NORMAN, Okla. — The Arizona Wildcats' softball season came to a stark and dominant conclusion today, when the UA lost 7-1 to the Oklahoma Sooners in the NCAA tournament super regional round.
Shelby Pendley, the freshman shortstop who led the Arizona Wildcats with 18 homers and 53 RBIs, was the only UA player named to the All-Pac-12 first team today.
The Arizona Wildcats moved up one spot, to No. 15, in the final ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll of the regular season.
At left, UA director of operations Alicia Hollowell waits to hear the Cats' name called, along with J.T. Iveson, 10, mom and UA assistant coach Stacy Iveson and father Tom Iveson.
An inconsistent season bought the Arizona Wildcats 40 minutes of waiting Sunday night - between the moment they learned they were seeded No. 13 in the NCAA softball tournament, and when they found out who they would play, and where.
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Before Tuesday's practice at Hillenbrand Stadium, Arizona Wildcats coaches strung twine over home plate, pulled taught, to create nine quadrants - a strike zone - in the bullpen.
UA pitcher Shelby Babcock walked nine and gave up eight hits as No. 17 UCLA beat the No. 13 Wildcats 7-2 in Los Angeles Saturday night.
Conference foe Oregon leapfrogged the Arizona Wildcats in today's ESPN.com/USA Today Softball Collegiate Top 25 following a series victory at Hillenbrand Stadium.
UA shortstop Shelby Pendley grabs a throw that proved too late to catch Oregon State's Janie Takeda on a fourth-inning steal of second.
UA third baseman Brigette Del Ponte tags Kailee Cuico in a rundown that ended the Oregon fifth inning.
The ball came off Hallie Wilson's bat, cutting an invisible arrow toward center field.
The ball came off Hallie Wilson’s bat, cutting an invisible arrow toward centerfield.
Chelsea Suitos lost much of her memory and motor skills when she was hit by a line drive in a high school softball game but has recovered to be the starting right fielder and a productive hitter for the Arizona Wildcats.
Chelsea Suitos, right, joking with teammate Shelby Pendley, moved from shortstop to right field because of a shoulder injury.
Frogs danced through the air, and Chelsea Suitos smiled. Look, she told her sister on the phone, one was threatening to poop above Mommy's head.
The Arizona Wildcats inched up the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll Tuesday and made a significant leap in the sport's RPI, after last week becoming only the second team to defeat No. 1 Cal.
Shelby Babcock threw a three-hitter and received plenty of offensive support as No. 13 Arizona handed No. 1 California its first Pac-12 loss of the season, 8-3 on Saturday in Berkeley, Calif.
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The importance of the Arizona Wildcats' softball games this week is matched only by their volume. "I would say it's a big week," pitcher Shelby Babcock said. "Lots of games."