Arizona Baseball: Cats hope sweep carries them to NCAAs

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Andy Lopez and the Arizona Wildcats won't get a chance to defend their 2012 College World Series championship.

The 64-team field for the NCAA tournament was announced this morning and the Wildcats were passed over. Just four teams from the Pac-12-Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA and Arizona State-were selected.

The Wildcats finished the season with a 34-21 record and a 15-15 mark in the league. Lopez's team ended their campaign with an RPI of No. 58, which would have been the lowest in the field for an at-large team.

Arizona struggled against the Pac 12's best this year, going 0-9 against the top three teams in the league in Oregon State, Oregon and UCLA. The Wildcats also lost 2 of 3 at home to Washington, ranked No. 93 in the RPI. That series loss hurt the UA's RPI severely. 

Lopez's team did finish the year on a four-game winning streak and winners of five of its last six, but that wasn't enough. 

This is the first time since 2009 that the Wildcats have been left out of the postseason. Lopez and selected players are expected to talk with reporters later today.

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