Baseball's Bid Not Enough As NCAA Bypasses Wildcats
May 21, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team waited to hear its name called during the NCAA selection show Monday afternoon, it never came. The Wildcats' furious run to finish 33-23 overall and 12-12 in the Pac-10 was apparently not enough for the NCAA selection committee to add them to the field to 64 teams that will play for the national title over the course of the next three weeks. Four Pac-10 teams (conference title winner USC, Stanford, Arizona State and Cal) were among the schools that made the field.
The Wildcats had hoped that a three-game sweep over Washington, coupled with outstanding play on the road against Stanford and Arizona State to wrap up the regular season would help sway the committee into including them into the field.
Notes: Junior outfielder Shelley Duncan was named team MVP by a vote of the players. Duncan set numerous Arizona records this season while leading the team in home runs and RBIs. He was also honored as the Pac-10 Player of the Week for his efforts in the final three games of the season against Washington. He hit an impressive .538 with a double and two home runs for the weekend. It was the second time this season he has won the honor. Senior Jeff Casper was named the most inspirational player by his teammates. Casper was also recently honored with the Golden A Award, given to the player that exhibits leadership, dedication and overall commitment to the team, as well as the first annual Kelsey Osburn Award for his hustle and work ethic on the field.
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