Taylor McQuillin

Taylor Elizabeth McQuillin (born October 1996) is a former collegiate All-American, left-handed softball pitcher originally from Mission Viejo, California, US. She attended Mission Viejo High School.[1][2] She later attended the University of Arizona, where she was an starting pitcher for the Arizona Wildcats softball team.[3][4][5][6] In her senior year, McQuillin led Arizona softball to a berth in the 2019 Women's College World Series after being absent for nearly a decade. After graduating from college, McQuillin was selected #6 by the Cleveland Comets of National Pro Fastpitch in the second round of the 2019 NPF Draft.[7][8] McQuillin is a member of the Mexican softball team that earned a spot at the 2020 Summer Olympics. She is a softball record holder for the Wildcats. Currently, she is playing in the inaugural season of Athletes Unlimited.[9]

Taylor McQuillin
Personal information
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Sport
CountryUSA
SportSoftball
College teamArizona Wildcats

University of ArizonaEdit

McQuillin began her career as a Third-Team All-Pac-12 performer.[10] She debuted on February 12, 2016, throwing a shutout with 6 strikeouts against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds.[11] In 2017, she was named conference Second Team and had a career best strikeout ratio (9.2).[12] McQuillin opened the season by striking out a career best 17 batters in a shutout win over the CSUN Matadors.[13]

As a junior, she set season highs in wins, strikeouts (school top-10 record), shutouts (led the NCAA) and innings pitched.[14] She was also named a First Team All-Pac-12 honoree.[15] Facing the New Mexico Lobos on February 11, 2018, McQuillin threw a no hitter and began a career highlight of 14 consecutive wins, until suffering a loss to the Washington Huskies on March 23.[16] For the streak, she tossed 93.0 innings, allowing 35 hits, 2 earned runs, 22 walks and amassing 121 strikeouts, resulting in a 0.37 ERA and 0.61 WHIP. For one of the wins on February 22, she sealed the victory with 2.1 scoreless innings and went on a personal best 30.1 shutout streak that was ended in the third inning of a win over the South Dakota Coyotes on March 8. She gave up just 7 hits, 11 walks and fanned 36 for a 0.60 WHIP.[17]

For her final year, she earned her second First Team and fourth overall conference honor and also was recognized a First Team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.[18][19] She set season bests in ERA and WHIP. McQuillin led the Wildcats back to the Women's College World Series and opened with a victory vs. the Washington Huskies on May 30, 2019.[20] McQuillin made her last appearance by pitching four scoreless innings with 6 strikeouts in a elimination loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide on June 1.[21] She would graduate ranking top-10 in career victories (7th), strikeouts (9th) and innings (10th).[22]

StatisticsEdit

University of Arizona WildcatsEdit

YEAR W L GP GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA WHIP
2016 12 8 29 20 10 2 1 128.0 131 73 58 43 137 3.17 1.36
2017 16 4 39 25 20 6 0 120.1 84 38 32 34 159 1.86 0.98
2018 28 12 44 35 30 15 3 242.0 148 66 58 82 287 1.68 0.95
2019 24 8 35 30 26 10 1 207.0 136 61 45 58 232 1.52 0.93
TOTALS 80 32 133 105 77 33 5 697.1 499 238 193 217 815 1.94 1.02

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Krider, Dave (June 8, 2014). "High school softball pitcher Taylor McQuillin stars despite Duane Syndrome". MaxPreps. Archived from the original on June 30, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  2. ^ "Incoming UA pitcher McQuillin finishes HS career with record". Arizona Daily Star. June 6, 2015. Archived from the original on June 29, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  3. ^ Rosenblatt, Zack (April 1, 2016). "Taylor McQuillin envisions bright future at Arizona". Arizona Daily Star. Archived from the original on June 29, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  4. ^ Rosenblatt, Zack (July 21, 2017). "Arizona Wildcats looking for pitcher Taylor McQuillin to become ace". Arizona Daily Star. Archived from the original on June 29, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  5. ^ Hays, Graham (February 28, 2018). "392 reasons why Arizona's Taylor McQuillin is espnW softball player of the week". ESPN. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  6. ^ Cohen, Max (May 2, 2018). "Arizona softball ace Taylor McQuillin not letting disorder define her on or off the field". Arizona Daily Wildcat. Archived from the original on June 30, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  7. ^ Gonzalez, Norma (April 17, 2019). "'Why stop now?' Wildcats ace Taylor McQuillin plans to finish strong, then join pro ranks". Arizona Daily Star. Archived from the original on June 29, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  8. ^ Boan, Christopher (June 10, 2019). "Former Arizona Pitcher Taylor McQuillin Hired By Pima Community College". Tucson Weekly. Archived from the original on June 30, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ex-Wildcats Mauga, McQuillin hitting their stride in new softball league | Arizona Wildcats softball | tucson.com". tucson.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  10. ^ "Pac-12 announces 2016 softball all-Conference honors". Pac-12.com. 2016-05-19. Retrieved 2020-04-17.CS1 maint: location (link)
  11. ^ "Southern Utah at #13 Arizona" (PDF). Arizonawildcats.com. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  12. ^ "Pac-12 announces 2017 Softball All-Conference honors". Pac-12.com. 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2020-04-17.CS1 maint: location (link)
  13. ^ "Cal State Northridge (0-2) -vs- # 10 Arizona (2-0)". Arizonawildats.com. 2017-02-10. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  14. ^ "NCAA Softball Division I Shutouts". Ncaa.org. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  15. ^ "Pac-12 announces 2018 softball All-Conference honors". Pac-12.com. 2018-05-12. Retrieved 2020-04-17.CS1 maint: location (link)
  16. ^ "New Mexico (1-3) -vs- # 7 Arizona (4-1)". Arizonawildcats.com. 2018-02-11. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  17. ^ "2018 Softball Schedule". Arizonawildcats.com. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  18. ^ "Pac-12 announces 2019 softball All-Conference honors". Pac-12.com. 2019-05-08. Retrieved 2020-04-17.CS1 maint: location (link)
  19. ^ "2019 All-American Awards". Ncaa.org. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  20. ^ "# 6 Arizona (48-12) -vs- # 3 Washington (50-8)". Arizonawildcats.com. 2019-05-30. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  21. ^ "# 8 Alabama (59-9) -vs- # 6 Arizona (48-14)". Arizonawildcats.com. 2019-06-01. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  22. ^ "Arizona Softball Record Book" (PDF). Arizonawildcats.com. Retrieved 2020-04-17.