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Wildcats Set to Host Tucson NCAA Regional

TUCSON, Ariz. — The No. 15 ranked Arizona Wildcats (36-21) will host the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at Hi Corbett Field this weekend, welcoming the Dallas Baptist Patriots (44-13), West Virginia Mountaineers (32-22), and Grand Canyon Antelopes (34-23) to the Tucson NCAA Regional.

The Wildcats kick off play at the Tucson NCAA Regional against in-state foe Grand Canyon on Friday night. First pitch on ESPN+ is set for 6:00 p.m. MST and tickets are still available for purchase here.

All games at the Tucson NCAA Regional will be televised on the ESPN family of networks, while all games involving Arizona will also be broadcast live on Wildcats Radio 1290 AM.

Arizona earned the Pac-12 Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Pac-12 Baseball Tournament in Scottsdale on Saturday, sealing the program’s 43rd NCAA Tournament appearance.

More information on the Tucson NCAA Regional can be found below.

 







Date Opponent Time (MST) Arizona Pitcher Opponent Pitcher
Friday, May 31 Grand Canyon 6:00 PM RHP Clark Candiotti (7-3, 3.11) LHP Grant Richardson (4-1, 4.03)
Saturday, June 1 DBU or WVU TBA TBA TBA
Sunday, June 2 TBA TBA TBA TBA

Leading Off…

  • The No. 15 Arizona Wildcats proudly play host to the Tucson NCAA Regional this weekend at Hi Corbett Field. Arizona, the #1 seed, will host the #2 seed Dallas Baptist Patriots, the #3 seed West Virginia Mountaineers, and the #4 seed Grand Canyon Antelopes.
  • Every game at the Tucson NCAA Regional will be televised on the ESPN family of networks with Mike Ferrin (PxP) and Jensen Lewis (Analyst) on the call. All games involving Arizona will be broadcast on Wildcats Radio 1290 with play-by-play from Brian Jeffries.
  • This marks the third time that Hi Corbett Field has hosted an NCAA Regional since Arizona moved to the ballpark full-time in 2012. The Wildcats are 10-1 in NCAA Tournament games hosted at Hi Corbett Field.
  • The Wildcats selection to host the NCAA Tucson Regional marks the program’s 43rd NCAA Tournament appearance, the sixth most among all Division I programs.
  • Arizona has played 99 games all-time against Grand Canyon and leads the series, 70-29. West Virginia leads the all-time series against Arizona, 2-1. The all-time series between Dallas Baptist and Arizona is tied 1-1.
  • Head coach Chip Hale was selected as the 2024 Pac-12 Coach of the Year last week. He is the first person in Pac-12 baseball history to win both Player of the Year (1987) and Coach of the Year.
  • Shortstop Mason White hit his 19th home run of the season at the Pac-12 Tournament last week, moving him into solo possession of eighth all-time on the Arizona single-season leaderboard. He is one HR shy of breaking into the single-season top five.

SOME REGIONAL THEMES: The No. 15 Arizona Wildcats kick off their 43rd NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend when they host the Tucson NCAA Regional…The Wildcats, the No. 13 national seed, play host to the Dallas Baptist Patriots, the West Virginia Mountaineers, and the Grand Canyon Antelopes…The four teams in the Tucson Regional have a combined winning percentage of .649 (146-79) this season…All games at the Tucson NCAA Regional will be televised on the ESPN family of networks with Mike Ferrin (PxP) and Jensen Lewis (Analyst) on the call…All games involving Arizona will also be broadcast live on Wildcats Radio 1290 AM with play-by-play from Brian Jeffries…Arizona’s 43 NCAA Tournament appearances are the sixth most among all Division I baseball programs…The Wildcats have recent history with all three teams visiting Tucson this weekend: Arizona played three midweek games against Grand Canyon this year, winning one and losing two; the Wildcats dropped a 4-3 decision to Dallas Baptist in week two of the season at the Frisco College Baseball Classic; Arizona and West Virginia played a three-game series in week one of the 2023 season at Hi Corbett Field, with the Mountaineers winning two-of-three games…Arizona has postseason history with Grand Canyon, having beaten the Lopes 12-6 in the opening game of the 2021 Tucson NCAA Regional…Since the NCAA Tournament adopted the Super Regional format in 1999 the Wildcats have made 13 Regional appearances and advanced to the Super Regional round five times…Two of those Regional Championships came at home: The 2012 and 2021 Tucson Regionals hosted at Hi Corbett Field.

POSTSEASON POINTS:

  • Arizona is participating in their 43rd NCAA Tournament, the sixth most in Division I history.
  • The Wildcats are participating in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season, marking the first time that has been accomplished since Arizona made 14 straight tournament appearances from 1950-1963.
  • The Wildcats sport an all-time winning record of 75-50 (.610) in the Regional/District round of the NCAA Baseball Championship, with 20 Regional/District championships (last: 2021).
  • Since the NCAA Baseball Championship format change in 1999, Arizona has advanced to five Super Regional competitions.
  • Arizona’s current roster features a combined 56 at-bats and 25.1 innings of NCAA Tournament experience.
  • The 2024 Tucson NCAA Regional is the 15th Regional/District competition hosted in Tucson, Arizona. It is the third NCAA Regional hosted at Hi Corbett Field (also: 2012, 2021).
  • Head coach Chip Hale is only the second coach in Arizona program history to lead the team to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first three years, joining Frank Sancet, who made 14 consecutive tournament appearances from 1950-1963.

DIRTY THIRTY: The Wildcats recorded their 30th win of the season on May 7th at Arizona State, giving them 30+ wins in all three seasons under the leadership of head coach Chip Hale. The Wildcats have now posted nine consecutive full seasons with at least 30 wins, dating back to 2015 and not counting the COVID-19 shortened 2020 campaign. Since joining the Pac-10 for the 1979 baseball season, Arizona has played 45 seasons and collected 30+ wins in 35 of them.

STREAKONOMICS: Outfielder Brendan Summerhill carries an active 9-game hit streak into the Tucson NCAA Regional, the longest active streak on the team. Over the course of the streak he is hitting .378 (13×37) with a .439 on-base percentage. Summerhill has also posted the longest hit streak of the season thus far, a 12-game streak that was snapped on April 7 at California. Summerhill also holds the longest on-base streak on the team this year, a 33-game streak that ended on April 26 at Washington. Over that 33-game stretch, Summerhill posted a .428 on-base percentage; he drew 20 walks and collected 47 hits during the streak. Summerhill (9 games) and infielder Mason White (5 games) hold the longest active on-base streaks on the team heading into this weekend’s action.

MAKE IT ROTATE: The Wildcats 2024 weekend rotation, consisting primarily of left-hander Jackson Kent along with right-handers Clark Candiotti and Cam Walty, has posted a 3.60 ERA this season, the 11th best mark in the nation and the fourth best among Power Five programs according to data from FridayStarters.com. That number improves when only looking at Pac-12 Conference games, where the Arizona big three posted a 3.32 ERA.

PAC-12 AWARDS: The Arizona Wildcats picked up their most All-Conference honorees in over a decade and head coach Chip Hale has been selected as the 2024 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, the conference announced on Tuesday morning. Coach Hale becomes the first person in Pac-12 baseball history, and just the second person in conference history regardless of sport or gender, to win both Pac-10/12 Player of the Year (1987) and Pac-12 Coach of the Year. He joins elite company along with current Oregon State Gymnastics head coach, Tanya Chaplin, who won multiple of each award. In addition to Hale’s major award win, Clark Candioitti, Brendan Summerhill, Cam Walty, Mason White, Jackson Kent, and Garen Caulfield all picked up Pac-12 All-Conference honors. Six All-Conference selections ties a program record and is the most for Arizona Baseball since the 2012 National Championship team also tallied six. Arizona also picked up a pair of Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention selections in Emilio Corona and Casey Hintz. Hale took a team picked to finish ninth in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll all the way to a regular season championship, the sixth in program history. He is the first Wildcat skipper to earn the award since 2021, and the fourth to win the award all-time. Hale’s former head coach during his time as a Wildcat student-athlete, Jerry Kindall, rattled off three Pac-10 South Coach of the Year awards in 1980, 1989, and 1992. From March 24–April 26, under Hale’s direction, the Wildcats won 11 consecutive Pac-12 Conference games, the program’s longest single-season conference win streak since they joined the Pac-10 for the 1979 baseball season. The 2024 Arizona Wildcats piled up 30+ wins for the ninth consecutive full season, and the 35th time across 45 seasons in the Pac-10/12, while also tallying 20+ conference wins for just the third time since 1990. All eight of the Wildcats All-Conference honorees are first-time recipients of the award. This year also marks the most Arizona pitchers to earn First Team All-Conference honors since 2008 and what is believed to be the first time all three of the Wildcats primary starting pitchers landed on the list.

PITCH PERFECT: Arizona’s pitching staff has excelled this season under first-year pitching coach Kevin Vance. Under Vance’s leadership the Wildcats have posted the 19th best ERA in the nation, a 4.33 mark that also ranks second in the Pac-12 and ranks eighth among Power Five programs. Arizona’s pitching staff has limited walks to the tune of just 141 free passes, the fewest in the nation and 15 fewer than second-place UT Arlington (156). The Wildcats enter the weekend as the best staff in the nation in fewest walks per nine innings (2.50) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.56). Arizona also ranks 24th in the nation with a 1.38 WHIP.

START US UP: Arizona’s weekend starting rotation of Jackson Kent, Clark Candiotti, and Cam Walty has been arguably the strongest in the Pac-12 Conference this season. All three were selected to the Pac-12 All-Conference team, a first in program history. The trio has combined to make 43 starts this season, 21 of which have registered as quality starts (6.0+ IP, three or fewer ER allowed) and 38 of which have lasted five or more innings.

NOTHING BUT NETZ: Fifth-year senior Dawson Netz has established himself as one of the most experienced pitchers in Arizona Baseball history. Going into this weekend, Netz has logged 93 appearances in his collegiate career — 14 starts and 79 relief — the third most games pitched in Wildcat history. His 93 pitching appearances are tied for the 16th most among all active Division I pitchers. Earlier this year Netz moved past Ben White (1993-96) on the all-time leaderboard, the father of Dawson’s current teammate, Mason White.

ROAD FROM THE SHOW: Arizona Baseball, a program that proudly boasts 280 Major League Baseball Draft selections and 94 alumni MLB players, also currently has five players on the roster with MLB ties in their bloodlines. Between those five players, the Wildcats relatives have logged 44 years and 1,357 games worth of Major League service time.

TRIPLES ARE BEST, TRIPLES ARE SAFE: Arizona currently leads the Pac-12 and ranks third nationally with 26 triples; the Wildcats average of 0.46 triples per game is the tied for the third best mark among all Division I programs. Outfielder Emilio Corona leads the team and the Pac-12 with seven triples, while fellow outfielder Brendan Summerhill is not far behind in second with six three-baggers. Since Arizona moved to Hi Corbett Field in 2012 they have led the Pac-12 in triples seven times.

MILESTONE MEN: With a win over UCLA on March 29, Arizona Baseball picked up the 3,000th victory in program history. The Wildcats joined the ranks of just nine other programs that boast 3,000 program wins. As it currently stands, Arizona is the 10th all-time winningest program in the history of college baseball. Four of the winningest programs in college baseball history are current members of the Pac-12 Conference.

GRAND THEFT BASEBALL: The Wildcats have combined to steal 46 bases in 57 games this season, their most since the 2017 team swiped 49 bags across 59 games. Outfielder Emilio Corona leads the team with 15 stolen bases, a mark that ranks tied for fourth in the Pac-12. Corona’s 15 steals are the most in a single-season by a Wildcat since Kevin Newman posted 22 steals in 2015; he is also the first Wildcat with 10+ steals in a season since Jared Oliva in 2017. In total, nine different Wildcats have logged stolen bases this season, with Corona (15), Easton Breyfogle (7), Brendan Summerhill (7), and Mason White (5) all having stolen five or more.

O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!: Senior right-handed pitcher Dawson Netz, junior infielder Garen Caulfield, and senior outfielder Emilio Corona were named Arizona Baseball’s 2024 Team Captains prior to the season beginning. The trio of upperclassmen were voted into their captain roles by their teammates. All three captains have been major contributors on the field, leaders in the clubhouse, and exemplary men off the field.

PAC-12 FOREVER CHAMPIONS: The 2024 season was Arizona’s final go-around in the Pac-12 — they joined the conference for the 1979 baseball season. The Wildcats concluded their time in the Conference of Champions with a pair of conference titles, securing both the regular season and conference tournament crowns. Beginning with the 2024-25 academic year, the Wildcats will compete in the Big 12 Conference along with current Pac-12 foes Arizona State, Utah, and Colorado. During their time in the Pac-10 and Pac-12, Arizona Baseball won six Pac-10/12 Championships earned three of their four NCAA National Championships.

HOME SWEET HOME: Since Arizona Baseball moved to Hi Corbett Field for the 2012 season, the Wildcats have enjoyed a tremendous home field advantage. Over those 12+ seasons, Arizona has posted a home record of 291-121, winning games at a .706 clip. Their home winning percentage over that stretch is the second best mark in the conference, while their 291 home victories are tops in the conference.

 

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