If the college baseball season ended today, the Arizona Wildcats’ scorching play of the last few weeks would have landed it a spot in the NCAA tournament. At least according to Baseball America, which has the Wildcats in its latest projection for the 64-team field.
Sadly, there are still a few more games to play. But that just means Arizona (29-24) has a few more chances to pad its resume ahead of Monday’s official bracket reveal.
A week after noting its recent improved play and how it could get them into the tourney, Baseball America now has the Wildcats projected as a No. 3 seed in the Nashville Regional that would be hosted by No. 2 national seed Vanderbilt. Arizona is slated to open against Michigan (38-16), which at 45th is one spot ahead of it in the current RPI rankings.
Arizona heads to Pullman on Thursday for a three-game series at Washington State (11-39-1, 3-23-1 Pac-12) having won seven in a row and 10 of 11. A sweep of the Cougars would give UA a 15-14 record in league play, possibly the last hurdle it needs to overcome to get into the NCAA tourney.
Last year the Wildcats had a 34-22 record and a No. 48 RPI but didn’t make the field, likely because of a 14-16 Pac-12 mark.