Arizona earned the No. 11 seed in the NCAA tournament, locking up a home regional with UMBC, Villanova, and Ole Miss for the right to advance to the Super Regional round.
The Wildcats will open the regional Friday at Hillenbrand Stadium at 5:30 p.m. against UMBC, a team known for its pitching, with starter Courtney Coppersmith the ace.
Coppersmith has posted a 0.65 ERA in 140 innings of work with an impressive record of 19-2 during her 23 appearances this season.
Here’s Arizona coach Mike Candrea and players talking about the Tucson Regional and discussing the opening game with UMBC:
Here’s UMBC coach Chris Kuhlmeyer and players talking about their matchup with Arizona and discussing what goes into pulling off the upset:
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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.