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Ex-Arizona softball player Matte Haack picks a new school

Former Arizona Wildcats softball player Matte Haack, who decided to transfer after last season, has chosen to play at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Our Gannett partner, the Lafayette Advertiser, reported the news last week.

Haack, who has two seasons of eligibility with the Ragin’ Cajuns, was a backup infielder last season, hitting .130 in 23 at-bats.

Playing time figured to be equally scarce for Haack next season.

“I wanted what would make her happy,” Arizona coach Mike Candrea told the Advertiser. “She’s a good kid and a hard worker. There were no issues with her attitude, her effort or anything like that. It was just a matter of her not getting enough playing time.

“We discussed it and I didn’t know how much playing time she would get. We decided that if she’s going to do it, this was the time to do it. Sometimes things just don’t work out. It happens. Rather than sitting somewhere for four years and not being happy, sometimes it’s better to transfer.”

Haack’s freshman year highlights in 2010 included a game-tying ninth-inning home run against Hofstra in NCAA regional play.

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