2012 Tucson Super Regional

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Arizona Wildcats

Tucson, Arizona

At-large bid from Pac-12

2012 Record: 20-10, 41-17 (tied for first in Pac-12)

Head coach: Andy Lopez (UCLA, 1975)

Record at school: 396-246-1, 11 years

Overall record: 1,083-664-7, 30 years

Assistant coaches: Shaun Cole, Matt Siegel

Team offense: .333, 437 R, 20 HR, .455 SLG%, .402 OB%, 80-117 SB

Team pitching: 3.94 ERA, 519 IP, 520 H, 157 BB, 409 K

Top hitters: Johnny Field (.389/3/41/17 2B/11-18 SB), Alex Mejia (.367/3/51/12 2B), Seth Mejias-Brean (.363/1/56/20 2B/10-14 SB), Bobby Brown (.354/4/50/11 2B), Robert Refsnyder (.353/6/61/18 2B/12-16 SB), Joey Rickard (.326/1/30/16 2B/17-23 SB), Riley Moore (.299/1/37)

Top pitchers: Kurt Heyer (12-2, 2.03, 128.2 IP, 119 H, 22 BB, 98 K), Tyler Crawford (1-1, 3.09, 2 SV, 35 IP, 33 H, 7 BB, 16 K), Mathew Troupe (3-1, 3.98, 6 SV, 31.2 IP, 35 H, 17 BB, 39 K), James Farris (7-3, 4.18, 99 IP, 106 H, 18 BB, 69 K), Konner Wade (8-3, 4.69, 109.1 IP, 104 H, 36 BB, 96 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2011 (3-2 at College Station Regional)

Notes: After hosting its first Regional in 20 years, Arizona will host its first-ever Super Regional. It will be the third Super Regional for the Wildcats. Arizona took two of three at Long Beach State in 2004 to advance to the College World Series for the 15th time. The Wildcats dropped two of three at Miami (Fla.) in 2008. Arizona has won 11 of its past 13 games, including three in the Tucson Regional. The Wildcats outscored their opponents 47-10 in those three contests. Arizona pulled out a ninth-inning win in the last game of the regular season against rival Arizona State to claim a share of the Pac-12 title with UCLA. The Wildcats lead the Pac-12 in hitting and are fourth nationally with a .333 batting average. Arizona is seventh in Division I with 437 runs, the top mark in the conference. Arizona had seven players hit over .300 and four over .350. Arizona leads the Pac-12 in complete games with 13 after a pair in the Regional. Kurt Heyer has seven, while James Farris and Konner Wade both have three.


St. John’s Red Storm

Queens, New York

At-large bid from Big East, Won Chapel Hill Regional

2012 record: 18-9, 40-21 (tied for first in Big East)

Head coach: Ed Blankmeyer (Seton Hall, 1976)

Record at school: 589-348-3, 17 years

Overall record: same

Assistant coaches: Mike Hampton, Scott Brown, Brendan Monaghan

Team offense: .287 BA, 390 R, 27 HR, .376 SLG %, .379 OB %, 92-117 SB

Team pitching: 3.82 ERA, 542 IP, 515 H, 200 BB, 458 K

Top hitters: Matt Wessinger (.353/6/47/34-36 SB), Sean O’Hare (.346/3/42/14 2B), Jeremy Baltz (.345/8/51/18-23 SB), Frank Schwindel (.326/4/30), Kyle Richardson (.305/0/14)

Top pitchers: Stephen Rivera (5-0, 1.74, 4 SV, 51.2 IP, 41 H, 15 BB, 52 K), Sean Hagan (8-2, 2.72, 102.2 IP, 92 H, 23 BB, 66 K), Kyle Hansen (5-5, 3.46, 93.2 IP, 91 H, 26 BB, 108 K), Brendan Lobban (5-3, 3.51, 56.1 IP, 51 H, 17 BB, 42 K), James Lomangino (2-1, 4.28, 6 SV, 27.1 IP, 30 H, 11 BB, 38 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2011 (1-2 at Charlottesville Regional)

Notes: St. John’s is one of four teams making its first appearance in a Super Regional. The Red Storm went 3-0 in the Chapel Hill Regional, beating the host Tar Heels twice. It was the first regional title for St. John’s since 1980. Danny Bethea had a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth in the second-round matchup to beat UNC. Jeremy Baltz was the Regional Most Outstanding Player, hitting .400 (4 for 10) with two doubles, one homer, eight runs and two RBI. He was also Most Outstanding Player at the Charlottesville Regional in 2010 as a freshman. St. John’s won its seventh Big East title, the most in the history of the league. The Red Storm is in the NCAA Tournament for the 34th time in program history. St. John’s is in the tourney for the third straight year and fifth in the past six seasons. Head coach Ed Blankmeyer, an Academic All-American, was the starting second baseman for the 1974 and 1975 Seton Hall teams that advanced to the College World Series.