Despite a bit of roster turnover thus far, Arizona Softball has added another much-needed piece just ahead of the 2023 season.
It has been a busy off-season so far for Arizona Softball as just months after appearing in their 25th Women’s College World Series, the Wildcats have seen a lot of roster turnover this summer.
As I am sure you are well aware by now, we’ve seen big-time hitters Sharlize Palacios and Janelle Meoño transfer to conference rival, UCLA.
Beyond that Allie Enright, Jessies Fontes, and Giulia Koutsoyanopulos have left the program, meanwhile, Amber Toven is heading to Baylor, and Madi Elish to Purdue.
Leaving the Wildcats with just eight returning players from last season, (not including the five incoming freshmen), it has been pretty clear over the last several weeks that the Wildcats needed more talent and depth in the worst way possible.
Well, as we have recently discovered, it is that Arizona Softball has now added another last-minute piece to the 2023 roster.
Making news on Wednesday afternoon, the Wildcats have added another key addition to its roster, this time it is junior college transfer, Brianna “Breezy” Hardy.
Hailing from just up the road at Phoenix Community College, Hardy was a former standout at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona, before becoming a two-time NJCAA Division II National Champion with the Bears.
Having appeared in 84 games (71 starts), Brianna was remarkable! Compiling a 74-1 record for the Bears, Breezy boasts a career 1.14 ERA with 715 strikeouts in 419.1 innings pitched! She also has two career saves.
Helping to bolster the Wildcats’ pitching staff, Brianna’s addition gives the Wildcats another strong arm for 2023 and coming in, she should get some early looks from the Cats on the bump.
While Arizona has lost some key pieces, this coaching staff deserves some credit for bringing in a few last-minute pieces that should make this group competitive still.