Tidbits (10:00 a.m. update)

Another week, another edition of the tidbits. This one could be baseball and softball heavy.

June 5th, 10:00 a.m.
The Wildcat football team is holding their various camps over the weekend and next week. It is a great chance for good players to see the campus and for players that are sort of on the scholarship bubble to earn a scholarship.

On Saturday the team will host the 7-on-7 team passing league and the big man camp. Sunday will see the one-day elite camp and the multi-day individual camps run all next week.

The early list of confirmed players for the elite camp was good, not great, but the better players always start confirming in the last few days prior to the camp.

June 5th, 9:55 a.m.
Spoke with Cory Williams, founder of the Tucson Summer Pro League. He's thrilled with the talent level at last weekend's tryouts. He won't promise what current, future of former Wildcats will play in the league, but said you can expect a number of them to show up over the course of the season.

Games start on June 15th and are still free at St. Gregory's HS.

He is also starting a Phoenix version of the league. He said that there could be a number of ASU, Grand Canyon and Valley-area JC players participating. One interesting player who could be seeing the floor is future Wildcat Brendan Lavender.

June 5th, 12:30 a.m.
Word is that the Pac-10 will add a sixth bowl game tie-in. Expect the league to announce that they have signed a deal with the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego.

Of course, this comes a year too late for the Wildcats who would have likely earned that spot with last season's 6-6 record.

June 5th, 12:15 a.m.
It was tough outings for the softball baseball teams.

The baseball team had troubles on offense throughout the season, but Monday night was a new low. Wildcat batters struck out 16 times and it seemed like any time a Wildcat batter worked the count full you could count on a strike out.

As for the softball team, as good as the Wildcats are, Monica Abbott may be better. When Tennessee went up 2-0, you almost felt the lead was insurmountable.

Sure enough it was.

Of course, the Cats seem to play their best with their back against the wall. I expect them to force a third game.

June 4th, 10:00 a.m.
There are four new, high profile students on campus today. Four of the five incoming freshmen basketball players have begun taking summer classes at the UA.

Only Jamelle Horne is absent, but he has a good reason...school is not out for him in California!

Jerryd Bayless, Laval Lucas-Perry, Zane Johnson and Alex Jacobson are all now officially Arizona students.

Because they are enrolled, they can work out with the team and use all the facilities. They are expected to play plenty of pick-up and may make a few appearances at the Summer Pro League.

The softball team will attempt to do something they have never done before: win the national title coming through the loser's bracket. On Sunday they did something that has only been done twice before, win two from the team in the winner's bracket to advance to the championship series.

Taryne Mowatt continues to be the team's workhorse. She's been outstanding this CWS, surrendering just one earned run. Her opponent tonight, Tennessee's Monica Abbott, has yet to be scored on.

The baseball team will attempt to rebound from a ninth inning loss to Wichita State on Sunday night. Walks doomed the Cats late in the game as Daniel Schlereth pitched an otherwise great game.

If the Wildcats win they will advance to the Super Regional. Not only would they have a chance to advance to the College World Series, but they could wind up hosting the event in Tucson. As of Sunday night UC Irvine held a one-run lead in the seventh over host Texas. The game was suspended and will be finished up on Monday. If Irvine wins that one, or wins a second game against the Longhorns, they and the winner of the Wichita Region would be in the running for the Super Regional.

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