Former Arizona State Pitcher Giselle Juarez, who transferred to Oklahoma and led the Sooners to the 2021 Women’s College World Series title, was hired to help the Pima pitching staff, the school said on an Instagram post on Monday.
Selected WCWS Outstanding Player, Juarez to assist Pima pitching coach Nicki johnson by working the mental awareness and visual perception of the throwers.
“Giselle brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team that I could only dream of,” Pima softball coach Rebecca Quiroz was quoted as saying by Pima. “Any school in the country, regardless of level, would be lucky to have it and we will use it in all aspects of the game for our hitters, pitchers and mental improvement.”
Juarez, a native of Glendale and a graduate of Mountain Ridge High School, currently plays in a professional league in Japan and is expected to join the Aztecs in late November.
After playing her freshman and sophomore seasons at Arizona State in 2017 and 2018, she transferred to Oklahoma for the 2019 season.
She played her fifth year in college in the spring after earning an extra year of eligibility due to the cancellation of most of the 2020 season by COVID-19.
Juarez started 26 games and appeared in 29 and finished the year with a 23-1 record and a 2.19 ERA. She recorded a team record of 159 strikeouts on 24 walks and a 0.177 batting average on the opponent while participating in 10 shutouts this season.
She ended her career second in Oklahoma career history for opponent’s batting average (0.161) and winning percentage (0.898), third in strikeouts by seven innings. pitched (9.53) and the ninth for walks for seven innings pitched (1.44).
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