The University of Arizona

Wildcats to Open College World Series Against Florida State

By Arizona Athletics, June 13, 2012

The Wildcats are making their 16th all-time College World Series appearance.

Seth Mejias-Brean
Seth Mejias-Brean

Arizona (43-17) will begin play at the College World Series against Florida State on Friday night at 6 p.m. (Arizona time). The game will be televised on ESPN2.

The Wildcats are making their 16th all-time College World Series appearance.

Arizona became the first team to earn a bid to the College World Series as it defeated St. John's in consecutive games at the Tucson Super Regional. Florida State (48-15) secured its bid with a Super Regional victory over Stanford.

The Wildcats and Seminoles have met 11 total times (UA leads the series 6-5), most recently in a three-game series in Tucson in 1991. The previous year, Florida State 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 10-2 victory 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 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 at the 1963 College World Series.

The two storied programs have combined to make 37 all-time College World Series appearances and have played a combined 126 College World Series games between them.

Arizona Athletics is selling single-game tickets for Wildcat games during the College World Series.