Earlier this week, Arizona outfielder Alyssa Palomino said she was excited to finally play in the postseason after missing her freshman season due to a knee injury.
Wednesday, a wrench was thrown into those plans.
Palomino injured her knee in practice, putting her status for this weekend's NCAA Regionals at Hillenbrand in question. UA officials say Palomino is “day to day," but the redshirt freshman wore crutches and a knee brace to the UA's open practice Thursday.
Arizona’s starting center fielder hit .302 with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs this season, earning both all-Pac-12 and all-freshman honors.
If she is unable to play, the Wildcats will likely use some combination of the speedy Eva Watson or Pima College alum Alexis Doston, both seniors.
Monday, Palomino said about her season: “You know, there’s been ups and downs but that’s what this game is all about. It’s definitely a ride that I’ve never experienced before. It’s a long season and just keeping our bodies right and our minds right for it, it’s been fun and one hell of a ride for this team.”
With Palomino potentially out for Game 1, here's a look at Arizona's projected lineup for the start of the NCAA Regionals: