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Arizona softball 2019 season preview

Sofia Moraga
Arizona’s Reyna Carranco (5) swings through a pitch during the Arizona-St. Francis game of the NCAA championship Tournament on Friday May 18 at the Rita Hillenbrand Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.

Arizona softball will begin its season this Friday, Aug. 8, with the conclusion of the renovations on Hillenbrand Stadium soon to follow.

After a 43-16 record on the 2018 season, Arizona was sent home by UCLA in the NCAA Super Regionals.

To kick off the 2019 season, Arizona will travel to Tampa, Fla., to participate in the USF Opening Weekend Invitational against a myriad of teams, including Michigan, South Florida, Florida, Illinois State and North Carolina State. The tournament will go until Sunday, Feb. 10.

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After the tournament in southern Florida, Arizona will travel back up to Tucson to host the Hillenbrand Invitational in the newly renovated stadium. The tournament will start Thursday, Feb. 14, and go until Sunday, Feb. 17. The ‘Cats will take on teams such as New Mexico, Alabama and Cal State Fullerton.

Arizona will then travel to Palm Springs, Calif., to attend the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, where the team will take on opponents that include Missouri, Oklahoma and Long Beach State. The tournament will start Thursday, Feb. 21 and end Saturday, Feb. 23.

After the tournament in southern California, Arizona will host the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson. They will face off against teams like Drake, Kent State and Minnesota Thursday, Feb. 28 to Sunday, March 3.

The softball team will then travel to Las Cruces, N.M., where the team will take on New Mexico State on Tuesday, March 5, only to return home three days later to host Florida State at Hillenbrand Stadium.

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Arizona will have its first conference opponent, Oregon, on Friday, March 15, before traveling up to Corvallis, Ore., to take on Oregon State starting Friday, March 22, for three days.

Friday, March 29, Arizona will host in-state rivals, ASU, before squaring off against UTEP at home on Wednesday, April 3, for two games that day.

For the last six series of the season, Arizona will take on Utah, Grand Canyon State, Stanford, California, Washington and UCLA starting Friday, April 5 and playing every weekend until Saturday, May 11 when the Wildcats will conclude their 2019 regular season.

Arizona is looking to make a stronger run than they did last year with leadership from senior Taylor McQuillin and juniors Jessie Harper and Alyssa Denham. 

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