Sunday's announcement also makes official the school's third-straight postseason appearance and the eighth in the last 10 seasons under head coach Andy Lopez. The 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship 64-team field, with first-round regional pairings and site assignments, will be revealed in a live, one-hour telecast on ESPNU at 9 a.m. (MST), Monday, May 28.
Arizona (37-17, 19-10 Pac-12) opened the final day of the regular season at noon on Sunday in a three-way tie for first place atop the Pac-12 standings. The Wildcats are tied with Oregon (42-16, 19-10 Pac-12) and UCLA (41-14, 19-10 Pac-12). A win against rival Arizona State (36-19, 18-11) would capture at least a share of the school's first conference championship since 1992.
Arizona is no stranger to hosting postseason competition, even if it has been a couple decades. The program has hosted regional or district playoffs 13 times, leading to eight of the school's 15 College World Series appearances. The Wildcats' 1980 national championship run began with a three-game sweep of the NCAA West Regional in Tucson.
Hi Corbett Field, which hosted some playoff games before Wildcat Field installed lights on campus in the mid-1970s, became the permanent home of Arizona baseball in January of this year. The Wildcats have drawn 83,205 (2,447 per game) fans to 34 home games to date, including 11,128 at the first two games of this weekend's series.
Arizona will face off against Missouri in the opening game.Â Go Cats!
Source Channel 4 News.