David Kelly spent two seasons (2009-2010) as the radio play-by-play announcer for Arizona Softball.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
Here’s what I learned from watching Arizona Softball take two-of-three this past weekend from rival Arizona State.
Winning is all about making plays and credit Arizona for making the plays in the clutch to beat ASU twice.
Danielle O’Toole’s change up is as good a change up as I’ve seen in my eight years in Tucson. The pitch is devastatingly good at times.
That said O’Toole’s change up lost enough of its effectiveness by Sunday that Jennifer Soria was able to size one up and help the Sun Devils avoid a sweep.
Taylor McQuillin is a solid #2 in the circle but like most freshman is still trying to figure it all out.
Despite having the best pitching they’ve had in about four years, UA’s margin for error is still going to be very small due to shortcomings on the offensive side.
Injury to Alyssa Palomino will really be magnified now that we’re into Pac-12 play.
Arizona batted just .183 in Tempe. Veterans Mo Mercado, Katiyana Mauga and Lauren Young combined to go 1-for-21 at the plate.
Let’s pray that whatever’s going on with Mercado’s wrist is not a lingering issue.
Young is the epitome of a senior that will do whatever it takes to win. Don’t know many players who would go behind the plate and catch after spending three years at third base.
Although she went hitless for the weekend (0-for-6), Young had key at-bats in the 7th of both of UA wins.
She came back from down 0-2 in the count Friday night and put a difficult 3-2 pitch in play on the ground that resulted in an error that kept the inning alive for Joelle Krist to a hit her go-ahead two-run home run.
And then she was patient and drew the leadoff walk in the 7th on Saturday ahead of Mandie Perez's go-ahead two-run home run.
Perez is a must-see player. She's the low key energizer of this team.
Eva Watson returned to the lineup quickly from a knee injury in mid-February and hopefully she returns to the dynamic leadoff hitter she was before missing 16 games.
The Cats were picked to finish 3rd in the Pac-12 and after the conference opening weekend I would say that sounds just about right.