Arizona softball: Recruit adjusting delivery, and adjusting to college

2012-10-12T00:00:00Z 2012-10-12T06:21:40Z Arizona softball: Recruit adjusting delivery, and adjusting to collegePatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 12, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Nancy Bowling didn't know she was doing anything wrong.

At Royal High School in Simi Valley, Calif., there was no reason to think she was.

The 5-foot-8-inch pitcher posted an 0.43 ERA and a 25-3 record as a senior and was named the nation's No. 7 recruit by ESPN before coming to Tucson.

In individual workouts the past month, Arizona Wildcats coaches found a glitch in her delivery.

Bowling cupped her hand when she brought her right arm back, allowing hitters to see the ball - and perhaps what pitch she planned on throwing.

Bowling laughs now when talking about it.

"(Pitching coach Alicia) Hollowell is helping me break down my pitching," Bowling said. "Changing and adjusting things I never noticed before. Now it feels like I shoulda been doing it all along."

This fall, Bowling can start using that knowledge.

The Star talked to the UA's prized recruit about college adjustments, Mike Candrea and which UA stars she grew up watching:

Where do you think you fit in on a team with four pitchers?

A: They're amazing. Watching them pitch makes me in awe. If I can work as hard as I can, whatever Coach decides is great.

Watching them pitch - their location is amazing.

It's a level I've never seen before.

What do you make of Candrea?

A: He's amazing. Just listening to him talk, it's like listening to a softball god. He's been everywhere and has so much experience and so much knowledge.

What adjustments do you think you need to make at the college level?

A: I think the adjustment will be having to face these amazing hitters. In high school, you have people from a certain group where no one's really recruiting.

Here, everyone's at a top-notch level. It's amazing.

Who'd you grow up watching?

A: Jennie Finch. Alicia Hollowell was one of them. She was one of my role models. Being able to work with her has been a great experience.

I'm a little star-struck around her. I haven't really told her, though.

What's the team's goal this year, after missing two straight Women's College World Series?

A: Basically, we just want to do the best we can. We're still fresh and coming in. We want to win.

Have the veterans tried to pass along the culture of the program to the eight newcomers?

A: A lot of them lead by example. You see them working hard. No one ever skips a rep on anything. Everyone goes out and does extra work.

Fall Classic schedule

• Today vs. New Mexico at 6 p.m.

• Saturday vs. South Mountain College at 5:30 p.m., vs. Cypress at 7:30 p.m.

• Sunday vs Cypress at 3 p.m., vs. Pima College at 5 p.m.

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