With the loss to UCLA, Arizona now has its back against the wall in the loser’s bracket. They will be taking on Alabama later tonight in a win-or-go-home scenario. This isn’t the first time that the Wildcats have been in a situation similar to now.
Back in 2010, Arizona lost its first game of the WCWS to Tennessee in a 9-0 trouncing. They went on to beat Washington and Hawaii to set up a rematch against Tennessee in the semifinals. With Arizona already losing to Tennessee, it needed to beat the Vols twice in one day. It did just that, outscoring its opponent 13-2 to advance to the championship series versus rival UCLA. The Bruins went on to sweep Arizona TO clinch their 12th national title.
This is a situation Arizona has seen itself in before, knowing what it takes to make it out of the loser’s side of the bracket. The major difference, however, is that it was nine years ago. Now Arizona has to beat Alabama and pitcher Montana Fouts, who dominated the Wildcats early in the season, winning 7-0. If they do that, they need to beat No. 1 Oklahoma twice in order to get to the championship series.
It is a very tall task for any team to do what needs to be done, but Arizona does have the history behind it. The question is, can the Wildcats repeat that magic from nine years ago, the last time they were in the WCWS. Arizona will take on Alabama tonight to see if its season will last at last one more day.