The Arizona baseball team will begin their 17th College World Series appearance Saturday in Omaha.
The Wildcats entered the season with low expectations and a new head coach in Jay Johnson, but finished their regular season with a 43-21 record (16-14 Pac-12) and in third place in the Pac-12. Arizona went on to win the Lafayette Regional and Starkville Super Regional to advance to the CWS.
Saturday’s game will have the Cats pitted against the Miami Hurricanes at 5 p.m. on ESPN. Ahead of the first pitch, here’s the Wildcats’ season by the numbers:
Arizona’s 17th CWS marks the seventh most all-time. Texas leads with 35 appearances.
Since joining the Pac-10 in 1979, the Wildcats have won the national championship three times: 1980, 1986 and 2012 – that’s the most by any school in the Pac-10/12 since then.
Since May 19, just less than a month prior to Saturday’s debut game, UA baseball has traveled 13,676 miles, playing 15 games in five stadiums.
No. 3 seed Miami, Arizona’s first opponent, has a 50-12 record and comes off a three-game Super Regional win over Boston College. Miami is making its 25th CWS appearance.
Miami leads the all-time series against Arizona 7-4. They last met in 2008 at the Coral Gables Super Regional, in which Arizona won game one but lost the next two contests.
Senior right-hander Nathan Bannister leads his team with three complete games on the season. He also leads the Pac-12 in innings pitched (132.2) and wins (11).
Arizona’s team ERA this year of 3.42 is the lowest since 1976. The Wildcats won their first national championship that year.
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