The Arizona baseball team’s goal was to return to the NCAA Tournament after missing it in 2018.
They fell just short yet again. The 64-team NCAA Tournament bracket was announced Monday morning and Arizona was nowhere to be found.
It’s not a surprise. The Wildcats were considered a bubble team, but neither D1Baseball nor Baseball American projected them to get in.
The Wildcats (32-24, 15-14 Pac-12) were hoping that finishing on a dominant 10-game winning streak would be enough to sneak in, but evidently the selection committee was not impressed. Arizona was not among the first four out.
The biggest blemish on Arizona’s resume was that it went 3-16 against top-50 opponents.
The Wildcats only graduate three seniors—pitchers Avery Weems and Cameron Haskell and outfielder Justin Wylie—but they do have some juniors who could go pro, such as third baseman Nick Quintana and pitcher Randy Labaut.
Here is Jay Johnson’s initial reaction to Arizona baseball not making the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season: pic.twitter.com/05LFgqda2k— Christian Mortensen (@MortensenAZDS) May 27, 2019
Here is the full bracket: