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Five Wildcats Named to Softball America Preseason Top 100 Players

Jan 6, 2021

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Five Wildcat seniors have been named to Softball America's 2021 Preseason Top 100 Players, the publication announced on Tuesday.

The Cats have five overall, and three in the top 13; Arizona is one of two teams nationally with more than two top 20 players.

TOP 100 CATS

#3 Jessie Harper Shortstop RS Senior Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
#11 Dejah Mulipola Catcher RS Senior Garden Grove, Calif.
#13 Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza Center Field RS Fifth Year Mission Viejo, Calif.
#73 Reyna Carranco Second Base RS Senior Oxnard, Calif.
#76 Mariah Lopez Pitcher RS Senior Saugus, Calif.

Harper, a redshirt senior from Stevenson Ranch, California, checks in at No. 3 in Softball America's list. The two-time All-American enters 2021 as the NCAA's active leader in home runs with 76, tied for 12th most in NCAA history, 19 shy of the all-time record. Harper, a Pac-12 all-defensive shortstop, has led the Pac-12 in homers each of the last two seasons, including an NCAA-best 29 in 2019.

Mulipola, a redshirt senior from Garden Grove, California, is ranked No. 11 by Softball America. Mulipola, who missed last season and continues to train this season to participate in the Tokyo Olympics with the U.S. Olympic Team was a first-team All-American catcher her last season in Tucson (2019) while winning both the Johnny Bench and NFCA Catcher of the Year honors. She is a two-time all-Pac-12 and all-region catcher.

Palomino-Cardoza, who enters her sixth season with the Wildcats in 2021, enters the seasons ranked No. 13. Palomino-Cardoza has been named a first-team All-American in back-to-back seasons, the first Wildcat to receive back-to-back All-America honors in nearly a decade. The Mission Viejo, California native enters the year with 61 career home runs, third most among active players in the NCAA.

Carranco, a redshirt senior from Oxnard, California, is No. 73 on Softball America's Top 100 Players. The All-American second baseman won the 2019 Pac-12 Batting Title, hitting .433 during the regular season to become the first player in Arizona history to win the award. Carranco has been named all-Pac-12 all three years the award has been given in her career.

Lopez, a redshirt senior from Saugus, California, is ranked No. 76. Lopez carries a 62-4 (.939) career record into the season, currently on pace to set the NCAA record, which she would become eligible for with nine more decisions. Lopez led the Wildcats in wins (11), ERA (1.38) and strikeouts (93) in her first season at Arizona in the abbreviated 2020 campaign.