OMAHA, Neb. — Konner Wade will start Sunday’s College World Series finals opener, coach Andy Lopez said today. Coaches will wait, however, to name a starting pitcher for Monday’s Game 2.
“It’ll be either (James) Farris or (Kurt) Heyer, but we’ll start Konner on Sunday,” Lopez said.
Wade threw a five-hit complete-game shutout against UCLA on June 17, pushing the Wildcats further into the winner's bracket. Wade would have started had the UA-Florida State series gone to a final winner-take-all game. Arizona, however, eliminated the Seminoles with a 10-3 win Thursday.
Farris, the team’s usual No. 3 starter, hasn’t pitched since the Wildcats’ June 3 NCAA regional win over Louisville. He was available to pitch out of the bullpen this week, but wasn’t used. Farris has been throwing “real competitive ’pens” in the last few weeks, Lopez said.
"At this point in he season, it’s not like he’s going to forget how to pitch," Lopez said.