It was one swing.
Just one swing. One swing that came after 77 at-bats with a home run.
Arizona senior first baseman Jessica Spigner, a transfer from Tennessee, slumped late in the season. Coach Mike Candrea projected her as a middle-of-the-order slugger but moved her down closer to the bottom of the order as Spigner struggled for several weeks.
And then came a swing that made everything better. It came in the bottom of the sixth inning against Oregon State on the final day of the regular season.
Spigner, who had been working with Candrea to simplify her swing, eliminate excess movement, sent a pitch from Marina Demore over the fence to tie the game at 1.
Arizona went on to win 3-1 on a walk-off home run from Brigette Del Ponte, a victory that helped the Cats stay at home for last weekend’s NCAA regional.
Spigner called that home run against Oregon State “good for the soul.”