Two things have to happen for the Arizona Wildcats to host Super Regionals next weekend.
First, the 14th-seeded Wildcats have to win the Tucson Regional. Second, someone other than third-seeded UCLA has to win the Los Angeles Regional.
So far, things are looking promising for Arizona. The Wildcats won their first two games in the Tucson Regional and host Mississippi State in the regional final on Sunday, needing to win just one of two games to advance (SEC Network).
Meanwhile, UCLA fell to Cal State Fullerton 3-2 in its regional opener and is facing the Titans in its regional final, having to win twice Sunday to avoid elimination.
UCLA has only lost five games all season, so it would be unwise to count them out, but the pressure is definitely on.
Interestingly enough, the Fullerton pitcher that beat UCLA is former Wildcat Trish Parks, who left the UA program after the 2016 season. The redshirt junior right-hander threw nine innings of two-run ball.
Arizona plays Mississippi State the same time UCLA rematches Fullerton on Sunday — 4 p.m. PT — so be sure to keep an eye on both games.
If MSU and UCLA win and force an if-necessary game in their respective regionals, those winner-take-all games will both will begin later Sunday at 7 p.m. PT.
If Cal State Fullerton and Arizona both pull it out, the Wildcats would host the Titans at Hillenbrand Stadium next weekend.
Obviously hosting and avoiding a team like UCLA, which swept Arizona in Tucson in the regular season, would be massive for UA’s hopes of making its first Women’s College World Series appearance since 2010.
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