Wildcats open Coral Gables area against Ole Miss
TUCSON, Ariz.— The Arizona Wildcats (37-23) kick off their 2022 NCAA Tournament with a playoff rematch against the Ole Miss Rebels on Friday night in Coral Gables, Fla.
Friday’s Alex Rodriguez Park game will be televised on ESPNU and broadcast on Wildcats Radio 1290 AM. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter by following @ArizonaBaseball.
Arizona’s opener against Ole Miss will be a rematch of the 2021 NCAA Tucson Super Regional, which the Wildcats won two games to one to advance to the College World Series.
A full preview of the game is available below.
|Date||Opponent||Time (MST)||Arizona Pitcher||opposing pitcher|
|Friday, June 3||Ole Miss||4:00 p.m.||HPL Garrett Irvin (5-4, 3.22)||RHP Dylan DeLucia (5-2, 4.57)|
On your mind…
- The Arizona Wildcats travel east to compete in the NCAA Coral Gables Regional this weekend, hosted by the Miami Hurricanes. All Coral Gables games will be televised on the ESPN family of networks with Roy Philpott (PxP) and Jon Jay (analyst) on the call. Arizona games will also air on Wildcats Radio 1290 AM with play-by-play from Brian Jeffries.
- Arizona’s appearance at the NCAA Coral Gables Regional marks the program’s 41st appearance at the NCAA Tournament, the sixth most among any Division I program.
- The Wildcats are led by freshman head coach Chip Halestar player for Arizona from 1984 to 1987. During his time in a Wildcat uniform, Hale played in 16 NCAA Tournament games and won the 1986 College World Series.
- 15 regular contributors to this year’s Arizona team were also members of the 2021 Wildcat team that qualified for the program’s 18th College World Series.
- Seeker Daniel Susacoutfielder Tanner O’Trembaand right-handed pitcher Quinn Flanagan were all selected to the Pac-12 All-Conference team last week. left-handed pitcher Garrett Irvin and outfielder Chase Davis were named to the Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention Team.
- The Wildcats defense currently leads the Pac-12 and is tied for eighth nationally with 52 double plays turned. Shortstop Nik McClaughrywho leads the conference in defensive assists with 180, has been part of 36 of Arizona’s 52 double plays.
- Seeker Daniel Susac leads the Pac-12 and ranks t-5th among all Division I players with 94 hits.
SOME SERIES THEMES: The Arizona Wildcats open their 41st NCAA tournament appearance this weekend at the NCAA Coral Gables Regional against host Miami, Ole Miss and Canisius… All Coral Gables games will be televised on the ESPN family of networks with Roy Philpott (PxP) and Jon Jay (analyst) on the call..Arizona games will also be broadcast on Wildcats Radio 1290 AM with play-by-play from Brian Jeffries… Wildcats 41 NCAA Tournament appearances are sixth among any Division I program … Arizona has deep and recent playoff ties with two of the Coral Gables Regional programs … The Wildcats and the Hurricanes have played six times in the NCAA Tournament, most recently in the 2016 College World Series opener (Arizona won, 5-1)…Arizona and Miami also faced each other in Coral Gables 2008 Super Regional (Miami won the series, 2-1), 1986 College World Series (Miami won, 4-2) and 1979 College World Series (Arizona won, 5-1)… he history between Arizona and Ole Miss is even more recent, with the two teams facing each other in the 2021 Tucson Super Regional, a series won by the Wildcats 2-1… Since the NCAA tournament adopted the Super Regional format in 1999 , Arizona has made 12 regional appearances and qualified for a Super Regional five times…Three of those Regionals Championships since 1999 have come on the road: 2004 South Bend Regional, 2008 Ann Arbor Regional, 20 16 Lafayette Regional.
- Arizona is playing in its 41st NCAA Tournament in 2022, the sixth-most in Division I history.
- The Wildcats boast an all-time winning record of 73-46 (.613) in the regional/district round of the NCAA baseball championship, with 20 regional/district championships (latest: 2021).
- Since changing the format of the NCAA Baseball Championship in 1999, Arizona has grown to five super regional competitions.
- Arizona’s current roster includes 142 at-bats and 41.2 innings of NCAA tournament experience.
STREAKONOMIC: outfielder Tanner O’Tremba reached base safely in 36 consecutive games, the team’s longest active streak this year and longest on-base streak of his career. During his 36-game streak, O’Tremba posted a .315 batting average (46 for 146) and .415 on-base percentage. In the last 36 games, he has recorded 12 multi-hit performances and reached base multiple times 21 times. His streak is three games longer than Arizona’s next longest on-base streak this year, which belongs to another outfielder. mac bingham who earned his place on base in 33 consecutive games from March 8 to May 3. Garen Caulfield currently leads the team’s longest hitting streak at 14 games. In his last 14 games, Caulfield has hit .439 (18 for 41) and increased his season batting average from .268 to .300. Seeker Daniel Susac also sports a long hitting streak, at 10 games; during his streak, Susac hit .390 with 10 runs and 13 RBIs.
FIVE CATS EARN HONOR AT ALL CONFERENCES: Five Arizona Baseball stars have earned Pac-12 All-Conference recognition, the league announced last week. Seeker Daniel Susacoutfielder Tanner O’Trembaand right-handed pitcher Quinn Flanagan were all selected to the Pac-12 All-Conference Team. Also, left-handed pitcher Garrett Irvin and outfielder Chase Davis were honored with spots on the Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention Team.
Pac-12 All-Conference Drafts (Career)
Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention Selections (Career)
ONLY PLAY THE HITS: Seeker Daniel Susac and outfielder Tanner O’Tremba have both been among the most consistent hitters in America this season. Susac’s 94 hits lead the conference and are tied for fifth among all Division I players, while O’Tremba’s 85 hits are fourth in the Pac-12 and tied for 35th in the country. Three weekends ago against Oregon State, Susac surpassed his career-best mark of 81 hits, set in his historic first campaign in 2021. Susac (31) and O’Tremba (24) are reaping hits in clusters, having combined for 55 successful multi-performances this year. Susac has more multi-hit plays (31) than zero or one-hit performances (29).
DUAL PROBLEM: The Wildcats defense has excelled at double kills this season, having completed a conference-best 52 doubles games in 60 games. In addition to leading the Pac-12 (tied: Oregon), Arizona’s 52 doubles games are currently tied for eighth among 293 Division I programs. Nik McClaughry played a big part in the Wildcats’ double-play prowess and currently leads the Pac-12 with 180 defensive assists this season. McClaughry has played a role in 36 of the 52 double plays turned by the Arizona defense this year, the seventh-best individual mark in the Pac-12 and just ahead of his teammate and second baseman Garen Caulfield (34).
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: With a healthy roster and everyone playing in their natural positions, Arizona’s defense has improved lately. The Wildcats have had two error-free extended streaks in recent weeks, the first a five-game streak from April 12-18 and the second an eight-game streak from May 1-15. Arizona’s recent eight-game error-free streak was the program’s longest for game-by-game error records (since 1998). outfielder Tanner O’Tremba has been a consistent defensive hand for the Wildcats, starting 55 games in the outfield and posting a near perfect .991 on 106 chances. First-year student Tommy Splainewho started 41 games between first base (34 games) and catcher (7 games), also recorded a sparkling .991 field percentage on 344 chances. Daniel Susacthe Arizona starting wide receiver leads the team with 424 defensive chances this year and posted a .986 fielding percentage.
MEN MILESTONE: Seeker Daniel Susac and outfielder Chase Davis currently find themselves near historic home plate territory this season. Below is a list of where their accomplishments this season currently sit in the Arizona record books.
Daniel Susac (C, soph.)
- Success of a season (94): 3 less than an entry in the Top 10
- Single-season multi-hit games (31): tied for seventh all-time
Chase Davis (OF, soph.)
- Home runs in a season (16): T-11th, 1 less than a Top 10 entry