Arizona softball has experienced its ups and downs this season, going an impressive 25-3 at home with only one series against a ranked opponent in No. 2 UCLA.
On the road, the Wildcats (36-13) struggled, facing five ranked teams and going 4-10 in those games and 11-10 overall on the road.
— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 17, 2021
The road struggles came back to haunt Arizona, which earned a No. 11 seed in the NCAA tournament and will face UMBC, Villanova, and Ole Miss in the Tucson Regional starting Friday.
In 2019, Arizona beat Ole Miss to advance to the program’s first Women’s College World Series in more than nine years, ending the longest drought in the Mike Candrea era.
Blaise Biringer's homecoming next week for the Tucson Regional at Hillenbrand should be a special one for @CienegaSoftball and her family that originates from Nogales. The Ole Miss freshman infielder is batting .322 with five doubles and triples and 21 RBIs. pic.twitter.com/XXppLN21sB
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) May 17, 2021
If things go all chalk in the regionals, the Wildcats will have to go on the road and face sixth-seeded Arkansas in the Super Regional. Arkansas has been one of the top home run hitting teams in the country, led by star hitter Braxton Burnside. She is second in the NCAA with 24 home runs.
The Wildcats have struggled on the road this season and for the team to get to the WCWS in Oklahoma City, they will have to exorcise those demons. The roster has seven seniors who have been to the WCWS and they know what it takes to get to there.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.