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Candrea believes it's time to change the game

(Photos courtesy: Arizona Athletics) UA's Chelsea Suitos bangs a grand slam this season in a win over Washington. (Photos courtesy: Arizona Athletics) UA's Chelsea Suitos bangs a grand slam this season in a win over Washington.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Mike Candrea says it's time to examine the game of softball.

The Arizona Wildcats head coach has seen the game change dramatically in the 30 years since he arrived at University and Park.

Right now he's not real happy with the power surge that has taken over Division I college softball

His first two UA teams hit 12 home runs combined. His first national championship team in 1991 just five balls left the yard.

His last two teams have combined to jack 207 long balls.

The NCAA top-ten for home runs by a team in a season features nine teams that have accomplished the feat in the last ten years and all ten since the turn of the century. 

Four of those ten squads played home games at Hillenbrand Stadium (2001, 2009, 2010, 2014) so you would think Candrea would be fine with the power-surge since his Wildcats are one of the main programs that brought it to the forefront of the sport.

But not necessarily. I chatted with him about it after a recent game. Here is some of what he had to say.

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