Mat Troupe stood on the UCLA pitcher’s mound in early May, 18 miles from his hometown of Northridge, Calif., and what to him seemed like a million miles away from success.
ASU's Kasey Coffman steals second in the fourth inning, beating the tag of UA second baseman Trent Gilbert. Coffman had two stolen bases.
UA's Riley Moore, caught in a rundown, eludes the tag of ASU second baseman James McDonald in the fifth. Moore, who made it back to first safely, singled in two to put UA up 5-4.
Arizona Wildcats coach Andy Lopez joked this season that closer Mat Troupe has almost driven him to start smoking cigarettes and has cost him valuable hours of sleep.
Johnny Field and his Arizona Wildcats teammates arrived in Tucson at noon on Tuesday, where the 2012 NCAA national champions were greeted by 5,000-plus fans at McKale Center.
OMAHA, Neb. - The Arizona Wildcats boarded a charter plane for Tucson on Tuesday morning, their NCAA baseball championship trophy buckled into a front-row seat between two pillows.
An Arizona fan holds cutouts of shortstop Alex Mejia, left, and pitcher Kurt Heyer. Both players are likely to turn pro, but the Wildcats' future is bright.
OMAHA, Neb. - The Arizona Wildcats' first College World Series game since 2004 was a showcase of styles and a battle of wills.
The topic was relief pitching, and Andy Lopez was quoting Albert Einstein's idea about insanity. Two 18th-century poets, Robert Burns and Alexander Pope, were warming up in his brain's bullpen, ready to impart some long-forgotten insight into a talk about when it's OK to pull a pitcher.