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.

Twenty-four hours earlier, she sat in the hospital with what she described obliquely as the “flu — and some other stuff,” wondering whether she’d be able to pitch Friday against Baylor in the NCAA softball tournament’s College Station, Texas, regional.

“I was a little freaked out,” the junior said.

She left the hospital midday Monday, ate and slept through the night, which she called a “a big, big booster in my confidence that I’ll be back.” She felt “a lot better” Tuesday, and practiced, albeit with caution.

“I’m going to pitch Friday,” she said.

UA coach Mike Candrea was “very surprised” to see her at practice.


Read this entire articles in Wednesday's Arizona Daily Star.