The Cats' 5:15 p.m. game against Notre Dame and a 7:30 contest vs. Texas Tech will not be re-scheduled. UA will now open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday?at Arizona State's Farrington Stadium against No. 7 Northwestern in the regularly scheduled Saturday action.
A number of games in the tourney were played Friday, but afternoon rain took a toll on the fields at Tempe Sports Complex, halting a quartet of?games.?Play never resumed.
The two-time defending national champion Wildcats were on site and through most of their pregame warmup drills under interim head coach Larry Ray before the games were scrapped around 6 p.m.
Ray said a pair of games Friday?"would have been nice before we play a College World Series team like Northwestern, but that's okay. We'll be ready to go."
UA senior pitching ace Taryne Mowatt likely will take the circle against the No. 6 other Wildcats, who feature top sluggers in All-American Tammy Williams and 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Nicole Pauly.
Assistant coach Dave Feinberg said tournament officials likely would try to have UA play a doubleheader on Sunday against Southern Utah (instead of the one SUU game on the?docket) to get another game in the tournament, which features teams from around the country, playing at both sites in Tempe.
The game Saturday morning will feature the UA coaching debut of pitching mentor Gale Bundrick, who joined the staff in January to succeed departed former Honda Award winner Nancy Evans, and student coach Kristie Fox, UA's two-time All-American power hitting shortstop.