The Arizona Wildcats met quietly in their home clubhouse on May 6, their once-promising season hanging in the balance.
Across the Hi Corbett Field diamond, Oregon reliever David Wylie — thrilled following the Ducks’ series win over the Wildcats and the promise of a conference title — blasted his bagpipes, a team tradition that bordered on the offensive.
The Wildcats heard him. Within days, they were making some serious noise of their own.
Monday’s 4-1, College World Series championship win over South Carolina was Arizona’s 11th consecutive win, 10 of them coming in th postseason.
The Wildcats were victorious in 18 of their last 20 games during their charmed 2012 season, a streak that started immediately following the Oregon series. The club clinched a share of its first Pac-12 championship in 20 years with a walk-off win over Arizona State on the final day of the regular season, and cruised through regional and super regional series held at Hi Corbett.
The club then blew through Omaha like a summer storm, finishing with a 48-17 overall record and the fourth national title in program history.
Cue the music.
Read more about Arizona's run to a title and catch our special section dedicated to the 2012 College World Series champions in Sunday's Arizona Daily Star.