COLLEGE STATION, Texas - In the end, the Arizona Wildcats were bounced from the NCAA tournament regional for the same reason they were sent to the Brazos Valley here as the third-highest team in their own pod: because they weren't good enough.
Arizona's Brigette Del Ponte, left, celebrates with Chelsea Suitos after making a double play in the third inning of Arizona's elimination-game win against Penn.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - After losing a regional game for the first time in nine years and putting the season on life support with a 7-0 loss to Baylor, Mike Candrea gathered the Arizona Wildcats on Friday and asked them a question:
Around 9:30 Tuesday morning, Shelby Babcock reported to Arizona Wildcats practice, looking as she always had, in a gray T-shirt and red shorts, and declaring herself ready to pitch.
Former Sunnyside High School star Estela Piñon will likely be called on out of the bullpen, especially if the Cats play five times in three days.
Pitcher Shelby Babcock was in a hospital Monday with the "flu - and some other stuff"; on Tuesday she was back at the ballpark.
Ball after ball sailed over the Hillenbrand Stadium fence Friday night, like circus performers out of a cannon.
Nancy Bowling has a nervous stomach.
As expected, the Arizona Wildcats' new pitcher dominated Friday night in her first-ever home softball game at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Freshman pitcher Nancy Bowling missed Arizona's opening weekend of games after suffering a concussion on Feb. 2.
Two days after being hit with a line drive near her left eye - with a seam imprint to prove it - and being released by the hospital, presumably fine, Nancy Bowling sat in a Feb. 4 study hall.
Nancy Bowling didn't know she was doing anything wrong.
Arizona Wildcats softball
Nancy Bowling didn’t know she was doing anything wrong.