Jun 11, 2012 1:56 AM
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona baseball team will begin its 16th all-time College World Series appearance with an opening round game against Florida State on either Friday or Saturday. Confirmed dates and times for the opening round games will be announced Monday night following the completion of all Super Regional championships.
Arizona (43-17) became the first team to earn a bid to the College World Series as it defeated St. John's in consecutive games on Friday and Saturday at the Tucson Super Regional. Florida State (48-15) secured its bid with a Friday victory over Stanford and, after being rained out on Saturday, a second win today at the Tallahassee Super Regional.
The Wildcats and Seminoles have met 11 total times (UA leads series 6-5), most recently in a three-game series in Tucson in 1991 (UA won two of three). A year prior, Florida Swept three games in Tallahassee.
The other five meetings have all been in Omaha. The Wildcats twice defeated the Seminoles at the 1986 College World Series, including by a score of 10-2 on June 9, 1986, to secure Arizona's third national championship.
Arizona's run to the 1980 national championship also featured a matchup against the Seminoles. The Wildcats defeated Florida State, 5-3, on May 31, 1980, in an elimination game, which sparked a five-game winning streak en route to the title.
Florida State upended the Wildcats, 4-0, in the opening game of the 1970 College World Series. In the schools' first-ever meeting, Arizona prevailed, 4-3, at the 1963 College World Series.
The two storied programs have combined to make 37 all-time College World Series appearances (FSU - 21, UA - 16) with their advancement to the 2012 championship event. The schools have 126 combined College World Series games played between them, including 33 victories for Arizona and 26 for Florida State.
Arizona Athletics will now be offering single-game tickets for the games in which Arizona Baseball participates. Details including ticket prices will be confirmed after the CWS field is confirmed the evening of Monday, June 11.
(Courtesy: Arizona Athletics)