The Arizona Wildcats are just a few hours away from what could be their final game of the season. Should the Wildcats win, it would be their fourth national championship in school history and their first since 1986. UA defeated South Carolina in the first game of the College World Series by a score of 5-1, and now they'll look to end the series on Monday night.
Many had wondered if manager Andy Lopez would go with ace Kurt Heyer on short rest this evening, but the team has elected to rest him in case a third game is required to determine a champion. Instead, Arizona will go with right-handed sophomore James Farris. Ryan Finley of the Arizona Daily Star was the first to report the news.
Farris went 7-3 with an ERA of 4.18 in 16 starts this season. His most recent start, which came June 3 against Louisville, was a complete game effort in which he struck out seven batters. Farris is more than capable of tossing a great game on the mound, although he will need to control his emotions and adrenaline in the heat of Omaha. More than 22,000 fans are expected for the game.
First pitch for game two is set for 5:10 p.m. in Tucson. ESPN will have the broadcast.