Wildcats Shutout Conference Foe UCLA 4-0, One Win from Championship Series

June 17, 2012; Omaha, NE, USA; Arizona Wildcats pitcher Konner Wade (48) throws against the UCLA Bruins during the second inning of game six of the 2012 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE


Five hits. Zero runs. 31 batters faced. Credit Konner Wade.

Wade dominated the Bruins for eight of his nine innings.  The only threat came in the fifth inning when UCLA (48-15) loaded the bases on singles, but a fly out eventually ended the inning.

Arizona (45-17)  did not do much better however only mustering six hits, but they did capitalize when the opportunity arose.  With the bases loaded in the fourth, Seth Mejias-Brean singled in two runs, then Bobby Brown delivered the death blow with another two run hit, this time a double, to clear the bases.

After the excitement in the fourth (for UA) and fifth (for UCLA), hitting became nonexistent.  Arizona only tallied a hit after their outburst in the fourth, while UCLA did not fare any better, only getting two hits.

This was Wade’s first career shutout and it could not have come at better time and place.  With the win, Wade improved to 10-3, bouncing back from a shellacking he received the last time these two teams met up.

June 17, 2012; Omaha, NE, USA; Arizona Wildcats head coach Andy Lopez hugs pitcher Konner Wade (48) after throwing a complete game shutout against the UCLA Bruins in game six of the 2012 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Arizona won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE


From here on out, Arizona controls its own destiny. They are one win away from playing in the best of three series for who will be named College Baseball’s World Champion.

The Wildcats head back to the diamond Thursday at 5pm et/2pm Arizona time.  They will play the winner of Florida State and UCLA who play Tuesday at 8pm et/5pm Arizona time.  For those curious the CWS bracket is here.

Update: Highlights of the game courtesy of Arizona Athletics


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