Arizona Wildcats baseball climbing rankings, RPI forward of go to to ASU


Fresh from the program first street sweeper of WashingtonArizona is on its way up the national rankings as it prepares for a midweek game at ASU Tuesday night.

The Wildcats (21-7, 9-3 Pac-12) jumped in every major poll after completing a 4-0 week, all without Hi Corbett, and improved to 7-2 on the road this season:

In the RPI, which the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee uses to determine seeding (and who gets to host Regionals and Super Regionals), Arizona sits 7th. The UA is 13-6 against Quad 1 and 2 opponents and plus Point has played the 14th hardest schedule out of 301 Division I programs.

Just behind the Wildcats in the RPI is Oregon, against whom they finish the regular season away. That series, along with Arizona’s home finals series against Oregon State the previous weekend, will likely determine who wins the regular-season Pac-12 title and No. 1 spot for the inaugural Pac-12 tournament in Scottsdale.

Arizona currently has a 1.5 game lead over UCLA (19-8, 6-3), but the Bruins hold the tiebreak after winning two of three in Tucson last month. Oregon and Oregon State are 7-5 while the ASU is 5-4.

Tuesday’s game against the Sun Devils at Phoenix Municipal Stadium does not count towards Pac-12 scoring. The Conference Matchups will be held April 22-24 at Hi Corbett Field.