizona softball: Chemistry between Danielle O’Toole and Taylor McQuillin big reason for Wildcats’ success

Arizona softball: Chemistry between Danielle O’Toole and Taylor McQuillin big reason for Wildcats’ success

Arizona has the rare 1-2 punch in the circle Out of the 64 teams that qualified for the 2017 NCAA Softball Tournament, there was one team that didn’t allow a single run in Regional play. That team? The Arizona Wildcats. And it wasn’t like the old days where Arizona was able to ride one hot hand to the shutouts. This was the dual-threat of Danielle O’Toole and Taylor McQuillin. Each appeared in two games, and each pitched their own shutout against the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday and Sunday to send this team to yet another Super Regional. “I don’t think there’s a lot of...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 22, 2017
Arizona basketball: Landing Chase Jeter ‘was a big, big coup’ for the Wildcats

Arizona basketball: Landing Chase Jeter ‘was a big, big coup’ for the Wildcats

Sean Miller said Jeter is “100 percent healthy.” Chase Jeter is one of the newest Arizona Wildcats, but the Duke transfer has plenty of history with Sean Miller. The Arizona head coach recruited Jeter out of high school and was an assistant coach for the USA Basketball Under-18 Team, which Jeter was a member of. So Miller knows what to expect from his new big man. “We didn’t do a good enough job (recruiting him) our first time around, but we became very familiar with his character and his talent level,” Miller said of the 6-foot-10 Jeter. “And I’m here to tell you, when you...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 22, 2017
NCAA Softball Tournament schedule: Arizona and Baylor set to start Super Regional on Friday

NCAA Softball Tournament schedule: Arizona and Baylor set to start Super Regional on Friday

The Cats and Bears will square off in Tucson again The Arizona Wildcats and Baylor Bears met at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium during the very first weekend of the regular season, and they’ll meet once again with a Women’s College World Series bid on the line. No. 2 National Seed Arizona will host the 15th-seeded Bears in the best-of-three Tucson Regional beginning on Friday. Here’s the scheduled start times and TV listings: FRIDAY: 6 or 7 PM PT, ESPN2 SATURDAY: 6 PM PT, ESPN SUNDAY: 4 PM PT, ESPNU You can also stream all games on the ESPN app or on Watch ESPN. This is the first...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 22, 2017
Arizona baseball: Lack of Pac-12 Tournament could hurt Wildcats’ chances to host Regional

Arizona baseball: Lack of Pac-12 Tournament could hurt Wildcats’ chances to host Regional

It’s gonna be a tight battle to host a Regional With a road sweep of the Arizona State Sun Devils in their back pocket, the Arizona Wildcats have just three games left of regular season play remaining before the NCAA Tournament field is announced. It’s also just three games left to make their case to be a regional host. For several weeks now, the Wildcats have been right on the regional hosting bubble, and it’s certainly no different heading into the last regular season series. “I think we’ve earned our way into the discussion,” head coach Jay Johnson said after Saturday’s...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 22, 2017
Arizona basketball recruiting: Emmanuel Akot reclassifies to 2017 class, will play next season

Arizona basketball recruiting: Emmanuel Akot reclassifies to 2017 class, will play next season

The 2017 team appears to be set What a 24 hours for Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats. With Rawle Alkins announcing his return to Tucson on Sunday, Emmanuel Akot kept spirits soaring in McKale (and surely around Wildcat Nation) as he announced he would reclassify from the 2018 class to 2017. “My family and I thought I was ready,” he told Rivals about his decision to go to U of A next season. “The coaching staff believes in me and I'm going to a great program so I'm going to get better every day and will have the chance to play on a great basketball team.” Akot, a five-star...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 22, 2017
Arizona football recruiting SitRep: The Wildcats land their fifth commit of 2018

Arizona football recruiting SitRep: The Wildcats land their fifth commit of 2018

The Wildcats landed one of the top linebackers in the West for 2018 This past week for the Arizona Wildcats has been slower on the recruiting front than previous weeks. They did, however, add another solid piece to the current class. Let’s dive into it with this week’s SitRep. Issaiah Johnson We will start off with the new Wildcat addition. The three-star linebacker from Los Alamitos, California gave Arizona his pledge Monday night. His announcement came hours after linebackers coach Scott Boone made a stop by his high school. Back in April, Johnson stated that he had high interest in...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 22, 2017
Arizona softball: Wildcats ‘look like a different team’ in Tucson Regional with improved short game

Arizona softball: Wildcats ‘look like a different team’ in Tucson Regional with improved short game

Arizona traded power for speed in the first weekend of postseason play It wasn’t the answer one would expect. When South Carolina head coach Beverly Smith was asked what makes the Arizona Wildcats — who lead the nation in homers and have an elite pitching staff — so difficult to beat, Smith pointed to their slap-hitters and short game. “I thought their slappers and short game is really what won the games for them,” she said after Arizona beat the Gamecocks 9-0 to win the Tucson Regional. “Their slappers are just tough outs and their speed puts pressure on you.” But she isn’t...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 22, 2017
Photos: Arizona softball advances to Super Regionals with 9-0 win over South Carolina

Photos: Arizona softball advances to Super Regionals with 9-0 win over South Carolina

Another Regional Championship in the books For the 28th time in school history, the Arizona Wildcats are through the Regional round of the NCAA Softball Tournament. They finished the Tucson Regional off with a 9-0 win over South Carolina. Above are some of our pictures from the game, and be sure to read Ryan Kelapire’s full recap here.
Arizona Desert Swarm May 21, 2017
NCAA Softball Tournament results: Arizona routs South Carolina 9-0 to advance to Super Regionals

NCAA Softball Tournament results: Arizona routs South Carolina 9-0 to advance to Super Regionals

The Wildcats will host Baylor next weekend The Arizona Wildcats are headed to Super Regionals. Propelled by a shutout from Taylor McQuillin and four RBIs by Mandie Perez, the Wildcats routed South Carolina 9-0 on Sunday to win the Tucson Regional. McQuillin (16-3) held the Gamecocks, the designated home team, to seven hits and tallied six strikeouts while walking one. Perez launched a two-run homer to right in the third inning to break a scoreless tie and later hit a two-run single to put Arizona up 6-0 in the top of the sixth. The UA left fielder was 2 for 5 and her two-run blast accounted...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 21, 2017
Arizona basketball: Rawle Alkins withdraws from NBA Draft, will return for sophomore season

Arizona basketball: Rawle Alkins withdraws from NBA Draft, will return for sophomore season

Alkins is returning to Arizona for his sophomore season Rawle Alkins is returning for his sophomore season. The Arizona Wildcats freshman guard has withdrawn from the 2017 NBA Draft, he announced on Saturday. Story is not over yet, still have some unfinished business to take care of SAVAGELIFE pic.twitter.com/eOBwEYLdL6— Rawle Alkins (@Iam_RawleAlkins) May 21, 2017 Alkins declared for the NBA Draft on April 12, but did not hire an agent, leaving the door open to a return. He attended the NBA Combine and worked out for a handful teams, but decided staying in school was his best...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 21, 2017
Arizona football recruiting: 3-star safety Steve McIntosh letting the process play out after offer from Wildcats

Arizona football recruiting: 3-star safety Steve McIntosh letting the process play out after offer from Wildcats

The SoCal defensive back is taking things slow but will be keeping an eye on Arizona The Arizona Wildcats have kicked their 2018 recruiting into overdrive during the Spring Evaluation Period, working on current and future classes. The coaches have put more focus into Texas, but California is still their main recruiting ground. Steve McIntosh, a 3-star defensive back from Bishop Alemany High School (Mission Hills, CA), was the beneficiary of a visit from the Arizona staff and an offer that followed. As of right now, McIntosh is just enjoying the recruiting process since he says he only...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 21, 2017
Arizona baseball: Wildcats showcase lineup variety while sweeping ASU

Arizona baseball: Wildcats showcase lineup variety while sweeping ASU

This team certainly has a lot of options right now A wise man once said that we’re all day-to-day. Jay Johnson’s lineup is certainly right there with the rest of us. “With 18-to-21 year-olds, it’s day-to-day sometimes, and we’re just trying to find the right guys for that day,” Johnson explained. “Honestly, this year has been the hardest for me to make the lineup because there’s more than nine deserving guys to be in there. It’s a great problem to have.” “We have some depth on this team,” Johnson continued. “We feel like we have some guys that can match up and do...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 21, 2017
Arizona vs. ASU baseball recap: Wildcats complete road sweep of Sun Devils

Arizona vs. ASU baseball recap: Wildcats complete road sweep of Sun Devils

Ruining Sun Devil Senior Days is always nice If you want to win in Arizona, you better go up to bleeping Tempe. Or in this case, slightly northwest of Tempe. On Saturday night at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, the Arizona Wildcats completed a three-game sweep of the in-state rival Arizona State Sun Devils with a 9-5 decision on ASU’s senior night. The win moves Arizona to 15-12 in conference play (4th place) and 36-17 overall. ASU drops to 8-19 in Pac-12 games, 23-29 overall. Unlike the first two games of this series, and really the last month, the Wildcats got the scoring started right away,...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 20, 2017
NCAA Softball Tournament results: Katiyana Mauga, Danielle O’Toole lead Arizona past South Carolina, 5-0

NCAA Softball Tournament results: Katiyana Mauga, Danielle O’Toole lead Arizona past South Carolina, 5-0

Mauga made history and O’Toole was masterful as the Wildcats move one win away from making the Super Regionals It pays to have star power. Danielle O’Toole tossed a one-hit shutout and Katiyana Mauga homered to become the Pac-12’s new home run queen as Arizona softball beat South Carolina 5-0 on Saturday in the Tucson Regional. Mauga’s third-inning blast, a solo shot to deep center which gave UA a 1-0 lead, was the 91st of her career, putting her atop the Pac-12’s all-time home run list. O’Toole, the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, which...
Arizona Desert Swarm May 20, 2017
Arizona vs. ASU baseball recap: Wildcats clinch season series against Sun Devils with 3-1 Friday night victory

Arizona vs. ASU baseball recap: Wildcats clinch season series against Sun Devils with 3-1 Friday night victory

A lot of fun things clinched for ASU in this one The Arizona Wildcats took out the Arizona State Sun Devils 3-1 on Friday night at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, clinching the weekend and season series between the two teams. The loss also guarantees that ASU will finish the year with a losing record for just the second time in school history. Arizona can thank Cameron Ming for this one, who hurled his second complete game of the season, both of which have come in the last three weeks. Ming scattered six hits and two walks over his nine innings of work, using 109 total pitches to navigate his...

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