Following a 36-win regular season, the 2016 Wildcats went on a postseason run to remember, culminating in their 11th NCAA Super Regional appearance in 12 years, but fell one victory shy of the Women's College World Series, the closest the Wildcats have been since finishing as the national runner-up in 2010.
Nancy Bowling, Alexis Dotson, Ashleigh Hughes, Mo Mercado and Lauren Young were named to the Pac-12 all-Academic honorable mention, the conference announced on Friday.
Auburn defeated the Wildcats twice on Sunday to earn a trip to the Women's College World Series. Arizona finishes the season 40-21, with its third straight trip to the NCAA Super Regional and 28th 40-win season in program history.
It was a gritty performance in all three phases of the game as Arizona clawed its way to a 5-3 victory over Auburn in game 1, moving the Wildcats one win away from Oklahoma City and the Women's College World Series.
After winning game 1 on Saturday, Arizona is one win away from earning its 23rd trip to the Women's College World Series. The Wildcats will look to finish things off at 11 a.m. MST on ESPN.
Arizona and Auburn are set for a three-game series with a trip to Oklahoma City on the line. The Cats and the Tigers are set to meet in a Saturday-Sunday Super Regional in Auburn, Alabama.
Tamara Statman's eighth-inning single to score Nancy Bowling gave Arizona a 4-3 victory in the Knoxville Regional Championship, helping Arizona earn its 27th regional title in the last 30 years.
Redshirt junior Danielle O'Toole retired the final 21 Tennessee batters, coming a leadoff single in the bottom of the first away from a perfect game, as Arizona advanced to Saturday's regional championship with a 4-0 blanking of the host Volunteers.
In the conclusion of Friday's rain postponement, Arizona defeated Ohio State 2-0 in the Knoxville Regional Opener. The Cats await the Tennessee/Marist winner at 11:30 a.m. MST.
After a 2 hour and 49 minute rain delay, game 1 of the Knoxville Regional between Arizona and Ohio State was postponed until Saturday morning at 7 a.m. MST.
Juniors Katiyana Mauga, Danielle O'Toole and Mandie Perez were named first-team all-Pac-12, while three other Wildcats were honored by the conference in the league's annual postseason awards, announced by the Pac-12 on Thursday.
Arizona will need one victory on Sunday to advance its eighth NCAA Super Regional in the last nine seasons. Meanwhile, UA's to-be-determined challenger will need to take down the Cats twice.