NCAA Baseball Tucson Regional Breakdown

Tucson Regional Breakdown

Arizona was in Omaha back in 2004. Since then they have only made it past the Regional stage once. This time around New Mexico State, Louisville and Missouri are standing in their way. The Wildcats should be able to advance from the Tucson regional due to their amazingly consistent hitting. This is a team that batted .326 on the season. They will not hit for a lot of power, but the lineup is very dangerous from top to bottom. Sophomore Johnny Field hit .379 during the regular season and Robert Refsnyder, Seth Mejias-Brean and Alex Majia all cracked the .350 plateau. That is some impressive hitting and they have showed no signs of slowing down. Arizona has seen some great pitchers in the Pac-12 this year too, so it will take a special effort to keep them down.

And this group might not be able to stop the Wildcats offense. New Mexico State is much more of a hitting team than a pitching team, but their pitching staff cannot match that of Arizona’s. However, the Aggies can provide plenty of fun fireworks on offense, which could make things interesting. Louisville does have an ace in junior Justin Amlung that has the ability to pitch some great games. Fortunately for the Cardinals, they also have Jeff Thompson, Jared Ruxer and Derek Self to help out on the mound. With the hitting prowess of Arizona and New Mexico State, Louisville will need to get the best out of their depth on the mound and rely on Ty Young, Cole Sturgeon, Jeff Gardner and Stewart Ijames to drive in some runs. Missouri made an amazing run through the Big 12 tournament to steal a bid away from a bubble team. In five days they knocked off Texas, Texas A&M, Kansas and Oklahoma. The Tigers tend to make the most of their offensive opportunities, but they should be outmatched by every team in the region. They should have been outmatched by everybody in the Big 12 tournament too.

 

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