College Baseball

College World Series 2012: Arizona's Offense Will Carry Team to CWS Win

Photo courtesy of Tuscon Sentinel
Photo courtesy of Tuscon Sentinel
Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2012

After defeating Florida State in the double-elimination round, Arizona is headed to the finals of the College World Series. With this team's offensive ability, they should easily take home the championship.

Coming into the tournament, few would have expected the Wildcats to still be alive at this point in the season. There were teams with more supposed talent and a lot more experience, but Arizona has stuck together and simply continued to win.

The team swept through its regional by easily defeating Missouri once and Louisville twice. In the super regional, St. John's put up a fight but did not have enough fire power to beat Arizona. When they were placed in the College World Series with No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 Florida State, most believed the run was over.

No one told Arizona, however, and the team has continued to win. A tough 4-3 battle with Florida State was followed by a shutout of UCLA and finally a throttling of the Seminoles to put the Wildcats in the finals.

It does not matter which SEC team they face in the final round, this team is hitting too well to be stopped.

Led by Johnny Field and Alex Mejia, Arizona has one of the deepest batting lineups in the country. Eight qualified hitters are batting over .300 on the season. Nine different hitters have at least nine extra-base hits. 

Photo courtesy of Tuscon Citizen
Photo courtesy of Tuscon Citizen

Pitchers cannot pitch around anyone because there are no easy outs. Like they did in the 10-3 win against Florida State, they can rack up a lot of hits in a hurry. The score was 6-0 before the first inning was over.

Throughout the season, the offense was deadly. The team scored double-digit runs in 16 of their 45 wins. The lineup crushed pitching for 15-plus runs on seven different occasions.

Arizona has been completely dominant in its undefeated run through the NCAA tournament. With the depth of the bats, it is unlikely they will cool down any time soon.

With even a little bit of quality pitching, the Wildcats will be able to win their first title since 1986.

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