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Arizona State baseball team left out of NCAA Tournament

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The Arizona State baseball team has missed the NCAA Tournament after starting the season hot, but faltering heavily down the stretch and ending with a 32-23 record (16-13 in Pac-12).

ASU was among the teams listed in the first four out in the selection show this morning, as its overall performance on the season and RPI ranking (52nd) did not end up proving to the committee that it should have made the tournament.

The Sun Devils were projected to be in as a bubble team on most sites until yesterday following a lot of bid-stealers winning their conference tournaments. ASU was subsequently left off of some predictions completely, including one by Baseball America.

Just a few weeks ago, people were discussing that Arizona State would be hosting a regional and now the Sun Devils are out completely. They started 28-12, but struggled heavily to close out the season, including a stretch of getting swept consecutively by Stanford and USC and ultimately losing nine of ten games.

ASU last made the tournament in 2021 after going 33-22, but has now failed to reach the big dance in both of coach Willie Bloomquist’s first two years at the helm.

In the Pac-12 Tournament, No. 5-seeded ASU fell to No. 8 Arizona in the first game of pool play, and then beat No. 2 Oregon State the next game, but were eliminated from being able to move forward in the tournament despite the win.

Their first round opponent, Arizona (33-24 overall, 12-18 in Pac-12), ended up making the NCAA Tournament after advancing all the way to the Pac-12 championship game, where the Wildcats fell to Oregon. Arizona was ranked 45th in RPI and was even selected over Pac-12 foe USC (34-23, 17-13) as well, who was projected as in by most media outlets. The Wildcats will be playing in the Fayetteville Regional (hosted by No. 3 Arkansas).

Stanford (hosting a regional), Washington, Oregon and Oregon State were the other Pac-12 teams to make the tournament.

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The Sun Devils and Bloomquist have a lot to think about moving forward after what appeared to be a promising season coming to a close without a NCAA Tournament bid.

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Brendan Mau is a college sports insider and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on Twitter via @Brendan_Mau

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