June 26, 2012
Odds and ends after UA's 4-1 victory over South Carolina lifted it to a 2-0 sweep in the Championship Series and College World Series title Monday night in Omaha...
*The NCAA baseball crown is the 18th national title in history and fourth in baseball (also 1976, 1980 and 1986), joining the Wildcats' previous titles in softball (8), women's golf (2) men's basketball, men's golf, men's swimming and diving and women's swimming and diving.
*Arizona's four baseball titles rank fifth all-time among Division I programs, tying Cal State Fullerton and Miami (Fla.). Only Southern California (12, LSU (6), Texas (6 and Arizona State (5 have won more baseball titles than the Wildcats.
*Arizona's CWS crown is the 16th for the Pac-12 Conference, a total which leads all conferences.
*Arizona won its last 11 games and 18 of its last 20 in 2012, a great time of the year to get hot.
*Head Coach Andy Lopez became only the second coach to win a Division I baseball national title at two different schools (Pepperdine, 1992). Augie Garrido is the only other coach to do so (Fullerton '79, '84 and '95; and with Texas '02 and '05).
*Arizona became the 14th different team and ninth different school to win a national title without losing a game in the NCAA Tournament. Cal and USC (twice) are the only other Pac-12 schools to do so.
*In each of the Wildcats' last four Championship Finals appearances, the squad came through with the prize. It had fallen in its first three national finals games (1956, '59, '63).
*The short game helped the Cats get the title. It had 20 sac bunts during the NCAA Tournament. Opponents had zero, and third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean's force out at second on one sac attempt in the final South Carolina game helped get that done.
*The Cats were the first team since 1957 -- in 55 years -- to have its starters in each CWS game pitch at least 7.1 innings. Onlyu four other teams had such stalwart starting pitching in the College World Series.
*Arizona outscored its opponents 47-12 in two-out RBI over its last 20 games.