The University of Arizona baseball team will end its regular season play with a three-game series against Washington at home this weekend.
Baseball fans have the opportunity to cheer the Cats on Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at noon at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.
The Wildcats, 33-19 overall and 12-12 in the Pacific-10 Conference, have worked their way through a season of tough losses and hard fought pitching duels. The team is now looking to maintain conference standings in the series against the Huskies – who are 17-34 overall and 6-18 in the Pac-10 – and to make a run into postseason play.
The team heads into the series in fourth place behind Pac-10 leaders Arizona State, Stanford and Oregon State.
Coach Andy Lopez said the key winning this weekend is to keep it simple and finish strong. "If you play good baseball you are fine. If you don't, then forget it."
He said the team has played well despite some key losses, which include an injured Steve Selsky, a junior outfielder widely regarded as the team's best player, who was drafted in the 34th round by the Colorado Rockies last summer.
Rinard joined the Cats as a junior and has enjoyed the chance for improvement while competing in Pac-10 play.
"I am very happy with my choice to come play at the UA. The competitiveness of Pac-10 play gave me a chance for improvement and an opportunity to prepare for a future in baseball and life thereafter," Rinard said. He graduates with a degree in psychology next semester and looks forward to the postseason.
"To win this series, is very important because you develop the moment to go into the postseason with everyone feeling good and with less questions left unanswered about what we need to do to improve," Rinard also said.
Once the series ends, the 28th ranked Cats will turn their attention to the postseason. The NCAA Tournament selection show will be held on Monday, May 30 with the 64-team postseason field choice to be unveiled.