From dogpiles to disappointment and disrespect.
The first two are indisputable. The Arizona Wildcats went from winning the 2012 College World Series to missing the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
The disrespect part? That’s a conference-wide snub, JUA coach Andy Lopez said.
The NCAA selection committee picked nine teams from the SEC and eight from the ACC, while the Pac-12 — rated third in the baseball RPI behind those conferences — was able to send just four teams into the postseason field, which was announced Monday morning.
“In the Southeastern Conference, you get rewarded for having an average year,” Lopez said. “On the West Coast, you get punished.”
Arizona finished 34-21 overall and 15-15 in the Pac-12. Stanford tied for fourth in the league with a 16-14 record. The Cardinal didn’t make it either. Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA and Arizona State did.
“I really do wish the Pacifc-12 was given a little more respect,” Lopez said.
“There is no way (only) four teams from the Pac-12 gets in. C’mon.”