Arizona stared down the competition and came away unscathed. (Shotgun Spratling)


Tucson: Jay Johnson’s Vision Coming to Fruition for Arizona


TUCSON, Ariz. — This is what Jay Johnson envisioned.

Johnson had Christmas-morning, presents-under-the-tree thoughts of a packed Hi-Corbett Field hosting postseason games for a championship-caliber program when he was hired by Arizona to take over for national-title-winning head coach Andy Lopez in 2015. 

“This was fun,” Johnson said with a smile Sunday night after the Wildcats took care of business, finishing off a sweep through the Tucson Regional with a 5-2 victory over UC Santa Barbara. “There were a couple times over the last couple days, I just kind of looked up… 

“This is the vision when I came here[…]