Arizona Wildcats baseball
|2015 Arizona Wildcats baseball team|
|University||University of Arizona|
|Head Coach||Andy Lopez (14th year)|
|Home Stadium||Hi Corbett Field
|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|
|1963, 1966, 1974, 1989, 1992, 2012|
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.
Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium
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
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. 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) 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.
- Jerry Kindall - member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
- Don Lee - spend 9 year in the majors with 6 different teams.
- Mike Paul
- Rich Hinton
- Dan Schneider
- Ed Vosberg - World Series Champion (1997)
- Hank Leiber - 1-time All-Star (1938) spent 10 years in the majors for the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants.
- Ron Hassey - World Series Champion: 1989, Only Catcher to catch two perfect games.
- Eddie Leon
- Terry Francona - 2x World Series champion (2004, 2007)
- Kenny Lofton - 6-time All-Star (1994–99), 4-time Gold Glove Award (1993–96).
- Trevor Hoffman - 2nd all-time Major League saves holder with 601 total saves, 7x All-Star (1998-2000, 2002, 2006–2007, 2009).
- J. T. Snow - 6x Gold Glove Award winner (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
- Shelley Duncan
- Joe Magrane - Led the NL in ERA in 1988 with 2.18.
- Chip Hale
- Dave Stegman
- Craig Lefferts - ranks 76th on the MLB All-Time Games Pitched List (696).
- Scott Erickson - All-Star selection (1991), World Series champion (1991).
- Brad Mills - 2x World Series Champion (2004, 2007)
- Jack Howell
- Dan Meyer
- Brian Anderson - World Series Champion (2005)
- Mark Melancon
- Ryan Perry
- Steven Ballard - current Chancellor at East Carolina University
- Nick Hundley - current catcher San Diego Padres
- Kevin Long - current hitting coach of the New York Yankees
Student-Athlete jerseys are retired but not individual player numbers.
- List of NCAA Division I baseball programs
- 1976 College World Series
- 1980 College World Series
- 1986 College World Series
- 2012 College World Series
- UA Baseball to Play at Hi Corbett Field (press release from UA Intercollegiate Athletics)
- "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.
- "University of Arizona Baseball: Making the College World Series...and Money". Forbes.com. Forbes. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
- "Retirement of jerseys" at Wildcats website