Arizona, ASU softball begin quests for WCWS
The sixth-seeded Arizona Wildcats (42-12, 19-5 Pac-12) are set to host an NCAA Regional for the 24th time in program history and fifth time in the last six years.
The Wildcats will open the regional against Ivy League champion Harvard on Friday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Arizona is making its 33rd consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, the longest streak in the sport’s history. The Wildcats have been in every tournament since 1987, head coach Mike Candrea’s second year on campus.
The Tucson Regional will feature the Wildcats, along with Auburn, an at-large team from the SEC, Mountain West Conference champion Colorado State and Harvard. Six or (if necessary) seven games will determine the Tucson Regional champion and will determine who moves on to face the winner of the Oxford Regional in Supers.
As a top-eight seed, Arizona would be in position to host the super regional.
Arizona is in search of its 30th regional title, which would earn it the right to advance to its 14th super regional in the last 15 years.
For the 24th time in program history, Arizona is hosting an NCAA Regional.
Arizona State, however, does not have the benefit of hosting a regional.
The Sun Devils will head to Alabama to play in the Tuscaloosa Regional.
This is the 15th consecutive season ASU has qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
The Sun Devils are joined in the regional by host Alabama, Alabama State and Lipscomb.
ASU will begin the regional today against Lipscomb at 1 p.m. on ESPN3.
The Sun Devils finished the 2019 regular season with a 33-18 record on the season, finishing fourth in the Pac-12 with a 13-11 record in league play.
The 33 wins pushes ASU to their 25th straight season with 30 or more wins, while the team’s 13 wins in Pac-12 play marks the second-straight winning season in league play, and is the 12th winning season in conference play in program history.
The winner of the Tuscaloosa Regional will meet the winner of the Austin Regional in the Super Regionals for a chance to advance to the Women’s College World Series.
Under third year head coach Trisha Ford, the Sun Devils have gone 6-2 in postseason play.