Arizona softball was given the No. 11 seed overall in the upcoming NCAA softball tournament and will host a regional at Hillenbrand Stadium that includes Ole Miss, Maryland-Baltimore County and Villanova.
The Wildcats (36-13) must win three games to advance into the Super Regionals for a chance to play in the WCWS.
Villanova and Ole Miss will play at 3 p.m. on ESPNU on Friday. Arizona and UMBC meet at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN3 on Friday in the nightcap.
Ole Miss features Cienega High School graduate Blaise Biringer, a freshman infielder with the Rebels.
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
The winners of Friday’s games will meet on Saturday in the third game of the Tucson Regional at 2 p.m. while Friday’s non-advancing teams will play in the fourth game at 4:30 p.m. The loser of the third game and the winner of the fourth game will meet on Saturday at 7 p.m. for a spot in the regional final.
Sunday’s regional final will begin at 5 p.m. with the if-necessary seventh game to begin at 7:30 p.m.
The selection marks the 34th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance for Arizona, the longest active streak in the country and the longest in the sport’s history. Arizona’s streak of 34 consecutive NCAA regional appearances dates back to 1987, Mike Candrea’s second year in Tucson.
Under Candrea, the Wildcats have won 30 NCAA regional titles and eight national championships.
Here’s Jessie Harper talking about Arizona getting the No. 11 seed in the NCAA tournament and discussing how her team is prepared for what might be a tough road test later on against Arkansas in the Super Regional:
Here’s Janelle Meoño talking about getting to play in NCAA postseason softball for the first time and discussing what her thoughts are on winning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year:
Arizona coach Mike Candrea was blunt when talking about the seeding the Pac-12 got as a conference and shared his thoughts on where his team stands heading into the postseason:
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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.