The Arizona Wildcats baseball team headed into their first round matchup of the College World Series in Omaha as decided underdogs to the Florida State Seminoles. However, when fans left TD Ameritrade Park Friday night, it was the Wildcats celebrating a victory as the Cats were able to close out the Seminoles by a score of 4-3 in a 12 inning marathon.
While Arizona came into the game with a perfect 5-0 record so far in the post season it was the Seminoles who were supposed to come out on top of this opening round matchup. Florida State entered the game as the number 3 national seed and one of the favorites to take home the championship trophy this year.
The Wildcats jumped on the Seminoles early taking a 3-1 lead and holding it until the bottom of the sixth inning when a two out, 2 run double evened the score at 3. The Seminole hitters were kept in check all night by Arizona starting pitcher Kurt Heyer who pitched 8 2/3 innings on 128 pitches. In fact, the 2 run double that allowed Forida State to tie the score in the sixth wasn’t even Heyers fault since the inning was extended by an error earlier in the inning.
The score remained knotted at three at the conclusion of nine innings. Both teams fought hard to scratch out a run in the extra frames but it was the Wildcats who were able to eventually score on an double to the gap in the top of the twelfth inning. Arizona was then able to halt the Seminole threat in the bottom of the inning by keeping the tying run stranded at third base to end the game.
The Cats now have a date with fellow Pac-12 foe, UCLA, on Sunday. The Bruins advanced to round two in the winners bracket by defeating the Stony Brook Sea Wolves 9-1 in the early game on Friday.As for the Seminoles, they will now face the Sea Wolves in the losers bracket, with the loser going home.