Baseball America projection has Arizona nearing NCAA tournament bubble

So you’re saying there’s a chance …

A late-season surge by the Arizona Wildcats has put them into the conversation for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, according to Baseball America.

Though it didn’t go as far as to include Arizona (26-24, 12-14 Pac-12) in its latest projected field, BA did note the Wildcats are very much alive and could sneak in if they continue to close strong. They play their final six games on the road, this weekend at Penn State (22-24) and then May 24-26 at Washington State (10-37-1).

“There’s no margin for error, but if the Wildcats can win out, they may get into the tournament yet,” BA wrote.

Winners of seven of its last eight, Arizona has climbed to 55th in the RPI, its highest ranking since February. That’s two spots ahead of Florida State, which both BA and D1Baseball.com has in the NCAA field, while D1 has Washington—which is 65th and whom Arizona swept in early April—as one of its ‘first five out.’

Any losses at Penn State or Wazzu would be devastating to Arizona’s postseason chances because those teams are ranked 176th and 202nd, respectively. Sweep both, as WarrenNolan.com projects, and the Wildcats’ RPI would rise to 46th … which happens to be two spots better than they were last year when they were left out of the postseason despite a 34-22 record.