Despite seeing a few transfers this off-season, Arizona Softball has added some much-needed, last-minute pieces for the 2023 season.
It has been a busy off-season so far for Arizona Softball as just weeks after appearing in their 25th Women’s College World Series, the Wildcats have seen a lot of changes to its roster this summer.
Already, we’ve seen big-time hitters Sharlize Palacios and Janelle Meoño enter the transfer portal along with Allie Enright and Jessies Fontes.
But beyond that, Giulia Koutsoyanopulos has since transferred to Tennessee, Amber Toven is now going to Baylor, and Madi Elish heads to Purdue.
And with Arizona returning just eight players for next season, (not including the five incoming freshmen), it is pretty clear that the Wildcats need more talent and depth in the worst way possible.
Well, as we have recently discovered, it is that Arizona Softball has now added a couple of key additions to the 2023 roster.
Over the last couple of days, the Wildcats have received great news for 2023 as they have added two key players. The first being Kaiah Altmeyer.
Making news via social media days ago, it is that Kaiah, the former Texas A&M commitment has flipped her pledge from the Aggies to the Wildcats.
Thanks to the recent coaching change in College Station, the Wildcats benefitted here as they add the San Diego native and former Patrick Henry High School standout.
Joining the Wildcats as an infielder, she brings a solid bat with her as she hit well over .400 from the plate with over 40 RBIs and nine home runs according to Maxpreps.
Assuming her hitting prowess transfers to the next level, the Wildcats should have another nice offensive weapon.
Also joining the Wildcats for 2023 is Princeton University standout, Ali Blanchard.
Making news on Thursday afternoon, the Wildcats welcomed Ali to the team, and coming in, she should be the day one starter.
Hailing from Princeton, the Wildcats have added a First-Team All-Ivy Leaguer after the Rhode Island native is coming off her best season thus far.
Having appeared in 39 games (36 starts), Ali has compiled a 15-12 record for the Tigers with a career 3.21 ERA and 235 strikeouts. She is also holding opposing batters to a .212 batting average.
These two additions should help the Wildcats immensely, and the hope is that with the incoming freshmen, Arizona should have another competitive group for 2023.