Wildcats break out copper helmets

Regardless of the score, it was a special night Thursday in Tucson as No. 22 Arizona hosted No. 18 UCLA on the softball field.

As part of the night's festivities, the Wildcats debuted new copper-colored helmets in honor of the state of Arizona's copper industry. Arizona produces the most copper in the nation, as it is the state's most abundant mineral resource.

The date also marked the 20th anniversary of the Arizona softball program's move to Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium, the Wildcats' current home field. Hillenbrand Stadium was the first stadium ever built in collegiate softball and has since become a symbol of collegiate softball's growth as a sport. Since it opened in 1993, the Wildcats have amassed a home record of 564-62 (a .901 winning percentage) and have won six national championships.

Arizona head softball coach Mike Candrea reflects on the history of Hillenbrand Stadium as well as what copper means to the state, courtesy of the University of Arizona:

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