# 4 Arizona is pulling past southern Utah thanks to the influence of Tucson

No. 4 Arizona wanted on Sunday in the Hillenbrand Invitational against southern Utah, which it had already defeated 8-0 in a run rule with a sixth inning on Friday, the game of the weekend on Sunday.

The Wildcats raced past the Thunderbirds and ruled them again 10-1 in five innings, improving to 5-0 on the season thanks to a heavy influence from Tucson, including newbies Devyn network from Ironwood Ridge and Carlie Scupin from Tucson High.

“Devyn is going to get her feet wet. She is very capable. ” Mike Candrea said Saturday night when he mentioned Network would get their first career start on Sunday against southern Utah.

“I feel good when Bowen throws well, and when Devyn throws well we can go in with four pitchers (including) Mariah Lopez, Alyssa Denham and Hanah Bowen). ”

Netz made a strong college debut in the county. After a rough first inning in which the network allowed an RBI double, she joined in and appeared to be getting strong as the game progressed.

Netz didn’t finish the game but ended her day with four innings on 62 fields with five strokes while giving up a run with three hits. All of her time in the circle, she was able to stay between 63 and 65 mph and reach 66 with the radar gun.

. @ DevynNetz first college game in the circle starts with a 3-2 strikeout. @IRHSSoftball pic.twitter.com/ze3roR5Mrs

– Troy Hutchison (@ THutch1995) February 21, 2021

In the fifth inning, freshman Jessie Fontes made his first appearance this season, giving up just one hit and taking her first career strike to end the game.

The Wildcats became productive throughout the line-up and scored in different ways. Arizona got a monster game from the middle of the order with hits Malia Martinez and Sharpen Palacios everyone hits a home run. Together they knocked in seven runs.

It was a game of many firsts for Arizona’s true newbies, including Scupin, who made it through early for the Wildcats. With their team 1-0 deficit in the second inning, Scupin hit the plate with a runner and shot her first home run into the left stand, giving Arizona a 2-1 lead.

. @carliescupin with their first career hiring department that gave @ArizonaSoftball a 2-1 lead over southern Utah. pic.twitter.com/TQS9y2cl76

– Troy Hutchison (@ THutch1995) February 21, 2021

Here are Netz and Scupin talking about what it was like to finally play in an Arizona uniform after the extended off-season, and discuss what they’d learned about their team during the Hillenbrand Invitational:

Arizona struggled to get production out of the lower range of its ordering last season, and it wasn’t until the last two weeks of a shortened season that things began to turn on that part of the lineup.

One major question mark in the 2021 season was whether the bottom half could produce to take this team to the next level.

After a small sample size of five games, the answer is now clear: Yes, it can. In the Hillenbrand Invitational, the Batters collected seven to nine 15 hits with two home runs and seven RBIs.

Here’s a weekend recap from me and AZ Desert Swarm’s Ryan Kelapire The Hillenbrand Wildcat Invitational will be discussing what we have learned about Arizona and what questions still need to be answered next week.


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com author Troy Hutchison is from Tucson and is a lifelong supporter of the Arizona Wildcats. He has worked in sports journalism for the past two years during his communication courses at Pima Community College.

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