The Arizona Wildcats needed 12 innings to pull out a victory over the Florida St. Seminoles, but they somehow managed to pull out a 4-3 victory in front of more than 22,000 spectators in Omaha. The 'Cats will now face Pac-12 rival UCLA on Sunday evening at 8 p.m. ET. FSU will take on Stony Brook in the earlier game that day.
Arizona ace Kurt Heyer pitched very well against a red-hot FSU lineup, working 7.2 innings of three-run ball. Only one of the runs that scored were earned. He allowed just six hits and three walks, striking out three in the process.
UA took an early 2-1 lead in the third inning and added on a run in the fifth, but the Seminoles rallied with two outs to tie the game at 3-3 in the sixth. That score held through numerous scoring opportunities for both sides until the 12th inning rolled around.
Joey Rickard sent a one-out double into the gap to get into scoring position, and then All-Conference selection Johnny Field drove him home with a line drive double of his own. UA would head to the bottom half of the inning with a 4-3 lead.
Matt Troupe came in for the save. He retired the first batter, but then hit the next with a pitch. After a wild pitch and a groundout moved the runner to third with two outs, Devon Travis made his way to the plate. Troupe took the count to 3-2, and eventually struck Travis out on a low fastball.
It was a huge win for UA, and a true team effort on their part.