College World Series 2012: Arizona's Hitting Will Lead Them to Championship

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIJune 22, 2012

Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star
Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats have secured a spot in the championship series at the 2012 College World Series, and a potent batting lineup will lead the team to a national title.

Arizona’s baseball program has won three national championships but has not topped college baseball since 1986.

This year, the team has a 46-17 overall record and is undefeated in the postseason.

Seven Wildcats are currently batting over .300 for the year, and catcher Riley Moore just missed the cut and is hitting .297.

In contrast, Arkansas and South Carolina, who will face off to try and earn the second spot in the championship series, combine to have only three players batting over .300.

Arizona ranks fourth in the nation with a team batting average of .330, according to

The team does not hit many home runs, but the batters are speedy and can drive the ball deep and the Wildcats are second in the nation in triples per game, also according to

The Wildcats started off the playoffs with an offensive explosion and scored 15 or more runs in each of their first three games at the NCAA Regionals.

The team’s bats were active early in its most recent game, and Arizona scored six runs in the first inning against Florida State. The impressive start led to a dominant 10-3 win, and now the team is two wins away from a national championship.

Arizona’s lineup is relentless, and every player is a threat to get on base. Trent Gilbert, the Wildcat’s ninth best hitter based on batting average, would be the fourth best hitter on Arkansas and the fifth best on South Carolina.

This team is capable of destroying and demoralizing opposing pitchers. Whoever goes up against the Wildcats will not be able to afford an off inning, as the game could be out of reach by the time three outs are recorded.

This is what happened to FSU right from the start.

The Wildcats have potent bats all the way through the order, and this will give them a major advantage in the championship series. When the College World Series is over, Arizona will have batted its way to a national title.