NCAA Baseball National Champions
Invigorated by the transition to Hi Corbett Field, Arizona baseball re-established itself as one of the nation's premier programs when it captured the 2012 national championship in Omaha, Neb. Arizona, under the direction of eventual National Coach of the Year, Andy Lopez, boasted a veteran lineup that kept it ranked consistently in the top-20 of the national polls throughout the season. A combination of outstanding hitting, steallr defense and dominant pitching helped the Wildcats, led by Pac-12 Player of the year ALex Mejia, win a share of the conference championship during the regular season and set up a magical late season run that continued through the postseason. For the first time since 1992, the Wildcats hosted an NCAA Regional and rewarded their home crowd with three straight wins over the regional field by a combined 47-10 before a national television audience. A week later, Arizona hosted its first ever NCAA Super Regional against St. Johns, winning the first game, 7-6, in come from behind fashion in 10 innings. A day later, the Wildcats locked up their 16th all-time trip to the COllege World Series in front of their own fans in a convincing 7-4 win. Once in Omaha, the Wildcats never trailed. A Thrilling opening game against Florida State ended in a 4-3, 12 inning victory for Arizona. The Wildcats followed with a complete game shutout thrown by Konnor Wade against conference co-champion UCLA to move into the winner's bracket. Then in a rematch of the first game, Arizona bounced the Seminoles from the College World Series behind the arm of ace Kurt Heyer and a relentless offense4 in a rout to put the Wildcats in the best of three championhip to determine the national championship. In the finals, Arizona met two-time defending mational champion South Carolina and needed only two games to win it all. In the first championship game the Wildcats scored early thanks to a two run home run from the CWS Most Outstanding Player Robert Refsnyder in the first inning and never looked back claiming a 5-1 win. One day later, Arizona broked open a 1-1 game by scoring three times in the top of the ninth, including twice a key two run double by Brandon Dixon. The Wildcats closed the door in the bottom of the ninth to win 4-1 and capture the school's fourth national title.