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Arizona baseball set for first College World Series trip since 2004

Gordon Bates
Gordon Bates / Arizona Daily Wildcat

OMAHA, Neb. – The Arizona baseball team will begin its quest for a fourth national championship at 8 p.m. tonight, as it takes on Florida State in Game 2 of the College World Series.

Arizona (43-17) enters Friday’s game fresh off a sweep of St. John’s in last weekend’s super regional bout. The week prior, the Wildcats took care of business against Louisville and Missouri. In postseason play, Arizona has outscored opponents 61-20, and have only trailed in seven innings.

Arizona’s bats were white hot in the regional round, scoring at least 15 runs in all three games, averaging double-digit hits in each outing.

Arizona will send ace Kurt Heyer to the mound, who is trying for his 13th win of the season. Arizona’s pitchers have pitched a 44 1/3 innings out of a possible 46, and will not stray from their path, says Lopez.

“Starting pitching, we go with them for a long, long time,” Lopez said. “It’s not because I don’t like going to the pen. I like our starting pitching, so we stay with them for a long, long time.”

The Seminoles (48-15) enter the game after polishing off Pac-12 opponent Stanford in the Tallahassee super regional. Florida State outscored the Cardinal 25-8 in two games. On the mound for Florida State is freshman Brandon Leibrandt, who boasts a team-best 2.58 ERA.

Continue to check with throughout the action tonight and follow @WildcatSports on Twitter for updates.

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