Wildcats move to the Championship
Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown

Posted Jun 22, 2012

Arizona easily defeated Florida State on Thursday to advance to the Finals of the College World Series. Read on for a complete recap.

In 1986, the last trip to the College World Series final round, the Arizona Wildcats won the entire thing.

Now, 26 years later, Arizona has a chance to do it again, as the Wildcats advanced to the final round with a 10-3 victory over Florida State Thursday afternoon.

"They obviously helped us a little bit in that first inning defensively, which was very uncharacteristic of a Florida State team," Andy Lopez said.

"And, again, it's just remembrance that it's a game played by young people, and we got some breaks today."

Arizona jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back. Joey Rickard led off the bottom of the first with a single to left field and should have been out at second on a Johnny Field ground ball, but pitcher Brandon Leibrandt threw an easy double play ball into center field. After that, the floodgates opened.

Alex Mejia blooped a single to right field, scoring Rickard and giving Arizona the first run of the game. After Robert Refsnyder walked to load the bases, Seth Mejias-Brean flew out to center, scoring another run.

Bobby Brown walked in from of Joseph Maggi, who singled through the left side of the infield to score two more runs, making it 4-0 in favor of Arizona.

Florida State switched pitchers with Leibrandt having gotten only one out, but Luke Weaver gave up a one out, two RBI single to Trent Gilbert, scoring Maggi and Brown and giving Arizona the 6-0 lead.

The Seminoles tried to bring the game closer in the top of the fourth inning, getting a run on a RBI double, but the Wildcats answered right back with a four run bottom half of the inning.

Refsnyder led the attack with a solo home run and Brown added a two-run homer of his own before a Rickard RBI single made the score 10-1.

"For the home run, you know, I just had a 2-0 count and saw a nice fastball middle in and put a short stroke on it," Brown said. "That's been kind of our mentality the whole year and everything.

"Getting big really does help the team out, kind of settles out the whole team, and Kurt pitched well from there and it just worked out well for us."

Heyer took the mound for Arizona and pitched a gem. He threw seven and a third innings for the Wildcats, giving up just two runs on nine hits. Heyer walked three Seminoles, but struck out three as well.

Arizona advances to the final round of the postseason where it will play either South Carolina or Arkansas in a three game series for the national title. They will play at 6 PM PST on Friday for the right to play the Wildcats in the national title series.

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