Arizona Baseball

Arizona baseball left out of NCAA field

Andy Lopez will have to work toward a postseason berth next season

Andy Lopez will have to work toward a postseason berth next season

Arizona’s baseball team will not defend its national championship as it was not included in the 64-team NCAA Division I tournament field.

The Wildcats (34-21) played their best baseball at the right time, late in the season, but it was too late. They won five of their last six games, including a season-ending sweep of USC. But they lost six of seven games before that stretch, including a 23-1 setback to Washington at Hi Corbett Field on May 3.

Arizona has an RPI rating of No. 58 based on a list provided by WarrenNolan.com. The Wildcats have a strength-of-schedule ranking of 59.

Those kind of rankings put Arizona on the bubble, and the Wildcats’ bubble burst.

Arizona coach Andy Lopez will attempt to get the Wildcats back to the postseason next year in his 13th year in Tucson. He is 437-258-1 with the Wildcats.

WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes blogs for Lindy’s College Sports, TucsonCitizen.com and Sports Illustrated-sponsored site ZonaZealots.com.

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