Arizona Wildcats baseball

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Arizona Wildcats
Founded: 1904
2014 Arizona Wildcats baseball team
Arizona Wildcats athletic logo

University University of Arizona
Conference Pac-12
Location Tucson, AZ
Head Coach Andy Lopez (13th year)
Home Stadium Hi Corbett Field
(Capacity: 9,500)
Nickname Wildcats
Colors

Navy Blue and Cardinal

            
National Championships
1976, 1980, 1986, 2012
College World Series Runner-up
1956, 1959, 1963
College World Series Appearances
1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 2004, 2012
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
Conference Champions
1963, 1966, 1974, 1989, 1992, 2012
Kindall Field where the Wildcats played baseball until 2012, when they relocated to nearby Hi Corbett Field

The Arizona Wildcats baseball team is the intercollegiate men's baseball program representing the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, United States. The team competes in the Pacific-12 Conference (Pac-12) of NCAA Division I. The baseball team had its first season in 1904. The baseball team has captured four national championship titles in 1976, 1980, 1986 and 2012, with the first three coached by Jerry Kindall and the most recent by Andy Lopez. Arizona baseball teams have appeared in the NCAA National Championship title series a total of eight times, including 1956, 1959, 1963, 1976, 1980, 1986, 2004 and 2012 (College World Series). Arizona has appeared in 34 baseball tournaments in its rich history. Arizona is 7th all-time in games won in the regular season with 2,347 wins.

Venues[edit]

Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium[edit]

The former home of Arizona baseball is Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. The park is located on the campus of the University of Arizona, adjacent to the McKale Center, home of the UA athletics department. Arizona played its games at the Kindall Field from prior to the 1967 season through the end of the 2011 season. Modernization of the facility was completed for the 1975 season. Originally called Wildcat Field, the park was officially dedicated Frank Sancet Field on April 19, 1986, in honor of Arizona's longtime head coach. Sancet, who coached from 1950–72, posted an 831-283-8 (.744) mark at the helm of the Cats.

Relocation to Hi Corbett Field[edit]

In an effort to have the Wildcat baseball program compete in the best possible facilities, in August 2011, the UA signed an agreement with the city of Tucson for Arizona baseball to play its home games at city-owned Hi Corbett Field, located about three miles southeast of campus, for the 2012 season (beginning with a five-year lease with an option to renew for an additional five years). The UA spent about $350,000 to make several upgrades to the former spring training facility (used as such by the Cleveland Indians and the Colorado Rockies), where the Wildcats previously played selected games in the 1960s and '70s.[1][2] Through the first three-game series of the 2012 season against North Dakota State, the attendance at the stadium was a total of 8,870, which was nearly 1/4th of the total home attendance for the Wildcats' previous season at Sancet Stadium.

In 2012, the Wildcats posted a 38-17 regular season record (20-10 in Pac-12 conference play), capturing a share of the Pac-12 baseball championship, the school's first league title since 1992. As a result, Hi Corbett Field hosted both an NCAA Regional and Super Regional tournament, and Arizona won both of those to advance to the 2012 College World Series (the program's first postseason appearance in Omaha since 2004)[3] where the team won its fourth national championship. In the 2012 season, the team brought in almost $350,000 in ticket revenue (not including revenue for tickets sold during the NCAA Regional or Super Regional); this is compared to the 2011 season, when Arizona baseball brought in $69,000 worth of ticket revenue in its final season at Sancet Stadium. The relocation of the Wildcat baseball program to Hi Corbett Field has been noted as a major factor in the team's successful 2012 season.[4]

Individual honours[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Retired jerseys[edit]

Student-Athlete jerseys are retired but not individual player numbers.[5]

No. Player
1 John Salmon
2 Lee Franklin
32 Terry Francona
41 Kelsey Osburn

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ UA Baseball to Play at Hi Corbett Field (press release from UA Intercollegiate Athletics)
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Arizona Advances to First CWS Since '04". ColumbiaTribune.com. The Associated Press. 10 June 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-06-12. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "University of Arizona Baseball: Making the College World Series...and Money". Forbes.com. Forbes. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Retirement of jerseys" at Wildcats website

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