The Arizona Wildcats are the kings, and queens, of the diamond.
With UA baseball’s win over Ole Miss in Super Regionals on Sunday, the school became the only one in the country to send both its baseball and softball programs to the College World Series this year.
It’s also the first time that the UA baseball and softball programs have both reached the College World Series in the same season even though they have a combined 42 appearances. Baseball has made 18 trips to the CWS, tying LSU and Cal State Fullerton for seventh-most in NCAA history. Softball has made 24 WCWS appearances, second-most all-time.
Arkansas had the best chance to reach both College World Series this year, but the Razorback baseball and softball programs lost in Super Regionals despite being ranked in the top five nationally. Of course, it was Arizona softball who eliminated Arkansas in the Fayetteville Super Regional in late May. In baseball, it was unranked N.C. State who upset the No. 1-seeded Razorbacks.
This will be Arizona baseball’s first trip to the College World Series since 2016 when it was the national runner-up. The Wildcats won the whole thing in 2012, their fourth national championship.