Arizona - Season Record: 45-17, Co-Pac-12 Champion
CWS Appearances: 15, Three Titles (1976, 1980, 1986)
So far this College World Series, the Wildcats have proven that they belong in Omaha. Two strong showings against Florida State and UCLA have placed UA in the semifinals with no losses, allowing them the opportunity to compete for their program's fourth title.
An overall well-balanced group of young men, Arizona is led by junior Kurt Heyer (12-2) and sophomore Konner Wade (10-3) in the pitching department. The two big-shots have only allowed three runs so far this CWS, each of them against FSU. However, considering the Seminoles scored 35 runs in two games against a talented Stanford squad in the Super Regional, giving up three should be a noted success.
Sophomore Johnny Field (.383) and junior Seth Mejias-Brean (.366) both swing the bat well, giving the Wildcats that much needed boost when at the plate. Field knocked in an RBI double during the top of the 12th inning against Florida State the first time around, lifting UA over the Seminoles in the extra innings thriller.
Florida State - Season Record: 50-16, ACC Champion
CWS Appearances: 20, No Titles
Coming into Omaha as the hottest squad in college baseball, the Seminoles quickly had their flames doused by Arizona. Falling in 12 innings to an underestimated Wildcats squad, FSU will be looking for revenge in their quest to secure their first CWS title.
The Seminoles main goal this time around will have to be surging out to a lead early. Allowing this emotionally charged Wildcats team to stick with them in this matchup will end up being their doom, especially considering last round's result. Led by senior James Ramsey (.382) and junior Jayce Boyd (.389), FSU needs to dismantle this brilliant Arizona pitching staff quickly and efficiently.
Florida State is the top offensive power left remaining in Omaha. If the Seminoles can come out swinging heavy, they will be able to steal the momentum from Arizona and push them into an elimination matchup.
Edge: Florida State