UA baseball coach Andy Lopez, who led the Cats to the national title in 2012, called his selection to the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame "special."


Arizona Wildcats baseball coach Andy Lopez is in stable condition at a local hospital and will undergo heart surgery Monday, the UA said in a release tonight.

Doctors will perform a triple bypass on Lopez, who led the UA to the 2012 national championship. He is expected to make a full recovery and return to coaching once he is cleared by doctors. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy and his family," athletic director Greg Byrne said in the release. "Thankfully the medical team caught it when they did and we expect Andy to make a full recovery. This is a great reminder for all of us to be mindful of our health."

Lopez is in his 13th season with Arizona, and owns a 1,124-685-7 in 31 seasons as a head collegiate coach. He's led the UA to eight postseason appearances and two College World Series berths. 

The coach recently had his contract extended through the 2018 season. It was approved by the Arizona Board of Regents last month.

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