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Another Arizona Wildcats football player has retired because of medical reasons.

Defensive end Darrell Cloy Jr. announced his departure via Twitter on Sunday evening.

\u201cAfter talking with my family and after much prayer, I will be retiring from the game I love due to medical reasons,\u201d Cloy wrote. \u201cThis is truly the toughest decision I have ever had to make. I would like to thank Coach (Rich) Rodriguez and Coach (Vince) Amey for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play at this level, and also I would like to thank my teammates for their support.\u201d

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\u2014 Big Smoove (@DopeItsDeejay55) May 22, 2017

Cloy, who would have been a redshirt sophomore this season, said he would continue to be part of the program in the \u201crecruiting department.\u201d

Cloy came to Arizona as a tight end after attending La Habra (Calif.) High and Milford Academy, a prep school in New Berlin, New York. He played in 11 games in 2015, mainly on special teams, and caught one pass for 6 yards. He did not appear in a game last season.

Cloy became the second Wildcat to medically retire this month, joining tight end Brion Anduze. Cloy became the second defensive lineman to retire this offseason, joining Justin Holt. However, Arizona has taken steps to bolster its line, adding transfers Dereck Boles from Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College and Noah Jefferson from USC. Jefferson is not expected to be eligible until 2018.

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Wasatch Academy wing Emmanuel Akot will reclassify for the class of 2017, meaning he can play for the Arizona Wildcats next season, Wasatch coach Curtis Condie confirmed Monday.

Akot\u2019s move probably also sews up the Wildcats\u2019 2017-18 roster, taking the 13th and final available scholarship, meaning recruiting targets Brian Bowen and Cam Johnson are likely off the Wildcats' board. UA also received the return of sophomore Rawle Alkins on Sunday from the NBA Draft pool.

Akot committed to the Wildcats in March for the class of 2018 but Condie said Monday that Akot was in sound shape academically and just has to get through this week at Wasatch to complete sufficient high school courses that will make him able to enroll at Arizona. He said Akot is expected to attend summer school at UA, meaning he will also be eligible to play on the Wildcats\u2019 exhibition trip to Spain in August.

\u201cWe were able to make it work,\u201d Condie said. \u201cWe just had to make sure it could be done academically and we were able to get through all of that.

\u201cOur kids take academic classes. They\u2019re not fluff classes. I think of it as this is where the Ivy League meets the Pac-12.\u201d

Akot, a product of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is listed at 6-foot-8 and 205 pounds but is expected to play a wing role off the bench for the Wildcats as a freshman. Condie said he also played backup point guard at Wasatch.

\u201cHe was our backup point, we posted him up and he worked a lot on his outside shot,\u201d Condie said. \u201cHe was more consistent about (his shot) and when he wants to be, he can be an outstanding defender.\u201d


Here's how Arizona's 2017-18 roster looks, now that it's all but finalized:

1. Dusan Ristic C Sr. 7-0 245

2. Parker Jackson-Cartwright G Sr. 5-10 170

3. Talbott Denny Sr. F 6-5 215\u00a0

4. Keanu Pinder Sr. F 6-9 220

5. Allonzo Trier Jr. G 6-5 205\u00a0

6. Chase Jeter Jr. F 6-10 230 (ineligible until 2018-19)

7. Rawle Alkins So. G 6-4 220

8. Dylan Smith So. G 6-5 170

9. DeAndre Ayton Fr. F/C 7-0 235\u00a0

10. Alex Barcello Fr. G 6-2 170

11. Ira Lee Fr. F 6-8 225\u00a0

12. Brandon Randolph Fr. F 6-6 180

13. Emmanuel Akot Fr. F 6-8 190


Or, to put the UA roster in \"depth chart\" form, it might look something like this heading into the summer:

PG Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Alex Barcello

SG Allonzo Trier, Dylan Smith, Brandon Randolph

SF Rawle Alkins, Emmanuel Akot, Randolph

PF DeAndre Ayton, Keanu Pinder, Ira Lee, Talbott Denny

C Dusan Ristic, Ayton

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Rawle Alkins says he can\u2019t wait to help Arizona win a national championship next season, and now the Wildcats might be expected to do just that.

Alkins announced on social media Sunday that he will return for his sophomore season after testing the NBA Draft process by participating in the NBA Combine and private workouts with the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors.

He was subbed out of a scheduled workout at Utah on Saturday, fueling speculation he would return to the UA, and announced he was withdrawing from the draft on Sunday, three days before the deadline college players have to return to school if they do not sign with an agent.

His return ensures the Wildcats will be at least a top Final Four candidate, with many national publications already having called them an early No. 1 preseason pick.

\u201cAfter much thought and consideration, I have decided to continue my college basketball career back in Tucson at the University of Arizona,\u201d Alkins posted on Instagram and Twitter. \u201cDeclaring for the NBA Draft has taught me more than I could have imagined and has been an incredible experience. I can\u2019t wait to help the Wildcats win a national championship next year with a great team, great coach, and the most amazing fans in the world.\u201d

On Twitter, Alkins posted that statement along with this message: \u201cStory is not over yet, still have some unfinished business to take care of. SAVAGELIFE.\u201d

Alkins is projected as a mid-second round NBA pick in 2018 by Draft Express, and he likely could have warranted a similar spot this June and/or a two-way contract that would have earned him between $76,000 and $279,000 depending on the number of days he played in the D-League and NBA.

In Chicago earlier this month, Alkins opened eyes during his first NBA Combine game by scoring 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting, while recording the fifth-highest maximum vertical leap (40.5 inches) in a Combine with 67 participants.

\u201cSome nice moments for Rawle Alkins,\u201d Draft Express analyst Mike Schmitz tweeted during the Combine. \u201cA load going to the rim, not shying away from contact, can play PnR (pick and roll) and make a spot three.\u201d

After his first game, Alkins indicated that he was enjoying more offensive freedom in the NBA setting.

\u201cI didn\u2019t think I really showcased (offense) too much this season being that I was a freshman,\u201d Alkins said. \u201cWhether I go back to school or go to the NBA Draft, I think that\u2019s going to expand because I continue to work on my craft and my game every day.\u201d

Alkins also said at the Combine he was \u201c50-50\u201d on returning to school or staying in the draft, saying it would depend on the feedback he received from NBA scouts and executives.

Alkins may play a similar role as a sophomore, with Allonzo Trier and freshman DeAndre Ayton expected to be the Wildcats\u2019 leading scorers, but said he was confident he would improve whether he returned to Arizona or not.

\u201cYou know the University of Arizona. You know how amazing it is over there,\u201d Alkins told the Star at the Combine. \u201cIt\u2019s a tough decision. Depending on my decision, it can impact a bunch of people.\u201d

Alkins\u2019 return gives the UA a potentially powerful starting lineup with he and Trier on the wings, surrounded by Parker Jackson-Cartwright at point guard, Ayton at power forward and Dusan Ristic at center.

During the wave of \u201cWay Too Early\u201d Top 25 picks released in April, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, USA Today and Fox all put the Wildcats atop their rankings, while ESPN had them at No. 11 and Bleacher Report put them at 10.

\u201cIf the guys on the should-I-go-pro fence decide to return, Arizona is the clear Pac-12 favorite, and the Wildcats will stay atop this (national) ranking,\u201d Sporting News wrote. Its college basketball columnist, Mike DeCourcy, told the Star that the ranking was based on an assumption that the UA would return two of its top three perimeter players: Alkins, Trier and Kobi Simmons.

While Simmons stayed in permanently and is projected as a second-round pick, Trier opted to return without even testing the draft.

Not surprisingly, Alkins\u2019 announcement that he was also staying generated significant reaction on Twitter, where he was trending into the late afternoon. Ristic even quoted Alkins\u2019 statement and added: \u201cGlad you\u2019re back bro! #SavageLife\u201d

Jackson-Cartwright replied to them both by saying: \u201cYessir!\u201d

While UA coach Sean Miller was unavailable for comment Sunday, Arizona announced 61 minutes after Alkins posted his statement that the school would hold a news conference with Miller at noon on Monday.

While Alkins\u2019 move probably cemented the Wildcats\u2019 starting lineup next season, Arizona still has one scholarship available for 2017-18. The decisions of Alkins and Trier to return probably make it less likely UA will receive a commitment from five-star wing Brian Bowen, who has said he is waiting to see who returns to the schools he is considering.

The UA still might have a shot at Pitt grad transfer wing Cameron Johnson, who is also considering Kentucky and North Carolina, among others. However, Scout.com\u2019s North Carolina site posted a statement from Pitt that it will not let him play immediately next season if he transfers within the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Johnson is a third-year sophomore who is expected to graduate from Pitt, making him a rare grad transfer who will be eligible to play immediately and have two years remaining.

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Entering postseason play, Arizona pitcher Taylor McQuillin had been slumping to end the season.

On April 9, her ERA was 0.65, the top mark in the Pac-12 and among the nation\u2019s leaders.

By her last regular-season start against UCLA, when she allowed six hits and four earned runs \u2014 although still striking out 11 batters \u2014 her ERA had jumped to 1.87. In her last six regular season appearences, she had a 4.88 ERA.

If McQuillin\u2019s early postseason results are any indication, she\u2019s back on the right track.

Sunday night, the sophomore shut out South Carolina 9-0, striking out six while walking only one. She allowed seven hits while working out of a few jams.

McQuillin (16-3) also pitched in relief Friday against New Mexico State, striking out all six batters she faced.

\u201cTaylor threw a great game today,\u201d said UA coach Mike Candrea.

In the first inning, McQuillin had runners on first and third with two outs, then struck out Alyssa VanDerveer.

In the third inning, South Carolina singled and walked, so with batters on first and second, McQuillin induced a foul-out.

In the fourth, it was two singles that put runners on first and third \u2026 but ended with a groundout.

South Carolina managed a single in the sixth, and another in the seventh along with a hit by pitch, but McQuillin managed to get herself out of all of those jams.

In her first career postseason start, the Mission Viejo, California native was up for the challenge.

\u201cI think postseason is the time where everybody is going to play to their full potential,\u201d she said. \u201cI think that they came out early, got on top and after that what I needed to do was go out and shut them down so I could get my team back in again and get some runs.\u201d

Baylor knows Arizona is \u201ca very good team\u201d

Baylor advanced to face Arizona in the Super Regional round after winning their own regional Sunday. The Bears have some familiarity with both the Wildcats and playing at Hillenbrand Stadium, as Baylor lost to UA 4-0 here in February.

Baylor associate head coach Mark Lumley is an Arizona alum and outfielder Jessie Scroggins is the sister of former Wildcats quarterback Jesse Scroggins.

Baylor coach Glenn Moore is well aware of what the Bears are running into this weekend.

\u201cI certainly wouldn\u2019t pick Arizona to be in front of me to get to the World Series,\u201d he told reporters. \u201cThey\u2019re a very good team and we\u2019ve already seen them this year. But we did some good things against them early in the year when we thought this team was in rebuilding mode.

Inside pitch

South Carolina survived a difficult conference schedule to make it to the Tucson Regional. After all, every one of the SEC\u2019s 13 teams made it to the postseason.

So of course, South Carolina met its fair share of tournament-level opponents. After Sunday\u2019s loss, USC coach Beverly Smith said that Arizona reminded her most of Auburn, the No. 7 overall seed and a team that eliminated the Wildcats last year in the Super Regional.

\u201cThey\u2019ve got the speed. Auburn was similar to Arizona in terms of the balance with power kids at the top (of the lineup) and speed at the bottom,\u201d Smith said. \u201cWe likened them to Auburn when we were preparing.\u201d

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The power of the Arizona softball team has often made it feel as though the ball just kept getting bigger.

The Wildcats are the nation\u2019s best team when it comes to the longball, and Arizona particularly tends to put on a power-hitting show when playing in the friendly confines of Hillenbrand Stadium.

Arizona has played 58 games this season; the Wildcats hit at least one home run in 47 of them, and that includes the five combined UA had in three games at the Tucson Regional.

Sunday, the Wildcats won the regional championship in a 9-0 victory over South Carolina, advancing UA to the Super Regional.

In this game the Wildcats only hit one home run, and it didn\u2019t even come from a power hitter.

The ball usually seems bigger. In postseason play so far, though, the Wildcats have played small ball.

It seems to be working. Arizona will face Baylor at Hillenbrand in a best-of-three starting on Thursday or Friday.

\u201cWe look like a different team right now,\u201d said UA coach Mike Candrea. \u201cWe went from a bunch of bashers to the short game again. That\u2019s kinda what happens in postseason.\u201d

The lone home run came from leadoff hitter Mandie Perez, a senior who had only hit four home runs on the season coming into the weekend, then hit two in three games, including a shot to right field on Sunday that scored two runs in the third inning. She added a two-run double in the sixth inning for good measure.

\u201cI just felt like \u2018finally,\u2019\u201d Perez said. \u201cI\u2019d been relying on a lot of my slapping and I\u2019m not somebody that is looked to have a home run like that, so I was just really happy.\u201d

Sunday, Katiyana Mauga and Jessie Harper combined to go 0 for 6. That would be Arizona\u2019s two leading home run hitters.

On the flipside, at the bottom of the order Reyna Carranco, Ashleigh Hughes and Eva Watson combined to go 8 for 9, and none of those were extra base hits.

\u201cThat\u2019s pretty good,\u201d Candrea said, with a smile. \u201cWe can win a lot of games that way.\u201d

Hughes is now hitting a team-best .385, and Carranco has been Arizona\u2019s leading hitter since Pac-12 play began on March 18.

\u201cI just think the bottom of the lineup, we\u2019re doing what we need to do now,\u201d Carranco said.

All told, Arizona scored those 11 runs on 15 hits, their most since April 7. Both Carranco and Hughes hit RBI singles in the sixth inning, Carranco added another RBI in seventh, Dejah Mulipola hit an RBI single of her own and reserve Nancy Bowling managed to drive in a run on a sacrifice fly for Arizona\u2019s final score.

\u201cTheir slappers and short game is really what won the games for them,\u201d said South Carolina coach Beverly Smith. \u201cTheir slappers were tough outs. Their speed game puts pressure on you.

\u201cIt\u2019s the constant pressure Arizona\u2019s offense puts on that makes them tough.\u201d

In the circle, Arizona was able to get ace Danielle O\u2019Toole some rest after sophomore Taylor McQuillin (16-3) pitched a shutout.

Now Arizona moves onto No. 15 seed Baylor, who the Wildcats beat 4-0 at the Hillenbrand Invitational in February.

The Bears are fresh off sweeping their own regional, which included a dominant performance from pitcher Gia Rodoni, who pitched two no-hitters in three games.

If Arizona can win two of three games against Baylor, it would advance to its first Women\u2019s College World Series in Oklahoma City since 2010.

\u201cI think we have all the pieces and all we gotta do is go out and perform,\u201d Candrea said. \u201cThis weekend they (Arizona) performed and the thing I was just ecstatic about is the way we created runs.

Added Perez: \u201cI just feel every single person in Tucson right now has our back.\u201d

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Arizona is moving onto the Super Regional.

Sunday, the Wildcats won the Tucson Regional championship after a 9-0 victory over South Carolina. Arizona won all three of its regional games, outscoring its opponents by a combined 25-0.

The No. 2-seeded Wildcats will face No. 15 Baylor in the best-of-three Super Regional, to be played at Hillenbrand Stadium. The dates and times of those games are TBA.\u00a0

Arizona's bats came alive in the regional championship, as the Wildcats amassed 11 runs on 15 hits and were led by outfielder Mandie Perez, who was 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs.\u00a0

In the circle, sophomore pitcher Taylor McQuillin (16-3) pitched a shutout, allowing seven hits and striking out six.\u00a0

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Arizona wing Rawle Alkins announced today he will return to the Wildcats for his sophomore season after testing the NBA Draft process, posting a statement on Twitter:

Story is not over yet, still have some unfinished business to take care of\ud83d\udcaf \ud83d\ude4f\ud83c\udfff SAVAGELIFE pic.twitter.com/eOBwEYLdL6

\u2014 Rawle Alkins (@Iam_RawleAlkins) May 21, 2017

Alkins was invited to the NBA Combine earlier this month and worked out for the Nets and Raptors before making his decision. He was replaced for a workout with Utah on Saturday, fueling speculation he might return to Arizona.

A projected second-round pick in 2018, Alkins was Arizona's third-leading scorer last season. He averaged 10.9 points and 4.9 rebounds.

Alkins' return means UA has one final scholarship available for the 2017-18 season, though it may also mean the Wildcats are less likely to land high school wing Brian Bowen or Pitt transfer forward Cam Johnson because the Wildcats appear to have a clear set of starters.

Alkins will be expected to start at small forward alongside point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, shooting guard Allonzo Trier, power forward DeAndre Ayton and center Dusan Ristic on a team that could be a preseason No. 1 pick.

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Initially, it was announced on Saturday that Arizona softball's NCAA Regional game against South Carolina would not be shown live, rather streamed live on ESPN3.com.

As it turns out, ESPN changed its mind \u2014 the 4 p.m. game will be broadcast instead on ESPN's SEC Network.\u00a0

The second-ranked Wildcats can secure a spot in the Super Regionals with a win over South Carolina Sunday afternoon. A Gamecocks win would force a winner-take-all game at 6:30 p.m.\u00a0

Click on the attached links for more on Saturday's win and Sunday's schedule.

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PHOENIX \u2014 The Arizona Wildcats weren\u2019t satisfied taking two straight games from rival Arizona State at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. They wanted one more Saturday night.

This time, they didn\u2019t want to win by one or two runs like the last two games. They wanted to make a statement.

And they did. The UA scored three times in the first inning en route to a 9-5 victory over the Sun Devils.

\u201cIt\u2019s remarkable,\u201d Arizona coach Jay Johnson said of the win. \u201cOne win feels like gold and every win is important. Today, we didn\u2019t come in thinking we needed to sweep.\u201d

They didn\u2019t.

But, the sweep meant everything to the UA, which is trying to host NCAA Regionals two weeks from now. Prevailing wisdom said that 17th-ranked Arizona needed to win at least four of its final six games to have a chance at hosting. After Saturday, the Wildcats are 3-0 with three games left.

\u201cI think we\u2019ve earned out way into the discussion,\u201d said Johnson. \u201cI hope the NCAA looks at this, doing this on the road. We are deserving of it.\u201d

In addition, this win, gave the Wildcats (36-17, 15-12 Pac-12) their first conference series sweep over ASU (23-29, 8-19 Pac-12) since 1992.

Although, the Sun Devils didn\u2019t go down easy. They rallied in the bottom of the ninth, scoring 4 runs and going through three UA pitchers. Lyle Lin who sacrificed a runner home in the third, came up with the big hit a two-run triple.

\u201cIt was tough in that ninth inning,\u201d Johnson said. \u201cOur patience got tested.\u201d

UA\u2019s JJ Metijevic started it off with a single in that three-run first\u2014his 85th of the season--and scored when Ryan Haug tripled to the left centerfield wall. Haug came home on a double to left by Alfonso Rivas. Rivas then scored on a single by Kyle Lewis.

\u201cWe\u2019ve been lacking getting going in the first inning,\u201d said Rivas. \u201cToday with the first pitch we were on it.\u201d

ASU\u2019s starting pitcher Chaz Montoya was knocked out of the game in the third inning after allowing Haug to score and walking back-to-back batters. Montoya was rocked for four runs and four hits.

Haug reached on an error, stole second, reached third on a wild pitch and scored on a double play to give the Wildcats a 4-0 lead.

In the top of the fourth the Wildcats added another run. Matijevic\u2019s RBI double to left drove in Cal Stevenson, who walked. This was Matijevic\u2019s 27th double this season, tying him with Todd Trafton for second place on UA\u2019s all-time season leaders list. The junior also tied Chip Hale with 56 doubles on the career leaders list.

The Wildcats weren\u2019t done with the offensive barrage adding runs in the fifth, seventh, and three more in the ninth inning. UA would finish with 12 hits.

Starter Cody Deason (5-2) only walk came in the third inning\u2014this runner, Andrew Snow, accounted for the Sun Devils run on a sacrifice fly by Lin.

Deason got into a jam in the sixth. After giving up two consecutive singles to Hunter Bishop and Carter Aldrete with one out, the coach came out to the mound to settle down his starter. It worked as he got the next two batters to fly out and ground out to end the inning.

The seventh inning started the same and this time Rio Gomez was brought in to face one batter\u2014Gage Canning who had two hits off Deason\u2014and got the fly out.

Michael Flynn was called on to clean up and retired the next two batters on a fielder\u2019s choice and a fly out.

Deason pitched 6 innings, and allowed one run on seven hits. He struck out four and walked one.

Inside pitch

\u2022 Before the game ASU had two ceremonies. One to recognize the 40th anniversary of Arizona State\u2019s 1977 National Championship team. And the other honoring the two seniors on the current squad: pitcher Eder Erives and catcher Zach Cerbo. Players in attendance from the 1977 squad included Hubie Brooks, Mike Henderson, Bob Horner, Darrell Jackson, Ricky Peters and Jeremy Vasquez. Seven players from this squad were taken in the 1977 MLB draft.

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As she left Hillenbrand Stadium on Saturday, Arizona third baseman Katiyana Mauga was stopped multiple times by young fans seeking autographs.

As Mauga continues her historic home run pace, her popularity in The Old Pueblo is soaring, too.

On Saturday, Mauga hit the 91st home run of her storied Arizona career, giving her the new Pac-12 career record and putting her within four of the NCAA record of 95, held by Oklahoma\u2019s Lauren Chamberlain.

The former Sooners star is, apparently, well aware of Mauga\u2019s approach toward her record, tweeting congratulations during Arizona\u2019s 5-0 win over South Carolina and that \u201cmy phone keeps blowing up when you go off\u201d and to \u201cchill on these next five (home runs) though.\u201d

Mauga, for her part, doesn\u2019t talk \u2014 or apparently think \u2014 too much about the record. As a result, the marks tend to sneak up on her Wildcats teammates.

\u201cBecause of how nonchalant she is about it, it\u2019s kind of hard to remember (the records) but then we hear it over the intercom and we\u2019re like \u2018no way,\u2019 \u201d said UA outfielder Mandie Perez.

Mauga\u2019s list of power-hitting achievements keeps piling up, too. The senior was already Arizona\u2019s record holder, breaking Stacie Chambers\u2019 previous record of 87 home runs a few weeks ago and now she\u2019s bested UCLA legend Stacey Nuveman for the Pac-12 mark.

Saturday\u2019s home run was Mauga\u2019s 24th of the season, second-most in the nation. Mauga is the only player in NCAA history to hit 20 or more in every season of her career. She\u2019s just two off her career high of 26, which came as a sophomore.

In her last 13 games, Mauga has hit eight home runs.

\u201cIt\u2019s just phenomenal to see how calm she can be with these great stats,\u201d Perez said.

It\u2019s a busy pipeline between Tucson and Las Cruces

New Mexico State made an appearance the last time Arizona hosted a regional, in 2015, and the Aggies returned this year, losing to Arizona on Friday 11-0 in five innings.

The return marked another reunion for some Aggies players.

Currently, NMSU has two Tucsonans on its roster \u2014 pitcher Kayla Green (Cienega High School) and outfielder Amy Bergeson (Sahuaro High School).

Green started against the Wildcats on Friday but struggled a bit, allowing five hits and four earned runs in 2\u00aa innings.

The Aggies have had four Tucsonans on their roster since 2014, including pitcher Makayla McAdams (Ironwood Ridge) and outfielder Chelsea Dohrwardt (Tucson High). The UA, by comparison, has suited up six players from Tucson in that span.

NMSU coach Kathy Rodolph said she thinks players from Tucson don\u2019t get the respect they deserve compared to their Phoenix counterparts.

\u201cI think that the Tucson kids absolutely have to work really hard and don\u2019t get quite the credit some of the Phoenix kids get,\u201d Rodolph said. \u201cI like somebody that\u2019s willing to go the extra mile, that will work hard, that will grind, that doesn\u2019t have quit in them. I love my Tucson kids.\u201d

Inside pitch

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