Cats CWS Preview: Game #1 Miami - Tucson News Now

Cats CWS Preview: Game #1 Miami

(Cover photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics) (Cover photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics)

The Arizona Wildcats are set to begin their National Championship run on Saturday night in Omaha as they face off against the Miami Hurricanes at 5 p.m. MST., on ESPN2. 

After capturing the Lafayette Regional Championship and the Starkville Super Regional, UA advanced to their 17th College World Series Appearance.

The Hurricanes enter Omaha with a 50-12 record and beat Boston College in three games in the Super Regionals to advance to their 25th College World Series.

Arizona and Miami last faced off in 2008 in the Super Regionals, which Miami won two-games-to-one. All-time, the Canes leads the series, 7-4

The Wildcats and Hurricanes are on the same side of the bracket as Oklahoma State and UC-Santa Barbara. The winners and losers will face off on Monday.

Since May 19, Arizona has traveled 13,676 miles and played 15 games in five different stadiums.

The Wildcats are making their first appearance in Omaha since winning their fourth national championship in 2012 (1976, 1980 and 1986).

The Hurricanes' program, like UA, has four National Championships. (’82 ’85 ’99 ‘01). 

Head coach Jim Morris, in his 23rd year with the program, will make his 13th CWS appearance. Miami has won the title twice with him as head coach (’99 ’01).

Catcher Zack Collins is the guy Arizona will have to work around; selected by the Chicago White Sox with the 10th pick in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft, Collins is hitting .357 this season with 15 home runs and 75 walks (the most of any player nationwide entering the CWS).

Another bat UA will have to look out for is outfielder Willie Abreu, a sixth round selection by the Colorado Rockies. 

Abreu is batting .286 with 12 home runs, 56 RBI and 14 doubles. He has hit .391 in the NCAA Tournament.

RHP Bryan Garcia, who was also selected in the sixth round by the Detroit Tigers, will more than likely see the mound against Arizona. The junior has an ERA this season of 1.95 with 54 strikeouts and 18 saves. 

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Brandon Mejia contributed to this story.

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