May 31, 2010
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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team has been selected to play in the Fort Worth Regional, earning an NCAA tournament postseason berth after a 33-22 overall record during the regular season.
The Wildcats, who are the No. 3 seed in the region, will open against No. 2 seed Baylor on Friday, June 4, at 2 p.m. (CDT). Host Texas Christian University is the region’s top seed and will host No. 4 seed Lamar on Friday at 7 p.m. (CDT).
Arizona is one of eight Pac-10 teams to earn a postseason berth, a record for the league in a single season. Arizona State earned the nation’s No. 1 overall seed, while UCLA was awarded the No. 6 national seed. Washington State, Stanford, Oregon, California and Oregon State also were placed in one of the 16 regionals.
“I am very excited to continue coaching this team,” head coach Andy Lopez said. “I have said all year long, I truly enjoy coaching this team. They are a fun group to be around and they compete really well.”
“I think our overall strength of schedule, the strength of the league, and the quality of the teams we beat throughout the season is what earned us a seed,” Lopez said. “You never want to leave it in the hands of a committee to decide, but we’re excited to be in the tournament and I believe we strongly deserved to be in. And, once you’re in, it’s an even playing field for everyone. We’re going to be ready to compete."
Arizona returns to postseason action after a one-year hiatus. The Wildcats have appeared in the NCAA tournament in six of the last eight seasons, including in 2004 when the school advanced to its first College World Series since 1986, when it captured its third national championship.
Under coach Lopez, the Wildcats have a 14-11 mark in the postseason, playing all 25 games away from home. UA has a 3-4 mark against the host institution in regional action, advancing to the Super Regional round in 2004 (Notre Dame) and 2008 (Michigan). The Wildcats ultimately were eliminated by the regional host in 2005 (Cal State Fullerton) and 2007 (Wichita State). UA did not play the host at the Fullerton Regional in 2003 when it went 0-2.
Despite some late-season struggles, the Wildcats earned an NCAA bid due in large part to the strength of the Pac-10 Conference, widely viewed as on of the top two conferences in the country, and an impressive 21-7 mark against non-conference teams. UA’s strength of schedule was rated amongst the best in the nation by various websites, as UA’s opponents had a combined record of 638-477 (0.572) on the season.
During the season, the Wildcats strung together an impressive 15-game winning streak, which was the seventh-longest in the nation in 2010. Arizona never lost more than four-straight games, which occurred only once. In fact, UA dropped more than two-consecutive games only twice on the season.
According to www.gofrogs.com, TCU’s official athletics website, tickets will initially be sold as All-Session reserved seat packages only. This package includes tickets to each game with a maximum of seven (7) possible games. Currently, they are available to season ticket holders and Frog Club members only and must be purchased by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2.
All-Session prices are $60 for adults and $45 for youth (ages 3-17). This is a substantial savings as single game reserved tickets---if available after expected high demand for All-Sessions---will not be sold until the first game and will be $20 for adults and $15 for youth per game. All seats in Lupton Stadium will be sold as reserved seats, no General Admission. Once all reserved seats are sold, Standing Room Only will be available on the Grass Hill down the first base line. These SRO tickets will only be sold after all reserved seats have been sold, and they will be $15 each.
If all-session packages remain, they will be available to the general public Thursday morning beginning at 8 a.m. Call 817-257-3764 to purchase your tickets.