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The Arizona Wildcats (20-32) will finish their season this weekend with a three-game non-conference series against Abilene Christian (17-34).

UA will miss the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season after winning the National Championship in 2012.

James Farris, the Wildcats lone senior, will make his 50th career appearance and his 47th career start on Friday (would be 6th-most starts in school history).

Farris boasts a 1.50 ERA over his last five starts (36 innings). He has 240 career strikeouts, including a career-best 93 this season. he trails UCLA's James Kaprielian (97) for the Pac-12 lead.

Junior Trent Gilbert's has played (and started) 130-consecutive games. This will likely be his final home series as a Wildcat.

Sophomore Zach Gibbons hit .327 in conference play, the only Wildcat to hit better than .300 in the Pac-12.

UA's pitching staff has a 3.87 ERA over the last 21 games. That ERA figure was 5.13 over the first 31 games of the year.

The Cats are 5-14 in games decided by two runs or less. Considering Pac-12 only contests, UA was 3-11 in such close games.

Date                      Time (MST)        Location (Ballpark)                                          Probable Starters                                                                                                           

Fri., May 23         6 p.m.                   Tucson, Ariz. (Hi Corbett Field)                   RHP Russell Crippen (0-1, 3.00) vs. RHP James Farris (5-6, 3.53)

Sat., May 24       6 p.m.                   Tucson, Ariz. (Hi Corbett Field)                   RHP Garrett de Meyere (4-8, 4.61) vs. RHP Cody Hamlin (5-4, 3.87)

Sun., May 25      Noon                     Tucson, Ariz. (Hi Corbett Field)                   LHP Brady Rodriguez (2-5, 5.01) vs. RHP Tyger Talley (1-4, 4.00)

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David Kelly contributed to this story.

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