Softball closes out regular season at No. 13 Stanford
Arizona softball heads to the Bay Area this weekend confident that its name will be announced on Selection Sunday.
The Wildcats (30-23, 7-14 Pac-12) close out the regular season at No. 13 Stanford Thursday night at 7 p.m., Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Game one of the series will be on the Pac-12 Network.
After their series win against then No. 5 ASU, Arizona rose to No. 29 in the RPI and expects to make the NCAA tournament. The selection show is Sunday night at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.
The last time Arizona did not make it to the NCAA tournament was 1986, head coach Mike Candrea’s first season.
Tyler Baker / Arizona Daily Wildcat UA Softball took on UCLA this weekend and lost the series 2-1.
“We’re Arizona softball, we don’t not [sic] make a regionals or anything,” senior shortstop Brigette Del Ponte said. “We’re going to be in there. I know we’re going to be in there.”
There are 33 at-large bids to the 64-team big dance, with 16 four-team regionals.
“I gotta believe we’re one of the top 64 teams in the country,” Candrea said.
A series win against Stanford (35-17, 12-9) would go a long way in securing a bid.
The Cardinal has the 18th ranked RPI and is fresh off of a road sweep of then No. 12 California. Stanford outscored the Bears 37-12.
UA is 61-9-1 all-time against Stanford and have won 10 of the last 11 meetings.
“We’re on a high right now and I think it’s gonna be good taking it into Stanford,” junior pitcher Shelby Babcock said.
Last season the UA won the series in Tucson, when Babcock led the Wildcats to a 3-1 win in the rubber match.