Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza Signed by USSSA Pride
TUCSON, Ariz. -- All-American centerfielder Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza is going pro. The USSSA Pride announced on Tuesday that they have signed Palomino-Cardoza to compete with the team this summer.
Palomino-Cardoza joins a long list of Wildcat professional players and continues the long legacy of Wildcats with the USSSA Pride, including UA head coach Caitlin Lowe, who is in the franchise's Hall of Fame. She joins Chelsea Goodacre -- the 2017 Gold Glove winner -- who is entering her seventh year with the team.
Following her graduation last month, Palomino-Cardoza will head to Viera, Florida to compete with the Pride in their summer schedule, which features national teams as well as professional and collegiate all-star teams. USSSA's schedule began May 28 and will run until Aug. 7.
Palomino-Cardoza was a two-time first-team All-American during her time at Arizona. A career .346 hitter, she hit 69 home runs in her career, eighth most in Arizona history, and slugged .717, ninth best in UA history. Palomino-Cardoza was just as valuable defensively as she was at the plate for the Cats; she committed just one error in center field in her entire career and finished with a .990 career fielding percentage.
Palomino-Cardoza, Goodacre and the USSSA Pride are in action tonight at 4 p.m. MST against Taylor McQuillin, Danielle O'Toole and the Mexican National Team. It will stream live at USSSALive.com.